Amalfi Coast, immersed in a charming scenery, have in common a crystal blue sea, wild nature, maiolic dome churches and houses clunged to the rocks.
Amalfi Coast..is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens and coloured terrace houses and stunning views and azure sea..
The places, immersed in a charming scenery, have in common a crystal blue sea, wild nature, maiolic dome churches and houses clunged to the rocks.
Fourteen spots in total, each with its traditions and pecularities, worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.
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The amalfi Coast
The places, immersed in a charming scenery, have in common a crystal blue sea, wild nature, maiolic dome churches and houses clunged to the rocks. The coast takes its name from Amalfi, since it is positioned in the center, and due to the town’s historical role during the centuries. In the IX century the town, with the rest of the Marine Republics, influenced the Mediterranean’s future. The Dome with its Paradiso Cloister, the Basilica del Crocifisso and the precious Carta d’Amalfi are the main attractions of the place.
The itinerary that starts from Positano with its narrow streets, the clothes boutiques and the beaches, and that then passes through Furore’s Fjord, the Grotte dello Smeraldo at Conca dei Marini, the square in Atrani and the steps in Raito, without mentioning Ravello and the other pearls of the coast, is a continuous of emotions, a journey to discover.
Amalfi Coast Tips
- In Summer we advise you not to use the car to get to the Amalfi Coast (you can leave it in our parking). We advise you to take the boat from Salerno, in 35 minutes you arrive to Amalfi or Positano.
- The Staff of the Faun will advise you on tours of the Amalfi Coast. You will receive a detailed guide on loan free of charge in English, with it your own map for Tour.
Sita buses go along the coast from Sorrento to Amalfi and from Amalfi to Salerno. Choose the region “Campania” from the website to find the timetables. Tickets cannot be purchased on board but are very easy to find in bars, newsagents, etc. Many people opt to rent the ubiquitous scooters, which is a indeed a good option, if you have previous experience, otherwise the heavy traffic and narrow roads makes this a bad place to learn.
Most trips to Amalfi are done by boat, commonly people use Pompeii as a transit point, but you can also take ferries from Capri, Salerno and Paestum during the summer months. If you get easily sea sick, or would just rather take the bus, there are regular services by Sita Coach to Amalfi (1h50) about 6 times per day.
Taking your car is discouraged because of the road size and lack of parking. During the summer there may be limitations on the road for tourist buses: e.g. sometimes the road along the coast is one way only for tourism buses from Sorrento to Salerno.
The Amalfi coast is renowned for its diversity; every town has its own character and interesting sites. The most noticeable places to visit on the Amalfi coast are:
– Vietri sul Mare, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, coming from Salerno, famous throughout the world for the production ofceramics, with its intense and vivid colors, and the beautiful hill towns of Albori and Raito;
– Cetara, a small fishing village, that has become famous over the years for its fishing related products, creating culinary specialties appreciated world-wide, such as the salted anchovy sauce and red tuna, for example;
– Maiori, the ancient Reghinna Major, which, despite the wide promenade and appearance of the new town, hides a very charming old town, made up of narrow streets and alleys, dominated by the imposing castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano, to the north, and the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare, to the west;
– Tramonti, a group of villages and districts set among the green mountains, covered withvineyards, away from the clamor of the other coastal countries, well known for its authentic flavors, the excellent wines and dairy products;
– Minori, the ancient Reghinna Minor, with the remains of the Roman Villa of the I century A.D., the magnificent Basilica of Santa Trofimena and the tasty hand-made pasta, gastronomic specialty of the town;
– Atrani, one of the smallest municipalities in Southern Italy, with its picturesque square and the ancient church of San Salvatore de’ Birecto (X century), where during the times of the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi, the Dukes (Dogi) received their official investiture;
