Friday, August 26, 2011

virtual travel...Amalfi Coast

Oh Italy. How I'd love to go. I remember seeing this Thomas McKnight painting a long time ago and thinking how much I'd love to be sitting on that lounge chair right now. And the Amalfi Coast has been calling to me ever since...

{that same view, in real life}

Wikipedia says...Amalfi is a town in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno, 35 km southeast of Naples. It lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto (1,315 meters, 4,314 feet), surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. The town of Amalfi was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Amalfi was a popular holiday destination for the British upper class and aristocracy.

Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, named Costiera Amalfitana, and is today an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast, such as Positano, Ravello and others. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

{those twisting, side-of-the-mountain roads remind me of a James Bond movie}

At the top of a staircase, Saint Andrew's Cathedral (Duomo) overlooks the Piazza Duomo, the heart of Amalfi. The cathedral dates back to the 11th century; its interior is adorned in the late Baroque style with a nave and two aisles divided by 20 columns.

Villas are available for rent from websites like

{the private spa inside a rentable villa}

{yes, rentable}

So...where would you love to be today?

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