The region of coastline stretching from Sorrento, South of Naples, to Amalfi, so called Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO world heritage site that is renowned for its natural beauty as well as its characteristic towns. You’ll find houses and buildings painted in fresh pastels, stuck into cliffs and canyons … the flowery spectacle set in the cliffs framed by the endless blue sky and sparkling water.
The crystal clear ocean waters and breathtaking landscapes are offset by the famous towns of Sorrento, Praiano, Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi, whose charming architecture elegantly blends into the mountainous landscape. The Island of Capri is a favorite destination for celebrities and is known for its sheer cliffs, amazing grottos and crystal blue water.
The Island if Ischia is located above an ancient submerged volcanic crater and is rich in thermal water, making it a great source for natural spas and thermal baths. Of historical and archaeological interest are the ancient towns of Pompeii and Ercolano, preserved for all time by the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Major attractions: Pompeii and Ercolano archeological sites, Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ischia and smaller towns along the Amalfi Coast, the archeological site of Paestum by buffalo mozzarella farms, and the town of Castellabbate along the Cilento Coast south of Salerno. Major theaters and music events: Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Ravello Festival in Ravello.
Positano's position is unique: stacked vertically on the slopes of the Lattari mountains. Sheltered by mounts Comune, Santa Maria a Castello, Sant'Angelo dei Pizzi, Paipo, Canocchia and Campo dei Galli, Positano has an enviably mild climate which makes it a perfect seaside resort.
Conca dei Marini lies between Capo di Conca and Grotta dello Smeraldo. The houses, in typical Mediterranean style, with domes and walls made from thick white limestone are immersed in the lemon gardens and olive groves which are characteristic of the hills of St Pancrazio and St Antonio. Its beauty has enchanted many an illustrious visitor including Princess Margaret of Great Britain who visited frequently.
Conca dei Marini is linked to an age old maritime tradition, a fishing village where the tales and legends of the past are still passed down through the generations. Famous for its Tonnara, a system used to catch the migrating tuna, the economy of Conca dei Marini relies almost exclusively on the sea.
To visit: Grotta dello Smeraldo, a fabulous cave full of stalactites and wonderful green light, the Church of St Pancrazio, the Convent of St Rosa and the Conca Tower. TheFesta di St Rosa is an ancient tradition in which the nuns of the Convent distribute to the inhabitants of the town the famous Sfogliatella Santa Rosa cake, first made in the 1700s.
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