– Ravello, which, with its breathtaking views, at the top of its 350 meters above sea level, with its beautiful patrician villas (Rufolo and Cimbrone), the cathedral of San Pantaleone and its architectural treasures, have enchanted over the centuries important writers, artists and chiefs of state, such as: Boccaccio, Wagner, DH Lawrence, V. Woolf, Gore Vidal, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, JF Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, and many others;
– Scala, full of fascinating corners over the coastline and important monuments. It is the oldest town of the Amalfi Coast and was the birthplace of Fra’ Gerardo Sasso, founder of the Knights of Malta;
– Amalfi, the first of the four Maritime Republics in Italy, with its imposing Cathedral entitled to St. Andrew, preceded by an imposing staircase, the ancient arsenals of the Republic, the Cloister of Paradise and the Paper Museum, in which tourists and curious can admire the antique methods of production of the precious handmade paper of Amalfi;
– Conca dei Marini, a village overlooking the deep blue sea with the spectacular Emerald Grotto, the scenic church of San Pancrazio, the austere convent of Santa Rosa, perched to the rock, where the famous “sfogliatella Santa Rosa” was realized for the first time;
– Furore, also known as “the town that does not exist”, with its deep fjord characterised by a wild beauty, the “en plein air” murals and the small villages scattered along the slopes of the mountain;
– Praiano, with its narrow streets scented of geraniums, the beach of La Praia, the Saracen towers, the majolica dome of the Church of St. Luca the Evangelist, the impressive Monastery of Santa Maria a Castro and its romantic sunsets, admiring the bay of Positano, the Sorrento Peninsula and the Faraglioni of Capri;
– Positano, the pearl of the Divine Coast, with its typical “Moda Positano” sandals andlinen clothes craft shops, the charm of its old noble palaces, the Church of the Assumption (near which were recently unearthed the remains of a Roman villa) and the charming panorama of the “Li Galli” islands in the background.
Gastronomy on the Amalfi coast
The Amalfi Coast seduces its visitors not only for the wonderful panoramas and the intense blue sea, but also for the flavours and tastes of the local traditional gastronomy.Each town and village features typical specialties from the local products.
Scala offers tasty proposals such as: orecchiette pasta and beans, spaghetti with pork blood sauce, spaghetti with nut sauce, fried polenta, tied (in “rezza”) and baked liver with bay leaves, fried broad beans in suet, red marrow and beans, cakes with local chestnuts, “black and white” (marble cake) and tart with pork chocolate (“sanguinaccio”).
Amalfi proposes a memorable hand made pasta, the Scialatielli, a mix of flour, bran, finely cut parsley, pepper and grana cheese, usually served with a fresh cherry tomato sauce with clams, savory chicory soup, chicken broth with cabbage, various vegetables, “pezzenta” (a local spicy salami), rolled pork skin and interiors, profiterole cakes with lemon sauce and lemon cake with different preparations (all flavoured with the famous Sfusato Amalfitano IGP lemons).
The typical dish of Atrani is the “Sarchiapone”, stuffed cylinders of long marrow (a fruit of July), filled with minced meat and cheese and cooked in a rich tomato sauce, the cassata Atranese, the pasticciotto (a delicate short crust pastry cake filled with cream and cherry marmalade) and lemon cake.
Tramonti is famous for specialties with goat meat, served in all kinds of sauces, chiodini mushrooms fried in a corn flour, fresh mozzarella cheese, an excellent pizza (a cultural tradition which the locals have proposed World-wide through its emigrants) and a series of good wines (Tramonti Costa d’Amalfi DOC).
Furore proposes a traditional specialty of squid and potatoes in tomato sauce, and not to miss: a timbale of pork meat and bran, the “caponata” a cold plate of softened bread biscuits called “freselle”, covered with cherry tomatoes, anchovies, aubergines, and other vegetables preserved in olive oil. The final touch is certainly a glass of a good Furore Costa d’Amalfi DOC.
Conca dei Marini is famous for the pennette (pasta) with a cherry tomato “piennolo” sauce, baked rabbit in lemon leaves and the fragrant Santa Rosa sfogliatella cake, a product with local origins created in the ‘ 600 by the nuns of the Convent of Santa Rosa: a thin sheet of pastry wrapped in a shell-shape form, filled with cream and decorated with black cherries.
