Map of Italy: sights of the Amalfi coast with photo
The Amalfi coast, known for their brilliance and charm of the Amalfi Riviera, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Come here for a lazy beach vacation, and for the magnificent scenery and historic sights that adorn the ancient city. Clean sea, cozy beaches, many hotels and restaurants are a nice bonus when staying in the area.
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Special popularity is enjoyed by seaside Bohemian audience and creative professionals.
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To the Amalfi coast is considered as a strip of sea coast, stretching for several tens of kilometers from Sorrento to Salerno and starting at 90 km South of Naples. The whole area of the coast belongs to the Campania region in the Western part of the Peninsula of southern Italy.
The Duchy of Amalfi existed in southern Italy in the 9th-10th centuries ad. Amalfi was founded in 339 ad and was originally part of the Neapolitan Duchy. In the year 839, freed from the troops of the Duchy of Benevento, had seized the town, the townspeople chose a prefect.
Together with the towns of atrani and Salerno was organized by the Republic of Amalfi coast, formally dependent on Byzantium. 958 residents chose the Doge (Duke) of St. Sergius I, and the feudal state was transformed into the Duchy of Amalfi.
The Duchy has become a rich trading state, challenging the dominion of Genoa and Pisa over the Western Mediterranean. In this country was developed by the law of the sea that served as the main code for the merchants and seafarers of the Mediterranean for over 500 years.
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In 1073 the Amalfi Duchy was conquered by the Normans, uniting southern Italy under their rule. The Duchy ceased to exist, its territory became part of the Apulian Duchy, then the Kingdom of Sicily — States in southern Italy, managed by the Norman dynasty.
The Amalfi coast is characterized by mild Mediterranean climate, with high humidity and windy in July and August. Therefore, the best time to visit this area is may-June and September-October, when the warm, peaceful weather with an average temperature of 25-27 degrees.
Water temperature in these months ranges from 22 to 26 degrees above zero, perfect for swimming.
How to get there?
From Russia to the Amalfi coast can be easily reached by direct flights to Rome or a stopover in Naples. From Naples to the coastal resorts easily reached by bus or hire a car, however it is worth considering that the road passes through mountainous terrain and is only recommended for experienced drivers.
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To Sorrento from Naples can be reached by rail. It is worth considering that inother cities of the coast railway is not padded, so tourists still have to take the car.
In the summer from Naples to the coastal resorts established the movement of high-speed marine boats, the so-called "sea metro".
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The picturesque Amalfi coast with its many resorts since 1997 included in the list of UNESCO world Heritage. The organization has determined that cities of the coast should reach posterity in the form in which they are at this day.
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A small resort town with a population of 6 thousand people is located on the picturesque coast of the Gulf of Salerno Tyrrhenian sea. The main historical attraction in Amalfi is the monastery of Santa Maria del Olearius. Other notable objects in the city include:
- The castle of St Nicholas (14th century);
- The Church of Santa Maria a Mare with a unique color roof (12th century);
- Dominican monastery;
- The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Maiori is an ancient city, the date of its Foundation is lost in the mists of time. In the middle ages for its advantageous location and development of Maiori was called "the Royal city".
Currently Maiori — developed resort with luxury hotels, scenic waterfront and many beaches. In autumn the city hosts the festival in honor of R. Rossellini, in February, the carnival takes place, after which comes the time of Holy week with the famous torchlight procession of the via Crucis.
Sorrento is located on the terrace with a height of 50 metres, terminating above the water surface of the Gulf of Naples. From the promenade you can see the lights of Naples and the Vesuvius volcano, located on the other side of the Bay.
For several centuries the city is the resort on a European scale, extremely popular among the Bohemian audience: here rested Nietzsche and Goethe, Stendhal and Mendelssohn, Caruso and Dickens, as well as members of the Russian Imperial family.
The main historical attractions of the city are:
- Basilica Of Saint Antonino;
- The Duomo;
- The Church Of St. Francis;
- The Santissima Annunziata Church;
- Palazzo Veniero 13th century combining Byzantine and Arabic architectural styles.
- The ruins of the city wallsbuilt in ancient times.
