Fully dipped in the green of lemon groves and Mediterranean Scrub, typical of the Amalfi coast, the Bed & Breakfast “Ercole di Amalfi” is a delightful destination for resting or a strategic starting point for all of the most well-known tourist routes.
Historical and Artistic Sights
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous areas in the world. Its stunning landscapes and its rich cultural heritage place it in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1997.
There are many relevant monuments you may want to visit in Amalfi Coast:
- Saint Andrew’s Cathedral in Amalfi with the gorgeous staircase, the Crypt where it is conserved the head of St. Andrew, the Basilica of the Crucifix, which nowadays is the Diocesan Museum and the Cloister of Paradise
- The Arsenal of the Maritime Republic, in the past was dedicated to the construction of the boats but now is the Museum of the Duchy of Amalfi: in it you can admire the first maritime navigation code, known as “Tabula de Amalpha” and several cultural events are often held during the year
- The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the second oldest church in Amalfi, once together with the Church of the Addolorata;
- The Museum of Handmade Paper, interesting and interactive site where you will have the opportunity to learn how to make handmade paper
- Church of St. Maria Maddalena in Atrani, beautiful example of medieval church where influence of Baroque and Rococo styles are joining, characterized by a nice bell tower in brown tuff
- The Church of San Salvatore de’ Birecto in Atrani, ancient church place of coronation of the Duke of Amalfi, originally built as the palace chapel and renowned for its famous bronze portal made in Constantinople
- Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, wonderful examples of wealthy residences, surrounded by beautiful gardens and source of inspiration in the past for many great artists, as Wagner. During summer, Villa Rufolo hosts “Ravello Festival” , while Villa Cimbrone during the year offers an unique view from the Terrace of Infinity
- The Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano, with its central location provides a clear nice skyline of the fishing village
- The Church of St. Gennaro in Praiano, placed in the town square, during major holidays shines the whole village.
Wine and Food
The Amalfi Coast is not only famous as a land rich of history and culture, but is also known for extraordinary local products. There are many dishes that can be discovered and tasted in this area, and a few of them are related to traditional holidays.
Must have typical products:
- Sfusato Amalfitano IGP, is a typical lemon that grows in this area and that is known for its streamlined shape and its intense aroma. Those lemons are the main ingredient for products as limoncello, lemon cream and lemon jams
- Wines from Furore and Tramonti, fully structured and fruity wines, often rewarded during international wine competitions
- Aubergines with chocolate, typical dish of Maiori, is prepared during the summer and for the holiday of the Virgin Mary Assumption
- The “ndunderi Minori”, small dumplings made with soft cheese, seasoned with a tomato sauce enriched with pork sausage or beef
- The “Sarchiapone of Atrani”, typical dish prepared during St. Mary Magdalene holiday, is made of a long pumpkin stuffed with minced meat and cheese, deep fried and then baked
- The Cetara’s anchovies and tunas, are prepared by fishermen so to get more goodies, as the ” salted anchovies” or the famous “colatura di alici”, a sort of dressing for pasta, salads and bruschettas
- The “Provolone del Monaco” a special kind of stringy cheese typical of Lattari Mountain, has a strong flavor, and is great served with fruit compotes and with the local honey
- Piennolo Tomatoes, typical of Furore, so called because they consist of clusters of small tomatoes, excellent for salads and pasta
Amalfi Coast provides several opportunities of relax, tourism and sport: even trekking enthusiasts can enjoy the beauty of the “divine coast” through some paths, suggested by CAI, that since many years are amazing passioned who followed it.
Within many excursions we would like to suggest:
- Torre dello Ziro: you can reach the tower located near Pontone, both from Atrani or from Amalfi, once you get there you can enjoy a breathtaking view from the Belvedere of the Tower
- “Il sentiero degli Dei” (Path of the Gods), hiking trail rediscovered few years ago, connects the
various countries of the Coast, starting from Furore up to Maiori, even if is a steep path, it’s marvelous and at the end makes worth any sacrifice
- Carosa Fountain in Ravello, is visited both by local and foreign hikers: takes its name from the source of water miraculously appeared at the behest of Virgin Mary, which is dedicated the small chapel situated in the area