The Coast of Amalfi is one of the most appreciated touristic, cultural and environmental "mines" in Campania, included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. It is one of the most famous areas in the world, destination of famous and not famous travelles coming from all over the world.
On the Amalfi Coast the gardens of the villages cohabit with a natural and typical vegetation of the Mediterranean area, a huge part of which is still untouched. Whoever sees this wonderful part of Italy with rich history, culture and folklore, popular sayings and gastronomical traditions is for sure going to be fascinated.
The town of Amalfi combines beautiful scenery with an interesting history. Its Cathedral of Saint Andrew is a popular attraction. Parts of the cathedral date from the tenth century and it is the burial place of Saint Andrew the Apostle. You may also want to see the Emerald Grotto or take a boat trip so you can see the town from the sea.
Amalfi is known for the unusually rich taste of its lemons, so look for the sorbet shops. Or if you like your lemon a little tangier, try Limoncello, a lemon liqueur that can be used to make some wonderful desserts.
Positano is called the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, and it is the town of the small stairways. Its main feature is a vertical architecture unique in its genre: white buildings and vibrant ceramics rise from the crystalline sea up to the Mountain Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi.
Approaching from above the town, there’s a breathtaking vista. Its ravishing scenic view overlooks both its mythological sea where sirens lived and thousands of unique and striking corners talking about its history.
The name 'Positano' can be traced back to two traditions. The historical version states that the name derives from Paestum, whose inhabitants sought refuge in the area during the invasions by Pirates. The other version is that the name derives from a voice which repeated ‘posa, posa’, heard when, during the transportation of a painting of the Virgin Mary, the boat met an incredible storm. The sailors sought shelter in the bay of what is today Positano and, as soon as the painting was placed on the shores, the storm subsided.
The story of the origins of Positano is truly ancient and tends to be a mixture of history and legend. As often happened in the past, the legend, filled gaps left by the lack of data, and sees Positano founded by Poseidon, the God of the Sea, for love of the Nymph, Pasitea.
Having sprung up probably in the 6th century, Ravello was populated, round about the year one thousand, by a group of nobles from the Maritime Republic of Amalfi who had rebelled against the authority of the Doge. The rebels made a good choice when choosing the site in which to built their refuge: Ravello rises in an easily defendable position.
There are many historical and enchanting villas and cathedrals. Villa Rufolo, for one, is that sublime blend of antique buildings and gardens which inspired D.H. Lawrence in his masterpiece "Lady Chatterley's Lover", and provided Richard Wagner, in 1880, with the setting for "Parsifal".
Another must-see is the Villa Cimbrone, which was rendered a haven for intellectuals under Lord Beckett, who enjoyed the enchanting panoramic view from the Belvedere.
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Just outside the hotel you can take a bus SITA on the line Sorrento - Positano - Amalfi (via Nastro Verde).
From the port of Sorrento you can reach Positano and Amalfi by boats of the companyMetrò del Mare. Generally this service is available form Avril to October.
You have to reach Colli di Fontanella (Piano di Sorrento), and the take the highway SS 163.
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