Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, a place that will amaze you all around
During summertime, the area welcomes you in a warm hug as the sun shines on clear and shimmering sea and a landscape made of charming bays, beaches and rocky shores.
The lush vegetation, dominated by the yellow of lemons and the bright green of olive trees, becomes the frame for suggestive backgrounds of the Gulf of Naples and Salerno.Boat excursions discover gorges and hidden coves; scuba divers can explore the seabed organized by specialized diving centers. Folk events and glamorous clubs alleviate mundane life along with traditional cuisine based on fresh fish. These are just some of the many reasons to experience the coast in the summer.
In spring, experience a high quality sensorial experience. Traditions, history, culture, nature and tastes are the ingredients of this period of the year, with country festivals, excursions, shows, guided tours, tasting itineraries and the suggestive events of the Holy Week.
In autumn, bask in the warm and varied colors of the season, giving the opportunity to be 'explored' with a more relaxing and slow pace, both walking or by car, maybe with one of the expert local guides. To complete the feeling of relaxation, our suggestion is to spend a few days in one of the local wellness centers.
In winter, experience Christmas warmth and cheer. In the quiet atmosphere of a place rich in history, monuments, churches and museums give importance to traditions. Even just looking at a nativity scene will make your holidays wonderful.
The climate is constantly mitigated by the sea. Stopping for a warm dish prepared with local products, shopping under the stars, tasting a typical cake like the 'pastiera', the 'babà', the 'delizia al limone' or drinking the fresh and scented limoncello will be a fulfilling and seductive experience.
All year round, the Sorrento and Amalfi Peninsula offers a simple and genuine hospitality in the land and its inhabitants... live a new experience, be conquered by this area!
1. Sorrento between history, art and culture
Through the stops of your trip along the Campanian coastline you cannot miss a fascinating city like Sorrento, which beyond its natural beauties with the picturesque scenery on the Gulf of Naples, hides artistic and cultural treasures in every corner.
The greatest expression of the ancient history of Sorrento is the Correale Museum where Greek, Roman, medieval works and remains are preserved, such as statues, furnishings and ancient art pieces. The Museum also hosts some editions of the works of the poet Torquato Tasso, birth in Sorrento.
Stories of Sorrento history can be found also by visiting the Sedile Dominova, renaissance style structure that has been well preserved after many centuries and which was the center of Roman public life. The building featuring frescoes in its interior, while the central one represents the coat of arms of the City supported by two angels.
Not far from Sedile Dominova, you can visit the Cathedral of Sorrento, which hosts numerous marbles and wooden works, including a fifteenth-century crucifix, of great Neapolitan authors. When you leave the Duomo you will walk through 'Corso Italia' the main street of the city from which, taking the side streets, you can enter in the historic centre of Sorrento between typical boutiques and souvenir shops.
Other interesting buildings of the city are the Basilica of Sant'Antonino, the Saint of Sorrento, the 14th-century cloister of St. Francis next to the monastery and the church, as well as the beautiful municipal villa from which you can admire the Gulf of Naples. If you want to take a break between a visit and a walk, the central square of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso, is the perfect place to sip a coffee in total relaxation.
Every year, millions of tourists come to Italy and specifically to Campania just to go and stay fascinated by the landscapes of charm and the many natural, historical and artistic beauties that it hides.
We are talking of course of the Amalfi Coast ride and in this article we give you some tips on the 10 things to do and see to enjoy the best of your holidays on this fascinating stretch of coast which starts from Positano to Vietri sul amre with the city of Amalfi heart of the famous ride.
1. Visit Amalfi with its golden dome and the museum of paper
Amalfi, townlet that gives the name to the coast, was the first of the four Maritime Republics, and for a long time held the monopoly of trade in the Mediterranean sea.
It looks like a cluster of white houses clinging to the mountain, and which are connected by small alleys and stairways. You must visit the Cathedral of St. Andrew the Apostle, which, located on top of an impressive staircase, overlooks the homonymous square.
