Glamorous, beautiful and always luxurious, the Amalfi Coast is always on our travel hotlist. And as one of 50 Italian sites to make it on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Amalfi Coast is definitely one to add to the bucket list.
As one lush green balcony sweeping over a sea of turquoise, dotted with pretty terraces, vineyards, and citrus and olive groves, it’s also a photographer’s dream.
Did you know the Amalfi Coast extends over 11,231 hectares between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, with 16 equally beautiful areas to explore? Choose from Amalfi, Atrani, Cava de’ Tirreni, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Raito, Ravello, Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino, Scala, Tramonti, and Vietri sul Mare.
Each of the cities and countryside towns of the Amalfi Coast all have their own personalities and traditions that make them unique. Whichever you choose to visit, though, you can expect plenty of architectural “wow” monuments, such as the Saracen Tower of Cetara, the Romanesque Cathedral of Amalfi and its “Cloister of Paradise”, the Church of San Salvatore de’ Bireto in Atrani, and Ravello, with its beautiful cathedral and the superb Villa Rufolo.
One of our highlights is the pretty town of Vietri sul Mare, which is known as the “cradle of majolica.” Here, prepare to fall in love with the gorgeous Church of San Giovanni Battista and the facade of the Arciconfraternita dell’Annunziata e del Rosario, which are both covered in splendid and colorful ceramic tiles.
Back on the road from Amalfi, you can explore the “painted village” of Furore and its emerald grotto, or wander the fishing villages of Cetara and Maiori, which are known for their fine, sandy beaches.
Meanwhile, in the Valley of the Dragon rises the very pretty city of Atrani, which has managed to remain fairly untouched by tourism. You’ll also need to stop in the namesake of Amalfi, which was founded in the 4th Century B.C and is known for its small, labyrinth-like alleyways and staircases.
Culture lovers will enjoy wandering through Amalfi and admiring the distinctive Sicilian-Arabesque architecture. Photographers will be happy snapping the Baroque-esque Duomo, which features a marvelous stairway and cloister and is one of the most-visited monuments on the Coast.
Once you’ve passed by pretty Praiano, you’ll arrive at the glamour of Positano, a smart resort spot even since Roman times. Famed for its pristine white houses that sweep down to clear blue sea, as well as the narrow walkways packed with bottegas (artisan workshops) and staircases that run towards the beaches.
Higher up along the coast are the villages of Scala, Tramonti, Raito – known for its typical stairways – and Ravello. At 350 metres high, Ravello is a coastal gem, with its villas, gardens and panoramic views.
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