Wanderlust Chronicles: Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is no doubt, one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy stretching over 30 miles and boasts top attractions; the high cliffs, breathtaking views over the ocean, colored houses of Positano, luxury villas in beachside and the lush mountainous curvy paths are a sight to behold!

The town of Amalfi is not to be missed and it is the best stay for two or three-day trips.

Check out our top five attractions in Amalfi Coast, Italy to be added in your next trip’s itinerary.

Positano

Positano, Italy

Positano is a coastline village on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, having a nice history; people boasting the stories of ancient Greek sailors naming the city after God of the Sea, Poseidon.  This village is best known for its picturesque houses in rainbow colours dwelling all the way down to the coast. The beach Marina Grande is at the bottom of the cliffs. You can take in views from the beach of Positano, drinking a quality cup of coffee relaxing or jump in for an adventure in one of the boats at sunset to soak in the sight of the houses. The adventure can be accomplished through rowing boats, sailboats and paddleboats. The church of Santa Maria Assunta is another attraction here, a thirteenth-century Byzantine icon of a black Madonna which has a dome made of majolica tiles. The legend says this Byzantine icon of a black Madonna was brought to here by pirates after being stolen from Byzantium.

Grotta dello Smeraldo

The Grotta Dello Smeraldo, which is known as the Emerald Cave is a cave half immersed in the sea waters of Conca Dei Marini on Amalfi Coast, Italy. This cave is one of the most beautiful natural sites in Italy with an overflowing phenomenon of green-blue lights spreading all over the cave water.  This is caused by sunlight refracting in the craven through the opening of the cave. This is the only way the Emerald Cave is accessible and therefore, it was discovered only in 1932 by a fisherman named Luigi Buoncore. You can also see the bottom of the caves because the blue water is very clear in the absence of impurities. Take a boat at the Amalfi coast, it will be a less than 20-minute ride and you will be taken to explore the cave by an elevator that goes all the way down to the bottom.

Ravello

Ravello is a small town situated above the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno, Campania, southern Italy, and for that reason, it is the best place to get some panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast. Don’t forget to take your camera here as you will have endless photographic opportunities. Ravello has a history that dates back to far back as the 5th century when it used to be a much bigger town than what you see now. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for all the more reasons. The Cathedral of Ravello is a must-visit, built-in 12th century by Nicolò di Bartolomeo from Foggia and it contains the “Pulpit of the Gospels”, on the right of the central nave of the cathedral. Villa Rufolo built by Nicola Rufolo, also in the 12th century, one of the richest Patricians of Ravello adds to the beauty of this small city. It has exotic gardens, beautiful landscapes and a historical watchtower. The church of San Giovanni del Toro is another attraction built in the Baroque style, with Bove pulpit and mosaic pieces of Raqqa bacini.

Amalfi

No trip to Amalfi Coast is complete if you skip the glorious town of Amalfi. It is a town located at the foot of Monte Cerreto known for its scenic views and high rugged cliffs. The popularity as a tourist destination started in the early 1990s and has remained so ever since. The history of the Amalfi town is interesting, seeing that monasteries were converted to hotels to cater the tourists flowing into the city. Luna Convento is one of them and the other, the Cappuccini Convento was converted in the 1880s. It is home to impressive medieval architecture blended in Byzantine styles; the cathedral of Sant’Andrea and the Cappuccini Convento are two examples. The cathedral of Sant’Andrea which is commonly known as the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral was built in the 11th century decorated with paintings and frescoes.  The relics of Saint Andrew were brought to Amalfi from Constantinople by the Pietro Capuano in 1206 and was kept in the crypt in the cathedral which is accessible by some stairs. However, the four paintings by Andrea dell’Asta; the flagellation of Saint Andrew, the miracle of Manna, the crucifixion of Saint Andrew and the Saint on the cross managed to get the most attention.

Maiori

Maiori, the home to the largest flawless beach in Amalfi Coast has made its name as a town with lively adventures and vibrant nightlife. So, if you are an additional fun seeker this is the perfect spot to spend some more nights- sipping a cocktail, indulging in the delicious cuisine and dancing to the amazing music at the beach. The origins of the town are yet to be discovered but according to the historical stories of the local people, it was first set foot by the Etruscans. Apart from the beach activities and the nightlife, you can get to know about history by exploring the churches. The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare which was built in the 13th century has an eye-catching majolica tiled dome, along with the modified exteriors of the 18th century. Some of the other attractions are the Rocco styled Church of San Francesco, Santa Maria de Olearia, Castle of San Nicola, Norman Tower (also called Torre Salicerchio), Falerzio Mount and Avvocata Church. Another thing to be mentioned is that Miaori was the backdrop of Roberto Rossellini’s films Paisà, The Miracle, Machine to Kill Bad People and Journey to Italy.

 

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