Discovering the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi drive, a UNESCO site since 1997, is cut into a cliff overlooking the sea and is one of the most spectacular roads in Europe.
With each bend you are immersed in a natural landscape, surrounded by lemon groves, terraced vineyards, pastel coloured houses and sumptuous villas owned by Franco Zefferelli, Sophia Loren, Gore Vidal and other famous personalities.
Leaving Sorrento, you will admire from above what the artist Paul Klee described as “the vertical town”: Positano, an amazing village of white and coloured houses built into the mountain side.
After this spectacle we drive to Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini, to arrive at the ancient sea republic of Amalfi with its splendid cathedral and its historical centre.
Afterwards we visit Ravello, a balcony of this divine coastline, with its splendid Rufolo Villa, where the famous Ravello music festival is held every year.
The main tourist attractions of a guided visit are:
- The monumental cathedral with its arabesque/crucifix museum, the baroque crypt and cathedral of St Andrew
- A splendid boat trip along the coast, weather permitting
- A walk through the alleys in the historical centre
- Villa Rufolo, the medieval home of the Rufolo family and its garden, where Richard Wagner found his “Magical Garden of Klingsor” and got th inspiration to write the opera Parsifal
- The basilica of St Mary Assunta and Saint Pantaleone and its adjoining museum.
This church has bronze doors by Barisano of Trani (1179 AD), an ambo and pulpit in cosmatesque (inlaid stonework) style
- Villa Cimbrone, famous for its “infinity terrace” with its unforgettable view
- Entrance tickets are not included in the tour price
- For trekking enthusiasts, walks can be organised along the “Sentiero degli Dei” (The Path of the Gods) and the Ferriere valley.
DRESS CODE/ USEFUL INFORMATION:
Sunglasses, sunhat, sun protection cream, comfortable shoes, water, camera