Discovering the villages of the Amalfi coast, an Italian poem

Stretches of land stretching down to the sea, lush green vegetation blending with the blue of the water, hilltop villages that you visit one by one. All this makes the Amalfi Coast one of the most fascinating places in Italy.

Leaving from Naples, discovering the Amalfi Coast means taking a trip to an enchanted place of colours and narrow streets, where the smells mingle with the calm sound of the sea. The paths that run along the coast, with a different village at every turn, are the stuff of dreams for every traveller who ventures here.

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Positano, a fishing village clinging to the cliffs.

From the sea, the view of the village houses clinging to the steep slope is a spectacular display of colour. The narrow streets, lined with shops and craft stalls, seem to rest on the white cliffs overlooking the Salerno peninsula. After a stroll through the craft shops.

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While you're there, take the time to stroll through the village and admire the 10th-century church of Santa Maria Assunta, with its bell tower decorated with bas-relief motifs and its splendid yellow and green majolica dome.

Practical information

📍 Location: P.za Flavio Gioia, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

👛 Price: access to the church is free. The church is still in use and is therefore freely accessible.

Opening times: the church is open from 9.30am to 12pm and from 4pm to 8pm.

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🍴The Ice Cream shop of Buca di Bacco

This shop is the ideal place to order a delicious Italian-style ice cream. There's nothing better than strolling through the streets of Positano while enjoying an ice cream.

Address: Via della Tartana, 6, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

⭐ Villaverde

Villaverde is the ideal base for a night or more in Positano. Its location offers a beautiful panorama of the surrounding area. From this establishment, it is very easy to enjoy the attractions of the beach, as the latter is only 300 metres from here!

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Villaverde - Napoli

Right in the centre of Positano, the Villaverde offers charming rooms, as well as a communal terrace where you can enjoy the view of the village.
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Amalfi

This village, which has given its name to the entire coastline, is not only attractive for the beauty of its beaches and its picturesque town planning, but also because it is rich in history. Amalfi was a maritime republic, in contact with the Far East, and the Palazzo Morelli, home to the town hall and municipal museum, bears witness to this.

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Where to stay in Amalfi?

⭐Hotel Fontana In addition to its spacious rooms, equipped with comfortable furnishings, the hotel is particularly well located, in the main square of the village of Amalfi. The shops and entertainment in the centre will delight travellers staying at this establishment.

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Hotel Fontana

Set in Amalfi's main square, Hotel Fontana is just 100 metres from the harbour.
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Furore

It is often referred to as the "invisible village", because it cannot be seen from the sea. A fjord cut by two deep cliffs hides a small beach overlooked by this perched village, surrounded by olive groves and terraced vineyards. Indescribably beautiful, Furore still retains its wild beauty and privacy. It was thanks to these characteristics that many Italian actors of the 1970s sought refuge here, to escape the limelight and the mundane.

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Where to stay in Furore?

⭐Fico D'India Relais

In addition to its warm setting surrounded by nature, Fico D'India Relais features an outdoor pool and family rooms. It is possible to have a room with a balcony to enjoy the view of the village of Furore.

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Fico D'India Relais

Hotel Fico D'India Relais welcomes guests in a warm atmosphere surrounded by nature. The hotel is also renowned for its delicious cuisine.
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Ravello

Halfway down the road along the Amalfi coast lies Ravello. Ravello's panoramic views of the entire Gulf of Salerno are incredible, and its streets reveal an elegance of another era. Famous for the Villa Rufolo, bought by the botanist Francis Neville Reid and renovated by himself, the Villa's gardens are now one of the jewels of the entire Amalfi Coast.

The village of Ravello on the Amalfi coast

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The Villa and its gardens can be visited and its history begins with the Rufolo family, thanks to whom it was built and whose beauty we still appreciate today.

Practical information

📍 Location: Piazza Duomo, 1, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy

👛 Price: €6 full price, €5 concessions.

Opening times: open daily from 9am to 8pm

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Where to stay in Ravello?

⭐Casa Vacanze Vittoria

Slightly set back from the Amalfi Coast, Casa Vacanze Vittoria enjoys a quiet and serene setting, yet is only 10 minutes from the Amalfi Coast. Casa Vacanze Vittoria offers en suite rooms and flats with kitchen facilities. We love the large bucolic garden!

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Casa Vacanze Vittoria

Set in the centre of Ravello, the Vittoria features a large garden and restaurant. Its spacious, air-conditioned rooms and flats are set in different buildings, a 10-minute drive from the Amalfi Coast.
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Practical information

How do I get to the Amalfi Coast and its villages?

To begin our visit to the coast, it's essential to know how to get there. From Naples, near the port, SITA buses serve the main towns: Amalfi, Maiori, Minori (cost: €4 / duration: 2 hours). You can also get there from Naples central station by circumvesuviana, heading for Sorrento (cost: €5 / journey time: 50 mins).

Best time to go?

We recommend travelling along the Amalfi coast in spring, during the flowering season, or in summer, to enjoy the beaches and 26-degree waters. Temperatures vary around 30 degrees in summer. In winter, there is a risk of showers, but temperatures stagnate at around 13 degrees.

by Jude JONES
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