As an important tourist destination through the ages, Positano makes appearances in many works, both literary and cinematic, including André Gide’s 1902 novel of self-discovery ( The Immoralist) and the collection The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture.

Prize winning journalist Alice Steinbach’s work, Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman, describes the authors trips through Europe, including a stop in Positano, which she colorfully claims "would wear Armani and carry a book by John Le Carré" if it were a man.

For the groundbreaking work that put Positano on the map for tourists around the world, John Steinbeck’s article for Harper’s Bazaar published in the May 1953 issue, gives a brilliant description of the city with all of Steinbeck’s shrewd observation and poetic language. In it, the sights, history, government, culture, traditions and indeed the very character and personality of Positano are all described in turn.

If cinema is more where your interests lie, the 2003 released Under the Tuscan Sun starring Diane Lane as a writer who rents a house in Italy features some breathtaking shots of the sea-side town.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0328589/