“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you are gone.”
- John Steinbeck
For our last excursion this week, we took a day long trip to Positano and the town of Ravello.
Positano, a beautiful and timeless stone city that was carved into the mountains encapsulates southern Italy’s beauty perfectly. There is virtually no where you can stand on the hillside where you are not awestruck by its beauty. A province of Salerno, Positano is a village and commune on the Amalfi Coast. The main part of the city sits in an enclave in the hills leading down to the coast. The city truly comes alive during the summer months when all the tourists and vacationers world-wide flock to this breath taking location. The town boasts several different shops that feature beautifully hand crafted jeweler y, pottery and ceramics, and clothing. Vacationers on holiday are encouraged to explore the land and take in all of the natural beauty, and also to enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean beaches.
The second city we visited, Ravello was equally if not more beautiful than Positano. Ravello is a small town (pop. 2,500) and commune situated above the Amalfi Coast. It is known for its scenic beauty as well as it’s legendary music festivals that are hosted there each year in the summer months. Ravello Festival started in 1953 to honor German composer and writer Richard Wagner who fell in love with the region. Other famous individuals who frequented and vacationed in Ravello were Virginia Woolf, Greta Garbo, Tennesse Williams, Truman Capote, Leonard Bernstein, and many more. There are several churches and small villas that used to be owned by European elitists who wanted holiday homes in Italy. There were a perfect blend of christian and ancient roman religious art and even some Arab influence found throughout the walls and common areas of the city.
Visiting both of these regions of these Amalfi Coast can inspire any individual to admire its natural ancient beauty. They are both great selling points to any one in our industries and easily marketable to lovers of nature, art, history, culture, or elegance. Many hotels in these regions are situated in spots that have amazing views of the sea and of the hillside. Most of the natives to these regions make there living off of the tourism industry, especially during the bust summer months.
It was truly an amazing experience, one that I will cherish forever.
- Joseph Bermudez