Flights of fancy in the glorious Amalfi’s Coast
Anyone who has visited Amalfi – however fleetingly – will tell you that its reputation as one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring Italian destination is no boast. Even the italian name of its coastline – “costiera amalfitana” – evokes a powerful aura of prestige and deep fascination. Amalfi’s Coast is a dream of beauty unrivalled, one of the genuinely breath-taking Italian views that never fails to amaze visitors and locals alike with its lush colours and unfathomable wonders.
Unsurprisingly, Amalfi’s Coast was recognized as of 1997 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Stretching over the Salerno Gulf, from Positano to Vietri, it encompasses some of the most suggestive Campania towns beyond Amalfi itself. As a holiday or vacation resort, it’s both eminently fashionable and exclusive, bestowing many a surprise – and more than just one gift of beauty – onto the visiting tourists drawn to its incredible landscapes.
Take a tour of this coast of wonders with Italian Luxury Consulting’s picks and suggestions. You can opt to visit just one or two of these absolute must-see – or you can stroll freely from one to another at your leisure. It will be worth your time – all the more so when you rely on the experience and skill of a bespoke tour operator to make the most out of your Amalfi Coast’s vacation.
Atrani, a fishermen village preserved in time
There would be many reasons to visit Atrani even if it was not ripe with artistic and historic treasures, including some monumental churches which date back – sometimes – to as late as the X century. Indeed, the religious roots of Atrani run deep, as the town used to be littered with shrines and churches up to the great flood in 1343 (described in one of Francesco Petrarca‘s Epistles). If a great many treasures were lost to the fury of the raging waters, what remains today is by no mean less magnificence.
And yet it is the unique atmosphere of Atrani that’s even more likely to mesmerize the visitors. Highly suggestive, with its antique streets perched right over the shoreline, Atrani is a jewel preserved and encased in time, a fishermen village which has retained its integrity through the centuries. Walking its streets is like diving straight into the past, and one reason why you should not pass this enchanting corner of Amalfi’s Coast by. It’s well worth a visit – and it might captivate you to the point where you’ll want to return.