You won't regret hiring a private driver for your day trip on the Amalfi Coast once you see the beautiful but tricky winding road that skirts the coastline. Leave the stress of the drive to us, and enjoy the scenery of the most beautiful coast in the world.
The Amalfi Coast is widely considered Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of towering cliffs, pastel terraced villages, picturesque coastal roads, luxuriant gardens, and expansive vistas over turquoise waters and green-swathed mountains. Deemed by UNESCO "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values," the coast was awarded a coveted spot on the World Heritage list in 1997.
Our tour kicks off on St. Peter's hill near Sorrento, where the 34 miles of winding road of the Amalfi coast begins and the scenary blends green countryside, dramatic ciffs, and crystal-clear sea. After several scenic overlooks, the first stop is Positano, a maze of alleys and staircases with small shops displaying the traditional local products and crafts, which, together with the undisputed beauty of the landscape, have contributed in making this charming coastal village famous world-wide. Try on the crisp linen dresses, order handmade leather sandals, shop for colorful ceramics, and sample limoncello. A favorite amont actors, poets, and film directors, Positano is a beautiful village where you can spend about an hour exploring.
Fifteen minutes after leaving Positano, we'll arrive in the lesser-known town of Praiano, where you'll be able to see the hand-painted maiolica tiles of dome of St. Gennaro's Church and the pretty cylindrical Torre a Mare that sits on a promontory, still standing guard over the town and coastline as it has for centuries. This Medieval structure once protected against attacks by pirates.
Continuing on, we'll arrive in Conca dei Marini where you can't miss the opportunity to see the Emerald Grotto, known for its underwater ceramic nativity scene.
After that, we visit Amalfi, wich dates back to the first century A.C. and was one of the four Maritime Republics of Italy. Amalfi is known for its maritime history as well as for introducing paper to Europe. In the town centre stands the superb cathedral consecreted to its patron, Saint Andrew, and holds a relic with the saint's bones. You will have an hour of free time to visit the town.
Our tour ends in Ravello, with its interesting cathedral dedicated to Saint Pantaleone, and Villa Rufolo which inspired Wagner for the creation of his famous opera, Parsifal, and is often the venue for musical events and festivals. One more place not to be missed is Villa Cimbrone, where you can stand on the breathtakingly scenic "terrace over infinity" which looks across the Gulf of Salerno. You can also stop here for lunch with a wonderful sea view.
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