Monday, December 9, 2013

The Beautiful Amalfi Coast

The Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

(Naples, Salerno, Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano, Pompeii, Islands of Capri & Ischia).

This is an area of Italy that almost everyone has heard about, read about, or seen, via movies and photos.
However, it is everything and more than depicted in photos and movies. The entire area is a series of picture post cards. It takes some time to see and immerse oneself into the beautiful surroundings. No matter where you look there are spectacular vistas of the sea, mountains, cliffs, hillside towns, etc. 
The best way to start a trip to this area, is to take an auto tour with a driver in a private car. (never drive it yourself if you want to enjoy the scenery) After you take in the breathtaking views you will want to go back and spend time in a number of the seaside and hillside towns and villages.  Savor some of the best seafood in Italy as part of your adventure.
Don't miss Sorrento, Naples, Ravello, Positano and the islands of Capri and/or Ischia, easily reachable by fast or slow ferry boats, and don't forget Pompeii for an amazing historical experience.

One of many amazing sites and
 sights of the ruins of Pompeii, a 

A victim of the volcano that buried Pompeii,
the playground of the Romans

The entire area is famous for a number of food items such as flavorful San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and burrata cheeses, semolina pastas, and of course, the best pizzas in the world! A visit to Naples to taste the original Neapolitan pizza is a must. The quality of the local wine may surprise you. Of course limoncello is native to the area because of the excellent lemons grown here.

As you can see by the photos below, the area has spectacular views and picturesque villages for miles. This is clearly an area of Italy in which "a picture is worth more than a thousand words!!"

You will never regret having spent time in this romantic and beautiful area of Southern Italy and you will want to "Ritorno a Sorrento"

The picturesque town of Amalfi and its coastline is a postcard
as seen form the Bay of Naples

The beautiful and spectacular Amalfi Coastline,
for viewing as a passenger!

Unbelievable view from high above the town of Ravello
as you look upon the beautiful coastline of Amalfi

A magnificent Sorrento sunset taken from my hotel room balcony
in the city of Sorrento.