Itinerary: Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Amalfi
Vietri to Amalfi, travelling along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful and scenic area of Italy
"Amalfi Coast" is the part of the coastline that extends from Positano to Vietri sul Mare through Amalfi. In this tour, we will travel along the first part of Amalfi Coast from Vietri sul Mare to Amalfi and discover some of the most beautiful treasures of region Campania.
So, let's start from Vietri sul Mare, known and appreciated for the uniqueness and beauty of its pottery. This fishing village houses an interesting museum, which is specially dedicated to pottery. Also, the St.John Cathedral is a real must. Leaving Vietri sul Mare we take the SS (state highway) 163, commonly called the "Costiera Amalfitana", (Amalfi Coast) towards Cetara.
Cetara is located at the foot of Mount Falerio, in the Regional Park of Lattari Mounts. This fishing village offers visitors the beauty of its harbor and the picturesque alleys of its historical center. Pay a visit to the ancient Baroque-style Church of St. Peter the Apostle and to the Church of St. Francis, where two magnificent works by Marco Benincasa are preserved: the "Deposition and Heaven" and the "Trinity". What we really must do, though, is to taste one of the most famous food products of the town: the so-called "colatura di alici" (an anchovy sauce), prepared with a traditional process that is passed down from generation to generation.
Continuing our journey along the "Costiera Amalfitana", we reach Maiori, which is located in the valley of the river Reginna. Its heart is "Corso Reginna", the main street of this fishing village with many nineteenth-century noble palaces and the Church of San Rocco. This avenue leads to the Promenade Amendola, which gives us the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the coast. The Church of "Santa Maria a Mare" is just a few steps from here, where you can visit many valuable art works. It takes its name after the thirteen-century statue of the Virgin Mary located on the beach of the village.
Minori is just a few miles away. Thanks to its wide and sandy beach, this town is one of the most visited and amenity-equipped tourist attractions of the Amalfi Coast. This village holds the body of Santa Trofimena, the Duchy of Amalfi’s first patron, whose relics are now preserved in the Basilica of Santa Trofimena. Another very interesting religious building is the Church of the Arch of the Blessed Sacrament. The ancient congregation of this church is the protagonist of the Holy Week’s rituals: their "Processione dei Battenti" is a procession where people, girded with a rope, walk along the streets of the village chanting religious songs from the fourteenth century.
Finally, if you are a foodie, then you should try the famous "Cheese and Pear", a typical dish of this area.
Continuing west, it’s time to visit Ravello, another pearl of the Amalfi Coast. This beautiful village is located on a spur among the valleys of the rivers Dragone and Reginna. Over time, it has bewitched international artists and celebrities such as Richard Wagner, Arturo Toscanini, Virginia Woolf and William Turner, who have chosen Ravello as their place to stay. Also, it is here, where the famous Ravello Festival takes place.
Let’s go and discover the wonders of this town: the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Church of Santa Maria in Gradillo with a remarkable mosaic floor, the Villa Rufolo (12th-14th century) and the wonderful view you can enjoy from its garden. Two other buildings that best symbolize the cultural importance of the town is the Diocesan Museum, opened in 1983 and hosting a vast collection of precious artifacts and vestments, and the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, built to improve and celebrate the role of Ravello as "City of Music".
We continue the scenic drive to Amalfi, to this unique village of the ancient Maritime Republic. Amalfi is one of the most loved tourist destination and a must-see town. It is surrounded by the high cliffs of Mount Cerreto (1,315 meters). Have a stop in Piazza del Duomo and visit the 9th-century St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The history buffs may be interested in visiting the Arsenal Museum in the port area, which tells the story of the "Ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi". Also, Amalfi is the best place to taste and buy "limoncello", a liquor obtained by the lemons from the "Costiera Amalfitana".