Amalfi Coast, Italy
Find out what to do in the Amalfi Coast during your trip and why it is so unique in Italy
Things to do in the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast Tours
Towns of the Amalfi Coast
How to get to the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast, discovering the "Divine" between picturesque landscapes and untouched nature
The Amalfi Coast, with its panoramic views, a sea of dreams and ancient palaces and gardens as Villa Rufolo or Villa Cimbrone, ranks among the top destinations most appreciated by Italian and foreign tourists.
This piece of Italy, near Naples, so loved by travelers, gives prestige to cities such as Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. Today the Amalfi Coast is the emblem of mediterranean natural landscapes best preserved in Italy.
Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous Italian sitesstrong> included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city of Positano appears as a huge terrace suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the slopes of the Lattari mountains, in a succession of valleys and promontories between coves, beaches and terraces of lemons, grapes and olive tree.
What to do in the Amalfi Coast and things to see
Shopping on the Amalfi Coast: Positano
Positano is the undisputed capital of shopping on the Amalfi Coast, thanks to the imagination and creativity of local master craftsmen, thanks to them that at the beginning of the 50's the famous "POSITANO FASHION" was born. So if you are thinking what to bring home from the Amalfi Coast, numerous are the souvenir shops from where you can buy handmade sandals, sarongs and brightly colored costumes, limoncello and other typical liqueurs, in addition to the thousands of local crafts.
The other two big shopping cities in the Amalfi Coast are Amalfi and Vietri sul Mare, in the first one we recommend buying a beautiful coral necklace, while in the second you will find the best ceramic souvenirs you have ever seen, in fact here the craft becomes art!
Amalfi Coast Tours and Excursions
Excursions, Bugget tours, Boat tours and trekking on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast towns
The towns of the Amalfi Coast, although very close to each other, have their own origins, traditions and peculiarities that make them unique, for example Amalfi's Romanesque cathedral and its "Cloister of Paradise" have a clear oriental influence, the church of San Gennaro in Praiano is the only church with a Baroque influence, while in the enchanting town of Vietri sul Mare, considered the cradle of majolica, the cupola of the splendid church of San Giovanni Battista is covered with these colorful ceramics.
However, there are many similar architectural features, just think of the numerous Ottoman and Saracen towers that characterize the landscape.
Let's see below which are the main cities of the Amalfi Coast:
Among the other towns of the Amalfi Coast there are:
- Atrani: a pretty little village next to Amalfi, which still retains all its authenticity and famous for its beautiful Piazzetta on the sea.
- Cetara: ancient village of fishermen, famous above all for its anchovies and the colatura di alici.
- Conca dei Marini: mainly characterized by white vaulted houses of seventeenth-century origin and renowned for hosting the famous Emerald Grotto.
- Furore: town mainly known for its fjord.
- Maiori: it represents the principal bathing center thanks to the characteristics of its beach of fine sand. .
- Praiano: known as "the town that greets the sun", since thanks to its position it is possible to admire the sunset and the sunrise. Also known for the many small streets that turn into stairs.
- Raito: known not only for being a fraction of Vietri sul Mare, but also for the green hills of the terraces with a magnificent direct view of the sea and its narrow streets.
- Scala and Tramonti: one known for being the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast, the other for its high quality products, such as "Fior di Latte" and Limoncello.
- Sant'Egidio del Monte Albino: famous for the presence of the Abbey of Santa Maria Maddalena in Armillis and for its lovely historic center.
How to get to the Amalfi Coast
GET TO THE AMALFI COAST WITH A FERRY
The easiest way to reach the cities of the Amalfi Coast is surely by sea, by ferry and hydrofoil from the city of Salerno, Sorrento or Naples. Here is the Amalfi Coast schedules
GET TO THE AMALFI COAST WITH THE CAR
Perhaps not the most suitable vehicle for parking issues, but certainly the one that will give you the most emotions. Driving on the Amalfi Coast road is not difficult, but it puts a strain on the driver's patience due to traffic, especially on weekends, but on the other hand you will surely enjoy the wonderful views hairpin bend after hairpin. So the impressive panoramas that you can be admired make this path one of the most beautiful to travel by car or motorbike in the world.
GET ON THE AMALFI COAST WITH A BUS
This corner of paradise can also be reached by public transport, in fact the SITA bus company connects the main cities of the coast to Salerno and Sorrento.For more info look at: How to get to the Amalfi Coast
Why take a trip to the Amalfi Coast?
The Amalfi Coast has the typical characteristics of a "cultural landscape". The territory offers to its visitors and local people a cultural and artistic heritage represented not only by large testimonies of architecture , but also by important natural elements, gastronomy, handicrafts . All that is the result of the interaction between man and nature that has greatly affected the lives of the inhabitants of the coast.
Headlands, fjords, caves, are some of the superb features of the well-known "Divina", so called in many texts. But beyond the scenery and the sea, there's more: la sensazione mistica di un compimento estetico completo, infatti alcuni versi storici recitano: " land beyond the sea, where the waves meet with the mountains " by H.W. Longfellow).
Amalfi Coast: the perfect place to spend your holidaysm among nature and beautiful landscapes
The success and reputation the whole Amalfi Coast not only rely on the sea, sunsets and the beautiful landscapes, but also the soul and the influence of men who populate it. Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Minori, Maiori, Praiano, would not be so famous without the help of men who over the years have helped to improve this land in order to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy and experience the atmosphere that the only Amalfi Coast can offer.
The feelings aroused by the majesty of the Coast have inspired many of the most famous artists of all time, just think about Ibsen, Steinbeck, Boccaccio, Fubini and Gregorovius.
The artistic taste for decorations, from the simplest to the most complex shapes, the traditional music and the cuisine are some of the most tangible evidence of the culture of the Amalfi Coast. Also, they are still handed down from generation to generation, many folk traditions this way it made recipes, remedies, legends and customs ancient, an intangible heritage of inestimable value.