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Pompeii to the Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi Coast lies between the gulf of Naples and Salerno. Crossed by a mountainous ridge, its coastline descends sheer into the blue sea, breaking into a series of rocky spurs. Famous for its mild climate and beautiful scenery, numerous towns are set amidst lush vegetation.

Begin your road trip in Pompeii with an unmissable visit to the excavations of the Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD and on which the excavation work began in the 18th century. Get amazed by the great forums, theatres, and buildings that were once the centre of public life and by the private homes, some with precious mosaic decoration whose magnificence has remained unchanged over the centuries.

Take the SS145 which will bring you down the coast to Castellamare di Stabia and Vico Equense, recently renowned for hosting an annual culinary event held at the beginning of June with the participation of worldwide famous chefs. This could be the perfect opportunity to taste traditional seafood dishes such as pasta with colatura di alici (anchovy sauce) and many others.

Then you could head to beautiful Sorrento to enjoy stunning landscapes as well as a great swim into the Mediterranean Sea; even if it could be considered hard to navigate through the winding roads of the coastline it is definitely the best way to take advantage of what this amazing land has to offer.

Going on with the itinerary, point east to Positano, another pearl of the Mediterrenan where you can visit the old town centre and the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta with majolica decorative cupola. While following on the SS163 you will easily reach the picturesque fishing village of Praiano where you can taste some fresh octopus salad or the typical impepata di cozze (mussel soup with hot pepper).

Last but not least, the beautiful Amalfi is just 10km away, so in less than 30 minutes of breathtaking coastal driving you will reach one of the most iconic towns in Italy. The famous façade looking like a spectacular balcony on the Mediterranean Sea. Amalfi is also famous worldwide for being one of the independent maritime republics competing with Venice, Pisa and Genoa for the dominium of the maritime trades around the year 1000.

Note: To avoid the traffic try not to travel on Saturdays or Sundays during summer season. Drive carefully and watch out because the roads – although spectacular – are mostly tight and curvy.

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