The Amalfi Coast stretches for about 30 miles along the SORRENTINE Peninsula southern coast in Southern Italy. Just like a beautiful necklace, the Amalfi Coast is a spectacular coastline that sparkles with fragrant groves, hillside vineyards, and a grand sweeping history. There are certain places that are so legendary and so famous that it feels familiar even before you set foot there. One of such places is the “Road of a thousand bends”.
For thousands of years, the Amalfi Coast has attracted society’s beautiful and rich and inspired some of the greatest writers and artists in the world. Amalfi is this area’s largest city, and it is a great place to start your legendary journey. During medieval times, this town was powerful and wealthy and the merchants here spent gold coins instead of the barter system that was used in the rest of Italy.
Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea is one of this city’s magnificent buildings that reflect their early wealth. You can take a short trip to Pantone. This is a picturesque hillside village where Amalfi’s elite used to escape the crowds. Atrani is a fishing village just over the hill that has a local dialect and maintains its own traditions. Atrani is Southern Italy smallest principality and its medieval alleys and streets feel untouched by the hands of time.
The nearby villages of Furore and Praino have different beautiful beaches. One of such is Fiordo di Furore which was an ancient gorge that was used as a hideout for bandits for many centuries. The site of one of the greatest legends of all time is a little further along.
Just off the Positano coast is where Ulysses resisted the mythical calls of the sirens according to Greek mythology. Positano is perhaps the Almafi Coast best-known destination. Since the 1950s, it has a favorite of celebrities as it glitters with old world glamour.
Most of the paths lead to the Santa Maria Assunta and the town center from Marina Grande Beach. Hikers come from different parts of the world to stroll through lemon orchards on trails. Follow the ancient trails to the Ravello, a hilltop town. it is an elegant village known for the magnificent architecture that used to be the private home of a powerful and rich family, Villa Rufolo.
Visit Villa Cimbrone to see the Terraces of Infinity. Gore Vidal, the famous American writer called it “the world’s most beautiful view”. The Amalfi Coast charms once drew the Roman aristocracy before its medieval glory. Minori is the tiny fishing village where the elite of society loves to enjoy their summer days. The road from Minori leads to Maiori, another fishing town with one of the coast’s largest beaches. It is dominated by the San Nicola de Thoro-Plano Castle which is one of the area’s powerful defense system last remnants.
With its Mediterranean colors, endless sunshine and a landscape of breathtaking beauty and gripping drama, the Amalfi Coast is truly a legendary destination.