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Amalfi Coast and Capri Island – Tyrrhenian Sea

Oct, 08 || No Comments |

Amalfi Coast in southern Italy, is one of the most beautiful parts of the Tyrrhenian coast, impressing through spectacular landscapes and villages full of history.

Beyond stunning views strewn across the region, Amalfi Costiera (as it is called in Italian) impresses both the architectural and artistic masterpieces can be seen in towns in the area, and through ingenuity locals have built homes on cornices steep coast. The beauty of this region has been recognized by UNESCO, the Amalfi coast in 1997 including the World Heritage List.
Amalfi Coast, Capri along which is located near the Sorrentine Peninsula, is one of the most popular region among tourists worldwide. And rightly so! From many artistic monuments endure for centuries, the ancient wonders of the world, through spectacular scenery, beaches welcoming and obviously world-famous Mediterranean cuisine, this region of Campania is an important destination for any traveler.
 

Sorrento, the starting point of an adventure.

The nearest town of Sorrento Amalfi Coast, dating back more than 2,000 years. Located near Naples, where is the nearest airport, but not be characterized by chaotic atmosphere prevailing in the urban Neapolitan, Sorrento is an excellent starting point for your trip.
The narrow streets of the city center, reflecting the ancient Roman city plan Surrentum, and many buildings dating back centuries have made an ideal destination for relaxation Sorrento since hundreds of years ago, including famous names who have visited this city being one of Goethe and Casanova.
Sorrento is the ideal place to make a passeggiata, the name given by the Italians to a tradition dating back centuries: promenade evening undertaken before dinner. Whether you want to see Tramontano hotel, where Henrik Ibsen wrote one of his songs, stroll through Villa Comunale park or simply to experience the atmosphere of the Corso Italia (the street is closed vehicles after 19 hours), you will appreciate experience!
Do not leave town without trying limoncello, the traditional liqueur made from lemon peel that grow in this region. Beware, however: it contains at least 35% alcohol, so do not overdo it! This drink can be enjoyed most pleasant evening, after a delicious dinner at one of the restaurants offering a spectacular view of the bay, Vesuvius, Capri and Naples being among the objectives that can be admired.

Capri, a favorite destination for the rich and famous

If you want to visit famous island of Capri, it is best to start from Sorrento, which is the nearest port of this popular destination. A trip to one of the hydrofoil (so-called hydrofoil) lasts 25 minutes.
A popular destination among prominent people since Roman times, Capri is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Has always been a magnet for celebrities, the island is accessed over time artistic personalities such as Claude Debussy, Thomas Mann, Pablo Neruda and Somerset Maugham, as well as some novel that Vladimir Lenin. This, visiting Maxim Gorky in 1908, said amazed “Capri makes you forget about everything and everything.”

From the port take the funicular to reach the main town of Capri, where it is worth to stop to drink a cappuccino in the famous market Umberto I. If you are not in the peak season, the island is overpopulated, you have the chance to experience one of the many celebrities who own properties on the island.
Capri worth exploring on foot, many paths giving you the chance to experience the leisurely stunning islands and spectacular ruins of Roman villas leaders natural formations, while avoiding large groups of tourists.

If you prefer comfort rather, feel free to take a bus to Anacapri, where you can climb Mount Solaro by chairlift. Once up, you will find that the effort was worth it. Landscape can be seen from the highest point of the island is amazing.

Downhill, do not miss the Villa San Michele, built in the early twentieth century on the ruins of Emperor Tiberius residence. Today, this villa is an important tourist attraction and is famous especially for gardens adorned with works of art from antiquity, which also offers an impressive view over the bay.

To visit all the major sites that are on the island of Capri you need two days, indicated to spend one night on the island (especially the island is deserted evening of most tourists). The next day, feel free to visit the Grotta Azzurra, a famous sea cave considered by many a symbol of the island. Sunlight reflecting off the sand on the bottom of the cave, giving an intense blue water.

Faraglioni rock formation called is another famous symbol of Capri. One of the three rock houses a blue lizard species that does not live anywhere else in the world.

Amalfi Coast Sorrento

Once the visit to Capri, Amalfi Coast adventure can begin. If you want to explore the region with a car, Sorrento is the starting point of SS 145 (state road 145), which provides the shortest road route to Positano, Amalfi Coast town first.
Highway 145 is held near the famous Positano SS 163, dubbed by locals Nastro Azzuro (“blue ribbon”). This road, which connects to the Vietri sul Mare, Amalfi Coast end is carved in rocks located on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Because it offers a spectacular view on the region, SS 163 is among the most beautiful roads in Europe. For this reason, tends to be crowded during peak periods, when thousands of tourists wishing to enjoy views of the Amalfi road.
If you do not want to drive, but want to enjoy the picturesque scenery, you can try one of the local buses, called SITA, linking Sorrento and Positano. If you want to escape the crowds, avoid the summer months and early September. An alternative method of travel between major points of the Amalfi coast is the many private boats.

