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Positano, Italy 26 Jan 2017

Posted on 26 Jan 2017
Positano, italy. Amalfi Coast
Positano, italy. Amalfi Coast
Positano, italy. Amalfi Coast

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Yellow and red paint on houses offset the colour of the green hillside, the white stone beaches and the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea in the village of Positano, Italy. 

Legend has it that a Turkish boat carrying a painting of the Virgin Mary ran aground just off these shores. The captain heard the words ‘Posa, Posa,' (set me down) coming from the painting. Acquiescing to its request he threw the painting overboard and immediately the ship floated. The painting washed ashore hitting the village which thereafter became known as Positano. Locals built a church on the patch the painting came to rest believing the Virgin Mary chose this as her final resting place. 

Explore the colourful cliffs and streets for yourself on day six of Insight Guides' Wonders of Rome and the Amalfi Coast trip.

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