The stunning Amalfi coast has drawn visitors for decades, and the beautiful small towns and attractive beaches help to deliver a very attractive package for visitors to the area. One of the main reasons that visitors are particularly keen to enjoy a road trip in the area is that the winding cliff roads rise to offer great views over the ocean before descending down to the idyllic seaside towns, providing a great driving experience. At the height of the summer, the roads can be very busy with tour buses and motorcyclists, so many find the shoulder season just outside the main summer season the best time to enjoy a road trip along the coast here.
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
At the heart of the town of Amalfi, this historic church is one of the most important architectural buildings in the region and has been standing on this site since the ninth century, although it has seen plenty of changes over the years. One of the oldest items in the church is a thirteenth century crucifix, while it is said that in the crypt lies the remains of St Andrew, brought to the area in the early thirteenth century from Constantinople. Visible from almost everywhere in the town, the bell tower is one of the oldest surviving parts of the church, and construction on this part of the church began in the twelfth century.
The Madonna di Positano
Located in the church of Positano is this representation of a Black Madonna which is said to date from the thirteenth century, and is believed to be of Byzantine origins. The legend of the arrival of the Madonna is related to the name of the town itself, and this legend describes how Turkish sailors on a ship carrying the painting were sailing in the waters near the area, when they heard the picture whisper the word 'Posa' (set me down), so they landed and left the painting in the location where the town lies today. The local people built a church on the site where the Madonna was found, and the town developed around this church.
Fjord of Furore
This remarkable natural site is almost inaccessible, with a narrow staircase leading down into the deep gorge which has become known as the Fjord of Furore, although scientists maintain that technically it isn't actually a fjord. The steep cliff sides on each side of this gorge made it a wonderful smuggling port in years gone by, with the very narrow entrance providing great protection within the inlet, while being almost invisible from the sea. This is a beautiful place to stop and relax, and while the road crosses the gorge over a bridge, it is well worth walking down to the small beach within.
Near the town of Ravello, this villa has been on the site since the thirteenth century, although it was extensively redeveloped in the nineteenth century by the Scottish gentleman Francis Neville Reid, who fell in love with the amazing location. With superb views across the ocean and extensive gardens that can be explored, there is certainly plenty to do here. The gardens are particularly well known for the wonderful flower beds that are vibrant and colorful throughout most of the year.
Valle Delle Ferriere
Accessible on foot from Amalfi itself, this beautiful valley is a short walk from the town center and is famous for the wonderful surroundings and the series of streams and waterfalls that are found throughout the valley. This is a popular area in the summer as the water and the shade of the trees help to ensure the area is quite cool, and there are two paths available through the valley if you are taking a longer break in Amalfi itself.