The fashionable Isle of Capri is a short distance from the Sorrento coast and perhaps the most famous of all the islands that lie off this shore.
Capri is reached by ferry and on arrival you can get to the town centre either by coach or funicular.
A boat trip around Capri from the harbour is highly recommended so you can enjoy a close up view of the cliffs, fissures and caves of the coastline.
One famous attraction not to be missed is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave where the sunlight reflecting on the water at the mouth of the cave is a stunning deep blue.
The Italian Sorrentine Peninsula is one of the most stunning areas of Europe displaying dramatic coastlines and magnificent views across the Bay of Naples. Shadowed by the towering Mount Vesuvius, the nearby Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum lie in ruins, destroyed by the volcano but preserved for posterity. Sorrento itself is a superb base for exploring the surrounding towns, the breathtaking Amalfi Coast and the beautiful Isle of Capri.
You can explore the deep gorge that runs down through the site of Sorrento to the harbour on the sea or enjoy the attractive, pastel-coloured houses and beautiful small town squares.
Following the earthquake in 79 AD, the stunned people of Pompeii were showered with ash, stones and pumice while a river of boiling mud buried the city of Herculaneum. It was during the restoration after the 1631 eruption that workers discovered the ruins of Pompeii. The ash that had fallen preserved much of as it was in 79AD. The cavities made by the victims’ bodies were filled with plaster and many of these casts can be seen in Pompeii today.
Dotted with small, picturesque settlements clinging giddily to steep, rocky cliffs on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the ‘Amalfi Coastal Drive’ is a spectacular coastal road offering fantastic panoramic views.
Amalfi, the largest town, has winding alleyways and many buildings in the town have terraces with lemon trees as well as grape and olive vines. In addition to the precipitous coastline and the attractive settlements, you just cannot miss the fascinating limestone scenery.
it is situated at the mouth of the Valley of the Mills, with its characteristic groups of houses clinging to the rocks and overlooking the sea. It is a maze of narrow alleyways comprised of archways, portals and ancient towers that stand guard over the town.
The town’s origins date back to the IVth century. During late medieval times Amalfi became an independent Maritime Republic, rich and opulent due to intense trade and cultural exchanges with the Arab and Byzantine world. The city was renowned for its trade and diplomatic relations throughout the Mediteranean, Flavio Gioia’s invention and development of the marine compass and the “Amalfitan Tables”, the first maritime legal code. It was also during this time that Amalfi’s mills began to produce paper as opposed to pergamon. The paper was used for all the official acts and documents of the Court of the Dukedom of Naples.
Amalfi’s own particular variety of lemon “the Sfusato Amalfitano” crossed the borders of Europe and was exported throughout the world.
The architectural and artistic values of its monuments and historical buildings, the undescribable beauty of its landscapes, its folklore and traditions have made, and still make to this day, Amalfi a place without comparison.
Ravello was founded by the Roman aristocracy and soon it became a very wealthy and powerful town between the X and the XIII century.
Ravello, like Amalfi, owed its prosperity to extensive commerce throughout the Mediterranean and to its strong textile industry (wool and cotton). The fall of Ravello's wealth and influence came with Ruggero II and the Normanni domination. This was furthered even more with the Pisani invasion in 1337 which deprived the entire Amalfi Coast of its independence and political power. The most famous architectures in Ravello are Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. These buildings perfectly represent the architectural style which is typical throughout the major centres found on the Amalfi Coast. With its luxurious hotels, culture, cuisine, and much more, Ravello has everything it requires to charm its many visitors.
Nerano – a charming fishing village. The name Nerano most likely is due to Tiberio Nerone the roman emperor, who chose Capri as his favourite summer resort.
From the blue island the emperor sailed with his ships to the coast and struck by the beauty of Marina del Cantone decided to build another Villa in addition to his twelve ones in Capri.
From the emperor’s name derived “neronianum” and therefore today’s name Nerano.
Nerano today is an important seaside resort and famous world – wide for the beauty of its coast, sea and underwater caves but also for the local food specialities like the famous “spaghetti with zucchine”.