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View of the Amalfi Coast
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Italy Places: Amalfi Coast

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One of the great drives of the world, the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) gives stunning views of the mountains meeting the Tyrrhenian Sea with its startling blue waters. See map Surrounds of Naples (Napoli to Salerno): Naples Surrounds Map.

The Sorrento Peninsula divides two bays, situated to the north is the Gulf of Naples while the Gulf of Salerno is on the south.

The drive covers the south side of the Sorrento Peninsula to the town of Amalfi. Extending for some forty kilometres, the Strada Statale 163 goes from the town of Positano to the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east.

There are numerous picturesque towns and villages along the way, including Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi itself. It has served as a a holiday destination for Romans through the ages.

A favourite thing to do is to stop off at one of the many seaside restaurants tucked away amongst the many cliff faces for the sweeping views and food, or even just an Italian coffee.

Places to Visit

Sorrento

The resort town of Sorrento, is within a short drive of places like Naples, Pompeii and the rest of the coast. It is a popular place to stay for those wishing to explore the region.

In Sorrento the Museum Correale has an interesting collection of neopolitan painters as well as ceramics from Sèvres and Capodimonte. Housed in a traditional villa with a mansion and gardens. As well there is archeological display, with artefacts and art from the Roman times.

Positano

Positano, part of the Amalfi Republic has waxed and waned, but now is a popular tourist resort that has retained much of its character.

Amalfi

Amalfi was a powerful city-state till conquered by the Norman King Roger, in 1131. This seaside city has lots of interesting shops to explore. Above the town is Ravello, some six kilometres away, offering epic views of the whole coast.

Vietri sul Mare

Vietri sul Mare is known for its many coloured ceramics, using colours seen on the coast. Dishes, flowerpots, vases and tiles are made here, often featured in the many local restaurants in the region.

The town dates back to the Etruscans, Romans built a bath here and remains of the ancient defensive walls have been found.

The Amalfi region makes limoncello liqueur. In fact, many regional dishes come from Campania, including everything from pizzas, pastas and sauces to seafood.

Conclusion

The coastal city of Naples is busy but does not neglect the arts, history, music, food and theatre. Visit Naples, this scenic and pleasant seaside city of Italy.

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The streets of Amalfi are great for walking.
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The road and villas cling to the cliffs and hills of Amalfi.
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