Praiano proposes typical fish dishes like tubetti (pasta) with squid sauce, spaghetti with clams and spiny shell fish, sardines and potatoes. Famous are also the cakes: the “pizze roce” (a crown of pastry with cream and fresh fruit) and the lemon cake in its different ways.
Typical of Vietri sul Mare (famous for its ceramics) is the lien filled with parsley, mint and hot peppers, cooked in a oil and vinegar sauce and fried ox interiors.
Not to miss in Cetara the anchovies, main ingredient in most sauces here, Tunna fish preserved in olive oil (Cetara is a fisherman town with one of the most equipped tuna fish fleets of the Mediterranean) and the famous “colatura” of anchovies (an elixir extracted from the pressing of salted anchovies).
Ravello offers a mix between fish and meat proposals: tasty folkloristic pastries and a selection of lemon cakes to taste with a glass of special Ravello Costa d’Amalfi DOC.
The traditional dessert of Maiori are the fried aubergines (egg plant), covered with a thick chocolate sauce, the almond paste biscuits and the “sospiri” (a soft Spanish cake filled with lemon cream and covered with icing. Other delicatessen are: the ravioli with fish filling in a cherry tomato and prawn sauce; the avannotti (small fish) cooked in lemon leaves, warm or cold hors d’oeuvre with finely cut octopus and linguine (pasta) with sea food. The local suggestion to complete your meal is a fresh lemon sorbet which offers great digestive purposes.
Minori is famous for the fresh hand made pastas still prepared in each Family, like the “scialatielli” served with vegetable or seafood sauces or the “ndunderi” a sort of gnocchi made of a mixture of flour, bran and local ricotta cheese served in a fresh tomato sauce. Not to miss: the tagliolini (pasta) with a lemon sauce and the risotto with citrus fruits.
The Amalfi Coast: considered by its visitors, a comparison to Paradise for its wonderful views and fantastic tastes and flavours!
Limoncello is served at room temp. or cold, like digestive or aperitif. It’s an optimal digestive when it comes served in a cold glass. By adding some tonic water it becomes, also, a good drink. Best is to add it in the champagne or prosecco in order to prepare long-drinks. It’s very good on the ice
cream, the Macedonian or the strawberries. We suggest you to put the bottle in freezer, so to being able to fully taste it.
Ingredients: 15 lemons (sfusato amalfitano from Amalfi) with a thick peel, 2 x 750ml pure alcohol, 4 sugar cups, 5 water cups.
Preparation: Wash lemons by using warm water and a vegetable brush. Dry them and remove the rind by using the special tool to get long and wide piece of rind. Fill up one water jug of alcohol (750ml) and rinds. Limoncello must macerate at room temp. for 80 days in the covered jug without light. It is not necessary to churn. After approximately 40 days prepare a syrup by joining water and sugar, carrying them to boiling and keep them boiling for approximately 5 minutes until they are not gotten thicker. When the syrup is cold join it to the water jug and the remaining alcohol (750ml). After others 40 days filter the compound and pour it in the bottles.
Visit Sorrento is a triumph of colors and tastes, of bays and breathtaking views that dominate the sea.
Visit Sorrento..was the destination of famous travellers since the seventeenth century.
And before that it was the place chosen from the ancient Romans to build their villas. The Sorrentine Peninsula is a triumph of colors and tastes, of bays and breathtaking views that dominate the sea. There are also many types of seaside resorts for all needs.
Land of Mermaids. Land of Orange and Lemon Groves. Land of Colors. This small city in Campania has earned a plethora of alluring names. Famed for its sea cliffs, the town’s steep slopes look out over azure waters to Ischia, Capri and the Bay of Naples. The birthplace of Limoncello liqueur offers some good diving, great sea fishing, boat cruises and appetizing restaurants. Excellent hiking trails cross the peninsula. Rent a car or take a taxi if the steep streets look too intimidating.
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Tips beach Sorrento
Beaches are a rarity near Sorrento because of the cliffs But there are a few, the best by far is at Marina Grande, a small fishing village that has now become a part of Sorrento. There are some nice Shops, bars and Restaraunts there and it’s a lovely place to take a stroll or relax in a bar and take in the Lovely views or watch the local fishermen.
