Italy, Amalfitana – To the Sun on the South of Italy I
On this day we travel to Campania, Italy. Its mountainous landscape is situated in the south of the country and you will lvoe this region. The nature is amazing, history is rich, and food is addicting while everything is wrapped into the beautiful nature which is dotted with beautiful towns.
Today we focus on Amalfitana. It is a 48-kilometers stretch of coastline lined by SS163 road. You ask what makes this road so special perhaps. The reason is pretty simple. You would hardly find a better road for a roadtrip. It is carved into cliffs cut by deep gorges. The road lines the coastline high aboe the Tyrrhenian Sea. Prepare to take a lot of pictures.
If you have any experience whatsoever with Italian traffic than you might perheps not feel like driving there. Well, when driving you might not enjoy the scenery much. Better option is to take a bus. It is a good alternative for ubses stop at towns where you may just step off, maek a tour, have a lunch or coffee and go on.
One more alternative is walking. Trails criss cross the coastline as well as stone stairs, and anceint mule trails. Take a walk in forests, lemon groves, meadows, walk through small villages and enjoy vistas over the sea from everywhere.
Positano is the westernmost town in Amalfitana. You will fall for this town right away. It features quiant colorful houses stretching uphill above the sea. Santa Maria Assunta church completed in the 13th century is the main sight here. Its dome consists of majolica tiles. Inside there is Byzantine icon of a black Madonna brought there by pirates, at least according to legend. You can hire a boat, paddleboat, sailboat or motorboats. Alternatively, you can buy a ticket for a cruise.
Next we take you to Amalfi town. It sits right at the mouth to a deep gorge. The location makes the town one of the most popular destinations in Italy. Legend has it the town was founded by Emperor Constantine the Great. In the Middle-Ages it became an independent state which traded with the Orient. Amalfi had risen to prosperity so much that it rivaled such powers as Genoa and Pisa.
To learn more about the town visit the Municipal Museum housed at the town hall, easily recognizable for its mosaic facade. Items on display inside the museum focus on town's maritime history, old maritime tools, maps, and documents. Tabula Amalphitana is a 12th century constituting maritime law which would survive couple of centuries.
GPS: (Amalfi) 40°37'59.9"N 14°36'09.2"E
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: Xocolatl, Jensens, Jensens (2), H0tte, Kim Traynor, Sudodana 2048
We have probably all heard it: "See Naples and die." Yes, Naples is beautiful, but it is also rough, authentic and dirty. Maybe that's why it will be etched under your skin. Half-dilapidated houses, smelly piles of garbage, but you go a little further and breathe the atmosphere of real Italy. Naples is considered the cradle of modern delicacy, which is nothing but pizza. We also plan to taste the real Neapolitan pizza.
Italy offers many interesting sights to admire. People love the country for fashion, nature, cuisine, and art as well. Yet this country is also home to great music. Today we visit the small village of Le Roncole. One of world's most famous music composers – Giuseppe Verdi was born in this very village.
Setting out from the birthplace of the famous music composer Giuseppe Verdi - Le Roncole - we go to the town Busseto, mere kilometers away. It played an important role not only in the musical but also personal life of the famous composer.
Milan is the second largest city in Italy and is known as the capital of fashion, sports, art, and business. We come here to complete our story about one of the most famous music composers ever - Giuseppe Verdi.
Milan is one of those cities where you can spend a few days and still discover something new. Since the time of the Celts, the city has developed into a modern economic center of Italy. In its tangled streets, overcrowded with cars you occasionally find some interesting sight which maybe is not one of the top attractions of Milan, but as we we are there already, why not and make a stop for a while.
The city of fashion and design, finance, sports and nightlife. This is what attracts many to Milan. And once you get to this city even though your primary destination were landmarks, you can not miss out on this side, which makes it the richest city in the country.
Even though the city is a commercial and industrial center now, the seat of the gas and oil refineries, and the World War II has hit its historcal heart, it still offers a number of beautiful historical monuments. In the following lines, we will look into its center and enjoy the local architectural gems.
The most famous Italian city of Emilia-Romagna region, the name of which we associate with the delicious tastes of ham or cheese. This town will offer you not only gastronomic experiences. Before we taste the delicacies of this area, we will bite into exploring the rich history and monuments of Parma.
Today we leave continental Italy for sunny Sardinia.
In the year 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and its ashes covered the town of Pompei. Thanks to this catastrophe we may today see greatly preserved town. However, today we do not visit Pompei. We travel to Herculaneum, a town maybe less known but not less important and interesting.
Today we go to a region where you will love to stay for as long as possible.
Do you have some place that you love the most on the old continent? Rome is our choice! Do you know why? The answer is not a short one and we can name dozens of reasons.
The last day in Rome was the perfect day for a trip off the city. We visited two different places. After Villa d‘Este we decided to set off to Frascati. There is Villa Aldobrandini. Frascati is situated 20 kilometers southeast of Rome. A train departs from roma Termini to here regularly. The ride takes half an hour. But bear in mind that the train departs from a pretty remote platform. So don't go to the train station at the last minute.
We were about to stay five days in Rome. So we intended to make some trips around Rome. We received some advice at the visitor's center which led us to visit the town of Cerveteri. The town is situated in the Lazio region about 40 kilometers from Rome. It takes us about an hour by train to reach Marina di Cerveteri station (the train departs several times every day from Roma Termini station). Then you need to reach a bus stop (100 from the train station). A free of charge minibus departs from here to the historic center of Cerveteri (to Piazza Aldo Moro). The ride takes about 20 minutes.
We were pondering if winter or early spring are suitable seasons for a stay in Rome. It turned out, it was a great choice. It is off main season, therefore accommodation, and flight tickets are notably cheaper. There are also lesser tourist crowds (yet in Vatican or at the main train station there are still many people there). Moreover, the weather is amazing. It was bit frosty in the morning but as the day goes on, the sun is more powerful. Temparatures then rise up to 18 °C so we wore just sweaters (some even wore T-shirts and shorts).
Being in Rome one should visit Vatican - the smallest country in the world. Millions of tourists visit it every year and sea its museums, the Sistine chapel, or St Peter's basilica. The entire land is surrouned by ramparts. The state of Vatican consists of the Vaticane gardens, St Peter's square, St Peter's basilica, and another significant structures.
In the first part on Pisa, we saw three main sights situated one next to another. This time we are not going far either.
In the antiquity, Pisa was an important Roman port. However, the Arno River has silted up since. Now, there is a 10 kilometer gap between the city and the sea. It is very likely that you know Pisa as the home of the leaning tower. However, it is possible that you don't know that Campo Santo cemetary or local cathedral are other major sights around here.
Today we continue in our walks through Genoa, one of the main cities of Italian culture and history. In the last weeks we have learned something on Piazza Ferrari or Piazza Giacomo Matteoti. Today we look at another parts of the city, hopefully we help you to get in the mood for the summer and give you inspiration for prospective vacation.
You could have read about Italy, its regions and cities some of our articles. However, we have not written about one of the most famous Italian cities, Genoa.
The summer has arrived in our region with temperatures easily exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. The first week of June at a high temperature will cause many ideas for the upcoming holidays if possible spent at the sea.
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