If I had to choose one favorite Italian city? Positano. A small city nestled on the Amalfi Coast, it is a summer haven for the locals and travelers. The picturesque town is built in the mountains and overlooks the sea, and olives, lemons and bougainvillea can be found growing. We stayed at Il San Pietro Di Positano, a Relais & Chateaux hotel. All Relais & Chateaux hotels and Inns were once castles or historic landmarks, and most are well known for their wonderful restaurants and wine cellars.
Starting out as a private villa, San Pietro now has 57 rooms, is surrounded by lemon groves, and offers breathtaking views up and down the coast. From panoramic bathrooms to hand crafted local tiles, private terraces with stunning views of the water or the mountains, each room is special. The hotel sits atop a huge cliff close to 800 steps down to the beach, to a sun deck that you have to see to believe (of course you can take the elevator if you want). If you are not planning to stay here, you must come for lunch or dinner in their outdoor restaurant!
Have fun getting lost through the windy streets of Positano as you visit the local shops, antique stores and art galleries. From Positano you can visit Capri and Anacapri by hovercraft, visit the amazing Pompeii and stop in Sorrento on the way; they have an inlaid wood factory that you can actually watch them make the furniture there.
Be sure to bring your camera, a big appetite, and lots of money to spend!