A trip to Italy is a dream come true. Italy has so much to offer; it is rich with history, culture, art, cuisine, antiquities, big cities, and quaint villages. A map of Italy reveals the expanse of coastline the country enjoys. Hidden along its magnificent shores are many stunning and inviting beaches. Included in the 4,723 miles of coastline is the beautiful Amalfi Coast, an Unesco World Heritage site comprised of 13 seaside towns and villages. With picturesque cliffs, intimate beaches, Roman Ruins, Norman watch towers, cobbled streets, archeology, sapphire blue waters, lush gardens, and clean ocean or mountain air each village offers a unique charm.  This ancient region of Mediterranean coastline has something for everyone so contact an Awaken Travels specialist and plan your trip today.

The Alpine Town of Ravello

View of the Amalfi Coast from the gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

We’ve all seen, and probably drooled over, photos of seaside cliff towns dotted with bright colored buildings accented with spectacular displays of flora and fauna perched above the sapphire blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Would you expect to see an alpine town topping off the highest of those cliffs? That is exactly what you find in the town of Ravello sitting 1200 feet above the Mediterranean Sea on the Amalfi Coast. Ravello features some of the most exquisite gardens on the coast. Visit the Villa Cimbrone a luxurious full-service hotel is also home to stunning gardens with bird’s eye views of the towns and blue waters of the Amalfi Coast. The gardens feature flowering plants in an explosion of colors, easy pathways, sculptures, lush green lawns, expertly manicured shaded nooks with gazebos and rotundas, and trellised grape vines providing the feeling of being in a magical hideaway. Open to the public most days, arrive at the gardens early to experience tranquility and peace before the busier midday and afternoon hours.

If music is your passion look no further than Ravello, known as “The City of Music”. The annual Ravello Music Festival is held each year on the stage of the Belvedere of Villa Rufolo. Featuring solo musicians and full orchestras from around the world, the outdoor venue combines the beauty of the gardens with a sweeping backdrop and the sweet melodic sounds of superb music in the summer evenings. You can check out the history, seasons program, and ticketing here,

The Breathtaking Amalfi Drive

The Amalfi Drive, breath it in!

The 13 towns and villages of the Amalfi Coast are connected by a road called the Amalfi Drive. The 30 miles from Sorrento to the Amalfi Village is known as one of the most picturesque drives in the world and has been featured films through the decades. The Amalfi Drive can be breathtaking for reasons beyond the stunning views. The road was originally built by the Romans and is narrow and winding with hair pin curves and lined by sheer rock faces and steep cliffs. A major attraction for visitors, there are many tour buses driving the road as well as locals zipping in and out of traffic on their Vespas. Many people find hiring a private car and driver offers the best opportunity for experiencing all this scenic drive has to offer. Everyone in your party can relax and enjoy the views while someone else does the driving and you don’t miss one moment of this drive of a lifetime. Your Awaken Travels agent is waiting to help you arrange an Amalfi Drive outing tailored to your pace.

A Sampler of Leisure and Adventure

Like most coastal towns, the towns along the Amalfi Coast have much to offer. If maritime sight seeing and adventures interest you, go on group tour, use the convenient ferries to get from one village to another, rent a boat for private use, or charter a boat with a crew. Observing the Amalfi Coast from the sea gives one a perspective of the beauty and upward landscape that cannot be appreciated from any other vantage point. Snorkeling trips abound and you don’t want to miss the pristine Capri Blue Grotto. Your Awaken Travels professional will help you find and book the best sea adventures.

You won’t find the miles long beaches on Amalfi Coast that you might in other parts of the world, but the beaches here hold their own beauty and charm. The lovely beaches here are well worth visiting. Most of the one hundred beaches are small coves and inlets accessed by hiking trails or boat. Pack a picnic, grab some limoncello and explore, you may find a pristine secluded beach all to yourself.

Positano caters to tourists with a variety of lodging options, fantastic restaurants, great shopping and of course beaches. Centrally located on the coast both Positano and Amalfi Village make for great “base camps” for exploring the coast on day trips and adventures. Minori is a mecca for foodies, famous for cozy restaurants serving locally and freshly made pasta. The largest Roman ruin on the Amalfi Coast, Villa Romana, is also found in Minori. Speaking of food, there are many options for local cooking and wine tasting experiences along the coast, some utilize produce grown on property for their culinary creations.

Awakens Travel Is Ready To Help You Plan Your Trip

There is so much to experience on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, we’ve just covered the tip of the ice berg. Touching upon some of the highlights of a few the towns that make up the coast is only a taste of all this region offers.  When we say there is something for everyone here, we mean it. Some of the towns are very touristy and can be crowded during peak times. Some are quieter even during peak seasons and offer a very different experience. Whether you like to be in the center of it all or off the beaten path, save yourself the effort of sorting out the best option for your needs. Our travel experts at Awaken Travels know the towns and villages of the Amalfi coast. They will save you time and money, and provide you with the journey of a lifetime. Don’t delay, get in contact with us today!

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