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.
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.
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.

Sentiero degli Dei. Trekking between the two coasts

SENTIERO-DEGLI-DEI-30An increasingly popular activity, a trend that engages both sport and nature enthusiasts.
To see the land from another point of view and to discover new horizons, both inside and outside.

A bit of meditation, a bit of hiking, probably a way to get in tune with yourself, outdoor trekking is now a must for those who wish to know in depth their holiday location, especially if the area offers particularly diverse and fascinating landscapes.
This is the case of the two coasts, Sorrento and Amalfi, enclosed like an embrace among the rocks dotted by the Mediterranean vegetation that gently slopes towards the sea.

Mount Faito, Punta Campanella, and the bay of Ieranto are destinations of great interest.
But the Sentiero degli Dei, the path of the gods, is without a doubt a must for trekking addicts. Ideal in spring or at the beginning of autumn, the path is tortuous but not prohibitive, and it is mostly in a slight descent, from Agerola to Positano, or more precisely, from the fraction of Bomerano to Nocelle, going through the Grotta del Biscotto, with homes built in the rock, through Monte Serra and passing Vallone Grarelle. The view extends from Praiano to Punta Campanella, and in front Capri and the small islands of Li Galli. The impressive panorama fully justifies the divine toponymy!
For trekking enthusiasts and experts or even for those who want to try a natural style promenade for the first time, Bellevue Syrene can organize excursions with expert guides and in total safety.

Queen Giovanna baths

bagni-regina-giovanna (1)For those who love archaeological and naturalistic trekking and for those who feel the deep charm of pristine landscape, a magical place that made youlose your head even if you’re a queen.
A route suitable for everyone, a smooth path that offers, in exchange for a short walk, an exciting experience in one of the most attractive views of the Sorrento Peninsula.
The legend has it that a sensual Joan of Anjou, Queen of Naples, loved to swim in this small lagoon accompanied by her lovers. Although historically unlikely, the idea is so interesting that deeply catch the fancy of the people who linked forever to this bay the Queen Giovanna’s name.
By the Capo of Sorrento, through a walk of about ten minutes, you arrive on a limestone cliff and the eyes open on a breathtaking view across the Bay of Naples, Ischia and Procida. A staircase leads up to the small lagoon, one shallow-water mirror connected to the sea by a natural arch. The wild nature of Mediterranean scrub, with spurts from the rocks yellow broom, buy the eternal taste of history with the ruins of the Roman Villa of Pollio Felice lying on the cliff. The remains tell of great attraction that the coast had on the Roman aristocracy. Here they loved building of luxurious villas of leisure who had the dual function of summer residences and farms. The Sorrento wine was already renowned in antiquity.