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The Elegance Of Amalfi Coast

Posted on November 5, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment


A drive through Italy’s most beautiful gush of coastline, the Costiera Amilfitana (Amalfi Coast) is a panorama filled with towering bluffs, lush green gardens, pallid-shaded villages, sheathed with green mountains and turquoise sea-water.

Précis

The scenic coast of Amalfi lies on the southern edge of Sorrento Peninsula, which is a cliff-edged cape walking though the mainland at the southern part of the Bay of Naples.  The route on this coast passes through some of the legendary towns – Amalfi, Positano and Ravello, which have mesmerized and enthused creative personalities like writer Giovanni Boccaccio from 14th Century, composer Richard wanger from 19th Century and Playwright Tennessee Williams from 20th Century.

Nautical Salerno

One of the busiest ports in Italy, Salerno, is known amongst the Allied beachheads during invasion of Italy in 1943. Starting from unique village of ceramics, Vietri sul Mare, the picturesque view of the coastline is spectacular. The alleyway illustrates quaint view of Capo d’Orso, the village of Maiori (sandy beach) and Minori (remains of first century A.D. Roman Villa) which lands you near Ravello, close to two enticing churches of Atrani.

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Legendary Ravello

The revealing beauty on the steep slope, Ravello, is still one of the most romantic towns of southern Italy. The view of sun-drenched and luxuriant gardens at the height of 1,198 feet (365 metres) is remarkable over the azure coast below. The attraction of Villa Rufolo (Piazza del Vescovado), built in 13th century which had many popes and kings as guests, and an 11th Century Minster lies at the core of this town. A part of opera Parsifal was composed here by Richard Wagner in 1880. Villa Cimbrone (tel. +089 857 459) is known for its magnificent view of idyllic gardens of Ravello.

Amalfi

The coast route of Ravello reaches to the town known for its scenic seafront settings, Amalfi. With Tavole Amalfitane, one of the oldest maritime codes in the world, Amalfi embraces other three powerful maritime republics – Venice, Pisa and Genoa. The placid atmosphere with many cafes and shops has made Amalfia a very popular resort and tourist destination.

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Doumo di Sant’Andrea

Amalfi adjoins Duomo di sant’Andrea surrounded by an intricately patterned fascia, restructured in 19th Century. However, the main portal’s glorious Byzantine bronze doors of the cathedral are still untouched. Known as the Cloister of Paradise, Chiostro del Paradise (1268), is adjacent to Doumo di Sant’andrea church and its Romanesque tone is enlivened in its lithe coloumns by the Arabs.

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Valle dei Mulini

A gultch dotted with ruined watermills, Mulini, makes Amalfi still famous for its ancient paper making industries which is along Valle dei Mulini. The hills are renowned for walking and hiking. Displays related the paper industry is available at Museo della Carta (Via delle Cartiere; tel. +089 830 4561)

Grabbing the World Heritage Award, the Costeria Amalfitana, is indeed a paradigm of Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic valus – as stated by UNESCO in 1997.

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