An Excursion along the Amalfi Coast is like a trip along Heaven's Road. The Crystal Blue sea, Towns that seem to crawl up the side of steep mountains, roads that are hovering high above the water, the sunshine that illuminates the rocks from dawn to dusk, the small, magical Islands of Li Galli a few hundred meters away from the mainland, the trendy shops of Positano, the Cathedral of Amalfi, the breathtaking views from the Gardens of Ravello are all inviting reasons to visit the Amalfi Coast. Not forgetting the great food, served in the many Restaurants, that you can find in the area like; Home-made Pasta, just caught, Fresh fish, and High quality meat� In all, a true journey along Heaven's Road!
Our Tour Guides know how to search for, discover, and possibly arrange for you to meet your long lost, Italian relatives! We have had amazing results!
If you have family roots in the Naples/strong> area, Amalfi Coast or the Campania region, it may be a really good idea to take an emotional trip, in the discovery of your true origins.
Our tour leaves from naples/sorrento and is 8 hours long. We will take you to the place your Family originated, This tour will be a wonderful taste of Italy, and hopefully, you will want to comeback many times more.
Do you have any Italian origins and have thought of discovering your roots, searching for your Ancestors in actual Italy?
In the area of the Historical Centre, part of UNESCO Heritage , exactly in Piazza s. Domenico Maggiore near the Church Of S. Domenico , there are still some little originals gotic/renaissance (shops) below the level of the church . Where they used to make the pastries and cookies for the king. There is one shop Scaturchio café where they still make the baba’ and sfogliatella by hand. Neapolitans love to eat sfogliatella , of course, filled with fresh ricotta and cream.
baba au rum is a small cake saturated in , usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is most typically made in individual servings (about a two-inch-tall, slightly tapered cylinder) but sometimes can be made in larger forms.
We offer these delicious during our walking tour of naples , Every day . CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATIONS
Carving their own niche in the skyline of Capri, sculpted by the wind and sea, and home to rare plants and wildlife, stand Stella (Star), Faraglione di Mezzo (in between) and Scopolo. These three rocky stacks, rising from the azure Tyrrhenian Sea, are collectively known as the Faraglioni.
Backdrop to holiday snapshots and postcards over the world, in modern times, the Faraglioni have stimulated visitors and writers imagination throughout the ages as far back as antiquity, and were the setting for many myths. Stella, the stack still connected to the mainland, is known for its spectacular fans of spray from waves on choppy days. The windblown sea swirls into the Faraglione's underwater hollow, before erupting, showering down onto the rocks.
Quieter days at the Faraglioni are also charged with magical charm. Sunlight glancing on the surface of the water, mingles with light cast up from spaces in the rock below, creating fascinating shifting shades of iridescent blue around the rocks. Scopolo, the Faraglione furthest from land, is famous for its unique blue lizards, found nowhere else on Earth.
The ultimate touch of mystique surrounding the Faraglioni is the relationship between the depth of the sea immediately surrounding the rocks, the strong currents flowing there, and the way the spray, splashing round the Faraglioni is shot through with light, creating an array of sparkling colors.
Weather veiled in morning mist, surrounded in mystic colors and fine spray, or the splendors of sunset, the Faraglioni remain mysterious and fascinating.
Situated on a terrace overlooking the splendid Amalfi coastline, Sorrento is imbued with charm and echoes of the ancient past. Its position is perfect, affording a stunning panorama of the bay of Naples, but its list of attributes is replete. Parks, villas, orange, lemon and olive groves, picturesque narrow streets and resplendent weather, have ensured a steady stream of visitors to the town throughout the year and over the centuries. The town does suffer irregular building projects, but even this has not greatly overshadowed its rustic sea side town appeal.
The name of the town has its origins in antiquity and derives from a Greek word meaning "Flowing" due to the form of the town which appears to flow over the limestone tuff on which the town stands, defining the edge of the cliffs.
Curving along the coastline, erosion has carved the rock-face over the centuries into the majestic crags which climb to the skyline, forming the world renowned beauty of the Amalfi coast. Its legendary origins derive from the word Siren or Mermaids, mythical feminine creatures with celestial voices and hideous aspect, whose hands and songs lured unsuspecting sailors to the terror of the rocks, breaking their ships and wreaking romantic and tragic havoc.
In the Middle Ages Sorrento fell into the hands of the Goths and the Byzantines, but resisted and repelled the advances of the Lombards of Benevento despite a siege. Due to Sorrento's proximity to the sea however, it was often raided and sacked in the 1500's by Pirates and sailors from the Harbor Town of Pisa, which led to the construction of the numerous watch towers along the coast.
