by Maria Liberati on 25/05/09 at 4:25 am
A tour of Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
The Amalfi coast is one of the most stunning coastlines in the world. The Gulf of Salerno laps at the feet of majestic cliffs, inviting people to dip into its beauty. There is a smattering of ancient villages and charming towns tucked into valleys along the coastline or terraced along the cliffs in a unique and stunning way. When traveling to the Amalfi Coast-which stretches from the towns of Salerno to Positano-tourist destinations and hidden little haunts are equally inviting.
For a true taste of history, wonderment and love, when traveling along the Amalfi Coast, take the time to check out the following:
- Stroll the gardens in Sorrento. This small town boasts some impressive gardens wtih olive, orange and lemon groves. Order some locally made limoncello at a charming café or gather fruit that is spilling onto the streets.
- Cetara’s anchovies. If you have an appreciation for anchovies as a delicacy, make a stop in Cetara where you can find this specialty cooked in every way imaginable.
- Visit the Museo della Carta (Museum of Paper) in Amalfi. Amalfi has a rich history in paper-making. This museum commemorates what is known to be the first paper-making city in Europe.
- Tales of the Amalfi Crypt. Take some time to check out the Cathedral (Duomo) of St. Andrew. The ornate features are enough reason to stop by this ancient cathedral, but you can also take a peek into the crypt that is said to contain a tomb of the saint’s relics.
- Make your way to the village of Conca dei Marini. This small speck on the map is only a few kilometres west of Amalfi. Stop by a bakery and snatch one of their famous cream-filled pastries known as sfogliatella. Then settle down to savor it by the azure sea.
- Wine, anyone? Visit the Marisa Cuomo Vineyard in Furore. Vineyards terrace the high cliffs, making for a slightly daunting, albeit unique and fascinating visit.
- Take a tour of the often overlooked town of Praiano. Artisans abound in this little gem nestled about only about 9 km (5 miles) west of Amalfi.
- Take a boat ride. East of Praiano is a small beach called Marina di Praia, where you can rent a small boat and tour a variety of hidden coves.
- Take a hike along the Monte Tre Pizzi. At 1440m (4,723 ft.) above sea level, it is the highest peak along the coast. This trek begins at the Italian Rangers Station in Positano and finishes in Santa Maria di Castello, a village offering a breathtaking view of Positano and the crashing waves below.
- Via Positanesi d’Americain Positano. Take a stroll along the boardwalk which lining the shore. The perfect place to absorb the sights and smells that only the Amalfi Coast could offer.
Neither books nor internet searches could fully prepare you for the intense beauty and deep history that await you on the Amalfi Coast. Some towns are best navigated on foot, while others are conducive to driving, but whichever way you choose to experience this enticing slice of history, you are guaranteed to have memories that last a lifetime.