Have you been to the Amalfi Coast? Looking to plan a visit? Congratulations! You about to embark on one of the things one must see and experience while being on this planet. There is no other place like it, it is one of the world’s few treasured paradises. Visually you will be mesmerized forever by its beauty. Culturally you will be utterly charmed by the local people and food-speaking- you will be spoiled and brought to the verge of tears by how mind blowing the traditional cuisine is. If you have made one of the best decisions of your life to plan a trip to the Amalfi coast or to nearby zones like Sorrento, Naples or Pompeii we have 6 suggestions for things to do near or on the Amalfi coast that Le Baccanti Tours organizes:
The Amalfi Coast vineyards spread out on daring terraces carved over the course of centuries out of the steep slopes that run down to the sea. Their cellars have been excavated since before Caesars times out of the solid hillside rock. White wines with strong personality are made here, whites with their own intense and unmistakable aromas, whites from vines teased and frenzied by the moist salty sea winds that never quite cease to ripple leaves. The reds, too, deserve attention: warm, intense . . . unmistakably Mediterranean. Spend a special day of leisurely wandering among vineyards and wine cellars, sampling white wines rich in sweet bouquets while feeling the cool breeze off the blue Mediterranean Sea sparkling below.
The Region of Campania is well established on tourist maps but, curiously, not on those of wine lovers. Yet these noble and mellow hills have long presented the world with superb products, many of them derived from Ancient Greek grape varietals: little-known “blockbuster” reds and fragrant, delicate whites. The names Greco, a white varietal, and Aglianico, both mean “Greek” the latter deriving from hellenic. The Roman naturalist and historian Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.) described both of these grapes in his Encyclopedia. Staying in Naples? You’re in luck because just a few kilometers inland from Naples, a true wine paradise awaits for those seeking a different off-the-beaten-track Italy: Irpinia. Cult wines such as Mastroberadino, Feudi di San Gregorio and Galardi among others are a feature of this terrific wine region.
Just a few miles from the heart of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, are small, charming farms that descend toward to sea. Italian farm agritourisms have lots to offer including amazing cooking classes. A culinary class may begin with a walk through the farms extensive vegetable gardens to collect together the seasonal vegetables to use in your cooking class. You’ll be delighted by delicious smells and tastes of the local produce before heading into the kitchen. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves, don your apron, and kneading the dough for homemade pasta and watch in amazement as this dough takes form and becomes pasta. After all cooking classes in Italy, you’ll sit down and enjoy the meal you have created during your cooking class accompanied by wonderful local wine, water and followed by a sample of one of the farm’s famous liquors. Cooking classes are the perfect activity for food lovers and cooks of all levels visiting Italy.
It’s not just the landscape, the villages, the clear waters, the food, the sun and the sea air…it’s also the people that make the Amalfi coast unique. Take a private boat tour of the Amalfi Coast in Positano or Praiano and enjoy a lovely morning or afternoon with a bright and sunny young local who has was born and raised in Positano, on the Amalfi coast. See the lovely and historic Amalfi Coast from your boat, on route to the fabled islands on which, ancient tradition would have it, the Sirens dwelt and sang their songs to lure sailors to their doom. More recently, the unforgettable ballet dancers Leonide Massine and Rudolph Nurejev lived there. Today these islands are part of a natural reserve.
After a swim in waters rich with marine life, and a Sorrentino gozzo boat tour around the Li Galli islands, have a dip in one of the pleasant fresh-water creeks. Whether you visit the Emeral Grotto, other less famous yet equally beautiful grottoes, water falls and fishing villages around the Amalfi Coast, a boat tour is the best way to explore the region.
When the nearby volcano Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, Pompeii was buried under up to 20 feet of ash and pumice. It was not discovered again until 1700 years later in 1749. Pompeii has been carefully and thoroughly excavated in the over 60 years since its discovery by archeologists thrilled at the chance to see how people lived during Roman times in Southern Italy, nearly 2 millenium ago. The forum, the baths, many houses, and some villas remain well preserved and give a snap shot into daily life. Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist spots in all of Italy with over 2 million visitors a year. Get away from the crowds as your own personal guide takes you back in time for this two hour tour through the maze of streets in Pompeii and you learn about and explore this Roman city frozen forever in time.
Taste all the best foods the Amalfi Coast has to offer Mozzarella, limoncello, gelato, pizza, olive oil! A gourmet tour includes several tastings, lessons in cheese making, olive oil farm visits (if booked in the fall a live olive pressing!), learning how to make pizza and gelato! If you are a serious foodie visiting the Amalfi coast and love from scratch food production, this tour was made for you!
Are these options not enough? Contact the expert travel staff at Le Baccanti to learn more about how you can have the Amalfi Coast vacation of your dreams!