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In the summer months in Sorrento is a music festival "Musical summer in Sorrento"and takes place in the winter theatre festival "Theatre together", which gathers troupes from across Italy.
The symbol of Sorrento is the lemon, and the local liqueur Limoncello, made from these citrus fruits will be the best souvenirbrought from the city.
A small fishing village, whose name translates as "fishers of tuna", in our time become a first-class resort with numerous hotels, restaurants and equipped beaches.
Cetara is considered to be the quietest resort of the Amalfi coast, its population is only 2 thousand people.
Historical attractions in Cetara few, the main ones are:
- Defensive tower of the 9th century;
- The Church Of St. Peter The Apostle;
- The Church Of St. Francis.
In Cetara you can do boat trips around the Bay, Windsurfing or diving, but most importantly, why come to Cetara, is fishing. The city is famous for its restaurants serving fine cuisine from seafood, primarily tuna and anchovies.
The former capital of the Duchy , and the heart of the Amalfi Riviera is now a small town with a population of 6 thousand people, although in the heyday Amalfi the number of its inhabitants reached 50 thousand.
Amalfi features a beautiful location: the town is built on a rocky hillside, the buildings are located on terraces and connected by rock-hewn stairways, and roofs serve as gardens for the neighbors. According to urban legends, the town received from the wife of Hercules mermaid Amalfi, and it was founded by Constantine the Great.
This ancient city has numerous attractions, most of which are associated with the history of Amalfi:
- Amalfitani St Andrew's Cathedral, performed in the rarest Byzantine-Norman style, is considered the hallmark of the city. The Cathedral was erected in 1073, and under its altar are buried the relics of the patron Saint of the city of St. Andrew. The bronze doors of the Cathedral forged in Constantinople in 1065, before the erection of the temple;
- Basilica of the Holy cross, the oldest temple in the city, Dating from the 9th centurywith frescoes of the 12th century;
- "Paradise courtyard" or Chiostro del Paradiso — graveyard with 800 years of history where buried noble residents of the city. Now the cemetery is a Museum of sculpture and the early Christian sarcophagi in the open air;
- Museum "Arsenals of the Amalfi Republic", where you can see the restored ships of the era of domination of Amalfitana over the Mediterranean sea;
- The emerald Grotto is situated just outside Amalfi in Conca dei Marini and attracts many tourists. The grotto is a big cave with a height of 24 meters, and is accessible only by boat and in clear weather.
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In Amalfi, every summer takes place the Lemon festival, during which you can taste the citrus fruits and the famous Limoncello liqueur.
Amalfi is considered an elite resort, so prices for services and hotels are the highest on the coast.
5 km from Amalfi is a small town of Minori. This is one of the oldest cities in the region have long been considered the religious capital of the coast, it is here for 800 years was the seat of the Bishop.
The main attractions of Minori affiliated with a religious theme:
- Trofimena Basilica, built in the 12th century in honor of the Saint, which is considered the heavenly patron of the city;
- The former Cathedral of the city are decorated with paintings of Andrea Sabatini, artist of the High Renaissance period;
- The Church of San Michele, San Gennaro and Santa Lucia;
- A freestanding bell tower of the Annunziata.
The main attraction is considered to be the Minori Roman Villa , a well — preserved complex of buildings from the Roman era, the only one on the Amalfi coast monument of ancient time. Roman Villa is particularly interesting for its viridarium (Roman garden) and mosaics preserved after almost 2000 years.
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The city is famous for its cultural atmosphere, which helps to maintain the jazz festival held in the summer, and the festival of classical music held in the territory of a Roman Villa in September.
According to urban legend, Positano was created by the God of the seas Poseidon and named in honor of his beloved daughter Pasitea. The city is considered one of the oldest on the Amalfi coast, the status of the resort centre it acquired in the days of the Roman Empire.
Now Positano is a small (less than 4 thousand people) is a resort town on the coast of the Gulf of Salerno, attracting wealthy tourists and creative people from around the world.
Positano is distinguished by extraordinary beauty: the houses of the city, located on the mountain terraces, "descend" down the cliff to the sea. Picturesque appearance attracted filmmakers — in the city shot more than 30 films.
