The Amalfi Coast

Costiera Amalfitana
Amalfi Coast

Pearl of the Coast of the Coast, natural paradise, we speak of the Amalfi Coast, a place characterized by uncontaminated nature and clear and crystal clear waters that have earned it the title of Unesco’s “Heritage of Humanity” in 1997.

Anyone visiting the Amalfi Coast has the feeling of being on a half-sunken balcony on the blue cobalt waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the clear blue sky.

The Amalfi Coast is also called Divine since it can bring you to a higher, almost unreal dimension, from which you would not wake up.

The land with its many fragrances and flavors is known to all for its beautiful beaches, and for the wild nature, all arranged vertically, including the picturesque houses that overlook the sea and are sometimes hidden in the tangle of suggestive narrow streets .

The Amalfi Coast stretches for about 11,321 hectares between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno and includes 13 communes: Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Scala, Vietri sul Mare.

The land offers, to anyone who wants to visit it, various attractions that aim to satisfy the needs of the visitor by choosing between various available alternatives.

What to see on the Amalfi Coast

For those who love trekking and outdoor activities or for those who simply want to stay in close contact with nature, you can not do without hiking on the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), from which you can admire all the beauty Of the coast.

Sentiero degli dei
Sentiero degli dei

It is a naturalistic trail on the Lattari Mountains, which winds along the entire coastline for 7 km. The most interesting section of the trail is the one between Positano and Nocelle where the landscape is fascinated by the alternation of pine forests, caves to explore and especially suggestive views of the Amalfi Coast.

Do you want to admire the splendor of nature by the sea?

A boat ride is what makes your case so you can admire the most beautiful corners of the entire coast and visit some of the most renowned cities on the coast, among them Amalfi.

Amalfi
Amalfi

Amalfi

Ancient maritime republic, characterized by buildings of Arab and Byzantine influence, Amalfi is a truly magical and romantic city characterized by a tangle of narrow streets framed by arches and towers that guard the city.

The Duomo is on the top of a long staircase and includes two connecting basilicas, a lower crypt, the bell tower and the Chiostro del Paradiso (Cloister of Paradise.)

Duomo di Amalfi
Duomo di Amalfi

The building is dedicated to Sant’Andrea Apostolo and is characterized by a set of different architectural styles such as Romanesque, Baroque and Rococo visible inside the basilica where the large coffered ceiling with false gold decorations and the finely worked altar In the Baroque style, are testimonies of a multi-faceted city.

Ravello

Ravello
Ravello

From Amalfi we move to Ravello, also known as the city of music, as important music festivals take place. The city is on a steep cliff and from where you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Gulf of Salerno.

Ravello is especially famous for two beautiful villas renowned for its magnificent gardens: Villa Rufolo e Villa Cimbrone.

Villa Rufolo e Villa Cimbrone
Villa Rufolo e Villa Cimbrone

The Villa Cimbrone gardens are considered the most beautiful and evocative place in the world, not by chance from its famous Infinity Terrace (Terrazza dell’Infinito) you will be able to admire breathtaking scenery that span the entire coast.

Terrazza dell'Infinito

Sal de Riso and the sweets of the coast

Sal de Riso
Sal de Riso

The Amalfi Coast will also conquer you with its finer but delicate flavors; This is why it is imperative to make a leap from Sal de Riso, the most famous pastry maker in the South, which is the creation of the heavenly Delizia al Limone and the delicious Ricotta and Pere Cake that you can enjoy in its pastry shop in Minori.

Insomma la costiera amalfitana è ricca non solo di bellezze paesaggistiche ma anche di meraviglie architettoniche che la rendono la meta ideale per chi vuol trascorrere dei momenti unici e indimenticabili ad un passo dal cielo.

Minori
Minori

In short, the Amalfi Coast is rich not only for landscapes but also for architectural wonders that make it the ideal destination for those who want to spend unique and unforgettable moments one step from the sky.

Pompeii

Pompeii, is one of the Campania’s towns where ancient and modern, sacred and profane blend, giving rise to places of undeniable charm and splendor.

It is no coincidence that many tourists who go to Pompei every year to admire it remain enchanted by the richness of its monuments, a testimony to a story that continues to tell each day.

However, if you have a short time or just passing through you can also visit Pompeii, just wake up early, wear a pair of comfortable shoes, get some water and here you are ready for this fantastic trip!

What to see in Pompeii

Once you get to Pompeii, you are just spoiled for choice on what to visit. Undoubtedly the must see places to see are:

  • The excavations of Pompeii
  • The sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii (il santuario della Beata Vergine di Pompei)
  • The Villa of Mysteries (la Villa dei Misteri)

The excavations of Pompeii

Scavi PompeiThe first compulsory stage of this trip is undoubtedly the archaeological excavations of Pompeii, a testimony to the city’s past.

Founded in the 8th century BC From the Osci, an ancient Italian-born population, Pompeii was an important trading center known for the production of wines and oils, and was therefore occupied by Greeks, Etruscans and Sannites.

