24 January 2011

Amalfi Coast, Italy

view from our hotel
Amalfi Coast was declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its undisputed beauty and the uniqueness of its natural landscape. It is a land characterized by the amazing combination between mountain and sea.

The seductive landscapes of the mountain plunges steeply into a sea, creating charming coves, deep fjords, cliffs, caverns, bays, natural arches and small pebble beaches. it is certainly not a coincidence that this area is known as the land of the Sirens, in the Homer's epic poem "Odysseus". 

our Hotel - Hotel Marina Riviera
at the hotel's solarium - during breakfast

Perched on the high cliff sloping down the sea, the Hotel Marina Riviera is set in a very central position, just few steps from both the beach and the historic centre of Amalfi, first of the Four Maritime Republics, with its imposing Cathedral.

It was peak season when we visited Amalfi, the hotel costs around 300 Euro per night with complementary breakfast only. The hotel have a large solarium, lulled by the sound of the waves and surrounded by the scents, colors and the amazing natural spectacle of the Amalfi coast.

At the coast are boat tours going to Capri and other tourist attractions. We booked a tour to the "grotta dello Smeraldo" which is five kilometers far from Amalfi. It is placed in one of the best  bay of the Coast, in the Municipality of Conca dei Marini.

view on our way to  Grotta dello Smeraldo

view on our way to  Grotta dello Smeraldo

boat ride to the Grotta dello Smeraldo

boat ride to the Grotta dello Smeraldo
outside the Grotta dello Smeraldo

You can reach to the "Grotta dello Smeraldo" also by boat;many boats from the Amalfi's harbor go to and for the cave, each hour. 

Inside the Cave:

The cave is called"emerald", because the sun light  comes in, throught a tunnel under the water (the tunnel connects the cave to the open sea), it makes the emerald color.


The Duomo (cathedral) of Amalfi is an architectonical complex made by two communicating churches, acrypt, a stair, an atrium, a church tower and a cloister called “Chiostro del Paradiso”.

Duomo if Amalfi


Typical houses, painted in warm pastel colors, follow the natural slope of the foothills of Mounts Lattari, leaning against each other, creating a very picturesque landscape. From the characteristic terraces, built with dry stone walls, expands the intense scents of the lemon groves, the vineyards, the broom, the bright colors of bougainvillea which, combined with the smell of salt air, creates a unique sensory experience. 


Exploring the Streets of Amalfi



We booked a boat trip to see the fireworks from the sea. It lasted for around 20 minutes. It filled the darkness with the beauty of lights. Awesome!

Amalfi by Night

How to Reach Amalfi Coast 
source: http://www.amalfiscoast.com/inglese/information/how.htm

By Train or Car 
The Amalfi coast can be reached in many ways.
By car coming from the north, on the A1 highway, and changing to the A30 highway, getting out in Salerno. Or changing to the A3 highway getting out at Vietri sul Mare, the beginning of the Amalfi coast.

The nearest train station is in Salerno, which is connected to all major citys, being on the main line connecting the north and south of Italy. For info, timetables, and prices go to: www.trenitalia.it 

There is also a secondary line called “circumvesuviana”, that connects all the towns between Naples and Sorrento railway station. 
For timetables go to: www.vesuviana.it

By Plane
The nearset airport is in Naples and it's called “Capodichino”.
The airport is run by Gesac. On their website you can find all the information on flights, including live departures/arrivals: www.gesac.it

Alitalia offers direct flights to all major italian destinations such as Milan, Turin, Genova, Venice, Trieste, Bologna, Rome, Catania, Palermo, Cagliari. For info: www.alitalia.it
By Ferry
Salerno - Amalfi:
You can also get to Amalfi by sea, with ferries or hidrofoil, directly from Salerno, Capri, Sorrento or Naples. This services are only available during the summer months.

Sorrento - Amalfi - Capri:
This service is only available in the summer months (from May to October), connecting Salerno and Capri, and the other towns of the coast: Maiori, Minori, Amalfi e Positano.

These services are provided by TravelMar and Linee Marittime Partenopee.

By Bus
Finally there are public bus service, provided by SITA, that connect the Amalfi coast to the other towns in the province.