origins dates back to Romans wars against barbaric populations.
Legend has it that it was Hercules, son of Jupiter, who
conquered Amalfi in order to give it as a present to a girl
with beautiful blue eyes the same colour as the sea. The
sea and its geographical position, has had a very positive
impact on the economic activities of Amalfi. Tourists from
all over the world come to a visit the Cathedral, walk in
the alleys of the town where you can find interesting workshops
or to enjoy the local gastronomy.
Ravello on Amalfi
Ravello is one of the most attractive destinations
on the Amalfi Coast. With a population of around 2,000,
the settlement perches high above Amalfi, overlooking the
Mediterranean. A renowned musical festival is held in Ravello
every year, with classical music concerts taking place in
gardens with breathtaking views, all through the summer
is also the dreamlike setting of Ravello's gardens inspired
by Wagner, a major feature of Ravello. The Ravello Concert
Society organises a long season of chamber music concerts
(March-November), most of which are held against a backdrop
of sky and sea in the panoramic gardens of Wagner's inspiration
for Parsifal, the Villa Rufolo. Tickets can be bought online
from the Society's website. The combination of scenery and
music creates an atmosphere that you're unlikely to forget.
How to travel
to Ravello from Amalfi
run uphill from Amalfi to Ravello. For more information
about travelling to the Amalfi Coast, visit the Amalfi
Coast page. If you're driving along the famously nerve-wracking
Amalfi Coast roads, bear in mind that the winding roads
can get congested, and parking in Ravello can be a challenge.
Ravello is high above Amalfi, so only attempt it by foot
if you're feeling fit; Walking back down into Amalfi is
easier by following pleasant footpaths through cultivated
agricultural terraces and then along the sea-front. I wouldn't
advise attempting this in really hot weather.
in Amalfi, you must not fail to visit Capri, an island located
in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the
south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region
of Italy. Capri has been a resort since the Roman Republic.
It has two harbours, Marina Piccola (the little harbour)
and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). The separate
comune of Anacapri is located high on the hills to the west.
Capri from Amalfi:
Santa Caterina has a shuttle that can take you to the pier
to catch the ferry to Capri. It’s impossible to see
all of Capri’s attractions in just one day; but by
heading to Capri early, you will have a chance to see many
of the island’s best offerings. Take the first ferry
for Capri, usually at about 9:30am, which gets you into
Capri by 10:30am. Although you can purchase tickets the
morning you leave, we’d recommend booking a few days
ahead to avoid disappointment—especially in the crowded
of the main features of the island include the Belvedere
of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas),
the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above
the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue
Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman
Blue Grotto is one of several sea caves, worldwide, flooded
with a brilliant blue or emerald light and was apparently
used by Emperor Tiberius during the years when he retired
to Capri. Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity
and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection
that illuminates the cavern. The cave extends some 50 metres
into the cliff at the surface, and is about 150 metres deep,
with a sandy bottom.
all the tourist boats at the Marina Grande offer an island
tour with a whistle stop at the Blue Grotto. To enter the
cave you need to change boats into a small one and pay an
additional fee. There is usually a long queue for this.
is also the Green Grotto (photo below), once known as the
Grotto dell’ Orefice. The Green Grotto owes its present
name to the emerald tones that, at certain times of the
day, depending on the light, color its waters.
island tour includes a passage through the Faraglione di
Mezzo (photo below) which is characterized by a central
cavity, large enough to allow for the passage of a small
boat. Guides reckon that cruising through the arch of the
Faraglioni whilst kissing your lover – with your eyes
closed - gives you eternal love and happiness! The extraordinary
rock formations, called the Faraglioni, are truly a magnificent
that the last ferries usually leave for Positano and Amalfi
between 4:30pm and 7pm (depending on each provider), giving
you a good 6 hours to explore the island.
If you are traveling off-peak, from September to May, contact
the Capri tourism
office, as ferries will be less frequent.
unique open top taxis are chic but there is also a funicular
train that travels between the Marina Grande and Capri Town.
You can take the funicular up to the charming Piazzetta,
the heart of Capri town, or the bus to Anacapri, which though
still touristy, is more residential and tranquil. The cost
of a one-way ticket is €1.80, and can be used for the
bus and funicular.
you don’t want to worry about having enough tickets,
there is also a day pass (UNICO Capri costs €8.60)
that gives you unlimited bus rides and two trips on the
What to see in
to Anacapri and start your day on the top of the world!
At least, it feels that way when you’re up on Monte
Solaro, the island’s highest point. A chair lift takes
you up for €10 (round-trip). While this may seem costly,
btut the splendid views are priceless.
gorgeous place to get sweeping views of Capri is Villa San
Michele. If you love beautiful gardens, this is a real gem!
Built in the early 20th century by Axel Munthe, a Swedish
physician, it is home to an enchanting and serene garden
that’s billed as one of the top 10 gardens in Italy.
With spectacular panoramic views, dreamy pergolas, and surrounded
by a variety of flowers and plants, it’s paradise!
(Ticket cost: €7).
areas around to explore around the piazzetta include
the Gardens of Augustus. For just €1, this small
yet well-kept garden not only offers a splendid view
of the Faraglioni, but also of the incredible Via
Krupp, which zigzags its way to Marina Piccola.
Places to eat
is surrounded by restaurants both at the harbour and in
town so you will definitely not be short of places to eat.
Visitors should note that
Capri is not an ideal beach destination. The island is steep
and rocky, with the main settlements high above sea level.
There are just a couple of small shingle beaches. On these
beaches, and on a few rocky shores, there are bathing establishments
where you pay for the use of sunbeds. Apart from swimming
pools, most swimming is in deep water off rocky coastlines,
so is only advisable for confident swimmers.
return ferry from Capri to Amalfi passes through Positano,
the most impressive town on the Amalfi Coast. At first look
it seems to be lounged on the mountain that overlooks the
sea, therefore this city is one of the most photographed
of the coast. The sea colour is crystalline and its beaches
are crowded of tourists because it has a sandy beach. Among
the several beaches of this city it must be mentioned: Marina
Grande and Fornillo.
attractions include the church of Santa Maria Teresa of
the Assumption for its tiled dome, the Saracen towers, the
little villages of Nocelle and Montepertuso which are places
of an extraordinary beauty.
is also known for its shops. Above all its characteristic
production: the leather sandals. Indeed you can go in these
little workshops (that can be found in the town alleys)
and order sandals made-to-measure.
is where you taste Delizie al limone (soft pastry with a
delicious lemon flavoured cream), the torta positanese (cake
with almonds) and seafood (according to the maritime vocation
of the town the seafood is very good almost everywhere).