With vacation season in full swing we can’t help but daydream of all the picture-perfect destinations on our bucket list. At the top of that list? Southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The seaside town of Positano, with its rocky cliffs, cobblestone streets, and postcard-worthy vistas is the stuff travel goals are made of. Having gelato at Collina Positano Bakery, sipping Aperol spritzes, taking in the breathtaking views at Le Sienuse Hotel —  we can almost smell the fresh lemons in the air, can’t you? And we’re totally ready to pack all the chic coastal essentials, from a striped tie-front crop top to a straw boater hat to Sofia Loren inspired cat eye sunglasses. Care to join us? Read on for our packing wishlist and dream vacay itinerary of things to do in Positano. La bella vita awaits.

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Our packing wishlist: De Fiori Coral Orange Crop Top & Tomas Coral Orange Culottes; Jeanne Blue and White Striped Midi Dress; Maradona Black and White Scarf; Royal Ways Tassel Earrings; Buttercup Cat Eye Sunglasses; Taylen Lace-Up Sandals; Tropicali Straw Boater Hat; Lemon Zest iPhone Case; DeGarmo Basket Bag

Planning to make this dream vacay a reality and thinking up things to do in Positano? Take a look at our wishlist picks for the best things to eat, drink, and do on a trip to this seaside gem!

What to See: If you didn’t take a million photos, did you even really go on vacation? Positano is known as one of the most Instagrammable vacation spots, with its cliffside architecture, stunning sandy beaches, and, of course, bougainvillea blooms everywhere! There’s no shortage of beautiful beaches, each one better than the next, but Fornillo Beach is the ultimate see-and-be seen location with absolutely photoshoot worthy beach chairs and colorful umbrellas! A bit more peaceful and tucked away than the main Marina Grande Beach, we could easily spend the entire day swimming, sunbathing, and of course people-watching here. History buffs will love a trip to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta). It’s eye-catching architectural details and rich history makes for an enriching experience! Finally, for those who are not faint of heart, a hike up the Path of the Gods (il Sentiero degli Dei) – likely named due to the fact that you need to be a literal god to make it to the top – will pay off with the most stunning scenic view.

Where to Eat: You can’t go to Italy and not get gelato, so stop by Collina Bakery for a fresh baked waffle cone and a scoop – or two! – of stracciatella. Remember, life is short so always eat dessert first! After a sweet treat, burn some calories by making a hike down the 1,000+ steps to the the beach and catch dinner at Ristorante La Cambusa. A seaside view, fresh seafood, and a lengthy wine list makes for a romantic, candlelit dinner you won’t soon forget. Looking for a more lavish experience? Try out Next2, a stylish restaurant and bar with a stunning terrace and sleek interior is sure to satisfy all your luxe longings.

Where to Drink: You’ve done all the things, eaten all the food, now all that’s left to do is drink all the drinks while you watch a stunning sunset. The only option for a boujee babe is Franco’s Bar at Le Sirenuse. An open terrace with stunning blue and white tile as far as the eye can see and a bold yellow sculptural fountain make this bar ideal for photo-ops – oh, and did we mention they have a Champagne bar for the bubbly lovers?! For those looking for the wild side of Positano, we recommend dancing the night away at Music on the Rocks. The one and only night club in Positano, it’s really the only night club you could ever hope for, being that it’s literally built into a cliffside, with a terrace that overlooks the Spiaggia Grande Beach. A cave-like interior, vibrant lights, and live DJs keep the party going until 4am so you know it’s a good time!

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