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Amalfi Coast Vacations

The Amalfi drive is the most romantic drive in Italy, following the road snaking along the edge of the rocky cliffs that plunge straight into the sea. Amalfi is the coast's largest town and home to the magnificent 10th-century Duomo fronted by a beautifully coloured 13th-century facade. The Cathedral of Amalfi just off the sea side promenade was founded in the 9th century and still to this day it retains its original bell tower. This church went through a number of alterations and although much of the façade was rebuilt in the 19th century, much of the original structure can still be enjoyed today. We do recommend during your visit there that you don’t forget to pass through the church into the Cloisters of Paradise where you can admire one of the most charming and beautiful pieces of Norman/Arab architecture. You should take the time to explore the rest of the town too, before continuing your journey to one of the coastal areas most beautiful hidden secrets.  Just 20 minutes drive from Amalfi, Positano is a town which definitely owes its good fortune as a tourist destination thanks to the stunning scenery. It is a dream like place that almost does not seem real when you are there, but once you have left Positano the ‘want’ to return there is very real. The fashion and the shopping in Positano is well worth your visit, the collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta which dates back to the 1200’s is a must, the port area is worth the trip down to see, what you must do on this tour is simply take in the atmosphere, enjoy some people watching and soak up the magic of this place.  Ravello is one of the most attractive destinations on the Amalfi Coast. With a population of around 2,000, the settlement perches high above Amalfi, overlooking the Mediterranean. A renowned musical festival is held in Ravello every year, with classical music concerts taking place in gardens with breathtaking views, all through the summer months. Ravello, perched high on the cliffs above Amalfi, is famous for its views and its gardens. The town was once part of the Republic of Amalfi; now it is a peaceful historic village popular with tourists and honeymooners. The principal Ravello tourist attractions are the two famous gardens, Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. Both of these panoramic gardens are open to the public, and you can wander through the tropical plants and enjoy fabulous views of the coastline. Ravello also has an impressive cathedral, the venerable Duomo, dedicated to San Pantaleone whose blood is a treasured relic.

Shopping:  The Amalfi Coast is known for its brightly colored eaarthenware pottery known as majolica.  All of the ceramics are decorated by hand with designs that reflect the Mediterranean lifestyle.  Many shops will ship your treasure home.

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