Deemed by UNESCO as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast is a combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea in a stunning vertical scene of precipitous crags, picturesque towns and lush forests. Among the glittering string of coastal gems, legendary Positano and Amalfi sparkle the brightest, while mountaintop Ravello has the glossy fame of its grandiose villas.
Driving along the coastline enables you to admire the impressive cliffs, striking limestone walls, hills covered with vineyards, olive and lemon trees. Here, every bend in the road produces another unique view. On your way you will see the jewel-like towns of Maiori, Minori, Atrani, Amalfi, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Praiano and Positano.
Positano is the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town, with steeply-stacked houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta colours. John Steinbeck wrote in an article for Harper’s Bazaar: ‘Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.’ Once you get there, you will stand on the terrace overlooking Positano and the coast which is a fairytale experience.
Amalfi‘s typically Mediterranean architecture, made up of lanes and characteristic white houses piled one upon the other, makes it one of Italy’s most famous resorts. You will get a chance to ascend the steps to the major landmark in town — the 13th century Duomo di Sant’Andrea, also known as Amafi Cathedral — a stunning Romanesque edifice with an unusual Arab exterior and a baroque interior. While wandering through this tiny town, consider trying the local pastries and the artisan gelato or the famous lemon liquor — limoncello. Take some time to see the statue dedicated to Flavio Gioja, who has been credited with perfecting the sailor’s compass, and walk towards the end of the pier to get an overview of the entire city.
Ravello is situated in a more elevated position than the other pearls of the Amalfi Coast, boasting exceptional views of the coast and its marvelous villas and gardens. If you have time for a longer visit, perhaps a full day tour, you should consider visiting this tiny town that inspired Wagner. Take your time to visit Villa Cimbrone, the town’s main sight, by walking through the garden and the shady green tunnels of trees that suddenly and dramatically open up onto the Infinity Terrace. From this serene location that sits high above a sheer cliff facing the sea, the gaze can freely wonder along the Amalfi coast all the way to Paestum.
A private visit to the Amalfi Coast is the perfect choice if you want to get a real taste of the Southern Italy and its exquisite coastal landscapes.
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