Richard Wagner, D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf are just some of the artists who were inspired by the celestial panoramic views of the Amalfi coast: another facet of this gem to unveil.
Music, romantic gardens, artisan traditions, ancient ruins: Amalfi is a treasure chest full of cultural jewels.
DAY BY DAY
Day 1 – The little gem in the crown: Ravello
Known as the aristocratic cousin of Positano, this quiet town is sitting on the hills above Amalfi, shiny and elegant, and boasts a remarkable cultural heritage.
Sumptuous palaces, secluded villas and dreamy gardens: it’s difficult to find anything like the spectacular views of the medieval Villa Rufolo, where Wagner drew inspiration for his Parsifal, or the gorgeous flowers in Villa Cimbrione, where Greta Garbo looked for solitude with her lover.
To best enjoy Ravello’s romantic, otherworldly atmosphere, you’ll need to stay here overnight.
Day 2 – Artisan traditions: Charta Bambagina and ceramics
Time to move towards Amalfi to learn something about the richness of the coast craftsmen’ traditions and heritage.
“Charta Bambagina”, better known as Amalfi Paper, is a particularly valuable type of paper, handmade since the Middle Ages with cotton and linen rags.
Nowadays, Amalfi boasts the presence of two prestigious paper mills, which continue to produce this precious type of paper following the most ancient artisan traditions. Today, this paper is used for very special book editions and official documents, such as wedding invitations and business cards.
Before coming back to Ravello, make a quick detour to the fishing village of Atrani and enjoy lunch in its relaxing little square, surrounded by colorful houses with laundry hanging from lines on balconies.
Earth, water, fire, but especially human work and creativity, are the components of the outstanding ceramic artwork produced in the Amalfi coast.
The area’s history dates back to the XV century, thanks to its strategic position and stunning views that have inspired numerous artists; its production increased over the centuries.
Pasquale, probably the coast’s best artisan, will welcome you in his atelier, where you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of white wine while looking at all its colorful works of art.
Day 3 – A glimpse into the past: the ruins of Pompeii
To escape the crowd and the traffic of the Amalfi coast, there’s nothing better than a plunge into the past: with a private driver and a boat transfer you will reach the priceless ruins of Pompeii.
The city was almost destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but it’s still one of the few places where ancient life can be perceived as it was: amphitheaters, shops, houses, the baths, the brothel; walking there feels like a walk into history.