A journey among the most beautiful villages of Amalfi Coast

A journey among the most beautiful villages of Amalfi Coast

Land of colors and perfumes. The Amalfi Coast is the stretch of the Campania coast located south of the Sorrento peninsula and Naples, overlooking the Salerno Gulf and extending from Vietri sul Mare to Positano. This stretch of coast is not only a geographical place, but it’s an expression of rare splendor, where the sea seems like a lapis lazuli, nature is a diamond and the villages are like colorful mosaics embellished with precious gems. Famous all over the world for its naturalistic beauty, it’s one of the 50 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List thanks to its historical and cultural value. Known for its heterogeneity, the whole area includes 16 splendid municipalities in the province of Salerno: Amalfi, Atrani, Cava de ‘Tirreni, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Raito, Ravello, Sant’ Egidio of Monte Albino, Scala, Tramonti, Vietri sul Mare.


Amalfi [photo credits walldevil]


It was one of the four Maritime Republics. Every corner, every street and every little square open silent and picturesque views on the vastness of the transparent sea: this is the scenario that has enchanted generations of travelers. It’s a romantic landscape par excellence, where the sweetness of the climate and the beauty of villas, houses leaning against one another, are combined with the nature of the mountains overlooking the sea.


Atrani [photo credits l’arginefiorito]


It’s the second smallest town in Italy with its 855 inhabitants. Atrani is the only village on the Amalfi Coast that has kept its appearance intact and has not been overturned by tourism, remaining essentially a fishing village. Very beautiful the square where there is the Church of San Salvatore that changes color at sunset: a show not to be missed.


Cetara [photo credits Viaggianza]


It’s a seaside village that, like Atrani, is not part of mass tourist flows. Cetara comes from the Latin “cetaria” which means “tunara” as it was founded by the people of the Cetari, Etruscan tuna hunters. Here, the maritime tradition is combined with the gastronomic one: in fact, it’s possible to taste Alici di Cetara’s colatura, famous throughout Italy and all over the world.


Fiord in Furore [photo credits Italy Travel Web]


The beauty of Furore is more hidden than the other villages. Furore has a hidden fjord that only those who are willing to face a few kilometers on foot can discover; the village is divided into two parts, it’s a natural border, which makes the place even more intriguing.


Maiori [photo credits Italia Virtual Tour]


The shape of this small town is reminiscent of an inverted  folding fan, at the end of which there is the famous Norman Tower. Here is the most beautiful beach of the Amalfi Coast and the longest sandy stretch. The village offers a white beach where to bask in the sun, nature trails for lovers of trekking, eno-gastronomic paths and religious itineraries.


Positano [photo credits MyWhiteBox]


Its territorial structure means that it’s set in the mountain, like a precious solitaire diamond. Pastel-colored houses and characteristic alleys are fantastic. Sea and walks make Positano the ideal destination for a relaxing holiday full of luxury and nature.


Villa Rufolo Gardens, Ravello [photo credits Villa Rufolo]


Ravello was the favourite city for the artists: here many writers, Wagner and Boccaccio above all, took inspiration for some of their most famous works. The real highlight is Villa Rufolo: its gardens dominates the maritime landscape from its height.


Vietri sul Mare [photo credits Costiera Amalfitana]


It’s the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. Vietri sul Mare is known all over the world for its ceramics: there are many small shops where they work respecting tradition. The alleys seem small open-air museums where the walls are galleries where the ceramic tiles are exposed.

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