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I'm sure that the fascinating natural geography of the Amalfi Coast and the easy-going lifestyle of the local, joyful people will ensure that your stay here, no matter for how long, will be filled with great memories. Nevertheless I think that a visitor who comes for the first time on the Coast needs some advice on what to see, what and where to eat, events, excursions ... and more.

Recommended restaurants in Erchie and Cetara

Where to eat Posted on Tue, May 17, 2016 20:09:35

In Erchie:


Ristorante IL BARCARIZZO. Visit


ANNA Ristò. Visit

 

In Cetara:


Ristorante ACQUA PAZZA. Visit


Ristorante S.PIETRO. Visit



Flavors and aromas of the Amalfi Coast

What to eat Posted on Tue, November 10, 2015 20:02:29

Flavors and aromas of the Amalfi Coast

Eating well on the Amalfi Coast is easy. Home of some Michelin starred restaurants, this 50km stretch of coastline boasts some gourmet restaurants and many family-run places where to enjoy good, honest, home cooking. Whether you decide to treat yourself savoring the creations of some famous chefs, or a leisurely lunch in one of the Amalfi Coast’s casual, sea edge restaurants, you can expect some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine you’ll ever eat.

The culinary
delights of Amalfi Coast include fresh fish, delicious pasta and pizza, soft
cheeses and irresistible pastries:

Fish: the sea on your plate.

Some of the
world’s finest fish cuisine are here on the coast.

Shrimps,
redfish, pezzogne, squid, bream, sea urchins, octopus, blue fish, mollusks, are
the protagonists of unforgettable recipes such as “scialatielli ai frutti
di mare”, a dish made with sea food and the fresh pasta typical of the
Amalfi Coast, “totani e patate”, baked squid with potatoes, “pezzogne all’acqua
pazza”, local fish of the snapper family
boiled in water with herbs.

Not to miss
Cetara’s extraordinary “colatura di alici”.

The humble,
yet divine, anchovy, is used to make, a modern version of the ancient Roman
“garum”. In the fishing village of Cetara, anchovy heads and entrails
are removed and the remainder is placed, between layers of salt, in wooden
casks. After a few months pressure is applied on top of the cask and the liquid that drops at the bottom is
filtered and put into glass jars. The result is a concentration of the sea,
just a few drops of which are sufficient to transform the most simple of pasta
dishes in an explosion of flavor.

Lemon: fruit the color of the sun

Lemons are
as much part of the landscapes of the Amalfi Coast as the precipitous, cliff
edge terraces, or “gardens”, as they are called here, on which they
grow supported by chestnut wood poles, and shaded by traditional “frasche”
which protect the precious fruits from the natural elements.

These magnificent
golden fruits are used in any number of local recipes, from the world famous
digestivo “limoncello” and delicious “delizia al limone” to lesser known
delicacies such as ricotta filled ravioli sprinkled with grated lemon peel and “mozzarella”
or “smoked provola” cooked between lemon leaves.

The cheeses of Monte Lattari

The Monti
Lattari form the backbone of the Amalfi Coast. The mountains were given their
name by the ancient Romans because of the large number of cows and goats reared
in the area that produced ample quantities of excellent milk “latte”.

This is the
upper side of the Amalfi Coast, where a number of small, family-run dairies,
located mainly in Agerola and Tramonti, continue the areas cheese making
tradition. The ricotta, fiordilatte and provola cheeses produced in the
mountain towns are laced with the scent of herbs. Cheese lovers will want to
taste the Provolone del Monaco, also called “mantello” or coat, because of its
shape, which is similar to that of the coat used by the dairymen to protect
them from the cold whilst transporting their wares to Naples. Not to miss is
also “la mozzarella di bufala” produced in ‘Piana del Sele” just south of
Salerno

Cakes and desserts.

These are
some of the pastries that you “must” taste while on the Amalfi coast: delizia
al limone, sfogliatelle S.Rosa, babà, torta di grano, zeppole di S.Giuseppe,
aragostelle and hazelnut cake filled with ricotta and pears.

Buon
appetito!



Valle delle Ferriere

Mountain excursions Posted on Thu, October 29, 2015 17:33:37

The
Ferriere Valley is a unique place for hikers. Along the way there are
waterfalls and water streams that make the valley very cool even in summer. It
is easily reached on foot from Amalfi, with about an hour’s walk. The path runs
through the entire valley with two main tracks, one up from Amalfi, the other
down from Pontone. The most interesting part of the valley is undoubtedly the
Natural Riserva. Due to its geographical position, the area has some peculiar
physical and biological characteristics. Thanks to the rocky ridges that
protect it from the cold northern winds and exposed predominantly to the south,
the Riserva area benefits of a special ecological environment with high
humidity and moderate temperature changes.
Amalfi
The Valley was accurately studied in
loco by the German naturalist Karl Haekel, who discovered that because of the
particular conformation of the territory, and aided by small streams and damp
sea breezes a micro-climate of a subtropical type had formed. An exclusive
habitat for cyclamen, wild orchids, Pteris vittata, Pinguicola hirtiflora, a
small carnivorous plant, Erica terminalis, and a rare species of giant fern of
the tertiary period, the Woodwaria Radicans or Felce Bulbifera Gigante.

