Sight-Seeing in Sorrento & Amalfi Coast

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The Neapolitan Riveria is made up of numerous beautiful places including; Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, Capri, Ischia, Procida, Pompeii, Ravello and Naples.

The Bay of Naples offers one of the most breathtaking coastlines in Europe. Just imagine a slender ribbon road winding along the jagged steep cliffs that plunge into crystal clear waters. Pass through the beautiful old fishing towns squeezed between the more popular stylish resorts along the southern tip of Sorrento's peninsula and the famous Amalfi coast. This is one of the most spectacular coastlines renowned for tempting seafood, fine wines and the warmth of its charming people.

Introducing Amalfi Coast

A hugely popular day-trip destination, Amalfi is an appealing ensemble of gaudy ceramic shops, hidden alleyways and beachside restaurants. There is, however, little to suggest that it was once the capital of a powerful maritime republic with a population of more than 70,000. It’s not a big place and there are few historical buildings of note. The explanation for this is chilling – most of the old city, and its populace, simply slid into the sea during an earthquake in 1343.

But more than its sights, Amalfi is all about its beautiful seaside setting, the perfect spot for aimless wandering and long, lingering lunches.

Just round the headland, neighbouring Atrani is a picturesque tangle of whitewashed alleys and arches centred on a lively, lived-in piazza and popular beach. Book now the exclusive tours & private driver here!!

Sorrento has narrow streets and quiet squares, like Piazza Tasso which is brimming with excellent restaurants, bars and cafés. There are many trendy shops from one-off boutiques to top names including Max Mara, Gucci and Armani. From Sorrento you can take coaches or hovercrafts to Capri, Ischia, Amalfi and Positano.

Find out here about more activities and places to visit in Sorrento.

Capri is, unquestionably, the holiday princess of the Italian islands: idyllic and rugged with its shimmering Blue Grotto and cliffs that descend down into the sea. Capri has trendy jewellery shops and designer boutiques. Panoramic vistas at each and every turn, the island is also a culinary treat with its picturesque restaurants offering exquisitely prepared seafood.

Once the most important trading port in the southern Italy, Amalfi is in the ravine of the Mulini Valley, its churches, towers and arcaded houses rising above the small harbour. The town's Duomo dominates a long flight of steps and embraces a picturesque piazza stretching to its seafront. A wonderful contrast between fine beaches in front and tall cliffs behind.

Ischia is the largest of the Partenopean Islands which include Capri, Procida and Vivara. It is volcanic with an abundance of vegetation and thermal springs. Pretty coastal villages are scattered over the island and local restaurants serve fresh seafood and produce. Ischia is home to the famous 'Mortella' gardens created by the English composer Sir William Walton.

Naples is one of the most vibrant Italian cities. It has a lovely bay with wonderful views of the islands. You can wander through the famous 'spaccanapoli', with its church of Santa Chiara. Visit the Royal Palace, the elegant Piazza Plebiscito and the Galleria Umberto I. The history of Naples dates back to 8th century BC, when the Greeks founded 'Neapolis'.

Pompeii is one of the most important Roman archaeological sites in the world and Vesuvius is the only active volcano in Europe.

Pompeii and Herculaneum are cities buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and re-discovered in the 18th century. It is possible to drive to 3,200 feet and then trek to its summit to enjoy the mesmerising views of the entire gulf of Naples.

A vibrant village with narrow, colourful buildings which cascade like a waterfall down a vertiginous hill to the sea. Positano's town centre meanders down to the waterfront, where a profusion of cafes, bars and restaurants sell fresh seafood. The beach air is filled with the perfume of orange, almond blossom and jasmine.

In the hills inland from the Amalfi coast, Ravello is a quiet village with specular views of the whole peninsula and vast expanse of turquoise water. Ravello is a popular location for British weddings with its cathedral, medieval villas filled with art and glorious majestic public gardens.

Procida is a quaint and colourful island with lots of character. The narrow, winding walled streets of the town cover the expanse of the island and are quietly surrounded by the coastline, which is cloaked in volcanic black sand. The island is very small and can easily be walked around in three or four hours.

Villa Rufolo, Ravello, was built during the XII century, thanks to the Rufolo Family. The entrance of the villa is on the main square of Ravello.

Villa Cimbrone, like Ravello's other villa, was built in the XII century over the Roman villa ruins. In this villa there is a cloister, from the garden you can see a wonderful panorama.

Monte Faito offers one of the best views in Italy. You can admire the bay of Naples, Mont Vesuvius, the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. Situated 1000 metres above sea level its views are literally breath-taking! You can also take advantage of fully escorted tours around Monte Faito, ideal for walkers and mountain lovers and taste local produce.

Santa Maria del Castello is situated 670 metres above sea level. It offers spectacular views of Positano, Monte Faito and the bay of Naples. Popular with walkers, it takes only 20 minutes to reach Positano on foot. Between Santa Maria del Castello's bridge and Positano there are four footpaths.

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