One of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world, the beauty of the Amalfi coast never ceases to amaze. Many say it is like no other place on earth with an incredibly beautiful expanse of mountain and sea. Pastel buildings tumble down the hillsides, and little beaches rim a stunning aquamarine sea. This exciting full day shore excursion is a wonderful way to capture this timeless glory.
Your day begins with our English-speaking chauffeur picking you up outside the cruise ship terminal at Sorrento port. Your journey will take you through scenic country, as you pass through the villages of Positano, Praiano, Furore, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi and Atrani, ending up on the beautiful hills of Ravello.
Here are some fun facts about Positano, Atrani and Ravello:
- Positano initially began as a fishing village and subsequently, the town became famous for writers and artists. This small town has many high-class boutiques that visitors throng all year round. Santa Maria Assunta, a famous Positano church has a beautiful ceramic dome and can be viewed from many places. Today, the village has become a major attraction for tourism due to its beaches and seafoods.
- Atrani a picturesque fishing village, is the smallest municipality in the whole of southern Italy. White houses and balconies brimming with flowers form a cascade along the ledges of the surrounding hills interspersed with lemon groves in the valley of the river Dragone. There are no certain traces about the origins of the town’s name. According to some, it is derived from the Latin word “atrum” which means dark, in reference to its particular geographical location, while according to others, it came from an ancient Greek settlement – Atranes.
- Ravello is a city well-known for its music. The iconic cliffside gardens, ancient architecture, deep traditions, cultural roots, and romantic setting blend together to make a perfect setting. Wagner, one of the most famous composers sought his inspiration here. The Ravello Concert Society is one of the city’s main attractions.
- Every bit of your drive is so picturesque that your chauffeur will break journey at some spots so you can inhale the beauty and freeze the moments into timeless pictures. Your driver being a local will keep you entertained with a wealth of information about the area. Informative as well as enjoyable, you will be yearning to hear more as you move along.
What to Expect from your Amalfi Coast Shore Excursion from Sorrento
Your chauffeur will take you to your first destination, Positano, by driving down Viale Pasitea. This winding one-way street forms a loop around the center of Positano. As this is the last motorable point, your chauffeur will park the car at Piazza dei Mulini. Spend an hour exploring the area that has pretty houses, stores and a calm waterfront.
Driving along the Amalfi coast to Praiano, you will see the church of San Gennaro built in 1589. Admire the monument that was built on the foundations of another older church. You will also get a chance to see Furore and Conca dei Marini, which is the home of the “Emerald Grotto” and an interesting sight. The grotto was named for the incredible colors that filter from an underground opening and fill the cave with intense nuances of green. The inside of the cavern is filled with stalagmites and stalactites.
At Amalfi which is the next stop, your chauffeur will drop you at the main square. The Amalfi Cathedral of “Sant’Andrea” which was built in 987 A.D. is an important monument which you must not miss visiting!
Your final stop, Ravello was founded in the 6th century A.D. and is completely unspoiled by tourism. Situated atop a mountain cliff, the village has Roman villas, churches, shops, numerous bars and restaurants. Enjoy the sights of this enchanting place, a true hidden treasure of the Amalfi Coast.
Relax in the car as your chauffeur drives you back to your cruise ship terminal in Sorrento. With an intake so wonderful, you will be eager to talk about your time in a place where dreams are made. Enjoy chatting during dinner on the ship! Contact us today to book your Amalfi coast shore excursion from Sorrento or request a quote online