January is the month of new beginnings, the month of good intentions and promises for the new year. We look back and think ahead: dreams and hopes for the future become more and more concrete. You start doing projects, life projects and travel projects …
Why not catch the opportunity to take an excursion to the most amazing lands of the Amalfi Coast and surroundings? A guarantee of happy moments.
The Coast beyond the sea
Thinking of the Amalfi Coast, the mind runs to endless expanses of blue water, hidden bays and quiet white pebble beaches, which seem impossible to leave.
But this territory is UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 not only for its environmental beauties, but also for its artistic value and historical architecture. Winter is just the right season to explore this lesser-known side of the Amalfi Coast, and fall in love with it even more.
Positano and Minori
Positano, beyond the particular cascade of colored houses and bays carved into the rocks, hides surprising urban landscapes. Arcades and arches alternate between the bougainvillea and the stone walls, escorting you down the historic center. In the main square visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, dating back to the year 1000, with the unmistakable dome characterized by a colorful majolica. The same dome you see from your room at Palazzo Murat.
Do not miss the opportunity to discover the Roman Villa of Positano, recently restored and reopened to the public. The elegant residence, which belonged to a rich freedman, perished under the destructive eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Thanks to the restoration, many daily use objects and the precious frescoes regained much of their charm.
Minori is a picturesque village on the sea and owes its name to the torrent Reginna Minor crossing it. Wandering among lively alleys and solemn churches, stop at the remains of an ancient Roman Villa built in the first century. The villa is spread over an area of 2500 square meters with three colonnades and a nymphaeum. The rooms are adorned with evocative frescoes and mosaics and the indoor pool takes you back thousands of years, between the members of the Roman elite.
On the steps of History: Pompeii and Herculaneum
If are keen on archeology, a trip to the Amalfi Coast is the perfect opportunity to cultivate your passion. The towns at the foot of Vesuvius are the most famous archaeological sites in the world: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both were buried by the catastrophic eruption of 79 AD, which stopped the time on the two villages, completely crystallized in one moment.
Herculaneum was submerged by a mud and lava flow many meters thick. Just the mud has preserved the materials – wood, fabrics and food – which certainly underwent a transformation, but remained intact within their protective shell. The Villa dei Papiri and the Terme del Foro – the city’s main baths – are the best preserved structures, representing all the beauty of Roman architecture.
Pompeii shared the unfortunate fate with Herculaneum, petrified under a heavy cascade of ash and lapilli. Walking through the silent streets, the inlay of houses and villas, shops and taverns is amazing: all is perfectly preserved and immobile. The feeling is to relive a day of many millennia ago, immersed in plebeians and freedmen, in an archaic everyday life.
The Villa of Mysteries, with its marvelous frescoes, the ancient and fascinating Amphitheater, the Palestra (gym) where gladiators and wild beasts faced each other … leave on a back in time journey.