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Buca di Bacco

The Amalfi Coast, Italy

First opened in 1916, the Buco di Bacco is considered by many to be a historic landmark of Positano. It sits right on the beach, just a moment’s walk to the water or to the middle of town. From the road, you will need to wind down several steps to access the hotel, such is the nature of Positano’s hillside structure. But, as soon as you reach the property, everything is within close walking distance.

Many rooms have balconies or terraces with outdoor seating, while others open onto the communal gardens and the sea beyond, which makes up for the lack of a swimming pool.

OUR RATING: Medium

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OUR OPINION:

Full of character and history, the Hotel Buca di Bacco is a great option for those who value views and location above all else. The rooms can be a little simple, so we recommend opting for a higher category with a balcony or terrace. You need to be comfortable climbing steps to access your room.

Rooms

Rooms at the Buca di Bacco are calming, with local, historical touches. The vast majority of the rooms and suites have views of the sea. The balconies are a lovely touch and the rooms are a good size with air-conditioning and bright marble bathrooms. As the property is built over different levels, all the rooms have their distinct shape and character; some offer views of the Church’s golden dome, and others look out on to the quaint communal gardens, dotted with banana plants and bougainvillea.

Location

Steps from the beach and under five minutes’ walk to the central church of Santa Maria Assunta, Hotel Buca di Bacco hits the mark in terms of location. On arrival, car access stops halfway up the hill. So, you’ll need to meander down steps to the hotel but you’ll soon get used to these pleasant winding routes that lead you to the best restaurants and shops.

Food and drink

The Buca di Bacco restaurant is almost as well known as the hotel, and is one of only a few restaurants right on the beach. It serves fresh, delicious seafood as well as meat dishes and local specialities and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a second restaurant beneath called The Veranda, run by the same chef.

Facilities and activities

Although this hotel does not have a swimming pool, it is very close to the water if you want to cool off in the sea. Cooking classes are offered in the afternoons for adults and children aged ten and upwards. They last two hours.

Tour ideas in The Amalfi Coast

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Buca di Bacco as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      Pompeii street

      A private guided tour of Pompeii

      A private guided tour of Pompeii

      Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, preserved by six meters of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in 79 AD.

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    • Experience a cooking class with a local family
      Filleting fish at Casa Laura's cooking class

      Experience a cooking class with a local family

      Experience a cooking class with a local family

      Experience a half day cooking class at a local family home. You will learn the secret recipes of the D’Antonio family, from making homemade pasta to filleting the catch of the day.

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    • When life gives you lemons tour
      Lemon grove, Amalfi Coast

      When life gives you lemons tour

      When life gives you lemons tour

      Discover the role that lemons play in traditional life on the Amalfi Coast with this half-day tour. You’ll take a guided walk through the lemon groves and tour a local limoncello distillery, as well as sitting down to a seaside lunch.

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