Sorrento to Positano, Amalfi, & Ravello
Discover The Appeal Of The Amalfi Coast Through Three Seaside Towns
DURATION: UP TO 8-HOURS
Private full-day excursion with a knowledgeable English-speaking driver from Sorrento to Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello for independent sightseeing.
Positano is an especially romantic costal town with a picturesque medley of whitewashed houses terracing down a vertiginous slope to the sea. It is Italy’s most nearly vertical town, spilling down from the cornice like a waterfall of pink, cream and yellow villas. When you get to the bottom, there is a soft, gray beach and the town’s church, decorated with a pretty tiled dome.
The Grotta la Porta cave in which prehistoric remains have been found is of certain interest. Those travelling inland will find Nocelle, a small town which can be accessed only on foot, and travelling upwards there are the Peaks of S.Angelo ai Tre Pizzi, Monte commune, S.Maria del Castello, Conocchia, Campo de "Li Galli" and Paipo. The Ponte dei Libri bridge, which crosses a beautiful valley, is well worth visiting. To the South and East, one gazes out across the water to Punta Licosa and the island of Capri. In the distance one can glimpse the small archipelago of Li Galli.
The island group is made up of three islets: Gallo Lungo, Rotunda and Castelluccio. In ancient times the islets were thought to be the residence of the mythical Sirens.
Set in a wide cleft in the cliffs, Amalfi is the largest town and perhaps the highlight of the coast. It has been an established seaside resort since Edwardian times, when the British upper class found the town a pleasant spot to spend their winters. Actually, Amalfi's credentials go back much further. It was an independent republic during Byzantine times and the city's traders established outposts all over the Mediterranean, setting up the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Amalfi was finally vanquished by the Normans in 1131, and devastated by an earthquake in 1343, but there is still the odd remnant of Amalfi's past glories around today. The town has a crumbly attractiveness to its whitewashed courtyards and alleys that makes it fun to wander through.
Located on a promontory 350 meters above sea level, Ravello is a small, incomparably, beautiful village which has attracted many people over the centuries. The first one to be astonished by such beauty was the writer Giovanni Boccaccio who quotes it in his Decameron. Since, then many international celebrities have been enchanted by this place. In addition to the cathedral of St. Pantaleone, the Roman churches and wonderful landscapes, Ravello is worth a visit for its two pearls, the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone.
Pick-up/Drop-off: Our driver will pick you up from your Sorrento Hotel. At the conclusion of the excursion you will be dropped back off at your hotel in Sorrento.
Includes: Private knowledgeable English-speaking driver for 8-hours.
Excludes: Driver Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometers.
- The driver, while knowledgeable, is not a licensed guide, and may not leave the vehicle to guide on foot.