I would use the search as this has been asked many times over the years.....me I couldnt choose but Positano is more central
Positano is to die for!
Positano is very crowded and busy and has turned in the penultimate tourist trap in my opinion.
Amalfi is nice but is at the southern end of the AC and to get to other places such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, Capri, it's a longer trip either by boat or bus.
You might consider Praiano which is between Positano and Amalfi. It's quiet. less expensive, has the same great views, and has great hotels and restaurants. Accessibility to other towns is easy by bus or boat.
Pippi2 has posted the link to an excellent earlier thread that compares the two, and that thread also includes other links.
Amalfi is a larger town, and the beach isn’t as nice, but Amalfi is convenient for transportation connections, including the bus to gorgeous Ravello. Amalfi attracts tour buses since it has space for parking the buses, and the “feel” is very different than charming Positano.
Amalfi and Positano are both very touristy - Praino and Ravello are really charming, but Ravello is high above the coast.
I guess it comes down to personal preference, but to me Positano was spectacular and more sophisticated, but completely overrun by tourists. Amalfi, while still touristy, was a little more manageable. Both are beautiful. We stayed in Praiano, right in the middle of the two, and visited both by Sita bus from time to time - a very hair-raising trip, but hugely enjoyable once you get over the knuckle whitening terror. The little orange local buses are also a fabulous way to get around. One thing to keep in mind is that Positano is vertical, so lots of uphill and downhill walking; Amalfi is a bit flatter.
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