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In the middle of the Amalfi Coast, between Positano and Amalfi, is the lesser-known but beautiful village of Praiano. It is a seaside resort that has retained its atmosphere as a quiet fishing town throughout the centuries. It is an ideal base for a vacation on the Amalfi Coast, as the other towns can be easily reached from here by bus or boat. It's well connected to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi by the regional SITA bus, and by ferries, as well.
It has a long reputation as a hospitable and fashionable resort, having been the favored summer residence of the powerful Doges of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi. Nowadays, it attracts visitors from around the world, drawn to its crystal-clear seas that are awarded the Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) for cleanliness, and the encompassing views. The ambiance here is friendly and laid-back. Praiano has the feel of a village while offering the cafes, shops and restaurants of a resort.
The main draw, of course, is the sea and the panoramas. Praiano's main beach is the small, enchanting Marina di Praia, which is situated at the end of the wild Praia valley, surrounded by erosion-marked cliffs. The pretty, cylindrical Torre a Mare sits on a promontory, still standing guard over the town and coastline as it has for centuries. The medieval structure served against attacks by pirates. Other beaches are reachable by boat, making them the ideal place for a peaceful day. The steep cliffs around Praiano are ablaze with flowers and eye-catching views.
The town's cathedral is dedicated to Saint Luke the Evangelist. Originally built in 1588, it was redone in Baroque style in 1772. It is accompanied by a squat, square bell tower and is decorated with hand-painted maiolica tiles, a traditional craft all along the Amalfi Coast. The church and convent of Santa Maria a Castro is set on the hillside outside Praiano at 365 meters above sea level. It rests amidst the natural landscape and is a peaceful, solitary spot.
Magically suspended between the blue sky and the iridescent colored sea, the Amalfi coast seems to be born from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the warmer color gradients for creating a landscape that enchants the visitor at the first shot, giving thrilling experience and such evocative view to doubt, for a moment, it is real. It is the land where the sweet scent of lemon blossoms harmonizes itself with the most aromatic one of the Mediterranean vegetation and the acrid aroma of saltiness; where the brilliant colors of the majolica domes, bougainvillea and carnations pergolas give an evident colored touch to the typical whitewashed houses, clinging to the last offshoots of the Lattari Mounts that plunge dramatically into the sea. A vertical landscape, in short, characterized by a picturesque labyrinth of stairways and narrow alleys, connecting the two main elements of this landscape: the mountains and the sea. A continuous succession of headlands and inlets, bays and fjords, interspersed with pebbled beaches and rocks on which you can still see the ancient viceregal towers, the first bulwark of the local population against the Saracen attacks. The shift from the sea to mountain is seamless: the mountain sides were terraced over the centuries, shaped by human labor to create flaps of arable land and already compared, during the Renaissance period, to the legendary Hesperides by the Italian writer and naturalist Giambattista Della Porta. All the towns of the Amalfi coast are connected by the scenic SS. 163 road, built in the first half of the XIX century during the Bourbon period and always considered one of the most beautiful road in Italy. Following the natural course of the coastline, the route is full of curves, nestled between the rock and the sea cliffs, giving new and spectacular shots at the exit of every tunnel or hairpin bend.
Ravello is one of the most charming towns on the Amalfi Coast. It offers some of the best views of the famous coastline, with sweeping seascapes and breathtaking scenery. It is, in short, an ideal location. While the origins of Ravello date back to the Roman era, it was the Middle Ages that gave it wealth and status, when the inhabitants were involved in maritime trade with the Orient. The newly enriched families of that age built castles, villas, churches and civic buildings to show off their wealth and to rival their richer, influential neighbor town of Amalfi. Amalfitans gave Ravello the name, "Rebellum" (rebel).
The town's villas offer vivid vantage points for the views. Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo are famous for their encompassing panoramas. Villa Rufolo inspired the composer Wagner when he wrote his famed opera, Parsifal. Ravello is still known for its musical events, including the Ravello Festival, which is strongly connected to the composer and his symphonies. The town boasts its cultural roots, too; just stroll the alleyways, enjoy the architecture and piazzas to see the town's history and pride at its best.
The Cathedral, dedicated to San Pantaleo, was inaugurated in 1087. The simple facade hides a lovely church with a grand 12th century entry doors and a pulpit plopped atop six spiral columns. The cathedral's museum houses sculpture and art dating back to Roman and Medieval times. Ravello is home to the fascinating little Coral Museum of Ravello, a showcase of craftsmanship in the art of the coral jewelry and decoration. The town is noted for its devotional chapels and votives that are attached to and painted on walls all over the city. Look for them as you wander the streets.
A recommended tour is to take the bus uphill, then walk back downhill to Amalfi. There's a nice path alongside a stream between Amalfi and Ravello and it is well signed on the maps. Have lunch in Ravello and then walk off the pasta on the pathway!
Set at the top of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello boasts some of the most stunning views in Italy. The small town is not accessible by vehicles and features cute cobblestone streets, historical architecture, and amazing cliff side views. We loved the local specialties including Limoncello, abundant seafood, and indulgent pizzas and couldn't get enough of the quaint and inviting eateries. Take the long walk up to Villa Cimbrone to snap an Instagram shot at the famous viewpoint overlooking the picturesque, clear blue coast. On the way down stop at a cute cafe for fragrant espresso and flaky pastry. The local bus was easy and accessible from the entrance of the town which we took to explore the rest of the coast. A perfect romantic getaway or family trip at one of Italy's most beautiful towns.
Head to the town of Furore, located in the Campania region of Italy, right in the middle of the Amalfi Coast, where a gigantic fjord opens to create its very own hidden beach!
Enjoying the picturesque Amalfi Coast views of Positano in an Italian summer from the stunning rooftop of Villa Franca.
I've been dreaming of Positano since I first created my Instagram. I saw photos of captivating landscapes and enchanting towns that have long inspired film-makers. With its dramatic scenery and stark beauty the journey on Amalfi coast is worth an Oscar itself, so don your shades and your headscarf, and explore this place in a gleaming vintage car and snap through the most Instagram worthy spots in existence.
One of the main reasons to visit Amalfi coast is the Positano beach. Unbelievably beautiful. The neighbouring villages in cliffsides with hundreds of the lined umbrellas on the beach below make it a sight impossible to forget. Go here both daytime and night time.
The Amalfi coast what Italy is all about: amazing food, warm temperatures, beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. What more can you ask for?