Pictures of paradise are not much different from the cities touched by this two-day itinerary. From Vietri sul Mare to Positano along the road that marks one of the most beautiful and suggestive stretches of coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea exploring the Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage Site. Without never losing sight of the sea, we will cross some real pearls of Campania, in the most famous places to get lost in their streets or admire breathtaking views. This route can be traveled in both directions.
Our tour starts from Salerno, which can be reached going along the A1 Naples-Salerno or the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria. Start your tour of the city with its beautiful promenade Trieste, leaving the car at the Piazza della Concordia: in front of you a great view, unique in the world, the Gulf of Salerno and the first stretch of the Amalfi Coast. Head down this road towards the center, until you reach the beautiful green area of the Villa Comunale. Walks through the picturesque streets of the old town that will take you to San Pietro a Corte, dating back to the sixteenth century, and by a short walk to the Duomo, in Piazza Alfano I. Here, take Via dei Genovesi that goes to the sea and turn left on Via dei Mercanti, to the Chiesa del Crocifisso, that dates back to the year 1000, but changed over the centuries. Just ahead, turn left on Via Velia, until you reach the remains of the medieval aqueduct, in Via Arce.
TO DO: At this point, you can stop at a downtown restaurant to taste some local specialties: you can not miss a taste of the famous dairy products, such as buffalo mozzarella.
Ceramics of Vietri sul Mare
After lunch, take the car and reach the second stop of the tour, Vietri sul Mare, which is just 5.5 Km far away. Just get out of Salerno and take the SS18 and follow the signs. Salerno, especially during summer months, experiences a real explosion of colors, from its promenade we can almost grasp with the hands the Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage Site, and in fact has as a starting point the nearby Vietri sul Mare, known and also appreciated for the uniqueness and beauty of its ceramics, in fact the coastal town houses an interesting museum dedicated to ceramics. While not to be missed is the Cathedral dedicated to San Giovanni.
TO ENJOY: In Vietri you can stay the night in one of the accommodation of the town with an enviable location overlooking the sea to take advantage of the next morning for some relaxing hours at the beaches of Marina di Vietri.
Cetara: colatura di alici
In the late morning, take again the SS 163, follow it all so you could go through all the towns of this beautiful coast. After Vietri, the first village you meet is Cetara, this fishing village offers visitors the beauty of its harbor, but walking through the narrow streets of the old town you can breathe a magical atmosphere. The maritime activity of Cetara obviously reflects above all in its gastronomy: one of its most famous products is definitely the "colatura di alici", prepared with a traditional method handed down from generation to generation. So take a little walk through the streets of the old town to taste the atmosphere almost out of time, enjoy the view of the cliff and the beach below and stop by to taste the local fish.
Sweet discovery: Maiori & Minori
Head to the next step of the journey, Maiori, about 1.8 km on the coastal road SS163, from which you will enjoy a breathtaking view. Once in Maiori, you will see that this town is now a popular seaside resort. In the historic center you can not miss the beautiful Church of Santa Maria a Mare, with a dome decorated with majolica. The beach is obviously the main attraction of Maiori and there are boat trips to the evocative Grotte Pandane.
TO TASTE: It is worth a moment to reach the nearby Minori, and to taste on the beautiful promenade one of the most delicious cake or pastries on the Amalfi Coast stopping at Sal De Riso pastry shop.
Amalfi: Maritime Republic
Back on the SS 163, where driving becomes a real pleasure thanks to the many hairpins bends that alternate without ever losing sight of the Gulf of Salerno, we continue to Amalfi. In the ancient Maritime Republic is certainly worth a short stop to visit the cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew and enjoy the various shops of local products, the best place to taste and buy the limoncello, made with famous lemons of the Amalfi Coast. For history lovers, it can also be interesting to visit in the near the tourist harbor, the Arsenal Museum which tells the story of the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi. There are also many recipes that have made this city famous throughout the world, especially by using another product of this beautiful land: the fish, whereby are made for example scialatielli all'amalfitana and la pezzogna all’acqua pazza.
Our last stop is Positano, one of the most famous of the Amalfi Coast. Here you must leave your car at the parking arranged in the upper part of the town and walk down getting lost through the alleys in the heart of Positano, until you reach the historic square to discover the many shops ranging from local to the luxury boutiques and the beautiful view on the waterfront. Laboriously built on a terraced land, Positano shows its tourists a beautiful landscape, full of bright colors of the dense vegetation of citrus trees, the houses, the waters of a clear blue sea. The authentic happy end of a great tour.
TO BUY: Positano is famous for fashion, it is easy to run along the streets in many boutiques and tailor shops that sell original creations of Moda Positano: clothing, kaftan, beach robes, sarongs adorned with stones, with typical coral, turquoise and pearls.
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- who loves walking and discovering new places and culture
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