The Amalfi Coast in southern Italy, located between the sea and the sky and protected by the rugged peaks of the Sierra de Latari, gives you the inescapable feeling that it is “there is no outside world.” It’s a place that perfectly combines nature, beaches and culture, so whether you want to lay on the beach with a cold beer, walk majestic paths among lemon trees and vineyards, or explore cathedrals history, you’ll find something you love. No surprise that the Amalfi Coast has always been a summer destination for actors, writers and other celebrities. Let’s discover the top 8 tourist attractions in Amalfi Coast!
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Positano is a typical beautiful village in Italy. It is built on a hill on the Amalfi Coast, with its narrow streets, houses and small hotels. It can only be reached by car or bus through its winding roads, which is wonderful, because there aren’t many people driving around and is a worthwhile visit as the views here are spectacular. Dream landscapes, super cool and English-speaking locals, delicious food. You have to be prepared to walk a lot to explore the superb mountain trails in the area. The little houses in pastel shades of ice cream flavors, such as peach, strawberry, lemon and vanilla, run down the entire cliff, until they throw themselves into the waves: Fascinating.
You immediately understand why it is the most photographed village on the coast and as soon as you arrive you do the same: you should grab the camera and shoot shots of this former fishing village which has become over the years a very attractive seaside resort. All the stairs, all the alleys between the gardens and the terraces lead to the sea and the beaches. Shops are everywhere, and it is even said that the area has launched its own fashion: loose clothing in neon colors, abstract patterns and sandals. The place is all the same particular and remains to be offered.
Positano has lots of beaches and Marina Grande is just below the Church of the Assumption. It stretches for about 300 meters and consists of pebbles and black sand. Part of the summer is reserved for resorts that have seen the place is also very expensive, the other is used as a crowded beach and therefore accessible to all. The panorama from the beach is unprecedented: the horizon of the small islands of “Li Galli” or “Sireneuse”, namely islets of sirens, because legend has it that on these rocks took refuge sirens with their song ammaliarono Ulysses. Just then turn to be fascinated by the colorful houses of Positano steep on the sea almost giving life to a small nativity scene. The beach is lined with hotels, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops, therefore, is one of the destinations most popular for tourists.
Grotta dello Smeraldo (The Emerald Cave)
The Emerald Grotto or Grotta dello Smeraldo is a special attraction, as you will have the impression of seeing emerald-colored water. It is precisely this color that makes it popular. You can go to the Emerald Grotto by car or boat. By car, take the national road 163 which goes from Positano to Praiano. If you prefer a boat trip, just contact one of the many companies on the Amalfi Coast that offer boat trips. The visit to the cave is guided and lasts about 15 minutes. Discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, it owes its name to the play of colors ranging from cobalt blue to turquoise, then from green to emerald green, due to the passage of sunlight in an underwater groove that connects it to the upper sea. Initially, the cave was at sea level, and over the years stalactites and stalagmites have formed inside, giving rise to majestic columns, some of which are more than ten meters high. There are many ancient stories about the Emerald Grotto and many legends that revolve around this picturesque corner of the coast, such as the myth of the Janare.
According to local folklore, the Janare were witches who lived in the area, dressed only in long nightgowns, waiting for the fishermen’s boats to charm them with their songs. This is how this whole area and the Emerald Grotto itself take on the connotation of an enchanted place! In addition to popular belief, the “temple of the sea” also brings together the religious tradition of the place and hides in its waters a fascinating underwater nativity scene, made of Vietri ceramics and placed at the bottom of the cave at a depth of about 4 meters. Every year at Christmas, divers dive and leave the statue of the child Jesus at the bottom of the cave. During the summer, many events such as theatre, music and cabaret are organized in the square in front of the cave.
Ravello, this small village perched in the mountains, on the edge of the cliff, is an essential stopover for anyone traveling along the dizzying Amalfi Coast. Perched above the waves, partly forbidden to cars, this village is a flowery balcony of a steep paradise. It is one of the most amazing sites but also one of the most popular in the region. Not to be missed: The cathedral which was built in the 11th century, the Villa Rufolo which dominates the village square and whose last resident, in 1880, was none less than the famous German composer Wagner. Finally, the more recent Villa Cimbrone, which is now a luxury hotel, is to be seen above all for its very beautiful gardens which surround it. Ravello offers a sublime view of the Amalfi Coast that you are not ready to forget.
It is a large monumental complex that owes its origins to a wealthy family of princes and merchants in the Middle Ages, the Rufolos. Like all nobles at that time, the family had a palace built which was to represent their power and wealth. Built in the 11th century, the villa reached its splendor during the time of King Carlo I of Angiò. In the 19th century, a Scottish nobleman recovered the abandoned palace and gardens and completely restored them, with the help of Michele Ruggiero who later directed the excavations at Pompei.
The original complex is a marvelous synthesis of Arab, Sicilian and Norman art, so that the villa has become the symbol of the rich heritage of the Amalfi town of Ravello. The complex consists of an entrance tower, a so-called Chiostro Moresco cloister, an enormous tower 30 meters high, from which emerges a magnificent panorama of the sea, as well as several rooms at the interior among which we can distinguish the remains of a hammam. Villa Rufolo is home to the Ravellofestival theatre, dance, music and film festival, which takes place throughout the summer.
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
The Villa Cimbrone is one of Ravello’s historic buildings. A symbol of luxury and the elite of the town of Amalfi. The villa is about 10-15 minutes walking distance from the square. At the entrance you pay a ticket for 6 euros and you can easily visit the gardens of the villa filled with flowers, statues and finally the infinite lighthouse which is the terrace alone is worth the full price of the ticket. The Belvedere offers breathtaking views of the coast and to the south you can even see as far as the Cilento coast. It is one of the most picturesque views of the Amalfi Coast.
Vallone delle Ferriere
The hike in Vallone delle Ferriere runs in the same valley as that in Valle dei Mulini, only a few hundred meters higher. This walk can also be done from Amalfi. To do this, you have to take a steep path (rather a staircase) which brings you to Pogerola. The first part of the trail climbs considerably, until it reaches an altitude of about 500 meters. The trail continues relatively flat. It winds up the slopes of the hills, then passes through the quiet forest or under the cliffs, down the valley with spectacular views. From time to time you pass in front of a small house, with the obligatory lemon trees and in annex a small garden. At a clearing some charred trees testify to a forest fire which destroyed part of this natural beauty. Fortunately, nature recovers quickly. In some of the many valleys the water still flows down forming magnificent waterfalls.
You follow the red and white signs of the C.A.I. (Italian Alpine Club), similar to that of the GR-paths. At the farthest point of the promenade, after some four kilometers, you find the Rio Canneto, which descends the Valle dei Mulini. There is no bridge but nevertheless you reach the other side on dry feet although a little later you decide to cool your feet in the icy water. Shortly upstream are still some remarkable waterfalls. The time for a picnic or at least half an hour flat in the calm this beauty of nature.
Faraglioni rocks are three large rocks about 100 meters high, located on the southeastern tip of Capri. They are the symbol of the island. In fact, no zip on the island does not contain. Each stone has its own name. The first is connected to the mainland and is Stella, the second is the Faraglione di Mezzo and the third di Fuori or Scopolo Faraglione. By Faraglione di Mezzo tunnel boats pass, (you also pass under it), and Faraglione di Fuori’s habitat is dyed blue lizard, Lacerta viridens faraglionensis which only lives here. It is amazing that despite its size, the summit of Monte Solaro looks so small.