Amalfi Coast

A brief voyage to the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of those places that you cannot lose the chance to visit in Campania and that, once you have done so, will lead you to dream about it at night, with the real impossibility of being able to forget it. 

It is characterized by mountainous terrain that clings to the sea in an intense embrace. A fusion that in turn encompasses history, architecture, art, and culture. A relationship of love and cooperation between the human mind and nature; all of which makes this place one that will remain in your heart. 

What comes out is an exciting mix where every step is a discovery, a journey within a journey, a journey of the soul in beauty. 

On the Amalfi Coast, small towns follow one another in just 55 kilometers of absolute enchantment and magnificence; each town also has its unique characteristics, with its traditions, personal, that fits almost like a 'dress' that they have chosen to present to others over time. 

All this, despite their proximity, mutual influence, and sharing of unrivaled landscape heritage. So, if you want to get to know the Amalfi Coast, you will have to move around, become dynamic and experience all 13 Unesco heritage municipalities in this way.

From Positano to Vietri sul mare, a dream called Amalfi Coast

As we have already said, a trip to the coast is not something static but, on the contrary, requires intense dynamism on the part of those taking it: beaches, sea, gastronomic tradition, places of culture and entertainment are what awaits every visitor to this spectacular corner of the earth. 

If you come from the nearby Sorrentine peninsula, you will first come across Positano, with its characteristic colored architecture climbing up the coast and disappearing below the Lattari mountains. The view here is truly incredible, especially for those who choose to arrive by sea. By the way: this is certainly one of the best ways to enjoy not only Positano but all the towns along the coast as they are connected by sea to the ports of Capri, Sorrento, Salerno, and Naples. 

For those who decide to move by land instead it is advisable to choose taxis, trains, and buses to move; this to the rental of own means of transport, especially for the heavy summer traffic. Now we can continue.  

Not too many kilometers further on we come across the town of Amalfi, famous for its Duomo di Sant'Andrea, which every art and architecture lover cannot miss during a visit here. The latter is the result of the stratification of centuries and centuries of art, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, guiding visitors on a timeless journey. Also of exceptional value is the so-called cloister of Paradise, an ancient burial place for all the illustrious men who have lived in this land.  

The town of Amalfi is also famous in Italy for being one of the ancient maritime republics together with Genoa, Pisa, and Venice (conventionally; since other Italian cities could boast of this honor). All of these were port cities that enjoyed great autonomy in the Middle Ages and were politically as well as economically advanced due to their highly developed trade. 

Continuing eastwards we find the nearby, but more inland, a town of Ravello, which stands out for its cultural dress, which it displays in all seasons. Here you will find art, music, and culture festivals of great international charm, with dream locations among incredible villas, hanging gardens, and medieval churches. 

The Ravello Cathedral and Villa Rufolo are worth the ticket price alone, and more. Inspired by the beauty of its nature also the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who designed a splendid auditorium (Inaugurated in 2010) characterized by organic forms that blend in with the rocky walls and sheer views of the sea.

Not to be missed is the small village of Cetara, a municipality with just over two thousand inhabitants, situated in a spectacular coastal inlet, historically considered strategic. Compared to other nearby municipalities, more open to international tourism, it still manages to preserve the important aspects of the ancient fishing tradition. Its very name probably derives from the Greek word Keteia, meaning 'tonnara' (tuna fishery), and indeed this relationship with the sea and its riches has not yet died out. During the nights (even the darkest and most agitated ones) you can hear the sound of the fishermen working hard in the waves. 

We can therefore conclude this journey with the town of Vietri sul Mare, located close to the port city of Salerno. In this town, the tradition of craftsmanship is very important and has ancient origins; the manufacture of colored ceramics is also very famous, already active in the Renaissance period and a source of pride for the entire region.

How to get to the different places on the coast

As previously mentioned, it is possible to visit the Amalfi Coast by sea: the ports of Naples and Salerno are well connected to those of Amalfi and Positano. There are also connections with Sorrento and the Island of Capri, obviously valid for the summer period only.

If you want to travel between neighboring municipalities, we recommend that you take the bus from Sorrento that connects Positano to Amalfi, passing through Conca dei Marini and Praiano. From Amalfi, it is possible to reach by local public transport (SITA) the towns of Cetara, Minori, Maiori up to Vietri sul mare. 

For those who intend to travel from the municipalities of the Sorrento peninsula, it is advisable to reach the station (or the port) of Sorrento: reachable by bus and Circumvesuviana (EAV rail transport) from the municipalities of Vico Equense, Seiano, Meta, Piano, and Sant'Agnello. 

Other possible connections (at higher prices) are by taxi and private boats of local tour operators. There is even the possibility of touring the coast by helicopter.

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