Praiano is a beautiful fishing village on the Amalfi coast, situated between the towns of Positano and Amalfi. I stayed here for about a week and I absolutely loved it. It’s a picturesque oasis that offers everything the other more popular towns do, but is less crowded and a bit more laid back. My family and I rented a beautiful villa on the highest point of the coast, and woke up every morning to stunning views, were able to get reservations very easily and didn’t have to fight for a spot on the beach. Here are some tips and recommendations!
Hit the gorgeous beaches
I look forward to swimming in the sparkling blue waters of the mediterranean every year. The way the water feels on your skin, like silk, is enough to take years of stress off your life. One of the highlights was when I was taking a dip, saw a restaurant in the distance and swam about 15 minutes to get to it. I climbed the ladder, walked up the pathway and as I stood there soaking wet in my bathing suit, I made a reservation with the 4 foot 8 inch Italian owner named Pasqualina! Only in Europe! The beach I went to every day was called Marina di Praia. The cost of an umbrella and 2 lounge chairs is about $25 euro and it’s best to get there by 10/10:30 to secure a good spot. The beaches are rocky (there’s no sand) and the sun is very strong so pack that sunblock!
Take day/night trips
The best part of staying in Praiano is that the other more bustling towns (Positano and Amalfi) are only about a 15 minute bus ride away. (Sorrento is closer to 50 mins) You can get your fix of the more lively, loud and upbeat areas, and then head back into the peaceful village of Praiano to turn in for the night and get away from the overly saturated tourist spots.
Bus tickets to Positano and Amalfi are less than 2 euro a person each way and you can buy them at the tabaccherie “cigar shops”, coffee shops or newspaper stands. Sometimes the buses are crowded and a cab ride costs about 30 euro. I drove to Sorrento and it was worth it. The markets on the winding narrow streets are beautiful!
You can also take a private boat to Capri from Praiano for 80 euro a person. The boat takes you to Capri, tours the grottos and stops in the glorious blue grotto where you can jump in. It’s a full day event from about 8am until the boat drops you back off in Praiano at 5pm. Tickets available at Marina di Praia
Eat your heart out until it turns into a ball of spaghetti!
I say this with such conviction: The food you will eat on the coast of Italy will be some of the best in your LIFE. The simplicity of dishes like spaghetti con pomodoro e basilico (tomatoes and basil) taste like a masterpiece as the ripe and vibrant red tomatoes burst in your mouth, accompanied by the perfect bite of al dente pasta topped with the aromatic touch of basil. I ate pasta every day for 6 days and the pasta was ALWAYS cooked perfectly. And the seafood? I implore you to get it in any way you like: Clams and mussels atop fresh housemade pasta doused in olive oil, garlic and fresh parsley, or as a filet in “acqua pazza" (white fish cooked in a tomato broth). Or perhaps a cold polpo salad (octopus). Imagine eating this impeccable food while enjoying a glass of wine and looking out onto the blue mediterranean stretching for miles and miles. You have to pause, take it in and savor it. These are the moments I truly live for.
Restaurant recommendations in Praiano
One of the most beautiful views you could ask while dining for lunch or dinner. The spaghetti con pomodoro is superb!
La Dolce Vista
Come for dinner, and enjoy the ambiance of the white terrace with an evening view of the nearby towns all lit up. The staff was incredibly attentive and so so sweet! And the creamy chocolate gelato with pieces of chocolate inside made me want to kiss the waiter! Scusami!
Trattoria San Gennaro
This place is a gem! Casual outdoor seating with a gorgeous view of the San Gennaro church. The portions are HUGE (unlike the usual Italian serving) but the food does not suffer. All the pasta I tried was delicious and my branzino was so fresh. The bruschetta will knock your socks off and the prices are ridiculously low for such wonderful food. If you like anchovies they have an anchovy pie that was so good, my body builder brother who’s always dieting ate TWO of them.
Il Pirata (On Marina di Praia beach)
This is the restaurant I swam up to to make reservations. Work up an appetite with a swim and make your way over to this charming seaside restaurant. You cannot beat the view of the glistening blue water as you dine on fresh octopus and calamari dishes. Enjoy an aperol spritz as you wait for your entree and know that life in that moment is perfect!
Very casual pizza spot that I recommend for take out. The pizza is great and the arancini (rice balls) are crunchy and chock full of mozzerella! Everything on the menu including the gnocchi is worth it if you’re dining in.
Bar del sole
For café and GELATO!
I dined in Positano for two nights and would recommend both these restaurants right by Positano’s main beach.
Many tourists but the food is phenomenal. The fried zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, mozzerella and ham was enough to make want to go back.
Every seafood dish here was outstanding. When dining here or at Tre Sorelle, local musicians come around playing fun music adding to the ambiance. Don’t forget to tip them!