Sail along the Amalfi Coast with Star Clippers
9th June 2016
Throughout the summer season of 2016, Star Clippers will operate a range of cruises that can take you to some of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean’s most impressive towns, cities and coastal delights. From the impressive architectural delights of Venice, Barcelona, and Athens, to the stunning coastlines of Sicily and the Greek Islands, you will be able to enjoy it all from the comfort of your tall sailing ship.
However, there is one destination in particular which is considered to be the one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful. Selected Western Mediterranean itineraries will glide along the west coast of Italy, before catching a glimpse of Amalfi. This dramatic cliff face is filled with elegant fishing villages – which collectively form an unmissable UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon catching a glimpse of this glorious area filled with colourful buildings, beautiful flowers and sloped lemon tree gardens.
It is worth noting that, during the Middle Ages, Amalfi was a powerful republic with 70,000 people rivalling the nearby settlement of Ravello. This becomes apparent upon walking through the city’s grand Duomo, otherwise known as Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century. Its interior has been designed in late Baroque style, whilst the façade is Byzantine in style and features various paintings of saints. It is also thought to hold the relics of Saint Andrew, which were brought to the cathedral in 1206 from Constantinople.
Sometimes, it is worth just stopping for a moment to look around and appreciate your surroundings. A walk along the city’s glistening marina will allow you to soak in the Mediterranean culture, whilst a stop in one of the many cafes will provide an opportunity to sample the exquisite coffee and cakes available. Of course, if you would rather soak up the Mediterranean rays, you will be able to do just that on the pebbled beach.
If you fancy venturing further along the Amalfi coast, you may appreciate a visit to the small and picturesque town of Positano. Naturally beautiful, Positano is perched on an enclave on the face of a hill and winds down towards the gentle and clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Wandering these streets will provide an ideal opportunity to see just how amazing the local architecture is, whilst the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta is also worth visiting. This small domed church was built in the 1920’s and is home to the famous 13th century Byzantine icon, the Madonna di Positano.
Whilst many cruise lines continue to build ships that offer a range of new and modern amenities, Star Clippers offers a nod to a bygone era of traditional tall ship sailing. Whether you are visiting the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Far East Asia, you will be able to appreciate the elegance and history of wind-powered sailing.