Surrounded with magic and dream… among places of such a rare beauty, colors, charm and traditions that have inspired artists and poets from all over the world. It is impossible not to be captured by the vision of unique scenarios, a jagged coastline rich of history and legends, and hidden beaches only accessible from the sea.
In these places the climate is always mild. Temperatures rarely go below 8/10 C°. Spring and Summer - up until October - are the best periods of the year for sailing here.
The Amalfi Coast, magically suspended between the blue sky and a clear turquoise sea, is one of the 50 Italian sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in the southern coast of the Sorrentine peninsula, it overlooks the Tyrrhenian sea and the Salerno Gulf, and it is delimitated by Positano on the West and Vietri sul Mare on East. Named after the city of Amalfi, this stretch of coast is famous all over the world for its nature, a unique Mediterranean scenario with high natural and cultural value, and due to its topographic characteristics and historical evolution. This is a stretch of coastline where there is a sequence of promontories and coves, bays and fiords, spaced out by pebbly beaches and cliffs, on the top of which Norman sighting towers stand - a testimony of the attempt to defend native populations from the Saracens attacks. The mountain’s crests have been terraced for centuries, and are now cultivated with olive trees, grapevines and lemon trees. The terraced gardens with lemon trees are typical of this area. The lemons of the Amalfi coast are sweet, slightly bitter and with a round taste; they are called ‘pane,’, bread, because they can be eaten slice by slice as a dessert, or used for the famous limoncello, an aromatic bright yellow liquor with an amazing lemon aroma.
The Amalfi coast spreads for 11.231 hectares and in includes 16 municipalities -all of which belong to the Salerno province- a succession of villages enclosed in the rocks, connected by the panoramic SS.163 road built during the Bourbons’ domination in the first half of the XIX century and nowadays considered one of the most beautiful roads of the country. Among the places that are worth visiting:
Amalfi, the little town that gives its name to the coastline, rich of history and culture, was the first of the four Maritime Republics and it controlled for a long time the maritime commercial traffic with the East. The Duomo di Sant’Andrea, with its spectacular staircase, the Arabic-Norman bell tower, and the fascinating Chiostro del Paradiso (Heaven’s Courtyard) are among the most visited monuments in the coast.
Atrani, the smallest village in Europe, with its beautiful churches of San Salvatore del Birecto and of Santa Maria Maddalena, is like a natural amphitheater that overlooks the sea, offering a fascinating and unique panorama to its visitors.
Cetara, a small fishermen burg, specialized in the fishing of anchovies and tuna, is popular for its typical cuisine that includes the famous anchovies sauce ‘colatura d’alici’.
Conca dei Marini, with its beautiful and unique cave ‘Grotta dello Smeraldo’, is hometown to the typical dessert ‘sfogliatella di Santa Rosa’, that was baked for the first time, according to tradition, on its cliffs overlooking the blue sea.
Furore, with its famous fiord, dug during the centuries by the Schiato stream, it is also known as the painted village because of its original en plain air artistic graffiti.
Maiori, with its wide beach, the ‘Collegiata di Santa Maria’ on the seaside and the San Nicola de Thoro Plano Castle, was known as Reghinna Major, and in the second half of the XX century it became one of the neorealist film director Roberto Rossellini’s favorite locations.
Minori, the old Reghinna Minor, formerly used as summer residence by the Romans, is famous for its production of handmade pasta. Surrounded with verdant gardens, the small town has beautiful architectonical gems, like the remains of a maritime Roman villa that goes back to the I century, the Basilica of Santa Trofimena.
Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi coast, an elite and fashionable location, is one of the most popular places in the area. Positano was used, like Minori, as summer residence by the Romans. Its white small houses that descend towards the sea, the small shops and the many narrow stairs make it a unique place. Long appreciated by artists and VIPs, Positano is famous for the artisan production of leather sandals and cotton and linen clothes (Moda Positano), for its antique buildings and the breathtaking view of the dome of the Chiesa dell’Assunta covered in mosaics, facing a deep blue sea and the Li Galli isles.
Praiano, where the princes of Amalfi used to spend their holidays, offers a unique and quite atmosphere. The belvedere of the church of San Luca and San Gennaro will surprise the visitors with an unforgettable view.
Ravello, the town of music, is popular for its cathedral, the fascinating Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo and the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, located at 350 m from the sea level. Ravello also hosts an important music festival that every year embraces and celebrates all artistic disciplines.
Scala, the oldest village in the Amalfi coast, is the hometown of brother Gerardo Sasso, the founder of the Order of the Knights of Malta.
Tramonti, a small town located on the hills of the Amalfi coast, in engulfed by the verdant nature of the Lattari Mountains. It is the ideal place where to try out the typical cuisine, among chestnut woods and vineyards.
Vietri sul Mare is known all over the world for the production of brightly colored ceramic tiles. Vietri’s suburb, Albori, has been listed as one of the most beautiful burgs in Italy.
GROTTA DEGLI INFRESCHI
Golfo di Napoli
Parco Nazionale del Cilento
CASTELLAMARE DI STABIA
Golfo di Salerno
CONCA DEI MARINI
MARINA DEL CANTONE
AMALFI COAST & CAPRI
Marina D'Arechi - Salerno
Soleanis Base Port
40° 38.740' N
14° 48.645' E