Among the most beautiful towns of the Amalfi Coast, often named "the pearl of the coast". In Roman times it was a resort as evidenced by the discovery of a villa beneath the church of Santa Maria Assunta, access to the villa took place by sea. Thanks to the mild climate and the beauty of the landscape, Positano has been a resort since the time of the Roman Empire.
There are various legends about Positano, several of its possible origins, by Poseidon, god of the sea according to the Greeks, who have founded for his beloved, Pasitea, the Phoenicians or Picentinis. Passed from the hands of the Romans to those of the Republic of Amalfi, Positano through a flourishing period for the many maritime trade with all the Mediterranean countries. As a result, the Angevins and the Aragonese brought the town to a period of looting and raids by pirates, in fact watchtowers built to defend themselves, are still visible in the districts of Fornillo, Trasita and Riverside.
Hence, through ups and downs, Positano maritime trade continued, and it was between the sixteenth and the seventeenth century that ships Positano began to trade with the East spices, silks and various valuable goods.
What is certain is that only after the war on the city has had its rise ... politicians, artists, scholars and writers came to Positano attracted by its beauty and charm, from landscapes, from its characteristic houses and life relaxing and peaceful life that took place there.