It was thanks to the advent of the Romans, in the III sec. B.C. That it had a strong architectural development and the city was romanized to such a degree that it became the residence of “Roman patriziate.

Unfortunately, the growth and development of the city were arrested because of a serious event that occurred in 79 AD. Which caused its destruction: the eruption of Vesuvius.

The eruption was so powerful that the nearby centers of Herculaneum, Stabia and Oplonti were also hit. Within a few hours the city was buried first by a layer of ash and lapilli and then covered with a lava flow, almost no one was saved.

A tragedy, however, has allowed the ancient monuments to stay over the years and reach almost intact to us so we can admire them in all their splendor.

You can admire:

  • The Forum and the Temple of Apollo: the hole was the old center of the city, economic, religious and political center in the center of which is the oldest monument of Pompeii: the Temple of Apollo.
  • The Amphitheater: where the fights were held between the gladiators.
  • The Lupanare of Pompeii: real homes of pleasure, where are kept the squares depicting the various “services” that were offered.

The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary

Santuario della Beata Vergine del Rosario di PompeiPompeii however, Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeinon is only a story, but also an important religious center since the Sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary rises there, where thousands of devotees gather each day in prayer.

The sanctuary was founded by Bartolo Longo and built between 1876 and 1891.

The basilica features a Latin cross plant with three aisles associated with three altars that join behind the apse. The central nave is surmounted by a 57 meter high dome decorated with frescoes depicting the life of Bartolo Longo.

The Villa of Mysteries

Villa dei MisteriVilla dei Misteri is one of the most visited places in Pompeii. It is an ancient Roman house located outside the city. We do not know exactly where the house belongs, certainly to a rich Roman patrician. Many believe that the Villa was by Livia, the wife of the Emperor Augustus, whose statue was found among the ruins.

But his name is mainly related to the series of paintings discovered in a room of the dwelling, and of which the meaning is still understood today. It is increasingly accepted that the scenes represent the initiation of a young woman or a Dionysian cult or marriage. Whatever the explanation you may not be fascinated by these images that enchant anyone to stop looking at them.

 

In short, a city that never ceases to astonish, and who succeeds in conquering anyone who goes to visit it, giving each and every time new emotions that will remain indelible.

Lucca: how to get there

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Lucca is situated in  Toscana. In Lucca it is possible arriva both by bus and by train.

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Lucca
  • Florence – Lucca

Bus company CTT (Compagnia Toscana Trasporti) offers connection between Florence and Lucca every day. In Lucca the bus stop is in Piazzale Verdi, whilst in Florence – at Santa Maria Novella train station. Average journey time is one hour and 15 minutes.

Timetable (till the 30th of June 2017): Florence – Lucca

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Florence
  • Pisa – Lucca

The bus company CTT (Compagnia Toscana Trasporti) offers connections between Pisa and Lucca. The bus stop in Lucca is in Piazzale Verdi, whilst in Pisa the bus make 4 bus stops: in Pisa airport, via CONTE FAZIO, VIA CRISPI, VIA FERMI, PIAZZA DEI MIRACOLI and near  PORTA A LUCCA. The average journey time is one hour.

Timetable (till the 30th of June 2017): Pisa– Lucca.

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Lucca
  • Viareggio – Lucca

The bus company CTT (Compagnia Toscana Trasporti) offers connection also between Viareggio and Lucca. The bus stop in  Lucca is in Piazzale Verdi, whilst in Viareggio the bus stops in Piazza d’Azeglio. The average journey time is only  45 minutes.

Timetable (till the 30th of June 2017): Viareggio – Lucca. 

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Lucca
  • Il treno

The Lucca train station is situated in Piazza Ricasoli, close to the city walls. With a train it is possible to reach Lucca from different cities in Toscany and from different cities in other Italian regions such as Bologna, Rome, La Speazia.

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Lucca

 

 

 

Cervinia: how to get there

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Cervinia is situated in Trentino-South Tyrol region and is situated 120 km from Turin and 190 km from Milan.

  • Turin – Cervinia

1. The bus company SADEM offers connections between Turin and Cervinia ONLY on Sundays and on holidays from 01.01 to 25.04; from 01 Jul to 31 Aug; from 26 Dec to 31 Dec.  Ski and snowboard equipments (one equipment per person) go for free. The average journey time is 2 hours. Tickets can be bought in ticket sales points in Turin. You can check addresses on the timetable presented below.

Timetable (from 01/02/2016): Turin – Cervinia – Turin

2. Also the bus company SAVDA offers connections between Turin and Breuil-Cervinia. The average journey time is 2 hours. Stops in Turin are in: C.so Giulio Cesare; C.so Giulio Cesare (Porta Palazzo); Porta Susa Stazione F.S.; C.so Vittorio Emanuele II (bus station). Tickets can be bought online on the official website of SAVDA or in the authorised ticket sales points. Buses have connections both everyday and on certian days only. Please read the timetable carefully.

