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Things to do

GUIDED TOUR:
FOR EXCURSIONS TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, WE SUGGEST YOU USE A TOUR GUIDE.
 
GUIDED TOURS AVAILABLE:
  • RAVELLO WALKING TOUR: THE TOUR LEADS GUESTS INTO THE MEDIEVAL RAVELLO.
  • POMPEII/HERCULANEUM GUIDED TOUR: POMPEII AND HERCULANEUM ARE THE MOST FAMOUS AND VISITED ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREAS IN ITALY BECAUSE THEY WERE BURIED BY THE ERUPTION OF THE MONS VESUVIUS IN 79AD.
THINGS TO DO WHILE ON THE COAST:
1. VISIT RAVELLO:
THIS TOWN IS ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS IN BETWEEN AMALFI AND MAIORI, AT 365 METERS ABOVE THE LEVEL OF THE SEA, AND IS MUCH MORE RELAXED AND RESERVED THAN THE OTHER BUSY TOURIST LOCATIONS.THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF RAVELLO ARE VILLA RUFOLO AND VILLA CIMBRONE - VISIT THEIR GARDENS AND PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE BEST VIEWS ON THE ENTIRE AMALFI COAST. HEAD STRAIGHT THROUGH THE GARDENS UNTIL YOU REACH THE TERRACE AND TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF BLUE SKIES MEETING BLUE SEAS, WHILST THE TOWNS OF THE COAST TUMBLE DOWN THE MOUNTAINSIDES.
2. EXPLORE THE CITY OF AMALFI AND THE CATHEDRAL:
AMALFI WAS ONE OF THE ANCIENT MARITIME REPUBLICS, AND IT IS CERTAINLY WORTH VISITING THE CATHEDRAL OF AMALFI, THE ARSENAL MUSEUM, AND THE PAPER MUSEUM. WE SUGGEST YOU TASTE THE SPECIALTY OF THE LOCAL GASTRONOMY: THE LIMONCELLO, MADE WITH THE AMALFI COAST IGP LEMONS; THE LEMON “SCORZETTE”, AND THE TYPICAL NEAPOLITAN DESSERT (SFOGLIATELLA, BABÀ) AT PASTICCERIA PANSA.
3. A SWEET VISIT TO THE FAMOUS SAL DE RISO PASTRY SHOP:
SAL DE RISO, INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS, IS DEFINITELY THE PASTRY CHEF BEST KNOWN IN THE SOUTH OF ITALY. DESPITE ITS DELIGHTS HAVING REACHED THE BEST HOTELS AND RETAIL OUTLETS IN ITALY AND EUROPE, IT'S WORTH SPENDING SOME TIME WITH A DELIZIA AL LIMONE OR A TYPICAL RICOTTA E PERE CAKE AT THE PASTRY DE RISO IN MINORI.
4. SHOPPING IN POSITANO:
POSITANO, THE PEARL OF AMALFI COAST, IS AMONG THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND ROMANTIC PLACES IN THE WORLD. ALSO KNOWN AS THE CITY OF "MODA POSITANO," IT IS A MUST TO DO SOME SHOPPING IN THE MANY SHOPS RANGING FROM LOCAL HANDICRAFTS TO LUXURY BOUTIQUES OVERLOOKING THE WATERFRONT.
5. TAKE A BOAT TOUR INTO THE GROTTA DELLO SMERALDO CAVE:
THE EMERALD CAVE IS LOCATED IN BETWEEN AMALFI AND PRAIANO. THE SMERALDO CAVE IS ONE OF THE FEW CAVES IN THE WORLD THAT IS BATHED IN A NATURAL EMERALD LIGHT. THE EFFECT IS SIMPLY AMAZING, AND THE COLOR OF THE WATER AND THE CAVE ITSELF ARE GORGEOUS. THE CAVE IS ACCESSED VIA AN ELEVATOR ON THE SS163 ROUTE OR BY BOAT, AND THEN YOU CAN CLIMB ON ONE OF THE BOATS FOR A GUIDED TOUR OF THIS SUPERB NATURAL SUBTERRANEAN ENVIRONMENT.
6. KAYAK TO A PRIVATE COVE:
SOME OF THE BEST SPOTS ON THE AMALFI COAST ARE HIDDEN FROM PLAIN VIEW. IT IS EASY TO RENT YOUR OWN SEA KAYAK FOR A FEW HOURS, AND YOU CAN FIND COMPLETE SOLITUDE EVEN ON THE BUSIEST SUMMER DAYS.
7. TAKE A WALK:
ON THE AMALFI COAST, THERE IS PLENTY OF NATURAL BEAUTY TO EXPLORE. BETWEEN RAVELLO AND AMALFI IS THE FERRIERE VALLEY, ALSO KNOWN AS THE VALLEY OF THE MILLS. THIS NATURE RESERVE TRAIL TAKES YOU TO WATERFALLS AND HAS AN AMAZING VIEW OF AMALFI FROM THE TOP.
