Are we allowed to be at the beach even if we do not rent loungers? We would be eating at Da Ferdinando and figured we'd just use our towels to lay down. Thanks!
As far as I know you should be able to - but be aware it will not be comfortable on a towel given the beach is made up of small pebbles, not sand.
For just 10 euros for the lounger, it would make for a much more pleasant beach experience there -
Hopefully someone here will know the current situation - at least one poster, I think is there now or was just there
As far as I'm aware, Fornillo beach is the second beach at Positano. People were definitely putting towels down on the main beach at Positano near the ferry point. I've been to Fornillo beach and walked around the path near Hotel Covo dei Saraceni but I'm not sure about towels. According to the reviews, Da Ferdinando, has sunbeds but I don't know if they are free. Someone else might reply here but you'll get better replies in the Positano forum.
I just returned and I don’t recall seeing anywhere right on Fornillo by the restaurants to put a towel. It’s all lounge chairs in front of each restaurant right up to the water and they’re all next to each other so no real open beach between. Perhaps at the end after Puppetto there might be an area, but I can’t say for sure. There is a place though which you’ll see to the left of the stairs as you’re walking down the steps to Fornillo where people hang out on towels. I went there one day just to swim when it was the end of the day and I didn’t want a lounge chair. It’s a nice cove, but as MomCat said it’s all small pebbles as well as some bigger rocks throughout the whole area. Not very comfortable to walk on, much less to lay on. From there it’s just a couple minutes walk to Ferdinando. None of the sun beds are free even if you eat at one of the restaurants. They are 10 euro each and 12.50 for front row, IMO well worth it.
Yes, the northern end of Fornillo is free. I didn't rent sun loungers two years ago as I just dropped in and out for swims. A towel on the stones was fine to sit afterward and dry off but if you're planning a few hours there, then budget for a lounge.