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The Amalfi Coast by motorbike

If you have not made the rounds of the Amalfi Coast in motion, you are missing one of the best experiences a motorcyclist can do. So hurry up to plan this itinerary for the next holiday or for a weekend!

You could, for example, coming from Naples, take the exit for the coastal (Castellammare di Stabia), and, before going to Sorrento (the Amalfi Coast is in fact only part of the Sorrento peninsula, namely the southern coast), drive a few kilometers more to visit the town of Gragnano, famous for its pasta IGP. Here you are spoiled for choice among the many business that produce pasta, to visit them and find out the various stages of the process, with the ultimate prize that consists in the tasting of a nice plate of steaming macaroni!


Photo CC-BY 3.0 Paolo Costa Baldi

Therefore go on towards Sorrento and, before you get there, from above, you will have a wonderful view of the bay. Here it is a must stop and admire the scenery, maybe even doing some pictures. If you are lucky, at this vantage point there is also a cart with the famous lemons from Sorrento: trust us, you will taste the best  granita in the world.

Now down to the city center; parked your bike, it is recommended to visit the Cathedral, filled with paintings and marble bas-reliefs. If you have time, you can also visit the Capo di Sorrento, a small town nestled among vineyards and gardens.

Broken down thus towards Positano, and here be prepared mentally to the amazing view that awaits you at the end of a turn: houses displaced on terraces between citrus groves and gardens, to the sea, a landscape impossible to describe, as it’s stunning. In Positano, besides admiring the magnificent dome covered with majolica of the Church of the Assumption, you can also take the ferry to the Isle of Capri.

Once started again your trip you will still appreciate travelling by bike, first because the road is narrow, then bescause you can fully admire the view on the left and right of the mountain, while looking down  the sea will flash you with its  blue gorgeous.

After the small village of Praiano, it comes Amalfi which offers almost the same fantastic show of Positano: houses perched on the mountain to the sea. Here, in addition to the Cathedral, with its grand staircase, it is interesting to go the Civic Museum, which preserves the oldest navigation code, the “Tabula Amalphitana”. You can also go by boat to visit the Emerald Cave.

Again on the road, past the pretty Atrani, overlooking the sea and wedged between walls of rock, and continue in the direction of Vietri sul Mare.

Reaching Vietri is a must for taking a ride in the numerous shops where they are exposed in plain sight the traditional tiles that as early as the ninth century were transported in all ports of the Mediterranean. There is also, not far from Vietri, the Ceramics Museum, which exhibits magnificent Vietri ceramics produced already in 1600.

This tour of the Amalfi Coast in motion is going to end, you can already see in the distance the city of Salerno, and certainly the remembrance of the landscapes will be everlasting. This route should be done only one final consideration: the lodgings on the coast are quite expensive, especially in summer, from June to September, and the cheaper ones are now overbooked, then it would be better to get your booking on time.

Almafi Coast: Christmas markets and wonderful cribs

Campania is surely the most impressive region to visit  during the Christmas period. If it is true that the city of Naples attracts tourists and travelers who can admire wonderful cribs in San Gregorio Armeno, there is one place, however, that in the same period is even more impressive!

We are talking about the Amalfi coast (click here to book a ferry). In fact, especially in the evening, the coastal landscape already resembles….a crib!

Amalfi, Positano and Praiano are indeed amazing towns lost between sea and mountains, with their colorful houses perched on the cliffs, and they offer a unique show, especially to those coming to visit from the sea.  This amazing landscape can  be rightly considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Over the whole coast they begin to prepare for Christmas arranging lights and many celebrations all starting from December 8th. This is a period when it also begins the Christmas markets and various events are planned ranging between the most sacred one and a more mundane offer. Solemn hurch events are mixed with theater, prose, poetry, concerts.

In Positano, exactly in the historic Piazza dei Mulini, the traditional craft market will take place in this period of the year. Here you can admire all of the nativity figures. Ranging from the simplest characters to the most complex one, they can be admired and even purchased. Here you will find also on display the typical pottery and the paper products of this area. Paper-making activities was once upon a time, on the coast, a very important  activity. You can also taste many of the typical products coming from the Campania tradition, like the famous Christmas sweets called “struffoli”; they are made of sweet fried dough balls plunged in honey and decorated with colorful confetti.


Photo CC-BY 4.0 JeCCo

The bagpipe is an ancient musical instrument also used in Campania, not only in Scotland! The pipers are part of all Italian nativity scenes, particularly those from Campania. The real pipers still nowadays will parade and play in the streets and squares of Amalfi, Tovere, Pogerola, Lone, Pastena and Vettica during the Christmas period.

The town of Pogerola is famous for its Christmas cribs. There are statues of shepherds dating back to 700 a.c.

In Ravello, on the other hand, there are beautiful cribs made of…coral.

The Grotto of Fornillo, in Positano, contains one of the most fantastic cribs in the world; one would say that he is always there because it just seems to be part of the rock.

For many years the divers put the child Jesus’ statue in the incredible underwater crib of the Emerald Cave.

In many events between Christmas and the Epiphany, those that attract the largest number of visitors are certainly the living cribs that can be admired in various locations.

The Nativity is obviously reproduced in all the churches; among the most admired is  the Church of the Carmine nativity crib in Atrani.

All the churches of this area are very nice to visit, and not just for the cribs: in Positano, the Church of the Assumption has a spectacular dome covered with tiles.

The Amalfi Duomo still has the original door made cast in Constantinople in 1066 and, from the Cathedral, you enter the Cloister of Paradise.

One of the most heartfelt traditions is the blessing of little children (each brings his statue of the Infant Jesus to be blessed before being put in their own crib made at home).

Amalfi was the first of the Italian maritime republics and its naval power of the past is witnessed by the remains of the Arsenal which was a grandiose Gothic building. Today, looking at the sea, you can see an incredible number of boats, yachts and ferries, all year round.