To the south of Italy on the west coast, without reaching the tip of the boot, there is a peninsula that holds a treasure that is worth discovering: the Sorrento Peninsula, the natural border between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, where the famous Amalfi Coast is located. A place where the traditional Italian culture remains rooted with its most genuine customs. An area that can be easily known in a week, although I spent much more time and still did not get bored a day, on the contrary, I have to go back to continue exploring it.
For its gastronomy
The gateway to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast is Napoli, a city with great historical, architectural and gastronomic richness. The Neapolitan pizza is well known all over the world, with tender dough but with large and fluffy edges.
But the culinary traditions of this region and not only in Naples are not limited to pizza or pasta. The sweets like the baba or the sfogliatella, the " vero caffè" with a deep aroma and a strong flavor and, of course, the artisanal ice cream is some of the products that will delight your palate if you travel to the Amalfi Coast.
For its charming villages
Naples must be visited yes or yes, but the true charm of this region is found in the small towns of the Amalfi Coast built on the slopes of the cliffs of this part of the coast. Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Vetri Sul Mare, Salerno ... are small places to get lost and enjoy postcard images.
Although the hand of man has left an important mark with its buildings and its ports, the truth is that this rugged and wild coast has not lost its charm. Getting to these small towns by car and walking through its narrow streets is a delight, but it is still more to take any of the boats that run along the coast and enjoy the views from the sea.
Because of its imposing nature
Opposite the Bay of Naples is Vesuvius, an active volcano located in the southern part of the Apennines a few kilometers from Naples. Although its last eruption was in 1944, the most famous of all was the one that occurred in 79 AD when it erupted violently burying the nearby towns of Pompeii and Ercolano.
And if we talk about nature, we also talk about its coastline. Do not expect to find paradisiacal beaches, nor fixed sandy coves and turquoise waters, far from it, the coast is rather rugged and full of cliffs. But there are some beaches for a swim and a bit of sun, such as the beaches of Cetara, Maiori, Salerno or the Bangi Regina Giovana.
For its important footprint in history
Italy was the cradle of one of the most outstanding empires in history. Pompeii was an important Roman city and maintains one of the best preserved archaeological remains today. To travel through Pompeii is to travel back in time and discover what life was like during the Roman Empire.
Ercolano is not far away, where there is another archaeological site of great historical interest. Both Pompeii and Ercolano were completely covered by the lava of the Vesuvio in its great eruption and it is precisely this lava that has helped to preserve, throughout the centuries, this priceless Roman testimony.
On the opposite side, in the Gulf of Salerno, is Paestum, another important archaeological treasure with important Greco-Roman remains and some exceptional Doric temples, dedicated to Hera, Neptune, and Ceres.
For its glamour
If we talk about glamor on the Amalfi Coast, it is clear that we are talking about Capri. But it would be unfair to only give prominence to its "chic" and exclusive air of yachts, convertible cars, luxury shops, and dream villas.
Really a trip to the Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Riviera has endless possibilities but do not forget to enjoy the "Dolce Far Niente": sit on a terrace and enjoy the views, let time pass on a deckchair near the sea, sit down on top of a cliff to wait for the sun to set, ... life while on vacation should be enjoyed little by little.