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Amalfi Coast

We are visiting one of the most impressive coast of South Europe – Amalfi Coast in the region of Campania, Italy. Its UNESCO listed landscape lined with 13 small towns precariously perched between mountains & the sea. This beautiful landscape is like a painted picture of fabulous and beautiful colours. Everyone who saw this beauty for the first time fell in love forever.

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To enjoy and travel by this coast we recommend by water transportation. And this coast is really full of celebrities in their yachts and boats enjoying this fabulous place… And during our visit, we heard that a boat with famous star Steven Spielberg arrived (he has a villa here, too), and a supersecure boat (it is impossible to take a picture of it) of Abramovich…

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Why this coast is so famous and popular? The Amalfi Coast is famous for its sophisticated glamour, secret beaches, clear, clean and amazing blue coloured Tyrrhenian Sea, top restaurant (of any food generally) and hotels, even hostels with sights of beautiful nature, culture and history

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Lemon trees, lemon products and all other wonderfully fragrant fruits and vegetables, vineyards…handmade ceramic and ,of course, pasta! It is also one of Italy’s top regions for hiking, with well-marked trails providing a great way of getting away from the glamour of the coast.

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Sorrento and Salerno are the two main entry points to the coast. We visited Salerno – the capital of the province Campania.  In the 16th century, under the Sanseverino family, among the most powerful feudal lords in southern Italy, the city became a great centre of learning, culture and arts. In recent history the city hosted the King of Italy, who moved from Rome in 1943. The Port of Salerno is one of the most active of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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We visitedCathedral (Duomo), and walked a lot in the centre along all narrow streets to feel and enjoy the spirit of the town and local culture. Just outside of Duomo, we visited small exhibition of unusual paintings on scraps “PRESEPE DIPINTO” di Mario Carotenuto

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On the way we just have a look at impressive Barber Shop “Scarpa”, where masters were working with stylish clients.

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Close to the famous “First medical school of the world”, we found unique shopping area with really original small shops and things.

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From the port we took the ferry to Amalfi, the town that gives its name to the coast.  It looks like a cluster of white houses that are clinging to the rock and connected to each other by covered alleys and stairways. At the centre of the main square there is the beautiful Cathedral of St. Andrew, with its impressive staircase, the bell-tower in Arab-Norman style and the charming Cloister of Paradise.

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Miniature centre of town full of lovely cafes, restaurants and shops with a beautiful fountain in the central square (piazza), you can feel all Italy in this small area. Impressive! And on the end of the main street, we found an interesting fountain with running drinking water “DE CAPE ‘E CIUCCI”, where it’s located in nativity scenes, made in limestone and tufa with characteristic figures.

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We had dinner in a very good restaurant on the seaside “Marina Grande Amalfi”.

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This time visiting Amalfi Coast, I chose an accommodation in Vietri Sulmare – the first town of the Amalfi coast coming from Salerno and worldwide famous for the production of bright coloured artistic ceramic.

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I found lovely ceramic shop “ZUMA” and met an owner and artist here. Her lovely and sweet work has made an impression on me and I bought a small jewellery box, which I will use as a sugar-basin!

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In this small town there are amazing gastronomic restaurant “EVU”, run by local families. Mix of traditional and modern shows make a really good result. I will come back here a few times.

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Not far from my hotel we found very good country style restaurant with perfect pizza “Limoneto”. Sitting in the terrace under the lemon trees and eating homemade pasta and griled tuna fish with sezam – good choice.

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We went to visit Positano by boat from Salerno. Positano is the Amalfi Coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town with gorgeous landscapesaround, the best known place for its picturesque staircases,  houses following the natural course of the mountain and creating a vertical landscape with  its beautiful XIX-XX century buildings in Mediterranean style and with the background of the tiled dome of the main church, with wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants and fashionable boutiques.

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There’s still a southern Italian holiday feel about the place, with sunbathers eating pizza on the beach, kids pestering parents for gelati (ice-cream) and chic women from Milan checking out the boutiques. The fashionista history runs deep – ModaPositano was born here in the 60s and this town was the first in Italy to import bikinis from France.

 

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