Discover the Delights of the Amalfi Coast
1st December 2016
When it comes to the Mediterranean, there are many beautiful destinations to choose from across a series of countries. Each landmark, village, town and city offers warm weather, charming locals, and a unique sense of culture that collectively enchants tourists into visiting year after year.
A cruise offers a great way in which to see and experience a variety of these destinations, but a Star Clippers cruise is truly outstanding. Not only will you be able to sail on a traditional tall ship, but - as a result of the ships being smaller than those belonging to other lines – you will also be able to visit a range of destinations that would otherwise be difficult to access.
The Amalfi Coast, on the western coast of Italy, is a real gem of the Mediterranean. Stretching a total distance of 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast offers spectacular views out to see as well as a distinctive fragrance of lemon groves. Star Clippers’ ‘Amalfi & Sicily’ itineraries provide the opportunity to visit this stunning region and, this week, we take a closer look at the highlights you can expect to enjoy.
Although Sorrento is often believed to be on the Amalfi coastline, it is actually located further north, facing out towards the city of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. That said, it should not be ignored by any means, as it is home to a wealth of beautiful architecture including the lemon terraces, the roman ruins of Villa Pollio, Duomo (Cathedral), St Francis Monastery, and the Basilica di Sant’Antonino.
As the name suggests, this is the heart of the magnificent Amalfi coastline and the town that helped this area rise to fame. Just sailing into the harbour of this town and admiring the dramatic cliffs will take your breath away. Settled by human communities since the Middle Ages, this picturesque destination gained UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1997. Relaxing by the harbour is a good way to get a feel for your surroundings and soak in the magnificent scenery, while the grand Duomo will give you an insight into the area’s medieval history. Alternatively, you can head further along the coast to Positano, which is widely regarded to be the most beautiful town in the Mediterranean.
The charming hillside town of Taormina is located on the east coast of the Italian island of Sicily. Perched on the side of Mount Etna, this coastal town provides stunning views out to sea while also providing a fascinating historical insight. The Teatro Greco is an impressive open-air amphitheatre, which was built by the Greeks and is thought to date back to the 3rd century BC.
Lipari is the largest and most populated of the Aeolian Islands, which are situated just off the northern coast of Sicily. The Aeolian Islands are of volcanic origin, situated between Etna and Vesuvius. A short climb through the narrow streets of Lipari will take you to the medieval castello, where you will find a wonderfully secluded beach.
Although the western Mediterranean itineraries do not commence until April next year, there is no better time to start thinking about an Easter or summer escape. There are several 7-night roundtrip ‘Amalfi & Sicily’ itineraries departing out of Rome throughout 2017, with the first due to depart on 10th June 2017.