A unique environment, protected by UNESCO as a perfect example of a Mediterranean landscape with a scenario of great cultural and natural value due to its topographical characteristics and its historical evolution.
The entire area extends for 11,231 hectares between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno and includes 16 splendid municipalities in the province of Salerno: Amalfi, Atrani, Cava de ‘Tirreni, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Raito, Ravello, Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino, Scala, Tramonti, Vietri sul Mare.
The cities and towns of the Amalfi Coast are different from each other, each with its own traditions and peculiarities that make it unique, however they are all characterized by architectural monuments such as the Saracen tower of Cetara, the Romanesque cathedral of Amalfi and its ” Cloister of Paradise ”of clear oriental influence, the church of San Salvatore de ‘Bireto in Atrani, where historically the investiture ceremony of the Amalfi Doges was celebrated, and Ravello with its beautiful cathedral and the superb Villa Rufolo. The charming town of Vietri sul Mare is considered the cradle of majolica, not surprisingly, the dome of the splendid church of San Giovanni Battista and the facade of the Archconfraternity of the Annunziata and the Rosary are covered with these colorful ceramics.
On the road from Amalfi to the “painted village” of Furore, there is the enchanting village of Conca Dei Marini characterized by white vaulted houses of seventeenth-century origin and the emerald grotto. Even the fishing villages of Cetara and Maiori, among the most popular seaside resorts for their fine sandy beach, boast two churches – respectively San Pietro and Santa Maria a Mare – with domes covered with majolica tiles. Along the coast, another jewel is the town of Minori, defined as the Eden of the Coast due to its breezy and cool climate. The lovely Atrani rises in the valley of the Dragon, far from mass tourism. In this town that retains all its maritime authenticity, there is a beautiful square by the sea. Among the most famous places is Amalfi, the town founded in the 4th century BC. which gives its name to the Amalfi Coast. Ancient Maritime Republic, Amalfi held for a long time the monopoly of trade in the Tyrrhenian Sea, exporting Italian products (wood, iron, weapons, wine and fruit) to oriental markets and buying spices, perfumes, pearls, jewels, fabrics and carpets in exchange to trade in the West.
The arrangement of the houses is of oriental influence and is reminiscent of the souks, with groups of houses close together and perched on the steep slopes, connected by a labyrinth of alleys and stairs. The characteristic Arab-Sicilian architecture was born and developed in Amalfi, of which the cathedral of Sant’Andrea Apostolo is a perfect example. Rebuilt in Baroque style in the 1700s, with the marvelous staircase and its enchanting cloister, known as the Chiostro del Paradiso, the Cathedral is one of the most visited monuments on the coast. After crossing the pretty Praiano, you arrive in Positano, a holiday resort since the Roman Empire, with its white houses sloping down to the sea, gathered around the church of Santa Maria Assunta, also with a majolica dome. Typical are its small courses, rich shops, where you can buy local handicraft products and the many “stairways” that reach the beach from the top of the town. Among the main beaches we mention the Spiaggia Grande and that of Fornillo, both within walking distance; La Porta, Arienzo and San Pietro Laurito, all accessible mainly by sea.
Then there are several mountain villages on the Amalfi Coast: Scala, Tramonti, Raito, known for its characteristic “stairs”, which are the only means by which you can get around the town, and Ravello. The latter, located at 350 meters above sea level, is one of the charms of the coast for the elegance of its villas: the gardens and belvedere of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone open onto breathtaking views. Finally, on the slopes of the Lattari Mountains stands Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino, famous for the presence of the Abbey of Santa Maria Maddalena in Armillis and for the pretty historic center.