Positano, Amalfi and Ravello: 3 reasons to visit Amalfi Coast
With its million different views, the Amalfi Coast is a feast for your eyes. As it has for centuries, it continues to allure people from all over the world, drawn by the stunning scenery, the mild climate and the local special brand of ‘la dolce vita’.
Positano is the perfect place for a romantic escape. The skyline looks like it used to be a century ago. The village lays in a ravine with a lot of pedestrian alleys and only one street allowing motorized traffic. To go everywhere, you usually have to climb up and down. It is the ideal place to relax while eating, shopping and enjoying the beaches and the views. Here you can find a gathering of cafes, galleries and boutiques, selling typical products as ceramics and lemon-themed objects.
Amalfi was a maritime power in 10th- and 11th-century and competed with Genoa, Pisa and Venice. In the 1300s its power was devastated and it became a backwater. The main sight of Amalfi is its magnificent Medieval Cathedral, dedicated to St. Andrew. Many parts of it were rebuilt in centuries but it still preserves much of its original splendor. Another place to visit in Amalfi is the Paper Museum, where you can discover the history and the process of paper making, a longtime industry for the village.
Here you can walk along the narrow alleys through the little shops selling local pottery and leather products. Instead of having lunch at a restaurant, you can take some food to take away in a local ‘Rosticceria’ and get it on the beach, watching the colorful umbrellas and the boats shuttle visitors, coming in and out the pier.
About 30 minutes far from Amalfi, Ravello lies above the sea, as a peaceful garden. Its fame is due to its stunning views and to classic concerts you can enjoy there in spring and fall time. Villa Cimbrone hosts a romantic and scented garden and the spectacular Terrace of Infinity, dangling above the sea for views which seems not to have an end.
Photo: Jane Drumsara