Naples, Italy Wonderful Amalfi Coast Mini Guide by Luisa Giuliani

The Amalfi Coast is a beautiful stretch of coastline on the southern coast of Naples. Thanks to its extraordinary beauty and iconic medieval cliff-side Mediterranean fishing villages, it is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Positano

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Positano is a village located in an esquisite enclave in the hills leading down to the coast. Positano was a port of the Amalfi Republic in medieval times, and prospered during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s, especially after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper's Bazaar in May 1953.

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Sorrento

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Sorrento is a town overlooking the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy. A popular tourist destination, it can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii. Sorrento's sea cliffs and luxury hotels have attracted many celebrities for the past 60 years. Limoncello is the famous local digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar which is produced in Sorrento. Other agricultural production includes citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives.

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Amalfi

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Amalfi lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. The town was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200. Since 1920s and 1930s, Amalfi has been a popular holiday destination for national but especially international upper-class and aristocracy.

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Ravello

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Ravello was founded in the 5th century as shelter against the barbarian invasions which marked the end of the Western Roman Empire. Villa Rufolo (1270), built by Nicola Rufolo, one of the richest Patricians of Ravello, is located on a ledge and it has become a famous attraction for thousands of visitors. The villa was mentioned by Giovanni Boccaccio in his Decameron and it is the place where Richard Wagner in 1880 was inspired for the stage design of his opera Parsifal.

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Atrani

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Atrani is a town in the south of Amalfi, with a 0.12 mile (0.20 km) main square and is the smallest city in the south of Italy. That makes it the most densely populated city in the Salerno province.

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Praiano

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Praiano is an ideal village if you want a relaxing holiday on the bustling Amalfi Coast without giving up of being in the middle of the attraction. Positano and Amalfi are only a 20-minute drive. Praiano has few small pebble beaches, some are only reachable by boat. The main ones are Marina di Praia especially frequented in the evening because of the famous night club L’Africana but also for the lovely restaurants and La Gavitella, the other main beach, lately becoming the most entertaining beach of the coast for his seaside lidos.

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Furore

 
Furore is a small village on the Coast of Amalfi. Its fiord, part of the old fishing village is where you still can see the house of Anna Magnani (in the movie La Storta) and the house of Roberto Rossellini (in Il Dottore)

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Maiori

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Maiori is a town on the Amalfi coast that has been a popular tourist resort since Roman times. It has the longest unbroken stretch of beach on the Amalfi coastline.

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Capri

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Not on the Amalfi Coast, but worth to mention - and visit - is Capri island. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Some of the main features of the island include the Marina Piccola (the little harbour), the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.

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Ischia

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Ischia is another unmissable island in the Gulf of Naples. It is the biggest volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The main industry is tourism, centring on thermal spas that cater mostly to European (especially German) and Asian tourists eager to enjoy the fruits of the island's natural volcanic activity, its hot springs, and its volcanic mud.

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