Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you are gone.
— John Steinbeck, 1953

Carved into the mountainside and located an hour south of Naples along Italy's Amalfi Coast, Positano was once little more than a humble fishing village.

Seen from below, the buildings seem to have been stacked one on top of another, climbing up from the tiny crescent bay towards the cliffs that loom precipitously over the town. The pastel colours - primrose, pink, terrecotta, peach and white - give the town a theatrical aspect that couldn't be mistaken for anywhere else.

In the 1950s Positano became desirable as a holiday destination and, for a while, rivaled Capri as the playground for the rich and famous.

La Sireneuse is the place to stay, frequented by global jet-setters, you'll find yourself wanting to return year after year. At least that's what Liz Taylor and Richard Burton did, along with Jackie O and Bridget Bardot.

Indeed it is a very special place - like no other - that is full of history and Italian charm. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and a place that everyone should put one their must-see list.