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The Amalfi Coast – A Virtual Italy Tour

Overview of The Amalfi Coast

When you talk about popular places in Italy, particularly locations that people love coming back to again and again, the Amalfi Coast is one such place that people mention a lot. What is the Amalfi Coast and where is it located in Italy? Why is it one of the favorites of people worldwide when it comes to vacationing in this country?The Amalfi CoastThe Amalfi Coast is a coastline that stretches for 50 kilometers, and runs from the Gulf of Salerno to the Gulf of Naples. With an area of 11,231 hectares, this coastal paradise in the province of Salerno features some of the most popular beachfront vacation spots, resort towns, and unspoiled hideaways that can only be described as paradise. What makes this famous coastal vacation favorite different from others is its unique combination of steep cliffs and mountainsides descending straight into the dark blue waters of the sea, and the occasional sandy beach between these craggy and steep walls of stone.Where to Go and What to SeeVisiting the Amalfi Coast to see everything it has to offer may take you more than one visit. This is probably why people pledge to come back again and again because this picturesque part of Italy does warrant a few visits in order to get to enjoy all it has to offer. Here are some of the more notable and popular parts of this mountainous seaside region that most people will recommend you visit first:Amalfi – Of course, one of the places you should not miss visiting here is the town that the coast itself is named after. This town is located at the foot of Mount Cerreto, at the bottom of a rather deep ravine. With its coastal positioning and the cliffs right behind it, it is no wonder that people are left in awe when they first see this town. Amalfi has quite a number of attractions for visitors to check out, and these include the Amalfi Cathedral, the Cloister of Paradise (Chiostro del Paradiso), The Museum of Handmade Paper (Museo della Carta), and the Arsenal of the Maritime Republic (Arsenale della Repubblica).Positano – This village was once a poor fishing village and a port of the Amalfi Republic in its earlier days. Its transition into a tourist destination began in the 1950s, thanks to John Steinbeck who wrote about this coastal destination in Campania, Italy in an essay that was published in Harper’s Bazaar. It seems that his calling the town a “dream place” made tourists come and see it for themselves. This town has a few notable sites for people to see, and these include the church of Santa Maria Assunta, and the cascading colorful houses that cover the town’s hillsides.Sorrento – Called the Gateway to the Amalfi Coast, this cliff town is one of the first resort and tourist towns in the area. While technically facing the Bay of Naples, this town is still one of the must-visit locales here. Some of the places you need to visit in this town include the Museo Correala di Terranova, Museo Botega della Tarsia Lignea, Basilica si Sant’ Antonio, and Il Vallone dei Mulino.What to DoThe Amalfi Coast is an area that has lots to offer tourists and locals alike. Aside from the amazing views and the colorful homes, you will also find that there are lots of activities for you to indulge in when you get there. Here are some of the things that you should add to your list of things to do in this part of Italy:One of The Beaches on The Amalfi CoastHit the Beach – When you go to a coastal region, one of the things you should never miss out on doing is going to the beach. Some of the best beaches in the Amalfi Coast include the Marina Grande in Positano, Cavallo Morti in Maiori, Santa Croce in Amalfi, and Lannio Beach in Cetara, to mention but a few.Walk Around and Hike – Much like the rest of Italy, the villages and towns of the Amalfi Coast are best enjoyed on foot, and walking around as well as hiking to and from some of the tourist attractions found here is recommended. This will allow you to not only enjoy your surroundings but it also gives you time to interact with the locals, discover new things, and get a great feel of the uniqueness of these places.Have a Glass of Limoncello – The region is known for its limoncello liqueur, which is due to the fact that this area is where lots of lemons are cultivated. This Italian liqueur is made using the zest of Sorrento Lemons, which is then steeped in either vodka or grappa. The yellow liquid that is produced is then mixed with simple syrup that gives it its sweetness. These are served chilled and in small glasses, usually after dinner.This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, when it comes to visiting this part of Italy. It is advisable that you should spend upwards of a week to totally immerse yourself in the beauty that is the Amalfi Coast. If you are thinking of visiting Positano or taking a tour of historic Pompeii, we can help you plan your trip. Contact Travel Italy Now at 800.955.4418 to find out how we can assist you in making your trip to the Amalfi Coast as memorable as possible.