Not to be missed is also the Paper Museum that offers a very interesting guided tour through which you will be shown how they produced the paper in the thirteenth century.
2. Getting lost in the streets of Positano
Pearl of the Amalfi Coast, Positano is one of the most romantic places in the world.
Elegant and luxurious, it is perfect for those who love shopping and "good life". Positano has a wealth of boutiques, bars and restaurants where you can sample the many specialties including lemon delight and Positano cake.
However, if you love the relax, you can lie on a sunbed of the two beautiful beaches (Fornillo and Spiaggia Grande) and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
3. Make an unforgettable excursion to the Path of the Gods
Sentiero degli dei
From Positano to Agerola, you can explore one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world and its stunning views, the "Sentiero degli Dei".
Suitable for walking and hiking, the trail runs along the entire coastline for about 7 km and, in the clearest days, gives the possibility to admire the magnificence of our coasts from above.
The most interesting part is located in Nocelle, fraction of Positano.
Here, in fact, there are many pine forests, caves to explore and hidden corners of the Amalfi Coast.
4. Buy a tipical ceramic souvenir at Vietri sul mare
Vietri sul mare
Vietri sul mare is known as the "city of ceramics".
The art of the master potters is present in every corner of this beautiful village, you can just stroll through the narrow streets of the old town to admire the beautiful tiles that adorn the walls of the houses.
You must see the Ceramics Museum of Villa Guariglia in Raito and the Church of San Giovanni Battista.
5. Discover the uncontaminated nature of the Ferriere Valleye
Valle delle Ferriere
Situated in the locality of Pontone, the Ferriere Valley is one of the most characteristic Italian pristine nature reserves.
Here you will find waterfalls and streams, making the cool even in summer and lush vegetation in the tropical mold.
For nature lovers, a visit to the Valley of the Ferriere is a must experience!
6. Look out over the terrace of Villa Rufolo in Ravello
Named a UNESCO World Heritage, Ravello is one of the favorite destinations of tourists from all around the world.
Besides enjoying the beautiful landscape, we strongly advise you to visit Villa Rufolo, a real architectural masterpiece, Villa Cimbrone, famous for its manicured gardens and the Museum, located inside the Cathedral.
Do not also miss the "Ravello Festival", a musical event held in the impressive Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer.
7. Taste a slice of "Ricotta and Pera" in Minori
A few meters from Scala, the most ancient village of the Coast, stands Minor, one of the favorite holiday destinations from the Roman nobility. The main attractions of the place are the Roman Maritime Villa, which contains numerous mosaics and frescoes highly appreciated by art lovers, and the Basilica of Santa Trifomena, as guardian of the centuries of the Patron Saint of the city remains.
Once the town is visited, it is imperative to stop for a moment at the famous pastry shop of Sal De Rio, the inventor of the tasty cake "Ricotta and Pera".
8. Diving in the Furore Fjord
Hidden in the mountains, Furore is the only fjord which can be admired in Italy.
If what you seek is peace, this small glimpse is what is right for you, away from it all, you will be completely immersed in nature and relax lulled by the sound of the sea.
From the small bridge, suspended 30 meters above the water, it holds one of the stages of MarMeeting, the world championship of diving from great heights.
9. Excursion to Punta Campanella
The promontory of Punta Campanella is the extreme offshoot of the Sorrento Peninsula on the Italian Tyrrhenian coast and is one of the few spots where you can see the Gulf of Salerno and the Gulf of Naples join.
To overcome the area, there are the lighthouse and the tower that, in antiquity, probably housed a temple dedicated to Athena.
The protected sea air is also the perfect place for diving, thanks to the wonderful seabed and water clarity.
10. Visit Atrani
Less than a kilometer from Amalfi there is Atrani, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
The square is overlooking the sea and the first houses are concentrated around it.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Church of San Salvatore, the cave of Masaniello and the Cave of the Saints, which will amaze you with its Byzantine-style frescoes.