Positano is the first stop, the village with less than 4000 inhabitants marking the beginning of the Amalfi coast. If in the 50s Positano was a poor village where most people lived from fishing, everything changed with its popularization by John Steinbeck. In 1953 he described Positano as “a dream place that does not seem really real when you are there, but that is real and tempting once you have left.” Increasingly more tourists started to visit this village since then, and today tourism is the main source of income.

Despite the large number of tourists, Positano retains vibrant personality, continues to impress with homes located on the coast steep, narrow streets and steep steps linking them.

If Positano you will find it too crowded and expensive, following the road you will find Praiano Amalfi coast, a fishing village full of history. A key objective is the church of San Luca, dating from 1123, where you can see paintings of the sixteenth century.

Conca dei Marini, another village built on steep cliff, is best known for Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Cave), a spectacular cave where many stalactites and stalagmites reflected in water shining a light shade of green due to the enter through a crevice underground. It can lower the cave with a lift and down you can explore this fascinating cave with a boat.

Next stop is the largest city of the coast and also one that gives name: Amalfi. If between centuries IX and XII Amalfi was an important maritime republic which controlled trade in the Tyrrhenian Sea, which housed over 60,000 inhabitants, today only 5345 people been living in this city (of which 10 are from Romania, according to the last census). Every 4 years there Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche Store sailors, the former sea power Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice are competing in a boat race, during which the inhabitants of Amalfi relive the glorious moments of the former republics.

Amalfi Cathedral, built in the ninth century, the most important monument of the city and retains many ancient treasures for a millennium. Bronze doors were cast in Constantinople around the year 1000, being the oldest gate of a church in Italy.

As the city grew thanks to trade with ports in East Amalfi architecture of Moorish influence reflects an important and this can be seen in Ravello. Over the years, this tranquil village has hosted countless artists, composers and writers including André Gide, Joan Miró, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Graham Greene or Leonard Bernstein, and today is a quiet oasis for tourists who cross the coast Amalfi.

Ravello Cathedral dates back to 1086, and bronze doors were cast in 1179, as the dome of Amalfi from Constantinople. Another landmark is the Villa Rufolo, built in XIII century and restored in the nineteenth Century. This legendary place is mentioned in the Decameron Boccaccio and Wagner found his inspiration for the second act of the opera Parsifal in beautiful gardens of this villa.
In Ravello is another famous building, Villa Cimbrone, dating from the eleventh century. After being acquired in the nineteenth century English politician, Ernest Beckett (the future Lord Grimthorpe), the property has undergone many changes, garden villa is considered among the most beautiful in Italy.
While Beckett was family owned, Villa Cimbrone hosted many celebrities, including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, DH Lawrence, Greta Garbo, TS Eliot, Jean Piaget and Winston Churchill. American writer Gore Vidal, asked in an interview which was the most beautiful place he saw during his many travels, he replied that nothing can be overcome by “sight I saw her one day serene winter, as I was on the terrace of Villa Infinity Cimbrone, the sky and the blue sea were each so strong that it was impossible to distinguish them. ” Today, Villa Cimbrone is a luxury hotel, but the garden and terrace Infinity (which offers a spectacular view over the Bay of Salerno) are open to all visitors.

Amalfi coast ending in Vietri sul Mare, a town famous for majolica vessels produced by artisans in the region for more than a millennium. Majolica ceramic elements can be found almost everywhere in the village, they decorating the dome of San Giovanni Battista (dating from 1732) and numerous other buildings, squares and streets of the city.
Last stop of the trip will be in Salerno, one of the largest cities of Campania, located close to Vietri sul Mare. This is worth to visit many medieval buildings in the historic center and Castle Arechi, which rises to 263 meters above the city. To return to the highway A3 Napoli can use (if you traveled by car) or one of the trains that go to Neapolitan The town every 30 minutes. The journey takes about 50 minutes, long enough to remember the stunning views you’ve had a chance to see along the coasts of Italy’s best known.
No matter how long you spend on the Amalfi coast, you will find that you will not seem enough, this extraordinary region is known for its irresistible attraction. And if you travel before wondered why many celebrities around the world have chosen to retire in this region, this trip will certainly provide an answer.

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