An Italian Getaway: Positano

Ahhh Positano. Backdrop to hundreds of films, thousands of marriage proposals and millions of memories. Yes... it's been done, it's on the tourist trail, but there's a reason why this compact little spot on the Amalfi Coast draws visitors in droves ... it's epic. Kaz x

Epic scenery where incredible mountains crash down into a pastel hued layer cake of buildings and beyond into the impossibly blue sea. Epic cuisine with local restaurants growing their own produce, lemons the size of your head and seafood as fresh as it gets.

And the epic adventures - just the drive from Naples along the coastline to arrive at Positano is unforgettable, adventures at sea as you head along the coast to explore nearby Capri, Ischia, Sorrento and beyond... Kaz x

We had a beautiful stay in Positano at Hotel Vittoria. Around the corner from the main beach area, we loved staying a short walk away from the crowds above Fornillo Beach. The room was spacious and simply furnished... but it was everything we needed for our stay with a lovely balcony, accessible wifi and a caring staff like so many hotels around Italy that really made you feel at home. The hotel has its own private access downstairs to Fornillo Beach and this was the biggest drawcard of all - beautiful and somewhat secluded from the busy main area of Positano, you could lose yourself for days down here, lounging in the sun, paddling on peddle boats or feasting on cocktails. There was no less than a zillion stairs required to walk down from the hotel to the beach but every step inched my pregnant belly ever closer to the best pizza we had on our whole trip. SERIOUSLY! Sitting just above Fornillo Beach is the Hotel Pupetto, whose restaurant offers a stunning view of the beach, surrounded by a beautful terrace garden, lemon trees and relief from the heat. Drooling just thinking about the Ricotta, Lemon and Basil pizza I woofed down all to myself

As I was coming up to 30 weeks pregnant, there's no denying that those stairs were a little bit of effort, but the walk around from Fornillo Beach to the main Positano beach was delightful. At the end of a day of pottering the winding streets, gorging ourselves on pizza/pasta/all of the above, we would then walk home via one of the upper streets of Positano and traverse back across, taking in the breathtaking views as we went.

Must do: Da Adolfo - fabulous beach club and seafood restaurant only accessible by boat. Book ahead and get to the pier on time! The boatride to this little hidden gem alone is worth it.

Must go: April-June or October. Incredibly crowded and hot during late June to August. We stayed in late May and the weather was GLORIOUS though the water was effing freezing. No major crowds though!

Must stay: Hotel Vittoria ($), Covo dei Saraceni ($$$), Villa Tre Ville ($$$$)

Must eat: pasta at Max's, pizzas at Il Pupetto, and be sure to find the lady selling lemon granita from her cart, it's right near where the bus stop is up the top of the shopping street... we may/may not have done three stops there in one day (I was pregnant... this was mandatory), seafood lunch at Da Adolfo, epic 11-course lunch at La Tagliata...all produce either grown in house or locally.