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The Amalfi Coast Guide

posted in: Europe  |  posted by: Ian Harrison on May 30, 2011  |  No Comments

UNESCO World Heritage Site and summer pleasure destination par excellence, the Costiera Amalfitana can lay claim to some of the most exquisite physical beauty and diversity in Italy. It all creeps up rather quickly too, a mere 50 km from Naples, a city not exactly synonymous with exterior allure at the moment (not as long as the garbage strike lasts).

To prepare you for the peerless Amalfi Coast, a place where art, architecture and agriculture converge in atypical fashion, check out the best destinations in the area.

Salerno

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Salerno – Photo credit

Though not technically part of the Amalfi Coast, the eponymous capital of Salerno province is a handsome, popular gateway. Architectural eye candy in the city of 140,00 people looms at every turn, from the Teatro Verdi to the Salerno Duomo.

Cheap hotels in Salerno

Vietri sul Mare

The perpetual pole of the famous Sorrentine Peninsula Amalfi Drive is worth a look, especially if you like ceramics and frazioni where relative quiet rules.

Cetara

Cetara is a tranquil Tyrrhenian Sea comune with a salty fishmonger heritage.

Maiori

Maiori’s inherent cachet with sea-coast lovers dates back to Roman times. The town is home to the best unbroken span of beach on the Amalfi Coast.

Tramonti

The name tells part of the story. Tramonti is indeed “in the mountains” and, as a maritime power of yore, has many fine landmarks to discover.

Minori

Minori could very well be the most idyllic spot on the Amalfi Coast. The ancient traces of a Roman villa provide the town with a vital point of interest.

Ravello

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Ravello – Photo credit

Ravello’s enviable locale high over the coast makes it a hot tourist property throughout the year. Close to 2,500 people live in the villa and palazzo-laden town.

Scala

Scala, a small town of less than 1,500, is a tidy ensemble of picturesque hamlets that serves up some memorable Baroque and Romanesque attractions.

Atrani

Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher was a notable fan of Atrani, the second-smallest comune in the entire country.

Amalfi

The namesake of the coast was a choice refuge of the uppercrust throughout the wanton Interwar period. Amalfi still has untold charm on hand, from Limoncello bars to boisterous, traditional festivals.

Hotels in Amalfi

Conca dei Marini

A hillside gem, Conca dei Marini is home to the spectacular Grotta dello Smeraldo, or Emerald Cave.

Furore

Furore’s open-air mural museum is an unexpected discovery along the Amalfi Drive.

Praiano

A thousand years ago, Praiano was a summer sanctuary for the wealthy doges of Amalfi. The Church of San Giovanni Battista is a significant landmark in the town of 2,000.

Praiano hotels

Positano

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Positano – Photo credit

A cushy jet set and celeb haunt, Positano is the sleek show pony of the Amalfi Coast. Expensive, posh and pretty, with too many pop culture references to mention.

Positano hotels


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