Wednesday, April 16
While searching around the blogosphere I came across a post entitled "do people actually live in Positano". I read it, quite incredulously, and tried to forget about such a silly question. But I can't. I feel that I have to reply, and in my own charming way of course..
You ask, "Is this a place where people actually live or is Positano only here for the tourists?"
Do you really think that the Italians built a whole town just for the enjoyment of a bunch of tourists?
Do you think, maybe, that it is a sort of alternative Disneyworld, created for the amusement of people such as yourself, so that you can return home with some pretty photos and a fun story to tell about all the steps?
Did you, perhaps notice that there were people working in the bars, restaurants and shops around town? Maybe you were even served by somebody when you stopped for a drink? How would you feel if I told you that a lot of those people were real life residents of Positano, not animated robots or workers shipped in from some nearby 'real' town that fits in with your idea of what a town should look like.
You mention that you climbed and climbed lots of steps, finally arriving at the church to "realize we had essentially seen all there is to see in Positano." Sadly, my friend, you are wrong again. The church is a mere 5 minute walk from the beach where you arrived by ferry, amusingly 'zooming through the blue Mediterranean'. If you had walked a further five minutes you would have arrived at the main road, where yet more people who actually live in Positano mix with the day trippers, doing the daily shopping, running businesses, stopping for a drink at the bar and other real life activities.
But, well done by the way for getting the Mediterranean right, the other day I overheard a man from California telling his wife that Posi was on the Albanian Sea.
I agree with you that there is a load of tourist tat to sift through in the lower part of town, but I am upset that you think that this is all our town has to offer. Let me enlighten you:
Would you be surprised to learn that Positano has 4 schools, a police station, a gas station, a post office, a selection of grocery, hardware and electronic stores and a selection of bars that are frequented more by residents than by tourists? There is even a tennis court and a football pitch, where the children that actually live in Positano go to play after school. Rock climbing, yoga, frequent exhibitions and concerts, canoeing, scuba diving and a nightclub, yep, we've got them too.
The town is divided into about ten different zones , each worthy of exploring, each with its own history. There are about six different beaches to choose from, some accesible only by boat and plenty of areas to sit without paying.
I hope that from this information you realize that essentially you had seen hardly anything there is to see in Positano.
You mention that 'Positano is only accessible by road or by sea', um, as opposed to what, may I ask?
You say that you 'had hoped to find a little more life here, but everything in Positano seemed to cater almost exclusively to tourists'. but shortly after you mention that you only stayed for half a day.
Well, my friend, seeing as you were only in town for a few hours and didn't even seen to manage to get past the church, I am not surprised that you were disappointed with the touristy side of the town, you didn't really go very far from the beach and then left in a hurry to find somewhere better.
'Now that I have seen it once I don't think I would be all too eager to make the time to see it again.' That's OK, no loss there. I hope your next vacation is a bit more eye-opening for you, wherever you go... May I suggest Disneyworld in Florida?
Oh, and just for future reference there are roughly 4000 people actually living in Positano.
at 1:03 PM