Why the Amalfi Coast is so much loved by Italian tourists and foreign travelers?
What makes unique this stretch of coastline compared to other destinations on the sea?
After being there I found more than one answer: my great travel experience have been helped by the staff of Lloyd’s Baia Hotel local experts, a charming hotel in Vietri sul Mare, one of the 15 municipalities that are part of this wonderful World Heritage Site.
UNESCO has confirmed the uniqueness of this area stating that the landscape is also the result of the clever use of resources: the farmers, in fact, realized here the terraced gardens to gain farmable land; today these views are a treasure trove for anyone staying on the Amalfi Coast.
What are the distinctive features of the Amalfi Coast?
Upon returning from my trip I brought a wealth of memories with me: these memories include the colors and scents of this coastline, especially green and yellow, which stand out in the natural landscape and on the streets of towns such as Vietri, because of artisan crafted pottery.
The predominant flavor is lemon known as “sfusato amalfitano”, a product that here isn’t just a seasoning, but a tasty fruit that flavors the fish and meat dishes, salads, desserts, and even coffee.
A well-known specialty is limoncello, a liqueur produced with lemon zest steeped in rectified spirit, then mixed with syrup of sugar and water.
During my stay in Amalfi I learned that the limoncello was produced for the first time here and the authorship is disputed between Amalfi, Sorrento and Capri. The aspect that I appreciated the most is the landscape, since it remained a natural amphitheater in which the sea bride rocks and woods, like a painting created by a talented artist.
Credits photo Panorama Amalfi Coast: https://flic.kr/p/8GEBiF
Vietri sul Mare is an excellent choice if you want to explore the entire coast. The town is situated in the province of Salerno and from here it is easy to reach other venues.
Vietri is characterized by a peculiar architectural style of its buildings and squares, very different from the typical features of Amalfi, the most popular town of the Costiera.
This town is called the “cradle of majolica” because since the Middle Age the local artisans produced ceramics that have become the common decorative element of churches and shrines on street corners.
Credits Ceramica Solimene Vietri (SA): https: //flic.kr/p/79kmkd
It’s possible to buy handmade pottery at the local shops, or at Ceramica Artistica Solimene, a Made in Italy icon for ceramic production that since 1954 is housed in a factory designed by the architect Paolo Soleri.
I recommend a visit to this factory to admire the combination between architecture and nature which Soleri was able to create. The impression I have gained is a place that isn’t hidden in the landscape, but instead becomes an essential element here, showing that genius and creativity are inspired by the unique scenario of Vietri.
For further information on the history of Solimene: http://www.ceramicasolimene.it/ita/default.asp.
Credits photo Vietri sul Mare scogli: https://flic.kr/p/y7C4zj
The murals of Furore, the painted village
Furore is a sort of enchantment that unfolds itself during a trip on the Amalfi Coast.
This place is tucked away in a fjord and it is a quaint fishing village that is unmatched by any other town in this area.
Visiting it by foot I could see the waves that reach up to the woods and the fishermen’s houses set among the rocks, a set that made me think of a movie, perhaps because here have lived the actress Anna Magnani and the director Roberto Rossellini, who filmed in Furore his movie “L’amore”.
One of the houses of the village hosts a small museum dedicated to these two great protagonists of the Italian cinema.
Furore, however, is the Painted Town par excellence, because a part of the outside walls of the houses was painted by contemporary artists that realized an amazing open air art gallery.
Before the spread of street art as an international phenomenon, the Furore murals are a successful example of the ideal match between contemporary art and urban landscape.
In a weekend you can fall in love at first sight with the Amalfi Coast, but I hope to come back soon to visit the other cozy small towns along the coastline.
Salerno, Credits photo: https://flic.kr/p/aSJviX
Credits preview photo Costiera amalfitana mare: https://flic.kr/p/pRGvXQ