Tesori Di Tirrenia
DESTINATION: AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Italy’s famed monuments, statues and galleries have enthralled visitors for centuries, but a spontaneous detour along the less-traveled Amalfi Coast reveals some of the country’s most breathtaking discoveries dotting the Tyrrhenian Sea. With the brilliant azure waters of the Mediterranean acting as a shimmering backdrop, every visit to Amalfi is crystalized into a rare collection of precious memories that shine eternal with pastel sunsets and soul-satisfying scenery—a welcome escape for the traveler who seeks a more tranquil and sensorial European experience that is truly off the beaten path.
The pleasure of slowly exploring the winding roads from the town of Amalfi to Sorrento and back again rewards the mindful traveler with a fabulous display of nature’s most mesmerizing landscapes—especially by foot. All of Italy’s charms are seemingly revealed in one single panorama: colorful villas, tiny churches and terraced cafés mixed with yacht-filled harbors nestled around the corner from small inlets and beachside coves where calm waves and a warm, inviting breeze are the norm. Amalfi itself is tucked into Italy’s coastal province of Solerno with maritime roots that date back to the Middle Ages.
Along the old cobblestone mule paths which thread the coastline, the unmistakable fragrance of wild jasmine beckons visitors to linger awhile as they make their way through lemon and olive tree groves. Many refer to a stretch from Agerola to Nocelle as the “path of the Gods,” which opens up into a transcendent view of the coast and the neighboring resort island of Capri—where lazy afternoons drenched in citrusy-sweet limoncello or sparkling prosecco rewards its often famous visitors. Nearby Positano offers a decidedly vertical adventure with its mix of precariously stacked hotels, shops and private villas built directly into its dramatic cliff sides.
Furore (literally “fury” in Italian) can also be accessed by visiting this area with its similarly steep location that plummets to the sea. The ancient town made up of three districts first made history for its old paper mill and is today a popular attraction for its pre-industrial craft museum and herb gardens. As the journey winds to an end, Praiano offers one last parting glance with its romantic fishing villages that attract lovers and the lovelorn alike. Here, visitors delight in every fading ray of golden light—Amalfi’s final farewell before the sun melts into the sea off the Gavitella shores and its treasures are hidden once more.