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The Gods pathway

Mountain excursions Posted on Fri, October 23, 2015 14:04:19

From Agerola to Nocelle through paradise.

The Sentiero degli Dei (the path of Gods) links the hill top town of Agerola, with Nocelle, a tiny fraction of Positano nested on the slopes of Monte Peruso.

Positano, Sentiero degli Dei

The name of the footpath, the Gods’ Pathway, is an indication of the spectacular scenery en route. Ideally, walkers should go up to Agerola by bus and walk from Agerola down to Nocelle, and not vice-versa, this way the route is a gentle downhill one, with magnificent views of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.

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One day walking excursion in the mountains

Mountain excursions Posted on Fri, October 23, 2015 13:48:32

The little villages on the Amalfi Coast mountains are very beautiful and reach in history. Visit this web page for an interesting walk from Scala to Amalfi, through Pontone e Torre dello Zirro.

Pontone di Amalfi

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You take public transportation from Amalfi up to Scala and, after a brief visit to the village, return to Amalfi, through amazing scenery, down about a staircase of about 3000 steps. It’s a one day excursion. I suggest that you stop to eat in Pontone where you can find a good restaurant.



Moving around on the coast

Excursions along the coast Posted on Fri, October 23, 2015 13:35:28

Even if you will be enjoying a peaceful stay in Erchie, I think that you will want to take some short expeditions along the coast. I suggest that you take the opportunity to visit at least a few of the nearby celebrated places like Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Capri, Pompeii, Paestum.

For your benefit I’m going to say something about the coastal road.

The Amalfi Coast is blessed with a unique geographical scenery. Along the coast you will see rock outcrops and deep ravines interspersed here and there with mountainous towers of rock and natural cavernous amphitheatres. The road along these majestic cliffs is carved into the rock and in places is very narrow and quite high above the sea. It remains substantially as it was constructed in the first half of the 1800’s by King Ferdinando di Borbone, when horse and cart were the main mode of transportation. Even if you are using a car, I suggest that, during your stay, you take a bus ride along the coast from Erchie to Positano. Sitting on a bus, on a road high above the blue sea, that hooked and corkscrewed on the edge of nothing you will live an unforgettable experience. Just make sure to take a seat on the sea side of the bus.
Amalfi CoastBetween these mountainous outcrops and steep ravines lies villages and houses, attached like limpets to the side of hills between terraces of lemon groves and lines of olive trees. The houses are located above and below the road and because of the narrowness of the roads there is very little car parking available … and if you find any you will discover that they are very expensive ( for example, 3 euro per hour in Amalfi). While in Erchie it is convenient to use SITA buses but you should be aware that, in the high season, buses could be crowded. There are SITA connections every half hour to Amalfi, Positano, Ravello to one direction and to Vietri, Salerno to the other. Bus tickets can be bought in Cetara at check-in(ask Francesco).

From the harbour of Amalfi, ferries, hydrofoils, and mini-cruises leave night and day to places along the coast, the islands of Capri and Ischia, Positano, Salerno, Sorrento, and Naples.

A peculiar feature of the coastal towns is that the streets are mainly a sequence of steps carved into the rock face. These steps on the walkways are often old and precarious, built variously of concrete or stone. So if you want to explore the ancient town-streets I suggest you take care with your choice of shoes. Also consider suitable clothes (covered shoulders and knees) for visiting churches.



Positano

Places to see Posted on Thu, October 22, 2015 17:50:48

Positano is known as one of the most beautiful jewel on the Amalfi Coast.

It is a vertical town where instead of roads visitors explore along steep flights of steps.

It was a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the 20th century. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s, especially after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper’s Bazaar in May, 1953.

Steinbeck wrote: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

Amalfi Coast

Its enchanting position, the beautiful houses and narrow streets give you an idea of Mediterranean harmony and charm. Beloved by artists from everywhere, it has enchanting views, shopping and strolls by the sea. Its wonderful boutiques have made Positano fashion internationally renowned.

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Ravello

Places to see Posted on Thu, October 22, 2015 17:47:25

Ravello, concerts, artistic treasures, and fabulous cliffside gardens overlooking the sea.

It is perched on top of the mountain cliff situated above Amalfi and Atrani and is being famous for its breath-taking views.

Ravello natural beauty and ancient monuments are presented at their best in the gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. In high season, these gardens are rich in sweet secants of blooming flowers, shadows of flora and perfume of lemons.Ravello

The town has served historically as a destination for artists, musicians, and writers. The list of artist that visited Ravello is very long and includes Boccaccio, Wagner, Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, Rostropovich, Bruno Walter, Mirò, M.C. Escher, Turner (whose Costiera’s paintings are at the Tate Gallery), Ruskin, Forster, D.H. Lawrence (who wrote here many pages of his Lady Chatterley’s lover), André Gide, Virginia Woolf, Paul Valéry, Graham Greene, Tennessee Williams, Rafael Alberti, Sara Teasdale, Gore Vidal, who actually lived in Ravello in a breathtaking villa, ‘the pigeon nest’.

Every year in the summer months, the “Ravello Festival” classical concerts are held in the gardens of Villa Rufolo in honour of Richard Wagner.

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