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Amalfi Coast – Italy

The Amalfi Coast with its Mediterranean landscape is one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations. Here, the blue of the sea, the green of the woodlands and the spectacular hues spread out over with the architecture in order to create one of the most incredible itineraries and without doubt places to enjoy in Europe.

 

This wonderful place, rich in contrast with steep cliffs, lush vegetation, caves in the sea and the Mediterranean sun, is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, exactly in the Gulf of Salerno, in the Campania region.

 

Surrounded today by an aura of mystery linked to the ancient local culture, the Amalfi Coast is considered a natural heritage since 1997 by UNESCO, which not only rewards the beauty of the coast, but also the architecture of cities such as Amalfi and Ravello. The balance with nature is remarkable, and the area’s respect for culture, from the vineyards and orchards in terraces in the low slopes, to the lands of pasture on the hills, makes the Amalfi Coast be at the height of other recognized natural areas such as Tuscany.

 

The coast is an excellent walk to do. With an extension of approximately 70 km from Sorrento in the south of Naples to Salerno, the Amalfi Coast has a network of old stairs and stone paths that lead along the coast to the most charming villages and cliffs that exude an outstanding natural beauty.

 

Amalfi coast, a picturesque landscape full of beautiful villages!

Amalfi, a beauty port with an imposing cathedral of the 10th century and a stunning bell tower that dates back to 1200. In this city’s streets the entertainment is evident within its many restaurants and shops.

 

Atrani will surprise you withits well-used 0.12 km2 where importantchurches and a couple of caves that complete the colors of the ports of Salerno make it part of the patrimony of humanity. Atrani displays the Santa Maria Magdalena Church high upon a rocky outcrop jutting into the sea. From the church, an impressive stone staircase leads ever upwards towards the village of Ravello, which makes for a good half day round-trip walk from Amalfi.

 

Ravello is another one of the mountain towns of Costa Amalfitana and it is located 365 meters above sea level and is internationally famous for the International Music Festival that takes place every year during the month of July. For its strategic position, you will be surprised by its wonderful panoramic terraces, especially from Villa Rufolo, with one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy.

Cetara is a fishing village and active fishing port that with its spectacular views invites you to visit the Saint Peter church. Also, its Medieval Tower, beaches, harbor and cordiality of its people make it one of the villages where you will find more peace and authenticity.

Furore, located in the foothills of the Lattari mountains, is a small town that forms one of the most picturesque beaches in the area and is also famous for the big bridge in which an international high-speed jump competition takes place every year.

 

Positano is one of the most beautiful villages to stay on the Amalfi Coast. Their steep houses on the rocks of the cliff are painted terracotta, rose and peach and they contrast with the brightness of the majolica tiles of the Cathedral. Positano is all glamor, with exclusive shops and good restaurants.

 

Vietri sul mare is the village of the Amalfi Coast closest to Salerno. Its population is closely linked to the manufacture of the tiles that decorate many of the domes of the churches in the area, the church of San Giovanni Battista, which has the most imposing decoration with these colorful and bright majolicas. It also offers wide beaches and is the only town on the Amalfi Coast with a train station.

 

As you can see, the Amalfi Coast is formed by numerous cities, towns and villages. We highlighted the most famous ones, but there are several villages that are scattered around the surrounding mountains which are also worth visitingfor their particular landscapes.

 

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