Enjoy a relaxing day across three of the most gorgeous villages in the South of Italy: Ravello, Sorrento and Amalfi. Your private driver will wait for you at the reception of your hotel at 09.00 AM and he will guide you through this incredible tour! Read more ... Sorrento is a lovely town, known all over the world. Parks, villas, orange, lemon and olive groves, pictoresque narrow streets and a resplendent weather have ensured a steady stream of visitors to this town, throughout the years and over the centuries. Curving along its coastline, raise up the renowned beauty of the Amalfi Coast, with its mysterious grottos, craggy cliffs and shimmering bays. Also its views are undeniably breathtaking and away from the main road you can still discover the peace that charmed earlier visitors! Close to Amalfi you'll find a real jewel : Ravello, a peaceful historic village, located on the cliffs overlooking the Amalfi Coast. The village is famous for its panoramic gardens, and its attractions as Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo where you can enjoy amazing views of the coastline. The dreamlike setting of Ravello hosts a long season of chamber music concerts in a atmosphere that you're unlikely to forget.
After this full-day excursion from town to town, a relaxing drive back to your hotel!
Sorrento is the most important city on the Sorrento Peninsula which puts out into the sea between the Bay of Naples and the Gulf of Sorrento. It is sing by poets and writers for its spectacular charm. Sorrento, not to be rhetorical, is indeed the land of colours which are bright or delicate depending on the change of the season: the blu of the sea, the light blu like the colour of the traditional crafts that the fisherman face the sea in, green like the pine and olive treets that frame the magnificent view of the gulf, like the orange and lemon treets that give the air its sweet smell, like the vegetation and the gardens that are the pride of the people of Sorrento. Many civilizations have passed through here: the Etruscans, the Greeks, who give the city its urban layout that is still clearly visible today in the historical centre, the Oscans, the Romans; later the subjugation to Byzantium, the seek by the Longobards, the conquest by the Normans, the influence of the Aragonese. After a long period of stagnation, the beginning of the 1700 saw a period of cultural and economic rebirth for the whole Sorrentine Peninsula, which reached its climax during the 1800. In this period Sorrento become a touristic destination and it was included in the so-called “Grand Tour”, a journey through Italy that every noble European son had to make to complete his cultural formation. For that reason guests such as Byron, Keats, Scott, Dickens, Goethe, Wagner and Nitzsche come to stay in Sorrento in search of sun and inspiration. In the same time also the tourist industry was born that is now the most important sector of the Sorrentine economy. Today Sorrento is a charming city, rich of artistic sights as St. Francis’s Church, Villa Comunale, Correale Museum and the Cathedral. As legends tell Ulisses resisted here the call of the sirens. The city is also the birthplace of Tasso (1544), the author of Jerusalem Delivered. The villa where he was born is now part of the well known Hotel Tramontano. In the many restaurants of the city you can taste several specialities of the traditional local way of cooking as the “pizza”, “gnocchi alla sorrentina”.
From Amalfi a winding road ascends seven kilometres up the "Dragon's Valley" to the hill town of Ravello. Located on the small escarpment of Monte Lattari, it is set amidst vast semi-tropical gardens and overlooks, from 350 metres, the coast south towards the Gulf of Salerno, and the town of Amalfi directly below. It is no wonder then, that this town, with its head in the clouds and its clear, sunny climate, has appealed for centuries to writers, artists, musicians, travellers... and dreamers! Boccaccio, D. H. Lawrence and Wagner are among the "greats" who succumbed to the spell of Ravello. Wagner partly composed his opera "Parsifal" here, and until 2005 the writer Gore Vidal has lived and inspired by this charming town. Built in the thirteenth century as a Convent of the Order of St. Augustine, its paved balconies and weathered stone walls crystallize an ambience which is ageless. It is easy to conjure images of medieval life in this town as you stroll through its intriguing alleys, stairways and roofed passages.
It’s the heart and soul of the coast. In the serene blue of the sky and sea, Amalfi, guarded by its port, seems held in the palm of a hand. Above, the scenic drapery of the mountains, hinged like a backdrop, dotted with houses; below, a picturesque weaving of alleys and steps, all the way to the Piazza, where the Cathedral dominates from the top of its majestic stairs. A unique scene, where historic memory intertwines with unforgettable natural beauty. Suspended between the slopes of Lattari Mountains and the sea, the picturesque alleys of Amalfi today host a large number of tourists, but there was a time, when the powerful Marine Republic had its moment of maximum splendour between the 10th and 12th centuries, that they kept the outsiders (Longobards and Saracenes) at bay. Rich and populated Amalfi enjoyed lively contact with the Orient. In memory of its ancient power every four years, in June, it holds the “Historic Regatta of the Marine Republics”. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The best lookout on Amalfi coastline. At 200 mt (656 ft.) above sea level, it overlooks the archipelago of Li Galli and Capo Sottile over a palm and citrus grove, with the splendid Monte Sant'Angelo a Tre Pizzi in the background.
Built bu Nicola Rufolo, one of the richest Patricians of Ravello, on a ledge and it has become a famous attraction for thousands of visitors. The villa was mentioned by Boccaccio in his Decameron and it is the place where Wagner in 1880 was inspired for the stage design of his opera Parsifal. The villa is entered through an opening in the arched entrance tower and, after a short street, a clearing is dominated by the Torre Maggiore, which overlooks the terraces as well as overlooks the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Salerno with flower gardens.
The charms of Ravello also captivated an Englishman, Lord Grimthorpe, who built the Villa Cimbrone early this century with the help of his valet, Nicola Mansi, a native of Ravello. Together they transformed an ancient villa, enriching it with antiques, paintings and relics collected from all over Italy. Today the gardens of Villa Cimbrone are a mediterranean sanctuary. Tall cypresses reach heavenward, the fragrance of massed roses fills the air; pathways lead us to statues of Roman gods. Along the "Avenue of Immensity" huge pink oleanders line the way to the Belvedere posed on the cliff's edge. From this little building you can pause to take in the unforgettable views from here across the "Infinite Terrace" to the sea and sky beyond, and recall the words of Omar Khayam which are carved above a stone seat in the rose garden at Villa Cimbrone: "Ah, Moon of my Delight who know'st no wane, The Moon of Heav'n is rising once again: How oft hereafter rising shall she look Through this same Garden after us in vain!” [Rubaiyat: Omar Khayam]
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|Private Tour||350,00 €/vehicle||400,00 €/vehicle||450,00 €/vehicle|
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