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Major sights on the Amalfi Coast


The Amalfi Coast offers a choice of must-see sightseeing attractions, including the following. . .

Amalfi


Wander the narrow streets and alleyways past bustling shops, restaurants and colourful buildings, some of which date back to Byzantium times. Now an established coastal resort, Amalfi was once the centre of an independent maritime republic from the 7th to 11th centuries.

Set into a fissure in the cliff face of the steep Lattari hills and fronting a beach, the town is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and opulent villas, cloaked in brilliantly coloured bougainvillea.
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Amalfi Coastal Drive


Drive the dramatic 50km-long corniche that twists and turns around hairpin bends between towering mountain peaks on one side of the road and steep cliffs that plunge into the sea on the other. Snaking along the coast between the resorts of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, the road offers breathtaking scenery.

Ravello


Stroll the streets of this romantic village, perched 335m above the tiny coastal village of Amalfi. Admire the breathtaking views across the Lattari Mountains and the stunning coastline towards Salerno from the colourful gardens of the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone or from the plunge pool of the Palazzo Sasso.
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Positano


Enjoy the unique setting and special ambience of Positano, one the world’s most picturesque villages. White and pastel coloured Moorish-style houses cling dramatically to slopes above a small sheltered bay. Explore the town’s narrow alleyways and steep staircases that climb up the mountainside.
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Capri


Away from the jet-set glamour of Capri Town, explore countless scenic walking trails that climb past lemon trees, whitewashed homes and villas to cactus-covered cliff tops with views over the azure Mediterranean Sea in the Gulf of Naples.

Hike to Faraglione di Terra, one of three limestone colossi that soar 100m out of the sea just off the Punta Tragara on the southern coast of Capri. Swim from the secluded beach at its base or cruise to the picturesque offshore islands where you can glide through the tunnel of Faraglione di Mezzo.
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Sorrento


Dating back to the 1st century BC, Sorrento is one of Italy's most well-established resorts, located on a stunning stretch of Italian coastline and within easy driving distance of some of Italy's finest sights, including Pompeii, Naples and Herculaneum.

Stroll narrow cobbled streets through the heart of the town centre, visiting the beautiful Piazza Tasso and Via Pieta and its collection of medieval buildings.
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Paestum


Explore the colossal 6th century BC Greek ruins of Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about a two-hour drive from Amalfi. Stroll through the well-preserved ruins of the Temples of Hera and the Temple of Neptune, which date from 450 BC.

Visit the local museum to admire frescoes recovered from the site’s painted tombs – the only examples of Greek paintings with figured scenes to survive in their entirety from 700 – 400 BC.

Pompeii


Take a step back in time on a stroll down the paved stone streets of one of the world’s most famous ruins. Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years until its accidental rediscovery in 1748.

Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during the catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Explore various houses, public baths, the Forum and the Villa of the Mysteries for an insight into life at the height of the Roman Empire.

Examine well-preserved frescoes, see plaster casts of victims where they fell and wander into the amphitheatre and the palaestra (gymnasium) at this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Herculaneum


Enter an underground passage that cuts down through 20m of volcanic mud to reveal the excavated site of Herculaneum. Here you can wander through several excavated buildings, including the so-called Villa of the Papyri, a once-magnificent villa owned by Julius Caesar's father-in-law, which housed the only library to survive intact from antiquity. Scrolls from the villa are now stored at the National Library in Naples.

Admire frescoes in the College of Augustales, coloured mosaics in the House of Neptune and Amphitrite and the mosaic-laid courtyard at the House of the Mosaic Atrium.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site was buried under 20m of volcanic ash and mud after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and lay buried for more than 1600 years. Much is still to be excavated.

Note: For the best mosaics and murals of Pompeii and Herculaneum, tour the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.

Latest update on this honeymoon destination: 20 March, 2016
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