For a relaxing and inexpensive tour of the city hop on one of the orange city buses and enjoy the scenery. The buses are only one euro to take and the ticket lasts for 60 minutes so you can make connections if needed. The bus goes all over town and most important to the main port and Marina Grande which are long steep walks. The tickets are sold in tabacco shops and some hotels. You may want to see if you can print out a route map before heading to Sorrento .
- Walk – if you’re not in a hurry you can stroll from one end of town to the other. Most of the town is reasonably level except for the steep descent/ascent to and from the harbour & beach.
- Local buses – the local bus service is good enough to visit all interesting places available in the area. You can also get a bus up & down to & from the beach/harbour area from town, if you want to avoid the short but steep walk.
- Lift – there is a lift to take you up and down between town (up on top of the cliff) and the beach and harbour area. The lift costs 1 euro and the bottom entry is located just to the west of the public beach, in amongst the private beaches. This is a few minutes walk to the west of the boat harbour (marina). In summer if you’ve had a nice cool swim and don’t want to get hot and sweaty walking up the hill this is a good option.
Sorrento historical centre is the ideal place for shopping, from the seafront to the narrow streets, leading to the main street area thousand souvenirs can be found . Typical hand-craft marquetry, hand-stitched tablecloths, coloured handmade sandals, distilleries and local gastronomic products.
The inlaid wooden marquetry realized by the Sorrentine artisan, they patiently and skifully decorate wooden objects with delicate inlays creating a variety of patterns and colours. Their workshops are lined with piles of small boxes pressed into clamps, put out in open air for glue to dry in the sun. This gives character and colour to the streets making pleasant to walk all around the old town.
You can also buy a myriad delicacies: limoncello liqueurs painted bottles, almond and lemon cakes, orange patries, buiscuits, jams, local handmade ice cream.
Along the main street, Corso Italia, many shops offer the most famous “Made in Italy” brands.
- Lemon terraces
- The pretty Small Port (Marina Piccola)
- The puntacampanella natural reserve
- Villa Pollio roman ruins in Capo di Sorrento.
- Hotel Tramontano, where Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen lived while writing parts of Peer Gynt (1867) and Ghosts (1881).
- Museo Correale di Terranova Sorrento’s picture gallery
- Archeological Museum of the Sorrentine Peninsula
- Museo Bottega della Tasia Lignea A collection of local applied arts.
- Duomo (Cathedral)
- St. Francis Monastery
- Basilica di Sant’Antonino
The Sorrentine Peninsula
In this enchanting village aristocrats and intellectuals built villas by the tuff terrace overlooking the bay of Naples.The town is inviting for long, quiet and peaceful holidays, offering any comforts with its vast range of accommodations.It’s pleasant to walk around in the historical centre to discover beautiful gardens, panoramic points, old churches and lemon grooves.
Piano di Sorrento
On a natural terrace of tuff rock, this place was beloved by the Emperor Augustus and many Romans during the Imperial Age as well as celebrated by famous writers such as Plinius and Horace.
Visit the “Georges Vallet” archaeological museum of the Sorrento Peninsula in Villa Fondi, from its garden a wonderful landscape.
A lovely holiday resort and bathing destination, enchanting, sandy beaches: Marina di Meta and Alimuri. Do not miss the “Santa Maria del Lauro” basilica and the old historical centre where traditional feast, interesting cultural events and festivals are organized every year.
An holiday resort covering a large area with 18 beautiful villages each one offering different and unique landscapes.
Sant’Agata sui due Golfi set on the hill between the bays of Naples and Salerno, the magical and unspoilt Bay of Jeranto and the Punta Campanella, opposite to Capri, the final tip of the Sorrento peninsula.
This territory characterised by Mediterranean bush, typical cultivation and coasts just on the sea, constitutes one of the main tourist resources of Sorrento Peninsula.
One the activities promoted in this view has been the localisation and delimitation of a series of foot-paths. In 1990, in the sole commune of Massa Lubrense were localised 22 foot itineraries for an overall development of an area of about 110 km far from the carriage road and by the built-up area.
