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La Sponda

Via Cristoforo Colombo, 26-30, 84017 Positano Salerno, Italy

(39) 089-875-066

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Every evening around dusk, one of the white-suited waiters at Le Sirenuse climbs on a small ladder to light the countless votives that are suspended from wrought-iron chandeliers shaped like branches. The candles illuminate the space—already lovely with potted lemon trees, a vaulted ceiling covered in green vines, and huge windows offering panoramic views of the bay—transforming it into the kind of magical backdrop that inspires impassioned declarations of amore.

There may not be an open terrace like at the San Pietro, but diners can have an aperitif at the Sirenuse’s Champagne & Oyster Bar first, and the candlelit wonderland of the dining room is truly one of the coast’s most unique settings. Be sure to ask for a table by the window. (If you fall in love with the wrought-iron chandeliers and centerpieces, you are in good company: the hotel received so many requests for them that they’re now sold at Emporio Sirenuse across the street.) Reservations are recommended.

Written by Simone Girner

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