Amalfi is a town in the region of Campania. It is at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto, surrounded by dramatic cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is considered to be an excellent example of Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values resulting from its dramatic topography and historical evolution. The 11th Century Cathedral S’ant Andrea, is perched above the town offering splendid views. The interior is adorned in the late Baroque style with a naive and two aisles divided by 20 columns, which is most definitely worth visiting.
Capri is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the gulf of Naples. It is home to some truly spectacular features such as: limestone sea stacks, a blue grotto and the ruins of Imperial Roman Villas. The blue grotto is created by sunlight passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, which creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern.
Stromboli, the “Black Giant” whose volcano is still active, has several dramatic craters that you may wish to visit. The volcano is constantly active and has erupted on many occasions, often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, giving rise to the island’s nickname “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”. The last major eruption was on April 13, 2009. Stromboli is remarkable because of the length of time for which it has been in almost continuous eruption. For at least the last 20,000 years, the same pattern of eruption has been maintained, in which explosions occur at the summit craters with mild to moderate eruptions of incandescent volcanic bombs at intervals ranging from minutes to hours.
A gem of an island with the feeling of Greece. There are stone paved streets only wide enough for a horse and cart, and smart little shops and cafes surrounded by white washed flat roofed villas set in the cactus and sage brush. An easy walk from the village is a beautiful sandy beach with delicious warm water. Paneria is a secluded place where the most stressful activity is to come down and watch who gets on and off the boat from Lipari. You could spend a few weeks here snorkelling, hiking, reading, writing, and painting and never get bored.
Lipari is the largest of the islands, whose romantic citadel gives an uninterrupted record of its inhabitants from Neolithic times, including an extensive acropolis, deep grottos, delightful beaches, high shores, ample bays, perforated rocks, small inlets, and steep and wild cliffs characterise the island. It is renowned for its pumice stone. The volcano in the north east of the island has begun to rumble again after a long period of inactivity.
The island is visually spectacular, with picturesque inlets and high slender rocks. In the background rises from the sea the smoking Vulcano, which encloses the enchanting spectacle. Among its treasures are a 16th-century castle and a 17th-century cathedral perched above the harbour. Next to these is the Archaeological Museum, with a collection dating back to 4000 BC.
Vulcano is a small volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 25km north of Sicily and is the southern most of the eight Aeolian islands. The Roman name for the island Vulcano has contributed the word for volcano in most modern European languages. There are three remaining volcanic centres on the island: Il Piano Caldera, Gran Cratere and Vulcanello.
Filicudi has several small villages, as well as a number of volcanic centers. The highest point is Monte Fossa Felci reaching 774 m. Important secondary volcanic centres are Montagnola and Capo Graziano. The youngest of these features is the dacitic lava dome cluster of Montagnola which is visible behind the left slope of Monte Fossa delle Felci, probably extruded some 35,000 years ago. Cruise around the reefs and grottos of Filicudi which offer fabulous snorkelling, especially at the Grotto of the Sea Lion.
The island of San Pietro is of volcanic origin. The 18 km of its coast is mostly rocky. The western and northern part include some natural grottoes and harbours with a few small beaches. The eastern coast, on which the port of Carloforte lies, is low and sandy.
The only city of the island is Carloforte, which was founded by the returning Genovese from the last crusade. The island is best known for its high quality tuna. Japanese come to this island to select the Tuna directly after being unloaded from the boats. From there they are frozen and sent by plane to the top sushi restaurants of Tokyo. In the summer the island also attracts tourists who come to enjoy the beautiful beaches nestled between the beautiful rock-formations.
Palermo is the capital of Sicily, and is still struggling to overcome its image as a one-time Mafia stronghold. But the violence in the heart of Palermo has also faded into memory. The past fifteen years have brought about a new peace, breaking the stranglehold of corruption that had become synonymous with the island of Sicily. Now the city features the island’s most exclusive collection of museums and palaces amidst architecture that spins its Arabic and French influences into resounding beauty.
Capri is a beautiful island, covered by trees, and its coastline is dominated by dramatic cliffs. The island is 6 km long and 3 km wide, and is located off the city Sorrento. Capri is famous for its sophisticated guests, its spectacular natural scenery, and the pedigree of its architecture. The upper town is very picturesque and home to many luxury shops and hotels.
The views afforded by walking along the cliffs are exceptional; it is also possible to enter the gardens of the famous old villas. The beauty of the place itself explains why it has been a popular holiday destination since the time of Tiberius. Capri also has a fabulous range of evening entertainment. It is recommended to take a walk through the narrow whitewashed streets to enjoy the sunset and tranquillity, and then walk back to the Piazzetta, in the centre of the city. It is possible to lunch at the Capri Palace Hotel, which is set in an fabulous location and serves exceptional food.
The island rises from the Gulf of Naples like a vision, held up by its dormant volcano Mt Epomeo. It is home to one of the most famous spa centres in theworld, visit the Poseidon Gardens for a morning of pampering. Spend the day exploring the rest of the island. There are some great beaches on the island; Ischia Porto, Forio and Maronti. Visit Citara beach at Soccorso, a steep promontory watched over by a little white chapel. Sant’Angelo is an ancient, tiny fishing village on a rocky peninsula that is now dedicated to a tranquil and very private retreat.
Take a morning cruise along the breathtaking Amalfi coast, stopping at Positano at the foot of Mt Lattari. The town is full of character and charm, with bright architecture, many boutiques and a cosmopolitan clientele. Positano’s origin, as with many other towns in this region it is difficult to distinguish between history and legend. The nearby “Li Galli” archipelago, according to legend, is home to the bewitching sirens. Myth tells us that Positano was founded by Poseidon - the god of the sea - for the sake of the nymph Pasitea, whom he loved. Positano has Roman, Angevin and Aragonese influences. Three guardtowers were also built later in history to protect the town from frequent raids by Saracen and Turkish pirates.
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