Sorrento's charm lies in part in its sun drenched rustic simplicity. Quaint artisan workshops packed together onto a maze of medieval alleys, with the inevitable mix of locals and tourists bustling through the centre. The long shadows cast across uneven cobbled streets from overhanging balconies and terraces which almost meet overhead. Just enough space remains for washing to be strung out to dry Italian style from above, spanning the street in the Italian afternoon sun.
Opposite the San Carlo is the grandest interior in southern Italy, the Galleria Umberto I. This great glass-roofed arcade, perhaps the largest in the world, was begun in 1887, nine years after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.
The arcade is cross-shaped, with a pretty mosaic of the zodiac on the floor at the centre, and its arching dome is 184ft tall. The Neapolitans do not seem to like it as much as they once did: even at high noon, you are likely to find its vast spaces deserted but for a few small clouds of forceful, grey-suited men arguing politics around the entrances.
The Vesuvius -
Until the earthquake of AD 62 and the eruption of AD 79 which buried Herculaneum and Pompeii, Vesuvius seemed extinct; its slopes were clothed with famous vines and woods.
By 1139, seven eruptions had been recorded. Then came a period of calm during which the slopes of the mountains were cultivated. On 16 December 1631 Vesuvius had a terrible awakening, destroying all the settlements at its foot: 3000 people perished.
The eruption of 1794 devastated Torre del Greco. The volcano had minor eruptions in 1858, 1871, 1872, from 1895 to 1899, 1900, 1903, 1904, a major eruption in 1906, 1929, and one in 1944 altering the shape of the crater. Since then, apart from brief activity linked with the 1980 earthquake, Vesuvius has emitted only a plume of smoke. A good road leads to a junction in the midst of lava flows. Take the left fork (car park a few kilometres futher on).
The path is an easy but most impressive climb up the volcano, scattered with cinders and lapilli. From the summit there is an immense panorama over the Bay of Naples with the Sorrento Peninsula in the south and Cape Miseno in the north. Beyond is the Gulf of Gaeta.
The crater affords an unforgettable sight for its sheer size and the sense of desolation on the slopes of the jagged walls, for the great yawning crater, which takes on a pink color in the sun, and for the spouting steam-jets.
On the morning of August 24th in 79 AD, when Pompeii people -unaware the time was about to stop- directed their gaze to the sky, they saw an ominous, dark, pine-shaped cloud hanging over the Vesuvius. At 10 in the morning, gases pressing from inside the volcano exploded, bursting the consolidated lava obstructing the crater and pulverized it: the power of the volcano covered Pompeii in lapilli (solidified fragment of lava) and a torrent of thick ashes obscured the sun.
A violent earthquake and deadly gas fumes buried the city under more than 6 meters of ashes and lapilli. At least 2,000 of the approximately 10,000 inhabitants were killed; some poisoned by gases while attempting to flee, others in their own homes, crushed by roofs collapsing under the weight of the volcanic material.
People in Pompeii could not imagine their daily life was going to be frozen in time, preserved thanks to the material spewed out of Vesuvius and the entire city was going to be rediscovered, centuries later, telling the story of the day when a volcano stopped the time.
The city was almost completely forgotten until the end of 16th Century, when Domenico Fontana, an italian architect, overseeing the construction of a canal for the Sarno River, found inscriptions and buildings decorated with frescos. Fontana, however, did not realize he had just discovered the remains of ancient Pompeii.
Today, the city is almost entirely visible bringing back visitors to the fateful day in 79 AD. The city looks like its life was interrupted just moments ago. Political campaign slogans on the walls, home furnitures, shops, everything looks alive, as it was at the moment of the eruption.
The city is transected by the majestic Via dell’Abbondanza, the central axis that corresponds to the lower decumanus. Starting at the Forum and continuing to the Porta Sarno, it is named after the beautiful fountain decorated by a bas-relief portraying “Abundance” as a woman holding a cornucopia. The street is 600 meters long and still today is a living and vibrant portrait of the city’s most important commercial street. Inscriptions painted on the plaster can also be found there, as the most eloquent record of city life.
The first style was used in some houses consists of stucco reliefs, mostly red or black, but also purple, yellow-green pigments imitating marble.
The Second style consists of frames and decorations along with painted foliage to create a “trompe l’oeil” effect, giving the illusion of shadow and depth; false colonnades and doorways are depicted opening onto perspectival paintings representing gardens in the foreground. It was a very popular style with customers of the age. Still lives portraying fowls, fruit and vegetables were also very popular.
The Third Style is a "decorative style" and completely overturned perspective and three-dimensionality which characterized the previous style. It used flat, dark colors resembling curtains and tapestry and painted scenes in small floating panels in the middle.
