The best way to enjoy this Amalfi Coast-Tour is with your private Guide and Driver!
The Amalfi Coast Tour takes a day-trip from Sorrento or Naples. We will visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
Boccaccio wrote in his book Decameron about it: “The most beautiful coast-line of the world”! Discover by an excursion if he was right!
The road is nestled among mountains, woods and trees. The view is breathtaking. Special spots invite to stop and to take pictures or a suggestive rest. Your professional Tour Guide will introduce you by the Amalfi Coast Tour in History and Traditions..
Pine trees are the biggest of the evergreen plants on the steep cliffs. The flora is amazing and varied. Cork oaks, chestnuts, Sycamore Trees as well as Broom bushes and uncountable flours embellish the unique area.
The light blue and turquois color of the see surliness the beauty of Nature.
Our first stop on the Amalfi Coast Tour will be in Positano: During the year live here 3800 inhabitants, The town is situated in about 30m (98 feet) Hight.
This amazing, romantic town invites to stroll through the small allies, white villas with well kept gardens, luxury hotels, stores and shops of autochthonous products like linen, Limoncello, pastry , sandals and potteries.
The small church dedicated to mother Mary “Assumption” is a treasure of Italian Art.
The onion-roof of majolica is typical for the architecture of the Amalfi-Coast-Tour. The simple baroque stile calms down, and the view out to the see is divine.
You will be carried away by the south-Italian flair. Take your time to take a Coffee or Orange-jus and be enchained by the sound of the sea and the waves.
Your private Tour Guide will show you hidden corners and will talk about the italian Live-stile: the religious-traditions and the history of the maritime Republic of Amalfi, where Positano took part of, from the 8th to the 13th century. Flavio Gioia was the most known member of this community, inventor of the compass.
We will spend here more or less one hour. Our drive will lead us afterwards through amazing villages, breathtaking bridges before we arrive to Amalfi. Where ever it’s possible we will stop to enjoy the incredible view.
Between the 8th and the 13th century Amalfi was the main-city of the maritime See-Repbulik of Amalfi, including the Island of Capri, Sorrento and island of Sirenuse, the coast line from Positano to Cetara (situated on the end of the coast – direction Salerno), up in the mountains Scala, Ravello, Tramonti, Agerola and behind the Milky Mountains (Monti Lattari) the villages Lettere, Piemonte and Gragnano.
Walking through the historical center you will be astonished by the Cathedral dedicated to San Andrew (memorial day 30th of Nov).
The small alleys hide the typical architecture of south-Italy. Once it was a famous commerce city, we will discover the merchandise of old and new times. What’s about a visit in the “Museum of paper”? The ancient tradition of the Laid paper is still to see here!
Read the first part of the poem of Henry Longellow, Amalfi 1857:
Sweet the memory is to me
Of a land beyond the sea,
Where the waves and mountains meet,
Where amid her mulberry-tree
Sits Amalfi in the heat,
Bathing ever her white feet
In the tide less summer seas
Our favorite spots:
Church of Ravello
After a half hour drive we will reach Ravello, the most romantic spot of the Coast.
Discover with your insider and Tour Guide the treasures of Ravello:
The mediaeval church dedicated to Saint Mary Assumption and Saint Pantaleon is situated in the main square.
Simple and impressive is the decoration, the cosmatesque mosaic-stile of the “Miracle of Jona” and the interior decoration are worth to be seen.
Most of the churches have to provide restoring’s for themselves, it’s expensive; the entrance fee is used to preserve the monument. Thanks!
Villa Rufolo faces also to the main square. The gardens are amazing, the view is unique! Strolling through the garden you will be amazed by the flora of this sophisticated garden.
To visit a concert by sunset is one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had concerning classic music – and I had a lot in my live!
The walk through the upper district of the town will leads us along view points and gardens. Our favorite destination will be the “never ending terrace” of Villa Cimbrone, created under Lord Grimpthorpe.
You will experience the “Carpe diem” – to seize the day!
Here a short, general history of the Amalfi Coast Line:
Strabon presumed that no settlements where earlier than the 1st. Century a.C. He wrote about Vietri sul mare, close to Salerno, called Marcina (Etruscan origins) as well as of Minori, Positano and on the island “Gallo Lungo” and Tramonti of some patrician families arrived here after several adventures.
The finds of columns, capitals, urns and gravestones give us some information of the roman settlers. Nowadays we can admire these topics everywhere on the Amalfi Coast Tour and in the city: By walking through the romantic allies you will discover the treasures of history!
The first document about the city was a letter written in 596 by Pope Gregori Magno reporting about the bishop of Amalfi. In the middle-age it was depict as a “Castrum” (fortress), and used by the population to hide in case of attacks of the Lombardics of Benevento. After several fights finally in 838 Amalfi wan and in 839 was founded the “Independent Republic of Amalfi.”
The sea Republic Amalfi became an important commercial authority and dialed in the whole mediterrian area including the triangle: Amalfi, Bisantium, Arabian Africa. You can compare it with a virtual colony: Hospitals, churches, houses, estates, emporium, monasteries where under their jurisdiction.
The cut wood from the coast and the nearby Cilento-valley, was sold in Arabic cities and finally invested in gold. The Tour Guide will tell you much more about history by the Amalfi Coast Tour.