Along these paths, clearly indicated, it is possible to rediscover enchanted places rich in historical memories, panoramic points and ancient hamlets, the whole through lemon-orchards, olive-groves, oak-woods, sunny coasts and a luxuriant and evergreen nature, typical of the whole Sorrento Peninsula.
Gastronomy in Sorrento
Simple and tasty dishes created with the basic ingredients of the Mediterranean cooking, generally locally produced, characterize the typical cooking of Sorrento Peninsula.
“strascinate”),gnocchi alla sorrentina, pasta with beans, stuffed pepper (in dialect called “mbuttunat”) or of delicate dishes, such as caprese salad (tomatoes and mozzarella), pasta with courgettes, parmigiana di melenzane (fried aubergines with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese).
Correale di Terranova Museum
Addresse Via Correale, 50
Phone 081 8781846
Web site http://www.museocorreale.it/
Location Sorrento centre
The most precious and interesting collection of fine arts coming from the many Correale houses in Naples and Sorrento, collected in the “Villa alla Rota, by Alfredo and Pompeo Correale, counts of Terranova. The Correale Museum was opened in May 1924 and its spread over 24 rooms on four floors. The artefacts are divided into sections and then into chronological order.
This museum has been defined “the most beautiful provincial museum of Italy” visiting these rooms the visitors are transported in a journey-time, paintings from 17th and 18th centuries attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi, Battistello, Caracciolo, Solimena, Van Dyck, Kassel and Belvedere. From the famous Neapolitan school of Posillipo some paintings of southern Italy by Pitloo, Duclère, Gigante and Palizzi.
An excellent porcelain collection from the most important European factories, Meissen, Sevres, Bow, Wien and Capodimonte of course. Beautiful furniture, rare consoles, precious glass from Murano and Bohemia, rare table clocks recreating a suggestive atmosphere of an aristocratic home.
from Tuesday to Saturday 9,30 am – 6,30 pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 9,30 am – 01,30pm
Closed on Monday
Rates: € 7,00 € 5,00 group rate
The Wooden Marquetry Shop-Museum
Museo-Bottega della Tarsia Lignea
Situed in the historical centre of Sorrento in a patrician palace of the 18th century. In the halls of frescoed vaults and roof covered with hand-painted wall-paper, a rich collection of inlaid wooden furniture and objects made by local marquetry masters of the 19th century is on display. The exhibition of the Italian and foreign artists’ paintings of the 19th century, of ancient printings and photos, let us reconstruct the 19th century image of the Sorrento coast, of the environmental historical context where the local inlaid production was developed.
On Museum ground floor there is a bookshop where inlaid furniture and objects signed by Alessandro Fiorentino Collection are sold.
Monday to Saturday November – March 9,30 am – 01,00 pm/03,00 pm- 07,00 pm
Sunday on booking April – October 9,30 am – 01,00 pm/04,00 pm -08,00 pm
Rates: € 8,00 Group rate € 5,00 Min 15 pax
Georges Vallet Archaeological Museum – Villa Fondi
Addresse Via Ripa di Cassano – 80063 Piano di Sorrento
Phone 081 8087078
Fax 081 8087078
This museum is located in the neoclassical Villa Fondi di Sangro, surrounded by a beautiful park overlooking the bay of Naples. The museum exhibits sculptures and architectural decorations from prehistoric ages to Roman times. Noteworthy are two marble heads, glass containers for balms and perfumes and terracotta
the vases with red figures. The rooms of the villa contain illustrations of the prehistoric age, with caves and settlements, as well as information and finds from the digs in the area of Trinità (this is where a settlement from the II millennium B.C. was found; examples of archaic sculpture and architecture, Doric tuff capitals, archaic and Classical necropolises from the surrounding areas, with various tomb furnishings relating to them; objects found in the digs of ancient Sorrento and its necropolises; the extraordinary reconstructions in scale of Villa of Pollius Felix; the archaeological remains of the Villa at Capo di Massa (Villazzano), an the colossal marble statue found in Sorrento in 1971 of a female figure probably from the Imperial age.
Days Opening hours
Tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday 9,00 am – 07,00 pm
Monday and Sunday closed