places to visit in Positano
If you think of Positano, the first things which probably come to your mind is the fashion of Positano, the beaches of Fornillo and the sea of the Amalfi Coast. But Positano actually offers so much more.
If you want, you can visit the interesting monuments of Positano which are mainly historical finds. Amongst these, the most interesting are those kept with the rest of the guard towers which were constructed as look-out points to guard against pirate attacks.
The towers of Positano are an important part of the history of Positano because they give witness to the enormity and gravity of the Saracen attacks along the Amalfi Coast.
One of the most famous towers is the Tower of Sponda, located in the high part of the town overlooking the main beach of Positano. Obviously today it is no longer used as a guard tower and it was demobilized in 1758. Today it has been renovated and is a private home.
On the way from Marina Grande to the beach of Fornillo, one will find the tower of Trasita, so-called for the area in which it is built. It has shared the same destiny as that of the Tower of Sponda and in 1950 was completely restored.
The Tower of Fornillo is always mentioned amongst the Towers of Positano, and is the most recent, having been built in ‘500. As with the other two, it was demobilzed in 1758 and sold in 1817. In 1930 it was restored.
The last of the Angioini Age towers is on the island of “Li Galli”. Its strategic position had a particular characteristic: the tower of “Li Galli, had in fact a castle.
Besides the towers and churches, Positano has a few wonderful 18th century villas,
some of which have in the fairly recent past, been converted into hotels, yet still maintaining their original characteristics and appeal. Among the villas worth visiting: Palazzo Murat (on the way to the beach), Villa Sersale in Via Cristoforo Colombo, and Villa Orseola (ex Villa Margherita), Villa Stella Romana and many others.