By Go Travelling , Public Domain
By Go Travelling , Public Domain
Facing the Tyrhennian Sea, in the Campania region of Southern Italy, the Amalfi Coast is a rugged stretch of sparkling coastline winding its way between Gulf of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno. Towering cliffs dotted with citrus and olive groves, terraced vineyards, pastures and small idyllic villages perching on the craggy cliffsides, the vista is magnificent!
This beautiful stretch of dramatic coastline comprising 13 splendid towns : Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Scala, Tramonti, and Vietri sul Mare.
Each town features a different atmosphere, has its very own unique charm, preserved their centuries-old tradition and flair. However, there’s something in common; the spectacular beaches lapped by crystal-clear water, balmy weather, charming old town surrounded by twisting narrow streets, packed with medieval architectural treasures, gorgeous churches graced by large majolica dome and the hospitable locals ready to welcome visitors from afar.
The dazzling Amalfi Coast can be crowded, but its allure is irresistible! There are also some off -the -track hidden gems, with lesser tourists but equally amazing beaches for laid back by the sea.
Landscape of enormous beauty, this jewel of Mediterranean has continued to lure visitors for many centuries.
The Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
A graceful city, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and azure sea, Amalfi is the heart of this magnificent Italian coastline and a must-see town on your Amalfi Coast adventure. Amalfi was the capital of the Maritime Republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200. Thus, the town gives its name to the coast. At the center of the main square is the beautiful Cathedral of St. Andrew, features a marvelous stairway, cloister and the Arab-Norman style bell tower . The Handmade Paper Museum and the Ancients Arsenals of the Republic Musuem also worth a visit. The stunning multi-coloured houses and labyrinthine alleyways are wonderful to behold. A good place to relax and soak up the sun !
The Medieval village of Atrani is marked by small alleys, arches, courts, tiny piazzas and characteristic stairs. The monumental complex of Santa Maria Maddalenais, with its Baroque façade, lively dome tiled with majolica, and elegant bell tower, is the symbol of the village. Atrani offers visitors picturesque views as well as the pleasure to spend relaxing moments in the main square, away from the mass tourism. If you go, be sure to see the stupendous piazzetta on the sea.
Cetara is a quaint fishermen's village on the Amalfi Coast. It's one of Italy's main centres for tuna fishing and known as food lovers' hotspot. The Tower of Cetara, built in 1576 on an old tower basis, is now a museum of fishing.
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The Tower of Cetara
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Conca dei Marini
The village has preserved the old charm of a fishing village, characterized by its white vaulted roofs houses from the 16th Century. The Emerald Grotto, a marvelous karst cave, is one of the most beautiful in the world!