A typical stereotypes of Italy is that it is the country of food, wine, pizza, spaghetti, motors and churches. We agree on that. We would add that there is a place in Italy where people can enjoy a small corner of lost Eden. This place is immersed in the green of its nature, the splendid sea-coast, the picturesque towns descending from the hills to the sea, the authenticity of its inhabitants, the flavours of the mild Mediterranean weather, a place to relax and literally enjoy life better than anywhere else in Italy. This place is the Amalfi Coast.
The Amalfi Coast, or Costiera Amalfitana in Italian, is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy. The towns lying on the Amalfi Coast are Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Scala, Atrani, Amalfi, Ravello, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Praiano, Positano and Sorrento.
Renowned for its rugged terrain, scenic beauty, picturesque towns and diversity, as of 1997 the Amalfi Coast is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
For decades these towns, being fishing villages, stacked precariously above the sea, have been one of Italy's major tourist attractions. Nowadays the area's principal industry is tourism. How can be different? Visitors usually rent a car/van and discover the Amalfi Coast by themselves. That's ok. But we would really like to suggest how, what of to see in the Amalfi Coast, also taking some of our services, advises and, hopefully, useful travel resources.
Amalfi Italy - Amalfi Travel
Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, named Costiera Amalfitana, and is today an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast.
The Amalfi coast is famed for its production of Limoncello liqueur and home-made paper used throughout Italy for wedding invitations, visiting cards and elegant writing paper. The city is home to the Museo della Carta, a paper-making museum.
Events in Amalfi Today:
Three traditional events draw numerous visitors to Amalfi.
1. Feast days of Saint Andrew (25-27 of June, and 30 November), celebrating the city's patron saint.
2. The "Byzantine New Year's Eve" (31 August)
3. The Ancient Regatta (first Sunday in June), a traditional rowing competition among the four Sea Republics: Amalfi, Genova, Pisa, Venice. This event is hosted at every year by a different city, so it comes to Amalfi once every four years.
Rome Travels can accommodate visitors with all related tour services in the Amalfi Coast.
What to see and do in Amalfi Italy
Amalfi's Cathedral of St. Andrew: built in IXth Cent. AD, in 1206 the relics of the Apostle Saint Andrew were brought to Amalfi from Constantinople. The people of Amalfi are very much devoted to St. Andrew for whom they hold solemn celebrations twice a year, the “Miracle of the Manna”: nn ampoule in the silver urn produces “The Manna” a mysterious liquid with miraculous properties.
Craftmade paper of Amalfi. There are multiple artisans who work and produce these pieces of art.
The Emerald Grotto: the sea reproduces sublime colours: cobalt blue that merges into turquoise… turquoise becomes emerald green…
Lemon of Amalfi: a unique variety, at least double the size of other lemons, with a thick and wrinkled skin that has an intense parfume and a sweet and juicy flesh.
One day excursion to Ravello & Villa Rufolo. Free download brochure (1,10 MB) of Villa Rufolo Here
Our exclusive limo and luxury minivan service operating between Rome and Amalfi arranges, with English speaking drivers, the following transpotation service:
- Transfer Rome Amalfi and viceversa
- Transfer to and from Airports in Rome (Rome FCO) and Naples (NAP)
- Transfers around the Amalfi Coast
- Excursions to Pompei - Herculaneum - Mount Vesuvius - Paestum - Sorrento - Positano - Ravello and the Amalfi Coast
- Transfer Amalfi - Sorrento and Amalfi Positano
Positano Italy - Positano Travel
The author John Steinbeck wrote on his essay about Positano in Harper's Bazaar in May, 1953 that "It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone". It is exactly how the people feel once in Positano. Indeed, the Campania region is a veritable treasure chest brimful of history and traditions: welcome to Positano.
Without having to move very far from the town of Positano, you can enjoy a starlit night listening to an exclusive concert on the panoramic terraces of Ravello (Villa Rufolo), or explore the beautiful sea beds guided by one of our local guides.
The Legend and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta
The legend refers that in the XIIth cent. a boat which transported a Byzantine framework of the Madonna Assumpted, by furrowing Tyrrhenian sea waters, sailed close to the village of Positano. It reigned there flat calm, when the sailors, the Benedictins monks, heard a voice which said "POSA POSA"... (put it down), coming from the framework of the Virgin Mary. Thus they approached the shore and the town was named after it. The Benedictins took the framework of the Virgin Mary and they carried it in the Church which today is located on the central place of this fishing village.
CAPRI & ISCHIA -
From Positano harbour, boats depart to the Isles of Capri and Ischia. We suggest to depart around 8:30 am, returning in the late afternoon, at approximately 19:00. In addition to the journey across the water, visitors can have one of our guided tours of the islands. Our boats are modern and extremely comfortable, with an open top floor from which the marvellous views across the sea can be seen.
