The Amalfi coast looks as if it is created from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the livelier colour gradients for creating a landscape that charms the visitor at the first shot, giving unforgettable experience and such redolent view to doubt, for a moment, it is real.
It is the land where the sweet scent of lemon blossoms synchronizes itself with the most fragrant one of the Mediterranean vegetation and the acerbic aroma of saltiness; where the bright colours of the majolica domes, bougainvillaea and carnations pergolas give an apparent coloured touch to the typical whitewashed houses, hugging to the last offshoots of the Lattari Mounts that dive dramatically into the sea.
The coast is symbolized by a pleasing maze of stairways and narrow alleys, connecting the two main elements of this landscape: the mountains and the sea. Covered with bays and fjords, scattered with pebbled beaches and rocks on which you can still see the ancient viceregal towers, the first fortification of the local population against the Saracen attacks. Flawless is the shift from the sea to the mountain. Amalfi extends countless testimonies of its glorious past as the Maritime Republic, governed by the royal Cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew.
Among the linked roads of all the towns in Italy, 163 roads, built in the first half of the XIX century during the Bourbon period, has always been considered one of the most beautiful roads in Italy. Succeeding the natural course of the coastline, the route is full of curves, nestled between the rock and the sea cliffs, giving new and spectacular shots at the exit of every tunnel or hairpin bend. Prior to the construction of the coastal road, locals reached all the towns via mule tracks and footpaths, still existing and specifically treasured by trekking lovers for the stunning views that can be adored.
Positano is a true paradise, developed vertically within a tangled overlay of streets, alleys and shops that expose the colourful Positano fashions well-known all around the world. In the town centre is the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta that shows up with its large dome, tiled in majolica and sheltering some precious works like polychrome marble altars. In front of Le Sirenuse Hotel are four small islands set in the expanse of the blue sea.
Furore is an authentic open-air contemporary art gallery, with distinctive fresco-painted houses, public buildings and small piazzas. Numerous naturalistic itineraries await you for all the exploring, with intense colours and perfumes of agave, Indian figs, mastic gum and rosemary. Furore is popular most of all for its fjords: unexpected, remarkable and suggestive visual expression of the power of nature.
Yet another gem of Amalfi, is an elegant and refined village, dipped in green and characterized by luxurious villas. Ravello is renowned all around the world for its Festival, in the garden of Villa Rufolo, where the emotion of listening to great music create an experience of bizarre intensity. The core of Ravello is signified by Piazza Vescovado, framed by the architecture of Palazzo Rufolo and the Cathedral with its magnificent portal and 10-feet-high bell tower.
The old-fashioned village of Atrani is evident with small alleys, arches, courts, tiny piazzas and characteristic stairs. The epic complex of Santa Maria Maddalena is located in a spectacular position, with its Baroque façade, lively dome tiled with majolica, and elegant bell tower, a symbol of the village.
Minori is an enchanting seaside recourse that connects together the fascination of landscape and sea to the cultural array positioned on the Villa Romana (Roman Villa), where we can admire the ancient Roman manufacturing genius and the Museo dell'Antiquario (Museum of Antiquity) that reveals several finds dating back to that period.
Praiano is a primaeval and serene fishing village that gives visitors a true-to-life landscape, as well as a rich artisan variety linked to the traditional silk-spinning and manufacturing.
Vietri Sul Mare
Olden trades passed down over the centuries, like that of the creative ceramic production of Vietri Sul Mare, all enriched with the delightful shades of local items.
Stops at the following places are a must: Scala, Maiori, Cetara, Conca Dei Marini, Corsara, Tramonti and Santo Egidio del Monte Albino. These are the natural beauties and precious historical testimonies in themselves.
The blue of the sea, the green of the Mediterranean maquis and the shades of citrus fruits dispersing over terraced cultivations blended with the typical architecture so as to form one of the most beautiful itineraries in Italy: the Costiera Amalfitana. Amalfi is a beautiful land filled with surprises for you to give you a memorable vacation.
Source(s): amalficoast.com, positano.com, italia.com