I recently heard about the Amalfi Coast and decided just based on the stories I was told I had to make the trip.

In Italian, the coast is called Costiera Amalfitana, and it was one of the most gorgeous sites I have ever seen. The coast is on the south side of the Salerno Gulf in southern Italy and is located on the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Mediterranean and a very popular destination. I saw magnificent mountains, amazing crags, lush woods, and abodes right on the cliffs.

Now I understand the stories I heard because I saw the sights for myself. The Arabic-Norman cathedral is breathtaking, and there is a resort on the top of the cliffs called the Amalfi Coast gateway Sorrento. I felt this remarkable resort was a perfect reflection of the delightful area. The towns in this area are all fabled, and I found something unique to treasure in each one. The color of the sea looked like turquoise, and the piazzas looked like postcards I have seen. I decided to go on a hike, was enchanted by the scenery, and found the trails were very well-marked.

The best experience I had was doing an Amalfi coast private day tour from Positano. The houses looked like they were cascading right down to the sea, with sensational colors of terracotta, pink, and peach. The hotels were draped in wisteria, and the lovely scent filled the streets. I did not know where to look first because I was captivated by the restaurants, shops, and people. I felt the Italian atmosphere right down to my bones, and the tour guide was fantastic. I watched the locals sunbathing on a gorgeous beach while they ate pizza, and was touched by a little girl trying so hard to get her parents to buy her a gelato. The guide told me this was the very first town anywhere in Italy to import bikinis all the way from France. And that in the 1960’s, this is where Moda Positano was born.

 

The best day is spent doing an Amalfi Coast private day tour, from Positano.

 

I went to a fishing village called Cetara because I was interested in the history. The village has been important since the medieval times, and this is one of the most important deep-sea-tuna fleets in the Mediterranean. I was charmed by the fishermen in their little boats and watched them fishing for anchovies while holding bright lamps.

I spent time in the Villa Cimbrone and learned this was originally an 11th-century villa. The gardens and the views were so romantic, and there is a terrace filled with exquisite statues and busts that looks over the Tyrrhenian Sea. The village was a secret hideaway for Greta Garbo and her paramour Leopold Stokowski, and I was told a lot of famous people visited here including Winston Churchill, Virginia Wolfe, Salvador Dali, and DH Lawrence. I am not easy to impress, but I was very impressed with this quaint villa.

My last destination was Sorrento. I wandered through riveting old shops, browsed ceramics and lacework, and had a sensational time. I did a lot of exploring on the Amalfi Coast, and this is one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had.

I left Italy wishing I could stay longer because I did not want to leave.

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