Amalfi Coast tours


The steep slopes and rugged beauty of the Amalfi Coast have enchanted visitors for centuries. Mount Vesuvius reigns majestically in the distance, dominating the scenery as it once dictated the lives of the area’s inhabitants with its eruptions. Dotted with little hillside towns, the serpentine road connecting them usually has bumper to bumper traffic. In the off-season the traffic decreases considerably, but then so does the temperature, and bathing in the sea is one of the attractions of this coastline. The narrow, two-lane road that joins Vietri (near Salerno) to Positano is dug almost entirely out of the rock, and curves maniacally. Built in the 1800s by the King of Naples, this road follows the lay of the mountains on one side and the stunning curves of the sea on the other. Every turn offers coastal panoramic views of unparalleled proportions.


On the cliffs at the southern end of the Bay of Naples, Sorrento has been a popular resort town since the 1700s. The town has ancient origins though and you can still distinguish the original Greek town plan in the centre of Sorrento to the west of Piazza Tasso, and just out of town there are Roman remains at Punta del Capo. In the summer the laid-back town fills with wandering tourists taking in the views or relaxing at cafés.Down at the water’s edge both Marina Grande and Marina Piccola have small beaches but the town is dominated more by boats than by sand as ferries arrive and depart for the Amalfi Coast, Naples and the islands. Lemons, a reminder of the fertility of the surrounding countryside, also dominate, as both flavouring and decoration.


The town climbs the hill in steps, with the oldest houses in the upper part of Positano, either faded red or pink, decorated with Baroque stuccoes. The traffic-free street going down to the sea, Via Pasitea, penetrates the atmospheric heart of town with its narrow stepped alleys, houses with vaulted roofs, terraces and tiny gardens that defy the rock. The brightly coloured articles Positano is famous for – such as cloth bags and beachwear – on display inside and outside the many shops, blend well with the pastel-coloured houses, and the local craftsmen are only too happy to make sandals for you while you wait.
Near the beach is the small church of Santa Maria dell’Assunta, whose cupola is covered with yellow, blue and green majolica tiles. The descent ends at Marina Grande, a pebble beach used by fishing boats, lined with bars and restaurants.

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