Discovering the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi-Coast-014A 50 kilometre long Blue Ribbon to discover some of the most romantic and fascinating places in Italy.
 
Between the southern slope of the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, the Strada Statale 163 Amalfitana, built in the Bourbon era, connects the 13 municipalities, thirteen precious stones embedded in the rock sloping in the Mediterranean, the Divine Coast that UNESCO declared World Heritage Site.
Some of these sites are famous and attract visitors from all over the world, thanks to the love of so many illustrious characters who celebrated their beauties. We are not talking only about Positano, the glamorous destination par excellence, loved by Nureyev, and Zeffirelli, or Amalfi, the ancient Marinara Republic with its illustrious history and Arabic architecture, or Ravello, which owes so much to Wagner, who found inspiration for Parsifal in Villa Rufolo’s gardens.
Those who are fortunate enough to explore the small villages and towns are also amazed at the beauty of the landscapes, the beaches, the scents, and colours, as well as the people.
Praiano is a small town gently laid on the rock, full of narrow streets and paths, imbued with a relaxing and serene atmosphere. But it is also a place rich in history and culture, already a holiday destination for the Doge of Amalfi, studded with the Saracen watchtowers, the depositary of a miracle of nature that repeats itself every day, that of the most suggestive sunrises and sunsets that one can imagine; from here the sun sinks below the horizon on the sea tinting the sky in gold, red, and orange.
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Atrani, less than a kilometre from Amalfi, is the smallest and most beautiful village in Southern Italy. It can be traversed through the staircases connecting the houses built on one another and the arches that create a magical contrast of lights and shadows. Atrani owes its timeless atmosphere to its medieval yet perfectly recognizable structure, to the suggestive square overlooking the sea, to the lights of the fishing boats that depart from the small beach at night.
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Furore is a village with less than a thousand inhabitants, divided into a high area, on the slopes of the Lattari Mountains, with houses that sprout between the rocks, and the marina, known as Furore’s Fjord. Here artists such as Fellini, Rossellini and Anna Magnani breathed the surreal dimension of the wild nature, the most extreme beauty of the millenarian history mixed with legends and tales handed down by the locals. Such as the one related to Furore’s name, which the elderly attributed to the devil’s fury driven away by the locals. But the correct etymology is no less fascinating: the name comes from Terra Furoris, for the rumble of the foaming sea that breaks on the rocky walls formed by the deep chasm of the rocks enclosing the small and delightful beach.
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Awards and Trophies

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The international awards recognize the vision and the philosophy of the Hotel that offers to guest a very discreet and careful welcome in a wonderful location dipped in art, history and culture.

 
Luxury, beauty, art and impeccable service are the requirements of a five-star hotel like the Bellevue Syrene. But all these features make sense only if they really allow Guests to live a truly unforgettable and unique experience. Everyone is looking for perfection from his vacation, and expectations are properly high for a boutique hotel. For this reason we are proud of the awards received this year, mainly because they reflect the appreciation of Guests, as well as of industry professionals. The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards is one of the most important recognition for the hotel industry, and evaluate the best facilities in the world based on international travelers ratings. Also this year the Bellevue Syrene is at the top of the best luxury hotels in Italy and abroad, among the first five positions according to Trivago.

Being part of the Relais & Chateaux family means to own a philosophy respect, professionalism, care and quality. Bellevue Syrene is pleased to receive the Relais&Chateaux Savoir-faire Trophy 2016, in recognition of the great efforts of all its staff in communicating the sense of hospitality and courtesy that is deeply rooted in the culture of the Sorrento Coast.
Finally, a special recognition for the Roccia Suite, crowned 2015’s Sexiest Bedroom from the site Mr&Mrs Smith. Admittedly, this award is not a surprise: the romance of the “La Roccia” is indisputable, being the perfect suite for the wedding night or to celebrate important moments.

 
 
Relais&Chateaux trophies
Traveller’s Choice 2017
Traveller’s Choice 2016
Trivago Awards
The 2016 Smith Hotel Awards
 
 

Easter holidays in Sorrento

From Palm Sunday to Easter Monday the Sorrento Peninsula lives its most devout, passionate and involved period of time, which reveals this territory’s most spiritual aspect.

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Easter is a magical time to enjoy the Sorrento area, to discover its traditions and enjoy the mild spring weather.

The branches of olive trees are coloured and decorated with hundreds of ribbons and delicious miniatures of local products, such as animal-shaped cheeses and tiny salami are proudly held by the boys. The girls, however, carry elegant baskets or small flower branches or traditional palms made of sugared almonds whose historical origin is mixed with legend and goes back to the Arab presence on the coasts of Campania. This explosion of colours and happiness is brought to church for the blessing of the palms, and so the Holy Week begins.
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After the blessing, the cheering people gather in the street on the night between Thursday and Friday for a sorrowful yet suggestive celebration: the White Procession in Sorrento or the “Grieved” Procession in the neighbouring municipalities, which retraces the path of the Mother in search of the imprisoned and convicted Son. The brotherhoods of the entire Sorrento Peninsula prepare months in advance for this event, and the choirs of men, women, and children fill the streets and announce themselves in the distance to the devotees in the street or overlooking from the balconies.

The churches prepare the Sepulchres, charming flower beds and white wheat filaments. The children plant the seeds in small pots and keep them away from sunlight to prevent them from becoming green so that the tomb of Christ is as pure as their hearts. The rites, songs, prayers, fill the wait for the most important day, the day of Easter, the day of rebirth, and it seems that only on this day spring has finally begunPastiera. So the following day, Easter Monday, is dedicated to walks, visits to museums, day trips to the beach or mountains. And to taste the typical dishes of this holiday, the first of which the fragrant and delicious , a golden pastry pie filled with wheat, cream, ricotta cheese, citron and the wisdom of women which has been handed down for generations.

Contact our front desk to know all the activities that animate the Holy Week in Sorrento and its surroundings.