Timetable (timetable till the 30th of  Novembre 2016): Torino Breuil-Cervinia Torino

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Cervinia
  • Milan – Cervinia

The bus company SAVDA offers connections between Milan and Cervinia by making a change in Chatillon bus station. In Milan buses stop in Lampugnano, that is situated near the same named metro station, the first line M1 (red line). Average journey time is 3 hours. It is necessary to book tickets in advance. It can be done online on the official website of SAVDA (you must print the ticket!) or buy them in ticket officies. One way tickets for adults cost around €. 18,40, for children till 12 years old –  €. 13,90. Whilst two way tickets for adults cost €. 36,80, for children till 12 years old – €. 27,80.

Timetable (till the 30th of  Novembre 2016): Milan Cervinia.

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Cervinia
  • Trains

It is also possible to take a train, the closest train station is Châtillon/ Saint-Vincent. From there it is possible to take a bus that brings you to Cervinia.

Here you can check another ski resorts in Italy.

 

 

Merano: how to get there

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Merano is situated in Trentino-South Tyrol region. It is a beautiful city with famous spa center that is worth a visit.

  • Bolzano – Merano

The bus company SASA connects Bolzano and Merano every day. The average journey time is one hour. In Merano buses stop at the station.

Timetable  (winter timetable 2015/16 Bolzano (13/12/2015 – 10/12/2016)): Bolzano – Merano

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Merano
  • Milan – Merano

Buses Flixbus offers such connections every day. In Milan the bus stops at the bus station Lampugnano (that is close to the metro station Lampugnano M1). Buses also stop in Bergamo (Orio al Serio Airport), Bergamo bus terminal, Peschiera del Garda, Gardaland, Trento (Lungadige Monte Grappa) and Bolzano.  In Merano Terme buses stop in  Via Piave. Tickets cost from 9 EUR, the full price is 39,50 €. Buses make 3 connections per day. The average journey time is  5 hours 25 minutes.

Timetable (updated 15.09.16)*: Milan – Merano Terme

*Before the depature always check the timetable on the official website of Flixbus as it can be modified.

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Merano
  • Rome – Merano

Buses Flixbus offers such connections every day. In Rome buses stop at the bus station Tiburtina, whilst in Merano Terme in Via Piave. Average joruney time is 9 hours  25 minutes. Buses operate only once per day. The cost starts from 9 EUR, the whole price is 59,50 EUR.

Timetable and bus stops (updated15.09.16)*: Rome – Merano – Rome

*Before the depature always check the timetable on the official website of Flixbus as it can be modified.

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Merano Terme
  • Trains

It is also possible to reach Merano by train. All trains first go to Bolzano. To arrive to Merano from Bolzano takes about 40 minutes. The train station is situated in the city center.

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Merano

 

 

 

Bolzano: how to get there

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Bolzano is situated in Trentino-South Tyrol region. The most convenient way to arrive to Bolzano by the pubblic transport is by train. Train station FS in Bolzano is situated in the center. What is more, there are several buses that connect Bolzano with other cities of Italy.

  •  Bolzano Dolomiti Airport– Bolzano

Buses SASA daily connect the city center with the airport with the lines 10A and 10B with the bus stop at the beginning of the access road to the airport (600 m). The line is called Ospedale – Stazione – Ospedale.

Timetable (winter 2015/16): Bolzano airport  – Bolzano, 10A, 10 B

Pubblic buses SASA also offers urban connections in Bolzano.

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Bolzano

If you want to get to Bolzano from other Italian cities by pullman, a bus company Flixbus offers numerous daily connections. Tickets can be bought online on the official website of Flixbus. In Bolzano all buses stop in Hotel Alpi.

  • Verona – Bolzano

The bus company Flixbus connects Verona with Bolzano every day. Tickets cost from 5 EUR. Average journey time is 2 hours and 20 minutes. In Verona buses stop at the train station Porta Nuova.

Timetable (updated 13.09.16)*:Verona – Bolzano – Verona

*Before the depature always verify the timetable as it is a subject to change.

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Bolzano
  • Milan – Bolzano

The bus company Flixbus connects also Bolzano with Milan. Average journey time is 4 hours. There are 4 corses every day. A ticket costs from 5 EUR, the cost is: 29,50 €. In Milan buses stop at the bus station Lampugnano (that is near the metro Lampugnano M1). Buses also stop in Bergamo (airport Orio al Serio), Bergamo bus station, Peschiera del Garda, Gardaland and Trento (Lungadige Monte Grappa).

Timetable (updated 13.09.16)*: Milano – Bolzano

*Before the depature always verify the timetable as it is a subject to change.

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Bolzano
  • Turin – Bolzano

The bus company  Flixbus connects Bolzano with Turin every day. Average journey time is 7 hours. Tickets cost from 5 EUR, the whole price is 45,50 €. In Turin buses stop in corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Buses also stop in Milan (bus station Lampugnano close to the metro Lampugnano M1), Bergamo (Airport Orio al Serio), Bergamo bus station, Peschiera del Garda, Gardaland and Trento (Lungadige Monte Grappa).

Timetable (updated  13.09.16)*: Turin – Bolzano

*Before the depature always verify the timetable as it is a subject to change.

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Bolzano, Christmas markets