Here is some information to help you get to know some of these places a little better:
- Positano, a small town on the Amalfi coast has mythical ties and magical allure. Evidence of the first human inhabitants can be traced to the La Porta caves in 6000 B.C. Legend says that the town was founded by Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea, in honor of a nymph named Pasitea. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Positano enjoyed profitable trade with the Middle East. With its independence, the 18th century was marked as a period of economic independence.
- Praiano offers tourists a wonderful setting in a tranquil location. Perfectly situated, it allows for views of the sunrise as well as sunsets on the sea, a unique feature for which the village is famous. At one time, it boasted of an important local silk industry, which sadly faded into oblivion during the 19th century.
- Ravello was founded in the 5th century as a place of shelter against the barbarians. These invasions marked the end of the Western Roman Empire. In the 9th century, Ravello was an important town of the maritime republic of Amalfi. Its many exotic visitors left a great number of artistic treasures of churches and villas that can still be seen today.
What to Expect On Your Full Day Amalfi Coast Shore Excursion from Salerno
Your English-speaking chauffeur will be waiting for you outside the cruise ship terminal at the Salerno port. As you begin your drive along the Amalfi coast, you will be transported into a world of breathtaking sights.
The villages are infused with beauty so fascinating that you would want you to capture them on camera as you move along. Enjoy the drive as your chauffeur shares his personal insights about the area with you. For detailed information about the history of the place, we recommend you use an English-speaking tour guide who we can pre-book for you at an additional cost.
Positano will be your first stop. Your chauffeur will drive along a winding one-way street, “Viale Pasitea” which forms a loop around the center of the city. Your car will be parked near Piazza “dei Mulini”, which is the last motorable point. Spend an hour walking about, breathing in, and feeling a sense of joy as you inhale beauty, history, art and culture. The clothing stores, houses and the waterfront are the perfect backdrop for photos that you can show other members of the cruise later that day! Pick up a few items of internationally trending clothing from here itself.
Your chauffeur will then continue driving along the Amalfi coast to Praiano. Delight in the grandeur of the church of San Gennaro which was built in August 1589 on the foundations of an older church dedicated to San Gennaro. Your excursion will continue south passing the villages of Furore and Conca dei Marini. This is where the famous Emerald Grotto is located. This grotto cave is partly inundated by the sea with a green tinge caused by light filtration.
The beautiful town of Amalfi is next. Your chauffeur will drop you at the town square. The Amalfi Cathedral of “Sant’Andrea”, built in 987 A.D. is a definite “to-do” once here.
Ravello, a rural village which you will be visiting will leave you in absolute wonder. Completely unspoiled by tourism, it is perched on top of the mountain cliff, situated above Amalfi and Minori. The village is dotted with Roman villas, churches, shops, bars and restaurants. Their annual International Music Festival draws people from all around.
Your Salerno diaries will be full of wonderful memories as your chauffeur drives you back to the Salerno port. As you share your experiences during dinner, your co-passengers on the cruise will wish they had come along too! Contact us today to book your full day Amalfi coast shore excursion from Salerno or request a quote online