Duration: 8 hr. approx
Experience and taste the best of this scenic countryside the undiscovered side of Amalfi Coast. Will meet you at your hotel or villa and drive down-hill on the ss163 Amalfi drive built approximately 160 years ago while you admire and enjoy the views at its hills and sea, the driver will talk about the history and will show you the beautiful villas in Mediterranean style some of which have also belonged to celebrities. Along the way there are villages as Praiano and Marina di Praia a small fishing village that still bears witness to the old lifestyle; the Fiordo del Furore nestled in one of the most picturesque valley along the coast and the Bay of Conca with the Emerald Grotto an unique cave full of stalactites columns and stalagmites that come out of the water, the unique emerald color of the sea is given by the light that is filtered from a small underwater tunnel.
Driving down hill we arrive in the famous town of Amalfi, founded by Romans, thanks to its maritime traffic and it become in the IX century one of the richest and important Sea Republic in the Mediterranean extending their domination all the way to the Middle East. The Duomo is certainly the most famous monument, Arabic, Byzantine, Moorish and Baroque style, realized in the IX century and dedicated to the patron St. Andrew. The bronze facade portal where made in Constantinople in 1066 and dominate the main square with its staircase. Next to the Cathedral you will enter the charming Amalfi Chiostro del Paradiso, where the archbishop Capuano built the Cript to accommodate the remains of the St. Andrew Apostle.
In the inn part of the town, called Valle dei Mulini, you can visit the paper museum, an old paper mill factory trasformed into a museum in 1969. The museum has all the machinery and equipment of the old factory, restored and fully functional, here you can experience how they used to make paper by hand in the old days.
After Amalfi we will continue our tour to Ravello situated on a small promontory called Cimbronium, a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea and the villages of Minor and Maiori. Its beauty was immortalized by Boccaccio in “Decameron” and William Turner with his paintings that are now exposed to the Tate Gallery in London.
In the centre of the town, on the right of the cathedral, a square tower marks the entrance to the Villa Rufolo, a complex of buildings of the second half of the’200, here you can admire the Richard Wagner terrace, so called because it inspired the garden of Klingsor, the second act of Parsifal, and today you can attend to the Ravello summer Festival. Walking to the top of the promontory you will find the majestic beauty of Villa Cimbrone, built on the foundations of an ancient villa Patrizia, which hosted sovereign and illustrious names of science and politics. In the late 800’s it was purchased by a distinguished English citizen Ernest William Beckett. In 1938 Greta Garbo and Leopold Stokowsky found here the secret of happiness after living the strong outcry of Hollywood. The most important point of the villa is the infinity terrace so called from Gore Vidal for his majestic opening above the horizon.
Please note that all rates quoted include all taxes, car and driver, highway tolls, car fuel and parking and exclude lunch, entrance tickets and guides in sites.
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