About the glowing business we can read in a memorandum of an Arabic traveler Ibn Havqal: “Amalfi is the richest city of the Langobardic reign.” William of Apulia, historian of the 11th Century described: “Amalfi is a cosmopolitan center, where you can always meet merchants and sailors from all over the mediterrian see.” – Like nowadays!
Amalfi had also animated business with Ravenna and Pavia in the north of Italy. The commercial fortunes where tightly connected with the Arabic world – neither the 1st crusade could harm the city’s fame.
In the city-hall we can admire the original nautical code “TABULA DE AMALPHA”. This is the historical collection of rules of the relationship between the members of the crew and the owners of trading-ships – an amazing handwritten Laid-paper document.
Denomination of the Normans –Svebians- late middle age :
In 1131 was founded the Reign of Sicily by the Normans, which defeated and included finally the Republic of Amalfi. Venice ingrown the commerce and Amalfi suffered the loss of importance. Also Pisa and Genova undermined the business of the Republic of Amalfi.
But the regional business continued: the several colonies where prosperous. The merchants lived mostly in Scala and Ravello, which was easier to defend than the harbour. The aristocratic families had important political functions, and the church covered a worldwide prestige. Cardinal Pietro Capuano, bishop of Amalfi and close friend of the pope Innocence III. got various diplomatic responses of the Holy See.
The cities Amalfi and Atrani where obviously in competition with Scala and Ravello.
In this historical moment the several families began to invest in Castles and Monasteries to defend the richness: S. Pietro della Canonica, Hospital of S. Maria Cruciferarum, public schools, parts of the cathedral and a new harbor in front of the city. Later on, Archbishop Filipp Augustariccio expanded the cathedral with the cloister of Paradise and the Bell-Tower.
The production of the Laid-paper was brought from Arabia to Amalfi. Still today it’s a pleasure to visit the Museum of Laid Paper (linen pulp) production will be a part of the Amalfi Coast Tour.
It began with the revolt of the Vespri in Sicily. The question was the fight between the Aragon’s versus Anjou’s for the domain of Sicily and Naples. The war took 20 years and was fought above all by see-battles.
Amalfi was damaged by the requisition of their fleets for war reasons and the stop of the commerce. The unfair concurrent of the Catalan fleet killed the market. At this time several natural disasters shocked the area: 1306 and 1348 the pestilence and 1343 a costal storm surge. Economic interests of the aristocrats where moved to Naples-City.
The period of the Feudal system:
1392 Amalfi became a dukedom under Venceslao Sansverino. Till 1583 several families got the power: Colonna, Orsini and Piccolomini. During their reign the fortification of the coast was continued to be build several Vice-real towers, against the incursions of Turkish corsairs.
A legend tells that on 27th of June 1544 the corsair Aradeno Barbarossa tried to attack Amalfi, but the storm destroyed his fleet. Thanks to the protector of Amalfi, Saint Andrew, the population was spared by a terrible massacre. Discover more by Amalfi Coast Tour!
In the 17th and 18th century flourished the architecture and art, regarding the ecclesiastical world. The mediaeval buildings became a new façade, over helmed with stucco and ornaments. Only some decades ago, by renovations, where revealed this masterpieces.
By the assumption of power by Giuseppe Bonaparte and Gioacchino Murat the area was afflicted by brigandage.
Amalfi Coast Tour – Goal of the Grand Tour:
The amazing nature and history of the Amalfi Coast attracted the young aristocrats of Europe. The High-Society used to send the young descenders to a trip called: Grand Tour. The goal was to visit all the important, historical spots of Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sicily,…), to experience Art and culture as well as to strenght with popular Members of the Society, like , artists, diplomats and the royal family , ….
Most of these travelers visited the “Villa Rufolo” in Ravello, where Francis Neivel Reid and his wife welcomed their guests and showed them with proud the unique view and the fertile gardens. This couple trained the farmers and their families to understand their guests and to “read wishes in their eyes” – a high level of tourism!
Most of the foreigners loved to stay in summertime in Ravello up in the mountains, for the excellent climate, clear water, pure air and the silence.
Richard Wagner enjoyed the visit especially! After finishing the “Sir Klingsor” he needed the motive for the garden of Klingsor, which he found here! “Eureka” he wrote in his diary with emphasize – the perfect view!
Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are a “Must” during the Amalfi Coast Tour! In summer time the Ravello-Festival is a fix date for music-freaks and classic-lovers. From June to October are organized impressive “sunset” concerts: Programm Sommer 2017.
Accompanied by your professional Tour-Guide you will discover popular scenes as well as the “Hidden Tracks”! The Amalfi Coast tour by Capri Travel Guide & Team is the best way to discover by an “insider” the famous area.
Driving and walking through the amazing Amalfi Coast lived up with history and stories about the live-stile of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello will be a unforgettable experience!
“The way is the aime!”
To visite Positano, Amalfi e Ravello you need a entire day, and, believe me , you will come back to spend your holiday in this “blessed landscape”!
I look forward to introduce you and your friends in this blessed country!
Ci vediamo presto – let’s meet soon!
Cecilia Barbara Walch
Passionated Tour Guide Campania