This is one excursion you will not want to miss!!
Journey along the stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula which extends from Positano in the West to Vietri sul Mare in the East.
The scenic Amalfi coast lays claim to being Europe’s most beautiful stretch of coast. One of the highlights on the coast is the town of Ravello which sits a top a lofty perch 1,000 feet above the sea. Ravello commands a spectacular view over a large stretch of the coastline.
Amalfi is the largest town and perhaps is the highlight of the coast. The panorama is wonderful with the town’s white houses clinging to the rocks and set aside the amazing Cathedral of Saint Andrew.
The town of Amalfi was the capital of the Maritime Repu-blic of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 – 1200.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Amalfi was a popular holiday destination for the British upper class and aristocracy.
In this tour you will have the opportunity to visit:
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
A monumental complex, as it is made up of several autonomous parts connected together with the oldest structure the Basilica del Crocifisso, built in 833.
Museo della Carta – Valle dei Mulini
The paper museum of Amalfi was once a paper mill. The ground floor contains examples of antique instruments and machinery.
The paper of Amalfi, which is called “bambagina” is a very thick type of paper, elegant to look at and pleasant to the touch. The production of hand-made paper, in the Valle dei Mulini is one of most ancient and florid activities of the Amalfi people.
Ravello was an important town of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi and therefore became an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839-1200. The sea trade brought great wealth to Ravello and merchant families such as the Rufulo, Rogadei, Muscettola and the Confalone filled the town with valuable works of art. It was considered among the most important and noble cities in the Kingdom of Naples. Between the 18th and 19th centuries Ravello was rediscovered by a variety of artists, musicians, and writers, including Richard Wagner, M. C. Escher, Giovanni Boccaccio, Virginia Woolf and American writer Gore Vidal.
This villa belonged to one of the most important families of Ravello’s medieval aristocracy built in the 13th century by Nicola Rufolo who was one of the richest men of Ravello. The villa was mentioned by Giovanni Boccaccio in his Decameron. Richard Wagner visited here in 1880 and was inspired to set the second act of his opera Parsifal in the Villa’s magical gardens.
The Villa has been home to many famous names from the world of art, science and politics.
It is famous for it’s extensive public gardens and spectacular view of the sea from the “Terrace of Infinity”.
The Cathedral of Ravello
The city’s Cathedral, which is also the city’s heart, was built in 1087 on the central Piazza del Vescovado, by the wishes of Nicolò Rufolo, and was consecrated by Orso Papice, the first bishop of Ravello.
Once booked, it is not possible to cancel and ask for a refund of the tour.