On the West coast of Italy, the beautiful and charming Italian region of Amalfi (near Naples) is an area that is cherished by all who visit, attracting thousands of tourists each year to explore its geological landscapes. Whether you’re interested in geography, geology or exploration, the Amalfi coast is guaranteed not to be a disappointment.
Well within the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the unmistakably characteristic red-tiled roofs and quirky cobbled streets of Sorrento are perfect for those who just love to explore.Reminiscent of old films and postcards where white, frothy waves crash upon the jagged rocks beneath quaint, colourful villages,this picturesque town is the jewel of the Amalfi Coast. It is home to many exclusive hotels and residences – the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area.
The Amalfi Coast
The unique geology of the beautiful Amalfi coast itself is remarkable – and is best viewed either from the water or on a drive down one of the legendary winding cliff roads hugging the rock face with stunning panoramic views out to sea. Whether you get behind the wheel yourself or partake in an organised tour, it’s a wonderful way to view the area’s fantastic rock formations and take in the scenery on the impossibly steep routes often featured in films and on postcards.
The petite, upmarket island of Capri sits not far off the Amalfi coast – just an hour’s boat ride through the turquoise blue Mediterranean waters. Winding paved streets lined with exclusive designer boutiques and restaurants await, leading you to quaint sheltered squares to enjoy a light lunch or coffee in, and beautiful churches to discover and admire. From here, you can obtain a fantastic view of the landscape across the water and Vesuvius rising beyond Naples in clear weather.
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Largely destroyed by Vesuvius, yet with inexplicably conserved architecture, bodies and antiquities, the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum are arguably amongst the world’s most breath-taking sites of historical prominence.These are must-visit destinations which exceed expectations or any photographs you may have seen.The city of Naples itself also houses well-preserved artefacts from the disaster in a number of museums which are well worth a visit.
One of the region’s most famous (and explosive) tourist attractions, active volcano Vesuvius was responsible for the widespread devastation caused back in Roman times. Although it is largely dormant at present, it still smokes and smoulders and fills the air with pungent sulphuric vapour. Overlooking the bay of Naples, the views as you climb to the summit are incredible –all whilst taking in the jagged remains of lava from previous eruptions.
If you fancy soaking up the sun and seeing the sparkling blue waters for yourself on the volcanic Neapolitan coast of Amalfi, then come and see us at Adaptable Travel for more information.