One of the most beautiful coast in the world, rich in scenic and artistic beauty, traditions and culture, and small realities, each one different from the other, fused into a unique scenario: that is Amalfi Coast. I will take you to discover the “Divine Coast”, my homeland.
Starting from the picturesque Positano:
- the mythological land, that hosted the sirens on its archipelago “Li Galli” which was crossed by the Gods, along the homonymous trail, coming down from Olympia to save Ulysses;
- the devout land, which associates its name to an ancient legend about Santa Maria Assunta;
- the historical land, is linked to the powerful saracen towers and the recently discovered Roman Villa.
Driving along the entire coast, we reach Amalfi “capital” of the entire coast. The ancient Marine Republic welcomes us in the main piazza with the imposing Cathedral of Saint Andrew, better known as the “Duomo di Amalfi”, and together with the “Chiostro del Paradiso” is a real triumph of art, mixture of artistic styles from several historical periods.
The great maritime traditions can be witnessed with a visit to the “Museo delle Bussola” (the Compass Museum) which holds numerous historical documents and the first navigational charts.
The Museum of Amalfi Paper to the precious tradition of papaer-making is certainly worth a visit.
Let’s leave Amalfi now and drive up the curving road to Ravello, the fascinating town know as “City of Music” and Homeland of the Spirit.
Walking through the quiet streets of Ravello, between a glimpses of the panorama, the gardens and the marvellous villas, you will feel frozen in time, making it clear why Ravello is considered a fount of artistic and musical inspiration.
Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo stand out: among the many beautiful sites of the town. Cimbrone with its gardens studded with statuary and arabesque cloisters which lead to the “Terrace of Infinity“, from where you can admire the panorama that was described by Vidal as “the most beautiful in the world”; Rufolo with its enchanting gardens that inspired “il Parsifal” by composer Richard Wagner.
On the road back home, I will tell you of the many beauties that every town on the coast preserves: from the famous colatura of alici (anchovies paste) of Cetara, to the famous vinegards of Tramonti; from the beauty of the Emerald Grotto of Conca dei Marini, to the great ceramic traditions of Vietri sul Mare.