Mediterranean landscape at its finest. Along the steep slopes of the Lattari mountains, the curved road from Positano to Amalfi is the only one that runs along the coast. Throughout the year, because of its mild climate its surrounded by cascading terraces of vinyards, citrus fruits and bougainvillea. You will be enchanted by the stories of legends, giants and mermaids, fascinating landscapes and ancient memories. Its spectacular coastline and views are considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Massimo and Tony, the owner / driver of amalficoastourselect is local to Sorrento, will accompany you to visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
First stop on our tour is Positano, made famous during the 60s when women began wearing bikinis. Nowadays it is famous for being a millionaires playground with beautiful multicolored villas built on the side of the mountains where all the steps lead down to the sea. High above Positano is a mountain called “Monte Pertuso”. Legend says a giant fell in love with a mermaid, when she spurned his advances, in anger he punched a hole through the mountain. Our tour continues along the coast passing the islands of “Galles” and “Sirenes”.
The advantage of having Massimo and Tony driving you to these wonderful places, you will be able to stop and take lots of photos all in your own time.
The town of Amalfi was founded in the year 320ad and belonged to the ancient Roman Empire. Later in the 9th century it was to become the capital of an independent state “Maritime Republic” of which in Italy there have been only 4, Genova, Pisa and Venice. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site as a cultural landscape. While walking around the Piazza Duomo, you will see the cathedral “Sant Andrea” inside lies the tomb of the apostle Saint Andrew. The architecture is a rare mix of Baroque, Byzantine, Gothic and Romanesque elements. It is believed Amalfi was also the first city in the world to introduce handmade writing paper. You will be able to see the old mill and visit the “Papermill” museum. Sitting high above Amalfi we have the peaceful charm of Ravello, past residents being Greta Garbo, Jacqueline kennedy and Tennessee Williams. It is said that Wagner was inspired to write his Parsifal concerto while sitting in the grounds of the Villa Rufolo. Ravello offers peace and tranquility steeped in history that charms you with its elegance, but above all the most breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coastline.