The Fourth Style is distinguishable by its fictional architectures using perspective illusion, and has strong theatrical features. It mixes decorative motifs from the previous styles, such as imitation of marble, trompe-l'oeil, chandeliers, winged figures and foliage. It was used to decorate most of the villas in Pompeii when the city was rebuilt after the catastrophic earthquake on February 5th in 62 AD.
The origins of Pompeii are old as the history of Rome. Pompeian people came from an ancient Italic population: the Osci. In the second half of 7th century BC, an early village was settled on the site where Pompeii would eventually emerge: it was strategically established at the intersection of three major roads. Pompeii quickly became a crossing point between the North and the South and a main trade and travel hub, but consequently an aimed prey for its powerful neighbors.
The city had a rather eventful history: it was first conquered by the Greek Colony of Cumae, then by the Etruscans, going finally back under the heel of the Greeks.
The first urban settlement dates back to the 4th century, when Pompeii was involved in the Samnite Wars and forced to accept an alliance with Rome but managing to keep their autonomy for language and institutions.
During the 2nd century BC, thanks to extensive cultivation and prodigious wine and oil exports, the city became really prosperous so that wealth gave rise to some of the most sumptuous residences in Pompeii, equal to the most famous royal dwellings from the Hellenistic period.
In 91 BC, during the Social War (91-88 BC), Pompeii allied with several cities of Campania against Rome with the aim to achieve full Roman citizenship. Unfortunately any attempt to defy Sulla was a wild-goose-chase and the city fell down almost immediately; in 80 BC, it was totally drawn into the sphere of influence of Rome. Sulla moved there a colony of veterans naming it “Colonia Venerea Pompeianorum Sillana”; people who had fought against Rome were expropriated from their land, which was then given to veterans.
In spite of military downturns, Pompeii’s wealth and especially its commercial entrepreneurship (mostly involved in exporting wines from Campania) was left intact.
Because of the salubrious climate and the agreeable landscape, the city and its surroundings became a pleasant vacation destination for rich Roman people. Among them there was Cicero himself, who owned a plot of land in Pompeii and actually didn’t dislike spending time in that lovely place.
Capri was colonized by the Greeks, and was later adopted as a possession of Naples, till the Emperor Augustus upon visiting the Island saw a dry twig of the island in flower. The element of the miraculous in this made a profound impression on him, as from that time on he did everything in his power to obtain the Island. Having achieved his aim, bartering Ischia for Capri with the Neapolitans, he commenced with a multi villa building project probably as many as twelve, rendering the island habitable.
Thus he reclined in delightful self imposed exile, ruling his empire from the luxuries of the Palace dedicated to Jupiter. The glories of the Empire found royal reflection in the glories of Capri at its height, in celebrated sophistication. But its days of supremacy were numbered.
The Vandals and Saracens in their turn laid claim to the Island, the latter of whom caused the inhabitants such alarm that they fled to the highest and most impenetrable point of the island with a panorama of the sea from which approaching enemies could be easily identified. This epoch also passed, leaving the island to the tender mercies of the Lombards, Normans and Angevins the latter of whom who founded the grand Carthusian Monastery of St. James, which though impressive, did not even scratch the surface of the Islands greatness in days gone by.
Capri's rise to fame as a haven for holidays began in the 1800's when the Blue grotto was rediscovered. Inhabitants of the Island till then had been afraid of the place, alarmed by tales that it was haunted and the site of unspeakable events. Thus the place remained deserted for the most part, visited only by the most intrepid of visitors.
These courageous travelers took the form of two artistic Germans. One, a writer named Augustus Kopisch, and the other, a painter, Ernst Fries. These two, undaunted by tales of the unexpected, revealed with delight the magnificence of their "find" renaming it the blue grotto after its electrifying hue. The news of Capri's "jewel" spread across Europe like wildfire. The lagoon's shifting lights and idyllic setting became the subject and inspiration of writers and artists. It was immediately incorporated into the famous and fashionable Grand Tour for members of the "genteel classes" and since then has never lost its appeal and popularity.
Due to the abiding difficulties of finding wood, and of irrigation on Capri, to which the Romans and Byzantines found the most successful solutions to date, the architecture of the island has maintained their living sites, and the architecture is typical of their respective eras. Drinking water is still imported on tankers from the mainland. Despite its short comings on a practical note, the artistic and aesthetic consolations of the Island are such that all who visit it, like the emperor Tiberius, are captivated.
Capri è la più amata tra le tre perle, la più ricca, e certamente la più famosa. Divenuta a partire dalla metà degli anni sessanta, simbolo della bella vita,
Capri, ancora oggi rappresenta uno status per l’alta società, per personaggi dello spettacolo e della politica.
