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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Amalfi Coast: Where the Mountains Touch The Sea

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Author: Laurie Harley

The Amalfi Coast has something for everyone. The area is located on the "laces" of Italy's boot shape and is a delightful mix of mountain and sea. The amazing geographical features that result from this mix include coves, cliffs, arches, fjords, caverns, and bays – all natural elements that together produce a magical landscape that is ideal for your next holiday.
The Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is what Homer referred to as the Sirens in the classic "Odysseus." And it still lives up to this title today. From large cities to quaint villages, this coastline has it all.

  • The gateway to the Amalfi Coast from Salerno, Vietri sul Mare is made of beautiful hill towns and vivid colors.
  • The small fishing village of Cetara is putting itself on the map with culinary breakthroughs, such as the salted anchovy sauce or red tuna.
  • Maiori is a delightful old town hidden behind a large modern promenade. The castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano and the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare fill up the narrow streets of this ancient town.
  • Tucked away from the sea is Tramonti, a group of villages known for their vineyards, indigenous wines, and dairy products.
  • Minori offers historic sight-seeing opportunities with the preserved Roman Villa and the spectacular Basilica of Santa Trofimena. Almost as important is the truly Italian homemade pasta of the area.
  • The tiny town of Atrani offers beautiful views, especially in its square and the church of San Salvatore de' Birecto.
  • Ravello is 350 meters above sea level, and from this vantage point, you can see all around you, including the architectural wonders and stunning views. Many important people have come to the Ravello including famous writers, artists, political figures, and celebrities.
  • Scala is the oldest town of the Amalfi Coast.
  • Amalfi is home to the impressive St. Andrew Cathedral and its massive staircase. Tourists can also view early methods of making handmade paper at the Paper Museum.
  • Conca dei Marini is a beautiful village which overlooks the blue waters of the sea. It offers many sight-seeing opportunities including the Emerald Grotto, the church of San Pancrazio, and the convent of Santa Rosa.
  • "The town that does not exist" has a name and that name is Furore. Small villages on the slopes of the mountain and a deep fjord make this town a picturesque dream.
  • With streets that smell like geraniums, Praiano has lots to offer tourists. This city features the beach of La Praia, stunning architecture, the bay of Positano, and the best view of the sunset.
  • Positano is a charming village with "Moda Positano" sandals and linen clothes shops, stately palaces, and archeological site of a Roman villa.

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Laurie Harley writes for Mediterranean Boat yacht charter consultants, specialists in sailing and motor yacht charters in the Mediterranean.
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