Luxury hotels overlooking the sea, houses tangled on the slopes of the hills, typical fascinating fishing villages that look out onto the Tyrrhenian Sea.  There are 16 splendid towns on the Amalfi coast, and their beauty has made it one of the 50 Italian UNESCO sites and is included in the World Heritage List.

Amalfi, Atrani, Cava de’ Tirreni, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Raito, Ravello, Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino, Scala, Tramonti, Vietri sul Mare: a masterpiece of nature, where history and modernity combine differently in each location.

The whole area covers 11,231 hectares between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno: a balcony suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the Lattari Mountains, full of beautiful places, coves and unspoilt beaches.

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Giving the name to the whole coast, a sought after destination for those who love sailing, is the town of Amalfi, founded in the fourth century BC and an ancient Maritime Republic, that had a trade monopoly in the Tyrrhenian Sea, thanks to its sailors who were able to export Italian products (in particular wood and iron) to the Eastern markets, in exchange for spices, perfumes, fabrics and precious stones. The eastern influences are reflected in the architecture: the houses remind visitors of the souks, with groups of houses clinging to the steep slopes, connected by alleys and stairs.

It is at Amalfi where the characteristic Arab-Sicilian architecture was born and developed, with the Cathedral of St. Andrew being a perfect example, and among the most visited monuments of the coast.

Along the coast you will also find Vietri sul mare, considered the home of tiles. While there still remain typical fishing villages like those of Cetara and Maiori, one of the most popular seaside resorts for their fine sand beaches.

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Another pearl is the village of Minori, called the Eden of the Coast for its fresh and cool climate, and also Atrani, which is far from mass tourism, and is characterized by a beautiful square on the sea.

On the road from Amalfi there is the “painted village” of Furore, lies the pretty village of Conce dei Marini with white vaulted houses from the XVII century.

Famous for its white houses that slope up the coast is the village of Positano, a holiday resort since the time of the Roman Empire, with its typical stairways lined by the shops selling handicrafts. Here are the different summer destinations: the Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo, both within walking distance; La Porta, Arienzo and San Pietro Laurito, all accessible principally by boat.

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Finally, there are the four mountain villages of the Amalfi Coast: Scala, Tramonti, Raito, known for its “stairs”, which are the only means by which you can reach the village, and Ravello, one of the most charming coastal villages with its elegant villas, set amidst lush gardens.

An unmissable destination for an unforgettable holiday: book your berth now!

 

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