Costiera Amalfitana

 Italy
Province of Salerno, Campania
N40 38 60 E14 35 60
Date of Inscription: 1997
Criteria: (ii)(iv)(v)
Property : 11,231 ha
Ref: 830
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 The Amalfi coast is an area of great physical beauty and natural diversity. It has been intensively settled by human communities since the early Middle Ages. There are a number of towns such as Amalfi and Ravello with architectural and artistic works of great significance. The rural areas show the versatility of the inhabitants in adapting their use of the land to the diverse nature of the terrain, which ranges from terraced vineyards and orchards on the lower slopes to wide upland pastures.

Justification for Inscription

The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (v), considering that the Costiera Amalfitana is an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values resulting from its dramatic topography and historical evolution.

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  1. What a breathtaking experience! The drive along the Amalfi coast was so beautiful, but may not be for someone like me who gets car/motion sickness. Also, be prepared for the long drive there and back. I recommend this trip to anyone who would like to see a different flavor of Italy. I will forever remember the beautiful Positano and Amalfi!

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  2. Speaking of beauty, one of Italy’s most stunning hiking trails is hemmed into the hills above the Amalfi Coast. The Path of the Gods, as it’s called, is a gentle five-hour hike that snakes high above the coast through small villages. You’ll encounter valleys with farmers and sheepherders selling their products, and beautiful sea views. Pack comfortable shoes and rain gear for late autumn and winter weather treks.

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  3. The Amalfi coast is Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline. Located along the Sorrento Peninsula, the coastline has inspired artists such as composer Richard Wagner and American writer Tenessee Williams. The road, running between the mountains and the sea, is famous for its amazing views.

    The cliff-edge route starts in Salerno, a busy port of Italy. It was here that Wagner composed part of his opera Parsifal in 1880. The route then passes through Ravello, considered to be one of the most romantic towns in the south of the country. After Ravello, the route takes drivers to Amalfi, a scenic seafront with many cafes and shops.

    Before arriving in Sorrento, the road passes by the Grotta dello Smeraldo, a marine cave of emerald waters, and the Vallone di Furore, and one of the coast’s most impressive gorges. This drive is often described as challenging not only because of the twisty road, but also because of the Italians’ driving technique.

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  4. Ravello, founded in the fifth century, once had 25,000 inhabitants. Today there remain only about 2,500. At 360 meters above the Mediterranean Sea, the view is stunning – especially from sites such as Villa Cimbrone, where in addition to the spectacular vistas, there are beautifully cultivated gardens. Just walking along the alleys of Ravello can send you 1,000 years back in time, and here and there, you may see a donkey carrying a load of building material or household supplies.

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