In 1953, John Steinbeck wrote about Positano in Harper’s Bazaar:
‘Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone’. And later in the article, ‘In a few days we became aware of Positano’s greatest commodity – characters’.
Steinbeck, a master of observation, goes on to reveal many more details about life in Positano. This town, built into the cliffs on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, won the affections of Steinbeck along with many other writers and artists throughout the 20th century. When I first boarded a bus from Salerno to explore the Amalfi Coast, I didn’t expect to have the same experience. I was at the tail end of spending two months in Italy, yet Positano found a way to sink its teeth in.
I wrote about this experience for the Spring 2011 issue of Postcards Magazine. Here’s a little preview:
With a scruffy face and eyes that lingered a moment too long, my waiter dropped a frozen bottle of limoncello onto my table with a wink. As I raised a glass of the thick, sweetly sour liquid to my lips, capping off a perfect meal, I realized the scene could occur only in Italy – and more specifically – along the Amalfi Coast.
Readers – any favorite places in Italy (or books/articles about Italy) to share?