Il patrimonio naturale di Capri le consente di essere annoverata tra I siti piu belli d'Italia e questa bellezza ha reso possibile un flusso turistico incredibile, che non si limita al periodo estivo. Durante tutto l’anno, al contrario, persone da tutto il mondo giungono su quest’isola per ammirare il suo straordinario fascino.
A Capri hanno vissuto e soggiornato esponenti illustri della cultura italiana ed internazionale, come Neruda, Gorghy, Moravia e molti altri.
Da non perdere:
La Grotta Azzurra, splendida e suggestiva grotta che prende il nome dall’incredibile colore che il mare assume al suo interno, grazie ad uno straordinario gioco di riflessi e luce. Può essere visitata a bordo di piccole imbarcazioni, che seguendo la marea, entrano attraverso uno stretto accesso.
Villa Jovis, villa imperiale che si estende su oltre settemila mq, riportata alla luce alla fine degli anni trenta e citata da Tacito negli Annali. Bellissima villa romana da raggiungere a piedi dalla famosa piazzetta
L’Arco Naturale, anch’esso molto noto a Capri, è ciò che resta di un’immensa grotta nella montagna, che ha subito l’effetto corrosivo di secoli di piogge e flutti che l’hanno trasformata in quello che oggi può essere considerato, tra gli spettacoli naturali più emozionanti di Capri. In questi luoghi sono stati ritrovati resti dell’era preistorica dell’isola oggi esposti a Palazzo Cerio
Faraglioni, tre vette che raggiungono anche i cento metri di altezza, che rappresentano il simbolo per antonomasia dell’Isola. Per chi ama la movida notturna, Capri offre locali, , discoteche e molti centri di ritrovo giovanile, di cui il più noto è certamente la Piazzetta, apparsa in numerosi film, è simbolo della vivacità dell’Isola.
Suggerisco anche di andare a visitare la località di Anacapri il Faro di Punta Carena, è uno dei simboli di Capri, nonché il più grande e luminoso d’Italia, dopo quello di Genova. E una dei luoghi più visitati dell’isola per la sua incantevole spiaggia naturale e raggiungere il centro di Anacapri per visitare la Seggiovia del Monte Solaro e Villa S. Michele
This pretty square's original name was "Piazza Umberto I", but from the 1930's it has been known as "La Piazzetta" ( little square').
In the past it was just the site of the fish market, but has since risen in prestige. Now popular for its bars, it is the choice meeting point for islanders, visitors and villa owners, some of whom are almost as famous as the island itself.
Visitors arriving in Capri, generally take the Funicular (a cableway) from the port to the terrace near the "Piazzetta". Like a courtyards and the marvelous view from the top, are great moments to catch holiday snapshots of this breathtakingly beautiful island. Important monuments like the Bell tower built in 15th century , and the cathedral dedicated to the patron of CAPRI s. Costanzo
In any Italian town, the "Piazza" is a significant spot, being the hub of social life, where one engages in the "national sports" of relaxing, socializing, looking, and being looked at. No setting is more ideally suited to this than Capri's "Piazzetta".
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Built in 1907, the Funicular is a cableway connecting the port , to the Piazzetta, at the city Centre. The trip, which lasts only a few minutes, tickets €1.80 per person
Departing from the port, , the view is crowned by surrounding hills. As the car winds its way up the mountain, beautiful houses, vineyards and lemons groves. The view expands into unforgettable panoramas: wide valleys, high cliffs, lush flora, blue bays with beaches nestled into the rock and the Bay of Naples
if YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TAKE THE CABLECAR AND WALK ALONG THE VIA VITTORIO EMANUELE UNTIL THE AUGUSTUS GARDEN THE BEST VIEW IS THERE
The Island of Capri is one of the most picturesque and visited locations in Campania. Its unique beauties were celebrated in ancient times and later published for the world in Homer's works: Odysseus (known in Latin as Ulysses) sailing past the island, narrowly escaped the fate of those who hear the voices of the Sirens.
The charming seaside Port of Marina Grande, welcomes every kind of wanderer, on every kind of journey. Commercial travelers and tourists arriving from the continent on hydrofoils, arrive west of the port, whilst, sailing boats, luxury yachts and simple fishermen
Geologically speaking, the island is Karst, under laid with limestone which has been eroded by dissolution over the years forming fantastical ridges towers and sinkholes in the rock. This process separated Capri from the mainland.
The island of Capri is composed of two municipalities: Capri and Anacapri, each with their own administration and touch of regional rivalry. The latter is built on a high plateau, affording staggering views of sheer cliffs from dizzying vantage points.