The main attractions of Positano include:
- The Church of Santa Maria Assunta, built in the 13th century, particularly stands out for its dome covered with majolica;
- Three medieval watchtower (Torah Sponda, the Torah-Trasata and Torah-del Fornillo);
- The Li Galli Islands, Positano nearby, stand the Aragonese tower of the 14th century and the old convent, transformed later in prison;
- "Path of the gods" — a narrow mountain path connecting Positano with Praiano, you'll be colorful views over steep cliffs among the rocks.
In Positano annually hosts the international ballet festival in honor of the Russian choreographer Leonid myasina, lived in the city.
One of the smallest resorts on the coast has less than 2,000 locals and is situated 3 kilometres away from Positano. Praiano attracts mainly lovers of peaceful vacation in a stunning natural environment.
The city is famous for its medieval temples:
- The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist with a dome decorated with majolica tiles, ancient frescos and tile floors;
- Church of St. Luke the Evangelist 12th century, in which repose the relics of this Saint;
- Church of San Gennaro 16th century, built in the style of Renaissance architecture.
Praiano is famous for its fish restaurants, serving dishes from local raw materials.
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Despite its coastal position, the upper part of Ravello is located at the altitude of 350 meters above the sea. The reason for this is that Ravello is situated on a steep slope of the mountainLattari, and offers a stunning view of the Bay.
An ancient city, having survived the peak of its development during the Duchy of Amalfi, to the 19th century fell into disrepair, but was literally revived and popularized by artists, opened in Ravello and his Muse: it worked and R. Wagner, E. Grieg, A. Gide, and G. Vidal, D. Lawrence and T. Williams, and the artist William Turner captured Ravello at dozens of his paintings.
The main attraction of Ravello is Villa Ruffolo, built in the 13th century and was mentioned by Giovanni Boccaccio in his famous "Decameron".
The Villa is a 30-metre Moorish tower, as it is annually held music festival under the open sky.
Another well-known Villa in the city is the Villa Cimbrone, built in the 19th century. It is famous for its "Terrace of infinity", which offers a panoramic view of the Bay, recognized as one of the most colorful spectacles in the world.
Salerno is the largest town of the Amalfi coast, and its logistics and tourist center. The ancient city, which was over 2200 years old, has a lot of attractions:
- The Cathedral of St. Matthew built in the second half of the 11th century, the relics of the Saint are kept in the crypt at the base of the temple. The Cathedral combines a Romanesque portal in the Piazza in the Islamic and the crypts in the Baroque style. In the temple is the tomb of Pope Gregory II, sanctifies the Cathedral. The papal chapel was built from stones of the Roman temple and frescoes older than thousands of years;
- Arechi fortress towers over the city at 250 metres and is one of the oldest buildings of Salerno. The base of the fortress was laid in the 8th century by the Lombards, then ruling the city;
- The Karnal Fort was built in the mid-16th century and was intended to protect from Muslim pirates who attacked the city for many centuries. Now, the Fort hosts a variety of cultural activities;
- The Benedictine monastery of Santa Sofia, founded in the 10th century, has long been abandoned, but now restored and takes to the exhibition;
- Fragments of an ancient aqueduct, Dating from the 9th century, are the hallmark of Salerno. Water in the middle Ages covered the entire city, and his delicate arches were the pride of the local engineers.
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Salerno is the venue of many festivals, the most popular of these is the festival of "Artists of light": through the winter, from November to February, the city streets are decorated with numerous light exhibits bizarre forms.
- The main advice when visiting the coast — to try to see everything during a short break.
- Definitely worth to enjoy the famous Italian cuisine. The Amalfi coast is famous for its fish restaurants and the local liquor Limoncello also is the birthplace of the pizza "Margherita" and "Marinara".
- Definitely worth to walk along the path of the gods, which connects various towns in the heart of Amalfi.
- Despite the huge number of attractions of the coast, should make time to visit Naples, mount Vesuvius, ruins of Pompeii, the island of Capri, or visit the ancient city of Paestum with buildings of the 6th century BC.
- Worth to visit the beach not only during the holiday season, but in winter, when the local towns are many carnivals and festivals.
All these sights are located a few dozen kilometers from the coast.
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