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Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Italy Amalfi Sorrento Positano Praiano Ravello in Italy

The Amalfi Coast can be described as a stunning string of beautiful pearls - with its collection of enchanting and picturesque villages along the coast to the South East of Naples. Starting from the resort town of Sorrento, the road will take you to Positano, an amphitheatric village frequented by the rich and famous. You will then pass by captivating Praiano on your way to Amalfi, which is the largest and most popular of the coastal towns. The best views of the peninsula can be seen from Ravello, home to many outstanding villas and palazzi.


Overlooking the bay of Naples, Sorrento offers amazing views of Mt. Vesuvius and the small island of Capri. Sorrento is also famous for its production of limoncello, a wonderful lemon liqueur, usually served after meals.


The beautiful amphitheatric town of Positano was just another fishing village on the Italian coast until John Steinbeck - famous author and Pulitzer Prize & Nobel Prize winner decided to dedicate an essay to Positano in the 1953 May issue of the Harper’s Bazaar: "Positano bites deep", Steinbeck wrote. "It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone."


It is said that Praiano’s name originated from the Latin word “praia” meaning beach. It is this beautiful beach and the crystal clear waters that attract visitors from all over the world to this wonderful seaside town.


This breathtaking town offers a kaleidoscope of experiences with one of the most exciting being the fiercely contested boat regatta between Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice, held every year in one of the competing cities.


Founded originally as a sanctuary against barbarian invasion, Ravello sits high on the cliffs offering amazing views of the coast. It is this majestic view that inspired the local legend, that Jesus was taken to Ravello during his second temptation so he could see the magnificence of the world's kingdoms (Luke 4: 5-8).

Amalfi Coast History

The History of the “Amalfi Coast”, as evidenced by its name, is dominated by the town of Amalfi. Establishing itself as a maritime power at the beginning of the 6th century, Amalfi achieved this rise by trading in grain, salt, timber, gold, silks and even slaves. Amalfi soon became a wealthy and powerful city rivaling cities such as Genoa and Pisa in affluence and authority. An indication of Amalfi’s importance is the use of its maritime code, known as the “Tavole Amalfitane”, by most Mediterranean sea goers until 1570. Up until 1073 Amalfi had managed to remain independent, however it soon fell into the hands of the Normans from the Apulia region of Italy. In 1335, Amalfi’s occupations by their bitter rivals from Pisa heralded the decline and ultimate collapse of this once great power. A tsunami in 1343 devastated the town, giving Amalfi the final blow and relegating it to just another coastal town. Today Amalfi is just once “pearl” in a beautiful necklace that makes up the stunning Amalfi coast, welcoming tourists form all over the world.

Amalfi Coast Highlights

• Picturesque Villages
• Authentic restaurants
• Cosmopolitan life
• Beautiful Beaches