Positano is a comune and village on the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), Campania (Italy), mainly in an enclave in the hills that lead down to the coast. It has a total area of only 8 km2 (3 ml2) and a population of 3,980 people (2010 census)
In medieval times, Positano was a port of Amalfi Republic, and prospered during the 16th and 17th centuries. By the mid-19th century, however, it had fallen on hard times. More than 50% of the population emigrated, most of them to America.
During the first half of the 20th century, Positano was a considerably poor fishing village. It started to attract large numbers of travelers in the 1950s, especially after in May, 1953 John Steinbeck published an essay about Positano in Harper's Bazaar: "Positano bites deep", he wrote. "It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone."
Santa Maria Assunta church features a dome that is made of majolica tiles and a 13th-century Byzantine icon of black Madonna. According to a local legend, the icon was stolen from Byzantium and transported across the Mediterranean by pirates. A terrible storm blew up in the waters opposite Positano - the frightened sailors heard a voice onboard saying "Posa, posa!" ("Put down! Put down!"). And the precious icon was unloaded and then carried to the fishing village of Positano. The storm abated.
Positano village has been featured in a few films, such as Only You (1994), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and more recently Kath & Kimderella (2012). It was mentioned in the musical film Nine (2009) in the song "Cinema Italiano". Positano hosts the annual festival "Cartoons on the Bay", at which Pulcinella Awards are presented for excellence in animation.
From July 1967 through most of 1970s, Positano was home to Shawn Phillips, a popular singer-songwriter. Most of his best-known work was composed in the village. While on vacation, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger wrote The Rolling Stones' song "Midnight Rambler" in the cafes of Positano.
The Positano cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Positano, Italy.
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Port Positano cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Positano, Italy. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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