Positano is a town on the Amalfi coast in the province of Salerno in Campania, Italy, with 3983 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2010). It belongs to the mountain community Comunità Montana Penisola Amalfitana. The town is dominated by tourism. Positano neighboring communities are Agerola, Pimonte, Praiano and Vico Equense. Positano is situated in a bay between the Punta Germano and Capo Sottile.
Within the Municipality includes the small islands of Li Galli and the two mountain villages Montepertuso and Nocelle. Positano is crossed by steep streets and many stairs. The writer John Steinbeck described Positano as “the single vertical location in the world.”
The city is a member of Cittaslow, a movement founded in Italy in 1999 to decelerate and increase quality of life quality in cities due to environmental policy, infrastructure policy, urban quality, enhancement of local products, hospitality, landscape and consciousness. The town grew from a small former fishing village, whose historical center is located above the highway SS163.