Rome Travels customizes on request:
Selection of best Positano Hotels
Villa Positano: weekly rental
Private Boast excursions to the Isles of Capri and Ischia with English speaking Tour Guide (luxury journey)
Capri Travel: rental of Capri boat to see the Blue Grotto, Capri tour.
Sorrento Positano with private deluxe car/minivan and English speaking driver
Amalfi Coast Tours operated with deluxe car/minivan with or without professional and local English speaking Tour Guides
Sorrento Italy - Sorrento Coast - Sorrento Holiday
Sorrento is a small city and a very popular tourist destination in the Amalfi Coast. The town can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town overlooks the bay of Naples, as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints in the city allow sight of Naples itself (visible across the bay), Vesuvius and the island of Capri. Naples Sorrento: the Amalfi Drive (connecting Sorento with Amalfi) is the narrow road that threads around the high cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea with plenty of picturesque curves overlooking the blue of the Sea.
Public ferry boats and hydrofoils provide services to Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Capri and Ischia. Sorrento's sea cliffs are impressive and more than beautiful. Our private boat service (hydrofoil) do the same.
In 2007 edition of Top 10 Adventures for Italy, Topworld International ranked Sorrento as number 4. So far in 2008 this town is number 5 on the official list in Topworld.
Sorrento is famous for the production of:
Limoncello, an alcoholic digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar.
Olives and Olive oil (D.O.P.) - Protected Origin Denomination
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Sorrento Travel : Rome Travels provides the following services:
1. Sorrento Holiday: best choice of Sorrento Hotels
2. Sorrento Holiday: big selection of Villa Sorrento
3. Sorrento Naples (by car-minivan/driver)
4. Rome Sorrento (by car-minivan/driver)
5. Sorrento Tours: private English speaking guide
6. Excursions with private boats to: Ischia, Capri, Pompeii, Vesuvio, Sorrento Coast.
7. Day trip to Paestum (by car-minivan/driver & pro tour guide)
Sorrento Tours - visit Sorrento: We recommend to visit the following:
Church and Cloister of St. Francis
The Cathedral and the Cathedral’s Bell Tower
Museum - Workshop of Wooden Tarsia
Antiquarium Aequano - Silio Italico (Palazzo Comunale - Vico Equense)
1. Transfer Rome Amalfi (OR viceversa) OR Rome Sorrento (and Viceversa) by English speaking driver and
Mercedes Sedan (1-2 pax): EUR 550,00
Mercedes Viano Minivan (3-5 pax): EUR 650,00
Mercedes Sprinter Minibus (6-8 pax): EUR 700,00
Deluxe Minibus (8-17 passengers): EUR 1.000,00
Deluxe mini-Coach (18-30 passengers): EUR 1.500,00
Deluxe coach (31-50 people): EUR 50,00 p.p., based on min. 30 full paying passengers
2. Private English speaking Tour Guide at disposal in:
Sorrento, Amalfi, the Amalfi Coast, Positano, Capri, Ischia for 8 hours (Full Day tour):
1-8 people: EUR 600,00 total
8-17 people: EUR 700,00 total
18-30 people: EUR 1.000,00 total
30-50 people: EUR 1.250,00 total
NOTE: cost of the hydrofoil, if any, to be added.
NEW: on request, Rome Travels arranges for luxury excursions with private boats to: Ischia, Capri, Sorrento Coast with Positano, Vietri sul Mare, Atrani.
On request, private full day excursions to Pompei - Herculaneum - Mount Vesuvius - Paestum - Sorrento - Positano - Ravello and the Amalfi Coast with English speaking driver (who is not a guide) - 8 hours at disposal - and
Mercedes Sedan (1-2 pax): EUR 400,00
Mercedes Viano Minivan (3-5 pax): EUR 500,00
Mercedes Sprinter Minibus (6-8 pax): EUR 700,00
Deluxe Minibus (8-17 passengers): EUR 1.000,00
Deluxe mini-Coach (18-30 passengers): EUR 1.250,00
Deluxe coach (31-50 people): EUR 45,00 p.p., based on min. 30 full paying passengers.
NOTE: lunch and entrance fees, if any, are not included in the above costs.
If you want to add your personal, professional and licensed English speaking tour guide thorughout the full day excursion (8 hours at disposal: highly recommended):
1-8 people: EUR 600,00
8-17 people: EUR 700,00
18-30 people: EUR 1.000,00
30-50 people: EUR 1.250,00
NOTE on payments:
To confirm any tour, we require either a deposit or full prepayment by Visa-MasterCard + 21% VAT TAX on top.
In case you wish to pay the deposit, it will be charged at cost + 21% VAT TAX and then the balance by cash to your assigned tour guide. The amount of the deposit depends on which kind of tour is selected.