The Amalfi Coast, part of the Campanian Coast, is situated south of the Sorrentine Peninsula and overlooks the Gulf of Salerno. It is bordered on the west by Positano and on the east by Vietri sul Mare. It is world famous for its beautiful nature and major touristic sites. It takes the name of Amalfi, the historical and geographical centre of the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is famous for its heterogeneity. That is, each region's coast has its own character and traditions.
The main municipalities along the 50 kilometer coast are: Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori. Minori, Tramonti, Ravello, Scala, Atrani, Amalfi, Agerola, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Praiano, and Positano. The Amalfi Coast is a world cultural heritage belonging to UNESCO. The splendor of the Amalfi coast dates back to Ancient Rome, when the Roman patricians were used to build their summer residences here. Thus, many villas are scattered throughout the coast. A second period of historic importance took place during the Republic of Amalfi and the Republic of Marinara, together with Pisa, Genova and Venezia. The history tied to the Republic of Amalfi, still, is relived every year with its famous regattas, a folk event known around the world.
The divine coast is one of the most coveted areas in the world. Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello are places with superb natural beauty, rich in charm and enchantment, as well as treasure chests filled with history. It is the destination for tourists, artists, and people who love the sea, sun and peace. Many young people also come to the coast in search of entertainment and nightlife.
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The island of Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples between the Sorrentine Peninsula and the islands of Ischia and Procida.
Back in 29 BC the Roman Emperor Tiberius and, later, Octavius were struck by the beauty of this island. Their presence greatly influenced the architecture and development of Capri. Because of the Roman capability, the harbor, water system, farms, houses, cottages, and twelve imperial villas were built. Many still stand the test of time. After the Roman empire, and throughout its long history, Capri had been invaded and pillaged by the Saracens (Middle Ages) and the Ottomans (16th century). It was passed into the hands of the Bourbons in the nineteenth century. By this time, the island had great cultural connotations, especially after the marriage of Ferdinand IV to Maria Carolina of Austria, a cultured and refined woman.
So Capri, in the nineteenth century, came to be known throughout the world and became a place of ‘'otium'' (peace) and hospitality. Back then, tourism was made up of noble, royal, and personalities from politics and industry. Today, Capri is a desired and dreamed of place, visited by tourists from all over the world. Here, you can meet artists in the streets, who paint, write, and use the energy of the island to reserve it in their works.
This is the exclusive meeting point of VIPs. It is the quintessential romantic island and the ideal center for artists from around the world. It is also the world capital of Coffee Society. Capri is everyone's dream!!!
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Sorrento is a municipality of the province of Naples and has 17.000 inhabitants. It is situated on the southern part of the gulf of Naples and is 35 km away from Pompeii. It's the most important town of the peninsula and it separates the gulf of Naples form the gulf of Salerno. The town is characterized by orange and lemon gardens and is surrounded by gorges from the west to east and in the north it slopes to the sea. The historical centre of the town has the original Roman streets and the mount is surrounded by the 15th century walls.
It is very easy to find accommodation in Sorrento because of a well developed touristic structure and good connections (bus and taxi) with neighbouring zones that offer hospitality in hotels, villas, residences and private houses. Sorrento has a good connection with Naples and with the Capodichino airport and is easily accessible by Circumvesuviana (local train line) and Metrò del Mare (ferries).
The local economy is based on tourism, local culture and beaches, agriculture (citrus fruits, vine, walnuts, olive trees), food industry (the most famous products of Sorrento are limoncello, babà al limoncello, gnocchi alla sorrentina, ravioli all'aragosta) and characteristic wooden articles made by craftmen.
Charming, romantic, delicious are the three adjectives that describe a beautiful part of land called the Sorrentine Peninsula. There are many towns here like Sorrento, Piano di Sorrento, Meta, S. Agnello, Vico Equense and Massa Lubrense, Sant'Agata sui due Golfi e Nerano. Sorrento is certainly the most representative town that lies on the volcanic rock terrace, dominated by the mountain peak (500 meters high) that slopes to the sea in the middle of luxuriant plants.
The Sorrentine peninsula is a historical place and has many legends; the most famous is ‘'the myth of the sirens'', whence Sorrento's name- Sirenide.
It is said that the sirens used to live here - legendary creatures, half women half fish, just like in the tradition of Homer. The mermaids used to make the sailors sick with their persuasive songs and make their boats crush on the rocks.
The Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, Normans and Spanish used to come here because of the beauty, location, richness of this place.
Nowadays, the economy of this land is mostly based on tourism, thanks to its nature and location. The agriculture is also important and is based on production of citrus trees, walnuts, olive oil and the transformation of typical products and the creation of some sweeties and liquors like ‘'delizia al limone'' and the famous ‘'limoncello''. Also handicraft has a long story - with characteristic ‘'intarsio art'' and laces. The peninsula offers tours allowing to get familiar with ancient tastes, historical vines, products, manufacturers and characeristics of the land. The place is famous for Limoncello di Sorrento ( liquor made of lemon peels, alcohol, sugar and water), Olio DOP Penisola Sorrentina, Pasta di Gragnano, Dairy di Agerola and various temples of taste and touring around wineries and olive mills. Easter Week processions are also famous. The one of Good Friday, in Sorrento, is among the most beautiful in the world. The processions have their roots in the Middle Ages, they continued during the Spanish rule and are still organized nowadays. One of the them is the procession of the Confraternity of Sorrento which has greatly influenced the history of the city and the peninsula.