A M A L F I   C O A S T
For those guests eager to explore the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi, situated just moments away from Hotel Santa Caterina, is the obvious place to start.
STROLLING AROUND THE COAST
This port which lies at the mouth of the Valle dei Mulini surrounded by its churches, ancient watch towers and colorful little houses, was, in the 11th century, the birthplace of one of the world’s greatest naval powers: the Maritime Republic of Amalfi.
From Amalfi, heading in the direction of Salerno, we soon reach another of the most enchanting towns on the Amalfi Coast, Atrani.
Only a few kilometers south of Atrani lies Minori, with its intricate web of little roads and enchanting seafront promenade.
Not far from Minori, the stunningly panoramic cliff top town of Ravello is rich in historic edifices, such as the Cathedral of San Pantaleone, with its imposing marble pulpit supported by six lions, the Arabian-influenced Villa Rufolo, the historic retreat of artists originating from every corner of the globe, and Villa Cimbrone, built at the start of the last century in pseudo-medieval style.
At this stage in the journey, a stop at Vietri sul Mare, famous for its majolica tiles, is obligatory.
The seaside city and provincial capital of Salerno lies just a few kilometers away from Vietri. The oldest district of the city was built inland and is characterized by a maze of little lanes and alleyways.
Paestum was founded by the Greeks from Sybaris sometime around the 6th century B.C., and was later colonized by the Romans.
Amalfi lies within easy reach of another well known town of the Amalfi Coast: Positano. Historic retreat of the ancient Greeks and the Roman nobility, Positano is all but divided in two by the cliff bearing the town’s Transita tower, with the peaceful beach of Fornillo on the one side and the busier Spiaggia Grande on the other.