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Amalfi Coast

Written by sunland,
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM

The Amalfi Coast is followed by the street that reaches out on the whole of the Gulf of Amalfi and that reaches from the peninsula of Sorrent to Salerno. It is, maybe, the part of the coast in the whole of Campania where the settlements perfectly harmonise meet the beauty of the landscape: the range of the Monti Lattari (Lattari mountains) lies directly on the sea and forms an indented coast line with many outreaching cliffs and coves. In this part of the world the gardens of the villages cohabit with a natural and typical vegetation of the Mediterranean area, a huge part of which is still untouched. Whoever sees this wonderful part of Italy with rich history, culture and folklore, popular sayings and gastronomical traditions is for sure going to be fascinated.

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Amalfi

Written by sunland,
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM

Amalfi was founded by the Romans in the IV century A.D. (in the coat of arms reads "ex Descendit patribus Romanorum"). The town became independent from the Byzantine Empire in 839, and proclaimed itself Maritime Republic (the first of the four most important ones with Pisa, Genoa and Venice). The core of its wealth was produced form the trade with the East. Amalfi reached its maximum splendor in the XI century with its powerful and agile fleet, with berths in the main ports of the Mediterranean. The Arsenal of masonry, used for the construction of the hulls of the galleys, are today two stone brick...

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Atrani

Written by sunland,
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:54:47 PM

Atrani is an isolated fishing village, away from the noise and bustle of other locations; it is also the smallest town in the Southern Italy. The distinctive white houses whose balconies are overflowing with flowers are built on the slopes of the surrounding mountains among the lemon orchards and reach down to the sea; the name of "Atrani" probably derives from the Etruscan word "atru" (dark, obscure) because it would correspond to the view of the village as a dark spot enclosed by steep walls of rock looming over the sea. From the urbanistic point of view, Atrani preserves the typical structure...

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Conca dei Marini

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:15:29 PM

Like all towns on the coast, the history of Conca dei Marini is closely related to events that occurred in the Marine Republic of Amalfi. In former times it was a mere fishing village; nowadays it is a well-known tourism center thanks to its characteristic houses in Mediterranean style, with cupolas and white lime walls, located right along the sea front. The Saracen Tower (or White Tower) is located on a rocky promontory called "Capo di Conca"; it is an ancient sixteenth-century defensive tower, one of the most beautiful on the Amalfi coast without doubt. Not so far it is possible to visit the...

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Maiori

Written by sunland,
Friday, October 16, 2009 4:31:08 PM

Located at the mouth of the valley of Tramonti, according to ancient tradition, Maiori was founded by the Etruscan Lucumone Reghinna: the ancient name of the town was Reghinna Major (to distinguish it from nearby Reghinna Minor, at present Minori). Today the ancient town's name still derives from the name of the stream that runs through the town - Reginna - which also give its name to the main high street, "corso Reginna". Like other countries of the Amalfi Coast, Maiori was part of the possessions of the ancient maritime republic of Amalfi and the town became the seat of Arsenals, Admiralty, Customs...

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Minori

Written by sunland,
Friday, October 16, 2009 4:30:56 PM

Once a place where noble Romans passed the summer months, which can be seen in archeological findings from the first century, nowadays Minori is a synonym for flavor and exceptional food. Since the 16th century its natives dedicated their time to the production of pasta from wheat imported from Salerno; More recently, local agricultural producers have focused on the production of various kinds of liqueur (made of lemons, mandarins, strawberries and fennel) as well as sweets (for example delizia del limone - lemon delight) that are now known nationwide. During the fine food festival called "Gusta...

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Positano

Written by sunland,
Friday, October 16, 2009 4:29:57 PM

According to legend, Positano was founded by the God Neptune when he fell in love with the nymph Pasitea. It is one of the most well-known holiday places in the world. The town is built in a charming fashion on terraces on the steep rocks of the Monte Comune, and around a small, well-protected bay. Positano has earned its worldwide reputation not only because of the beauty of its surroundings, but also because of the shops that produce made-to-measure clothing in the distinctive "Positano style". It has been home to many well-known artists (Seminov, Zagarouiko, Essad Bey, Clavel, Kovaliska, Massine...)...

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Praiano

Written by sunland,
Friday, October 16, 2009 4:30:20 PM

In the ancient world Praiano was known as "Pelagium" (open sea) and like other places along the coast, its splendid landscape lured it for Roman Emperors and wealthy men to its shores during the first century AC. The town faces an archipelago made up of three islands collectively known as "Li Galli" or "Sirenuse". Starting around 1300 to 1400, the hard-working people of this region specialized in the production of linen, hair nets, anchovies packed in salt, weaving palms during the Easter period and coral objects (artisans working with coral were easy to recognize because of the earrings they wore,...

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Ravello

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Friday, October 16, 2009 4:30:40 PM

Founded by a colony of noble patricians in the VI century A.D., Ravello was known to Boccaccio who narrated the beauty of art and landscape in the fourth story of the second day of the Decameron, giving immortal fame to Landolfo Rufolo. Ravello is one of the most popular destinations of the Amalfi Coast. Situated on a rocky promontory at 350 meters above sea level, in panoramic position, the town is a real jewel of art and culture, where a strong sense of hospitality lives in harmony with an atmosphere of rare tranquility, all surrounded by architectural wonders and memories of the past. Starting...

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Scala

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:29:15 PM

Scala, the oldest town along the coast, was founded in the 4th century AD by shipwrecked Romans trying to make their way to Constantinople. The history of the town is closely associated with that of the Marine Republic of Amalfi; it is the birthplace of Brother Gerardo Sasso, who founded the "Ospedalieri di Malta" which later became the Order of the Knights of Malta. Scala is known for its many churches and noble houses; you can still see the remains of the antique walls that were built to defend the town. Due to its historical and cultural features and the preservation of its architectural heritage,...

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