The Amalfi Coast is one of the most enchanting coastlines in Europe, for the spectacular landscape and historic heritage of the place. The vegetable patches and the gardens, are all contained in terraces, where the products, like lemons, are cultivated from centuries. The nature of Amalfi coastline has made very difficult and interesting the construction of the main road (named Statale 163) that connects all the villages of the coast. This incredible road was built around 1840 and completed in 1852, and it wings around the mountains, on cliffs varying from 50ft to 400ft above the sea, offering each corner a breathtaking sea view.
When you come to Amalfi, the panorama is wonderful. White houses climbed up the rocks are opposite to the big Saint Andrew Church, located in the middle of the town. Every street hides a square, where in the past people used to sell their merchandise. Through one of this street we discover Piazza dei Dogi, still called Piazza dei Ferrari, because there were smiths’ shop. From here, other streets go everywhere; one of these takes us to the sea, where we find the entrance of the Antichi Arsenali.
This little town is situated near Amalfi, is situated between the Civita Hill and Aureo Hill. It had the same historical destiny as the Amalfi Republic. The panorama of Atrani is very suggestive. All the houses built one over the other make it look like a Nativity Scenery.
This little town is 15 km far from Amalfi. It is in the valley below the Falerio mountain. Historically, Cetara followed the same fate as the Amalfi Republic. Because it was a border town of the Amalfi Republic and the Dukedom of Salerno, it became a Saracin navy base. Cetara is known for its tinned anchovies and tuna fish production. They used a Roman traditional recipe called "GARUM", that has been modified in the course of time.
Furore was founded by the Romans and thanks to its geological conformation, this village was never invaded by the Saracens. It is situated inside the homonymous fjord and there are two villages, one on the sea, the other on the mountains. We can reach the fjord of Furore running the S.S. 163 from Amalfi to Positano; after having left the “Emerald Cave”, the road slides slowly to the sea; then a tunnel comes before this natural wonder.
Only a brief stretch of coastline seperates Amalfi and Minori (the ancient 'Regina Minor'); however, even this small town played its part along with the others in the history of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi. It has been a popular tourist resort since Roman times, with the longest unbroken stretch of beach on the Amalfi coastline. In the mid-20th century, Roberto Rossellini filmed some of his most famous films here: “Paisà” (1946); "Il Miracolo" ("The Miracle"), the second episode of the movie L'Amore (Ways of Love, 1948); La macchina ammazzacattivi (Machine to Kill Bad People, 1952); and Viaggio in Italia (Journey to Italy, 1953). A film festival is held every November at which the Premio Internazionale Roberto Rossellini is awarded.
The origins of the name Minori come from its association in the past with the river that crosses it, Regghina, its ancient Latin name was Regghina Minor. This name coincides with the name of the neighboring village Maiori, then known as Rheggina Maior. Just inside Minori, coming from Amalfi, the remains of a first century roman villa are found; it is still possible to see the thermal baths, nimphaneum, the peristilio and viridarium.
One of the most gorgeous pearl of the Amalfi Coast, worldwide famous for its beauty. Positano is synonymous of summer fashion. Its boutiques made every summer thousands of dresses in cotton, silk and linen. The fantasy and the geniality of their creations, whose colours are very simple like the green emerald, the white and the yellow, always suggest the summer fashion.
Ravello is situated about 5 km from Amalfi; up on the mountains, overlooking the coast from Maiori to Amalfi. The Villa Rufolo, from XII century, erected by the Rufolo's family and the Villa Cimbrone, are two sites not to be missed for their splendor and their internal decorations. Both these Villas have an amazingly beautiful garden that, if it is even possible, enhances the Villas even more. From Villa Cimbrone, you can admire one of the most divine panoramic view of Italy, along all the Amalfi Coast, and on some days, up to the Coast Cilentana.
Vietri sul Mare
The first town that we meet, coming from Salerno is Vietri sul Mare.
The town is built on a little promonty and on the seaside where we find an impressive Saracin tower. Vietri Sul Mare produced ceramics since XV century; its trade was especially with Sicily and Calabria. The decoration of Vietri ceramic has the typical colour of the coast.
Salerno (20 kms to Giffoni), south from Naples on the A3, on the Bay of Salerno, is a city of just over 150,000 inhabitants. It is the largest city on the Amalfi Coast, and one of the least explored by English-speaking travelers. That will change as more and more people "discover" the many historical, cultural, social, religious, culinary, architectural, and recreational delights the city has to offer.
Here are some of things that travelers will want to see in this robust city, which, though steeped in history, continues to keep up with the times.
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The Castle of Arechis
Opening Times: 9:00AM and an hour before sunset (depending)
Admission: Free of Charge
The Castle, whose most ancient architectural features are attributed to the Byzantine craftsmen of the 6th Century AD, dominates the city of Salerno from 300 meters above sea level. Acquired as part of the patrimony of the provincial authorities of Salerno, the Castle has been renovated and during the process of renovation, a remarkable quantity of medieval ceramics and coins were recovered.
San Matteo's Cathedral
Opening Times: 9:00AM-6:00PM Daily
During Festivals: 1:00 PM- 6:00PM
Admissions: Free of Charge
This ancient cathedral was first built in March 1084 but was completely rebuilt in June 1688 after an earthquake struck. The courtyard is surrounded by a covered walkway supported by twenty eight plain columns with arches and a series of Roman sarcophagi along the walls, and on the southern side of the cathedral stands a bell tower which dates back to the 12th century. The city's main cathedral also features artworks from the famous Italian artist Francesco Solimena.
Location: Via Ferrante Sanseverino
Opening Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: 10:00AM-3:00PM; Saturdays 5:00PM-9:00PM
Admission: Free of Charge
Minerva Garden is the first botanical garden in Europe which cultivates plants for medicinal use. Situated in the heart of the old town, the garden has elements which date back to the 8th century, such as the fountain on a terrace and the long terraced stairway bordered by stuccoed pillars leading to a belvedere.
The Church of San Giorgio
Via Del Duomo 19
Opening Times: 9:30 AM - 12:30PM weekdeays
Admission: Free of Charge
San Giorgio is the most beautiful Baroque church in existence in Salerno and rich in frescoes of the finest quality. In the Chapel dedicated to the saints Tecla Archelaa and Susanna, in 1680, Francesco Solimente painted three murals illustrating these saints being led to their martyrdom. The vision of Suor Agata and the saints in meditation constitutes the first great work of the painter.
In the shadow the Vesuvius tourism roots run deep: on the imprints of great greek columns refined aristocrats and Roman emperors built their sumptuous villas and oasis all along the shoreline of the Gulf. It is not a coincidence that at the begining of this third millennium the peculiar magic of this civilisation continues to generate new sources of amazement: the recovery of age old monuments and traditions – folklore, gastronomy, genuine cultivation – that were thought irreparably lost, events and shows worthy of the great international circuit, new fodder for artistic and scientific research.
Neaples’ aritistic treasures to visit are countless; the old city centre, world patrimony protected by Unesco; the buildings, the churches, the catacombs and the underground paths, the Archeological Museum; the places of Medieval and Renaissance power around the Castel Nuovo and Palazzo Reale; the unforgettable seafront, from Castel dell’Ovo to Posillipo. The Vomero hill area proposes museum colections among the most important in the world, in restored locations that have been set up in an exemplary way : Capodimonte’s Palazzo Reale and the Certosa of San Martino.
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