THE PATH OF THE GODS IS A NATURALISTIC PATH ON THE LATTARI MOUNTAINS THAT RUNS ALONG THE ENTIRE COASTLINE FOR 7 KM, FROM AGEROLA TO POSITANO, IN THE FRACTION OF NOCELLE, WHERE THE LANDSCAPE BECOMES SUGGESTIVE DUE TO THE ALTERNATION OF PINE FORESTS, CAVES TO EXPLORE, AND ESPECIALLY SPECTACULAR GLIMPSES OF THE AMALFI COAST.
THE PATH OF LEMONS IS A PLEASANT WALK FROM MINORI TO MAIORI, PASSING THROUGH THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGE OF TORRE. THE NAME REFERS TO THE LUSH TERRACED GARDENS, CULTIVATED WITH PGI AMALFI COAST LEMONS, THE MOST ICONIC SYMBOL OF THE AMALFI COAST; ALREADY MENTIONED IN DOCUMENTS SINCE THE XVI CENTURY. IN THE XVII CENTURY, THE LOCAL HISTORIAN MATTEO CAMERA WROTE THAT "FROM MINORI, LEMONS WERE TRANSPORTED BY SEA TO OTHER ITALIAN MARKETS, TOGETHER WITH LIMONCELLI AND BITTER ORANGES." THE PATH CAN BE WALKED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.
8. VISIT THE ISLAND OF CAPRI:
CAPRI IS A TRULY MAGICAL PLACE AND ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS ON THE AMALFI COAST. THIS ISLAND SITS JUST OFF THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE AMALFI COAST AND CAN BE REACHED VIA REGULAR FERRIES FROM AMALFI. ALSO, CONSIDER TAKING AN ORGANIZED TRIP TO SEE THE FAMOUS BLUE CAVE GROTTO – THIS CAVE COMPLEX IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, AND A BOAT TRIP THROUGH THIS SUBTERRANEAN WORLD WILL SURELY IMPRESS.
9. ENJOY A BOAT RIDE FROM AMALFI:
BY TAKING A BOAT TOUR, YOU CAN SEE A LARGE SECTION OF THE COAST, AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT CATCHING A BUS OR WALKING UP THE WINDING COASTAL PATHS. FURTHERMORE, FROM A BOAT, YOU CAN VIEW THE MANY TOWNS SUCH AS AMALFI, MINORI, AND POSITANO IN ALL THEIR GLORY – THERE IS NOTHING QUITE LIKE SEEING THE MULTI-COLORED HOUSES RISING AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE CLIFFS AND ADMIRING THE LUSCIOUS GREEN LANDSCAPES OF THIS BEAUTIFUL REGION.
10. LUNCH ON THE BEACH:
WHETHER YOU DECIDE TO SPEND YOUR DAY AT A PRIVATE BEACH CLUB OR HAVE A BOAT TRIP, THE VERY BEST PART OF THE DAY IS THE RESTAURANT. BOOK A TABLE AT ONE OF THE LOCAL BEACH RESTAURANTS AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE HUNGRY AT LUNCHTIME. THIS IS THE TIME TO TRY IT ALL; ANTIPASTO, PASTA, SECONDO, AND DESSERT. SEAFOOD IS THE NORM, SO ORDER THINGS LIKE FRIED TOTANI, A LOCAL SQUID, ANCHOVIES, MUSSELS, AND GRILLED FISH. ASK YOUR SERVER WHAT’S FRESH AND LOCAL. A SHOT OF STRONG DARK ESPRESSO AND AN ICY SIP OF LIMONCELLO IS THE ONLY WAY TO END SUCH A FEAST. SOME BEACH RESTAURANTS TO CONSIDER: • LA TONNARELLA • ZEFIRO • DA TERESA THEY CAN BE REACHED BY BOAT FROM AMALFI.
11. DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY:
EVERYTHING STARTS A LITTLE LATER THAN YOU MAY BE USED TO IN THE SUMMER MONTHS ON THE AMALFI COAST. DINNER TIME IS AT 10 P.M., WHICH GIVES YOU PLENTY OF TIME TO GET BACK FROM THE BEACH AND GET READY FOR A NIGHT OUT. WELL AFTER MIDNIGHT IS WHEN THE DOORS OF THE AREA NIGHTCLUBS OPEN. AFRICANA FAMOUS CLUB, IN PRAIANO, AND MUSIC ON THE ROCKS, IN POSITANO, ARE BOTH VENUES BUILT INTO CAVES NEXT TO THE SEA WITH DJ SETS AND OCCASIONAL LIVE MUSIC.
12. EXCURSION TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF POMPEII AND HERCULANEUM ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK:
POMPEII AND HERCULANEUM ARE THE LARGEST TOWNS OF THE FIVE BURIED BY THE VESUVIUS ERUPTION OF 79 AD, AND THEY ARE ALSO THE MOST FULLY EXCAVATED.
13. COOKING CLASS:
YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO PREPARE A TYPICAL LUNCH OF SOUTHERN ITALY’S TRADITION IN ITS PUREST AND MOST GENUINE ASPECT. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW SIMPLE IT IS TO PREPARE THE TRADITIONAL NEAPOLITAN PIZZA.
RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE:
• MAMMA AGATA | RAVELLO
• VILLA MARIA | RAVELLO
• AMALFI GARDENS | AMALFI
• PENISOLA EXPERIENCE | SORRENTO.
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