Quick guide to the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast or ‘Divine Coast’ is a destination that continues to lure seasoned travellers as well as new visitors year on year on year. The coastal route in Southern Italy is about 28 miles long and a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its cultural landscape. It is imbued with natural features and historical locations, and tourists flock to see the Cathedral in Amalfi, and visit Ravello to view the typical Amalfi Coast villas and the many churches dating from the 10th and 11th centuries, when the Duchy of Amalfi reigned supreme.
The most photogenic town along the Amalfi Coast, which has many cultural references, is undoubtedly Positano and this means that it is the most expensive part of the route. In literature, Steinbeck’s 1953 short story Positano was followed in 2010 by William James’ Finding Positano, A Love Story. In the film, Under the Tuscan Sun, Positano features quite prominently and a fake version appears in the US TV series Entourage; this little town has even found its way into popular computer games, such as Gran Turismo 4 and Forza Motorsport 3.
Amalfi and Ravello
The historic Cathedral at Amalfi is dedicated to Saint Andrew and a grand staircase from Piazza del Duomo dominates the entrance. The town of Ravello is perched on a hill on a rocky outcrop and some of its extraordinary villas have become hotels, whilst others have inspired great composers, such as Richard Wagner.
Every single town along the Amalfi Coast has at least one interesting feature so there is a lot to do and to see and day trips to particular favourites are ‘di rigeur.’