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Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is followed by the street that reaches out on the whole of the Gulf of Amalfi and that reaches from the peninsula of Sorrent to Salerno. It is, maybe, the part of the coast in the whole of Campania where the settlements perfectly harmonise mit the beauty of the landscape: the range of the Monti Lattari (Lattari mountains) lies directly on the sea and forms an indented coast line with many outreaching cliffs and coves. In this part of the world the gardens of the villages cohabit with a natural and typical vegetation of the Mediterranean area, a huge part of which is still untouched.

Sorrento

Sorrento Peninsula has a landscape unique in the world, where low and high hills, deep valleys and majestic mountains alternate, where the Man’s work - who levelled even the most impervious areas, transforming them in the famous terraces degrading towards the sea, on which he cultivated orange and lemon trees, olive groves and vineyards - has been grandiose. These are the delight’s gardens that in springtime exhale a stirring scent of orange - blossom. The mild and dry climate for most part of the year makes Sorrento Peninsula the ideal destination in every season.

The Spanish sovereigns, who ruled during the modern age loved very much this land, for its abundance of fruit, fish, birds, meat and cheese. Afterwards, in the eighteenth century, Sorrento Peninsula was rediscovered by the Grand tour. The intellectuals of all Europe, such as Nietzsche and Ibsen, found there spiritual and cultural spurs, inaugurating the taste of living in villa which made Sorrento Peninsula a longed for goal of an exclusive tourism.

Nowadays, besides the aristocratic villas, there are prestigious hotels, campings and farm holidays that are part of a wider network of tourist services and offer a top-level comfort. In a tidy and safe atmosphere, everybody will spend his ideal holiday, having the opportunity to choose from nature and silence, health and culture, swims, thermal treatments in Scrajo’s waters, boat excursions, naturalistic walks, excursions in the archaeological areas of the necropolises of Aequa and Deserto and visits to museums (Mineralogy Museum, Museo Correale, Museum-workshop of wooden tarsia, Museum of Villa Fondi), to the old city centres rich in monasteries and cloisters, like that of San Francesco in Sorrento, and to the ancient hamlets with frescoed churches, like the Chapel of Santa Lucia in Vico Equense; but also sport and musical and cinema events of international echo, theatre performances, night clubs and bars.

Here is a party all the year long, with thousands of local cultural traditions on a very tight schedule: from the Carnival, the famous Easter processions that cross all Peninsula and the thousands of summer and autumn feasts of typical products cheered up by the typical Sorrento "tarantella", an ancient folkloristic dance, to the rich Christmas events. Top-level restaurants invite you to taste the local cooking, famous all over the world, which combines fish and meat menus

And then handicraft, whose most renowned expression is the wooden tarsia, but that boasts also a shipbuilding production of boats contended in all markets. Finally the many liqueurs distilled from local products: lemon, tangerine, orange, nut.

Moreover Sorrento Peninsula is also the starting point for numberless excursions: Pompei, Paestum, Naples and Vesuvius, Capri and Ischia, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, and for any other destination, thanks to a thick network of aerial, road, railway and maritime links. Then, do not escape the Sirens’ singing: come, they are waiting for you!

Positano

Protected from the Northern winds by the Lattari Mountains, Positano has a mild and dry climate. The structure of the town is very original; its buildings cling, in tiers to the rock face. The small houses, all huddling on top of each other, so characteristic of Positano, form the subject of endless photos. The vibrant colors; the white of the buildings, forming a perfect canvas for the bright flowers which decorate the houses, and the small artisans', shops with their multihued cloths, present the visitor with a vista which is almost difficult to believe. Then there is the smell of the leather used for making sandals, and the restaurants specialised in fish dishes, and the bustle of every day life...

Ravello

Founded probably in the 4th century a.C. by Roman populations escaping from barbarians, Ravello is situated in a splendid position, on a rocky spur astride the Dragon's and Reginna's Valleys. It is situated in a more eleva­ted position than the other pearls of the Amalfi Coast and it can boast ex­ceptional landscapes that have earned Villa Cimbrone's terrace the name of "Terrace of Infinity". The writer Andre Gide has given us a splendid and synthetic description: "Ravello is nearer to the sky than it is to the shore". It already enjoyed a good economic development when it was part of the Amalfi Republic, but Ravello rebelled against the Republic when the Amalfi people betrayed the Norman king.

Roberta il Guiscardo in 1081, electing their own Doge. Ravello refused to fol­low the Amalfi people towards betrayal and deserved the appellation of Rebello, from which today its name still derives, by the Amalfi population. However, in that occasion, it had the support of Pope Vittore III who firstly redeemed it from subordination to Amalfi, making it a bishop's palace and subsequently (1086) making it an Episcopal seat.

Amalfi

Amalfi is first mentioned in the 6th century, and soon acquired importance as a maritime power, trading its grain, salt and slaves from the interior, and even timber, for the gold dinars minted in Egypt and Syria, in order to buy the silks of the Byzantine empire that it resold in the West. Merchants of Amalfi were using gold coins to purchase land in the 9th century, while most of Italy worked in a barter economy. In the 8th and 9th century, when Mediterranean trade revived it shared with Gaeta the Italian trade with the East, while Venice was in its infancy, and in 848 its fleet went to the assistance of Pope Leo IV against the Saracens.

Amalfi occupied a high position in medieval architecture; its cathedral of Sant' Andrea, of the eleventh century, the campanile, the convent of the Capuccini, founded by, richly represent the artistic movement prevailing in Southern Italy at the time of the Normans, with its tendency to blend the Byzantine style with the forms and sharp lines of the northern architecture.
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