"From Positano to Salerno: The Amalfi Coast" Top 5 Page for this destination Campania by deecat
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The Amalfi Coast is a succession of Turquoise Coves which, when seen for the first time, takes ones breath away!
If you are not too busy hanging on, you will be able to see some of the most spectacular sights in all of Italy. The drive is a harrowing experience, either in a car or on the bus. It's a combination of Italian dare devil drivers and a road that follows each challenging twist of the shoreline.
It is so wild; yet, still welcoming. I could not believe the breathtaking views and all the unexpected bays, the sheer sides of the mountain, & the pristine hues of the sea.
The first time we saw the coast, my husband Allan drove it, & I did not
think we would make it there alive. One truck, to avoid a jutting rock formation, crossed the center line on a curve & missed us by inches. I almost pulled the door handle off because I was holding on so tightly.
Because of this intense experience, the next time we went on the Amalfi Coast, we took the bus.
I took this picture from inside the bus (the mirror is the bus driver's way of seeing more clearly all sides) & shows how close we are to the rail overlooking the fabulous scenery below.
Sometimes the scenery includes brightly painted houses which seem to cling to the sides of the steep slopes. Other times, the scenery includes gardens and orchards planted in descending step fashion (terraced) all the way to the sea. It appears that every inch of the land is used ...this is especially true with the lemon trees. Also, the scenery includes sensational beaches dotted with sun lovers.
Remember, along this drive, one is confronted with sharp ( I mean sharp) narrow curves, impatient local drivers, tourist buses too large to make the curves in their own lanes, stretches of roadway without guardrails, & ledges of rocks jutting out from the sides of the cliffs.
Even with these dangers, I still think that the spectacular scenery, historic towns, quaint villages,and jewel-like coves are worth the risk.
Some of the most delightful towns and villages are:
There's something for everyone here...natural beauty, delicious seafood, beautiful beaches, small towns & villages to wander through, & that harrowing drive along the amazing Amalfi Coast.
Amalfi's pride is its Duomo in Piazza del Duomo, which has a black-and white facade, bronze doors, fine mosaics, and a crypt for St Andrew the Apostle.
The picture shows the front of the Duomo and a young couple just wed there.
Beside the church is the Paradise Cloister where one may enter to view the crypt of St. Andrew.
Once, Amalfi was famous for its highly regarded paper industry, which was a real art. It has not completely disappeared because Antonio Cavaliere (who descended from an ancient master papermaker) has a workshop here and still makes this quality paper.
Those interested in paper making, can visit Museum of Paper (Museo della Carta) at Via Valle dei Mulini)
But, many people come to Amalfi for a resort vacation and to savor the aqua waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
What a location...POSITANO is built in a gap between two mountains with the Tyrrhenian Seaat its base.
The beach does not resemble most American beaches; it is not sandy. It is pebbly. That does not deter the sunbathers.
Positano is quite popular because of its splendid views, expensive shops, numerous hotels, and proximity to the Isle of Capri.
- Pros:Extraordinary scenery, fresh seafood, great shops
- Cons:Quite expensive
As one can see from the photograph, much of the "ware" is outside the shops (depending on the weather, of course!) The... more travel advice
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