Italy has many beautiful places to visit, from Sicily to Italy in the south to the lakes in the north. One of the most popular tourist destinations is the Amalfi Coast, known in Italian as the Costiera Alalfitana, which runs 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno. The picturesque village of Amalfi gave the area its name, and it is a wonderful place to head to, so why not book one of our Amalfi Coast luxury villas?
Find out more about this breath-taking part of Italy with these nine interesting facts:
You can walk along by the coastal path in parts and notice the scent of lemons in the air. The production of lemons is in abundance along the coast, and it is one of the distinguishing features of the area, so much so that tourist shops sell lemon-themed souvenirs. Be sure to try some sweet Limoncello on your holiday, and maybe even try making some sweet lemonade in your villa from locally-grown lemons!
UNESCO Heritage Site
In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the region boasts a blend of natural and cultural wonders. The terrain comprises of dramatic coastline, scattered with vineyards, orchards and pastures, many of which have a stunning view of the deep blue waters below.
The climate and abundance of resources have drawn many people to the region over the years, with Greeks, Romans, Normans, Saracens, Arabs-Sicilians having left their mark. There are temples to Poseidon, Hera and Athena in Paestum and Roman villas like Villa di Damecuta on Capri in the town of Anacapri. The communities often cluster along cliffs, their terraces blending into the rock face itself, which adds to the charm of the natural beauty of the coast.
The village of Amalfi could once rival Pisa and Venice in wealth and power due to its maritime connections. It remains to be a thriving tourist centre, as it is the main town on the coast. The main sights to see in Amalfi is the Duomo, Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, which overlooks the Piazza Duomo in the heart of the village. The façade of the cathedral is Byzantine in style and adorned with various paintings.
This small town on the Amalfi Coast is possibly the most popular due to is romance and luxury. The beautiful town is situated on the hill, leading down to the coast, practically built vertically into the face of the mountain. Starting as a fishing village, the town later became famous for its writers and artists. Today it has many high-class boutiques and is famous for its footwear, made exclusively in the town. Positano, like Amalfi, is best viewed from a boat so that you can see the town rise above the water and marvel at the colourful buildings.
You can fly to the nearest airports, Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport or Naples International Airport, and hiring a car is a great way to get about, further inland as it is difficult to drive into the cliff-side towns and villages. Buses and ferries also run along the coast. In fact, the boat excursions between Positano and Amalfi is one of the best ways to get around.
While the Amalfi Coast has many gorgeous beaches to spend the day on, be aware that some towns are perched high above the beaches. The towns which right down to the beach include Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Praiano and Positano. The beaches along the coast will seem like paradise, in small natural shelters, wonderful to relax on or go snorkelling in the shallow waters. Most are pebbled beaches; the Vietri Sul Mare is the sandy one, great for families.
A culinary heaven, the Amalfi Coast is a great place for pizza (nearby Naples is the self-proclaimed home of pizza), pasta, seafood and cheese. Being a sunny climate, with a variety of wonderful food available all throughout the year, from asparagus and artichokes in spring to aubergines, peppers and tomatoes in the summer months.
Due to its beauty and luxurious lifestyle it offers, the Amalfi Coast has often featured in films and TV shows, most recently the film Wonder Woman. The fictional island, the birthplace of Wonder Woman herself, Themyscira, was filmed on the Amalfi Coast. The idyllic island has a setting of cobalt-blue sea, tranquil beaches, dramatic cliffs and lush greenery, just like the real coastline itself.
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