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Amalfi Coast Stairway To Heaven
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Greek legend has it Hercules went in search of Earth’s most beautiful locale in hopes of finding the rightful burial ground for his lost love, the nymph Amalfi. The place bore her name peacefully ever since. The coastline of endearing Amalfi stretches close to 50km along the Sorrentine Peninsula’s sunny southern side. Witness your true self thrive amongst the olive and blossoms pastiche, only to blossom under the umbrella of a silken Mediterranean climate.
the romance
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Lap up sun, sea, lemon liqueur and icy gelato as you meander down city medieval alleyways and spiral stone staircases. Seek out such quaintly town cabochons as the tempting Sorrento, or archaic Ravello hugged by mossy castle walls. Dip your toes into the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea, or cuddle up while the champagne chills, snug in a tapestried villa perched upon a limestone cliff. Every breath you take is sure to be filled with the piquant freshness of neighbouring lemon groves as laughter from a coastal road wine bar floods open windows with the pure, melodious notes of contentment.
the scenery
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Soft, moist breezes circulate between Amalfi and Scala, down in the Valle delle Ferriere, where rare ferns, or the woodwardia radicans, burgeon in this natural reserve. Terra cotta rooftops and whitewashed edifices dot the hillsides and linger a-top salty seaside views, while artisans sell their wares of ceramic potteries in the local squares. Many a honeymooner will vouch for the awe-inspiring sanctimony of the area – some claim it’s the closest thing to heaven a mere mortal can reach.
the adventure
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Check out the geological glamazon that is the Emerald Grotto, located in the bay of Conca dei Marini. Or escape for the day with the help of a hired boat out to the island of glossy Capri. Rent a moped from a handsome signore and venture out along wind-ripped, cliff-edge roads while dodging trucks, vans and other audacious automobiles. Catch your breath at the crypt of Saint Andrew within the refuge of the Duomo di Sant’Andrea. Romanesque columns, tile murals, and mother-of-pearl embellishments all contribute to this step-back-in time sense of exhilaration.
the secrets
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The Amalfi coast has been the fav spot of cinematic scenesters many a-time over. The hill-nestled town of Positano was the director’s choice for “Under the Tuscan Sun,” while the cast of “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Only You,” happily holed up along the coast for the duration of their shoot. You’re sure to spot everyone, from the likes of prolific writers to budding musicians, debating over empty cups in the piazzas. Slip into a pastry shop or indulge your history-ific curiosity at the Luna Convento - a Franciscan convent dating back to the 13th century. Explore the paper-mill ruins of an illustriously industrious past or the monastery of San Benedetto.
the attractions
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The Duomo or cathedral of Amalfi is a must for any pair of lovebirds ready to stretch their sight-seeing wings, but be prepared for the whopping 62 steps to reach it. Here is where you’ll find the cloister, Chiostro del Paradiso. Traipse across the squares of the Piazza dei Dogi to the Piazza dello Spirito Santo. Get a glimpse of the regal Hotel dei Cappuccini, once a monastery founded long-lost eras ago, back in the 13th century.
View superb examples of preserved antiquity within the mechanics of the “ingegni,” at the Museo della Carta, or Paper Museum. At the Museo dell'Agricoltura see how the regions infamous lemon crop came into existence. Gaze upon the Pulpit of the Gospels at the Duomo of Revello or the stately beauty of the church of San Pancrazio.
before you go
What to Expect
Summer: May through October are beautiful and sunny months, with temperatures averaging in the mid-20°C/high-70°F.
Winter: November through April are part of the ‘rainy season’ when the rain and wind bring the temperatures down to a mild 10-15°C/50-60°F. Christmastime is one of the peak tourist seasons, but in November many stores and hotels are closed.
Dress casual-chic for the Coast
The Lingo
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Spaghetti alle Vongole: Spaghetti with clam sauce
Limoncello: a sweet liqueur made with the rinds of lemons
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