Fornillo is one of Positano‘s most fascinating districts, deeply linked to the town’s history.
Announced by a natural grotto, in which a votive aedicule and a marvellous crib, representing Positano in miniature, stand, it has always been a refuge and resting place for artists and writers.
Along the ramps leading to the Fornillo beach is the charming little church of Santa Margherita, with its beautiful, partially tiled Campanian terracotta floor, one of Positano’s most evocative corners. From small staircases, to tiny tiled houses and enchanting views, Fornillo is the elegant heart of Positano.
Fornillo beach is Positano’s second widest beach, and its advantage is that it’s a little more hidden from the heart of Positano, unlike its “big sister” called Marina Grande or Spiaggia Grande, where all the town’s roads head, always downhill.
The two beaches are separated by a few hundred meters, an area where Positano’s small port and ferry terminal are located. We recommend the walk through the trees that line the steep cliffs, it’s about a 10-minute stroll and the views are fantastic wherever you look.
Although more secluded, it’s a beach that fills up easily in summer, and between the deckchairs and umbrellas, as it’s quite small, there’s little room to walk or lie on the sand. It’s a beach that attracts a lot of young people, because, in addition to the typical restaurants serving excellent fish, there are also several bars that add a touch of fun to this beach.
How to get there
Fornillo beach may seem a long way from town, but in reality it’s only a ten-minute walk from Positano’s seafront: remember, however, that here, as throughout the Amalfi Coast, connections to the sea are via long staircases.
If you’re arriving by car, there are several guarded parking lots nearby, allowing you to reach the beach in just a few steps: some structures also offer agreements with bathing establishments. If you prefer to take the SITA bus, which connects the various towns along the coast, you can get off at one of the stops near Fornillo: ticket prices are very reasonable and it’s also a good solution for families.