Italy’s Amalfi Coast is the holiday destination of dreams. With its picture-postcard views, rich history and unrivalled cuisine, it’s no wonder that this is a popular destination with visitors from around the world.
The city of Pompeii is best known for being destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the 1st century AD. Now, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hugely popular tourist destination, offering a fascinating and well-preserved look at life in a Roman city almost 2,000 years ago.
The excavation sites at Pompeii are an archaeologist’s dream – and even those who know nothing about history are sure to find them impressive. The volcano erupted so suddenly that many people in the city were killed instantly by the heat alone, before they and their surroundings were preserved by the thick layers of falling ash. It’s a truly fascinating site, and one not to be missed.
Positano’s beautiful, coastal location is a major draw, and some of its biggest attractions are right on the shore. The Emerald Grotto is a beautiful natural landmark that can be reached from the land or the water. Visitors can tour the spectacular sea cave on guided boat trips, marvelling at the rich, green colour reflecting from the stalactites and stalagmites all around.
Heading into Amalfi itself, you can’t miss the Benedictine Monastery perched high above the town. Dating back to the 10th century, this historic structure now serves as Amalfi’s municipal seat – although it has had some rather more interesting uses throughout its history!
Also in Amalfi, the famous Arsenal is well worth a visit. Located right on the waterfront, it can give you an idea of how fearsome a naval power Amalfi was back in the 9th century.
Sorrento is maybe best-known for its beautiful natural setting on the Bay of Naples, with breath-taking views of Mount Vesuvius in the distance. But wander into the town, and the man-made landmarks are also extremely impressive.
Sorrento Cathedral was first built in the 11th century and then rebuilt in the 15th, and is easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive bell tower and clock. Dedicated to Saint Filippo and Saint Giacomo, the cathedral is open to visitors and has a spectacularly ornate interior.
Avventure Bellissime know just how stunning the Amalfi Coast is and we would love to share it with you! Why not consider one of our semi-private day trips from Rome to the Amalfi Coast (where you’ll also be able to experience the ancient city of Pompeii!). Or perhaps a private tour from Naples to the Amalfi Coast would be ideal for you! Either way, during our Amalfi Coast tours, you’ll see no shortage of incredible sights. We look forward to welcoming you!