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    Positano

    The name Positano, is linked to a legend. In ancient times, a Turkish boat was beached just off the shores of what has since come to be known as Positano. Aboard the ship there was a painting of the Virgin Mary. The captain heard the painting whisper “posa, posa” (‘set me down, set me down’) and, obediently, threw the image into the sea. Miraculously, the ship floated. The locals built a Church on the spot where the painting washed ashore, interpreting the episode as a sign that the Virgin had chosen their town as resting place.

    The Ancient Romans built a number of sumptuous villas on the coast of Positano, the ruins of which can be seen in the vicinity of the Church dell’Assunta. It is believed that the town, the original nucleus of which developed around a Benedictine abbey, was founded in the 9th century. The town grew considerably following the arrival of inhabitants from Paestum, fleeing Saracen incursions.

    The beach “Spiaggia Grande” is the heart of Positano. 300 meters long, the beach is one of the largest on the Amalfi Coast, and one of the most glamorous too, attracting a fashionable crowd of artists, actors and celebrities.

    John Steinbeck visited in 1953 and wrote in an article for Harper’s Bazaar: ‘Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.

    Amalfi, with its wonderful views, is the main town of the Amalfi coast. White houses cling onto the rocks opposite the Saint Andrew Cathedral, and the main square which is also the town centre. Amalfi is made of alleys, and steps, and there are 57 steps to get to the Cathedral of St. Andrew. On the right side of the Cathedral, we find the church tower (from the XII century), and the “chiostro del Paradiso” and “chiesa del Crocifisso”. These places tell visitors about the history of ancient Amalfi and of the church. A great view can be enjoyed from the “Atrium” of the Cathedral, showing little alleys and hidden corners of Amalfi.

    Ravello. A little further on are the remains of the ancient fortified Castle, dating from the early 13th century. The authentic heart of the city: Piazza del Vescovado,is like a casket of artistic jewels, which the Cathedral looks onto, and the entrance tower of the superb Villa Rufolo was inhabited in the past by the musician Richard Wagner… choreographic ensemble of 13th and 14th century buildings immersed in an incredibly lush and diverse vegetation.

    Finally, there is the medieval borgo of Torello, that was the first inhabited nucleus of Ravello and took its name from the heights of Mount Toro. In the centre there is the lovely church of San Michele Arcangelo, preceded by a narthex.

    TEAM BUILDING IN COSTIERA AMALFITANA
    THE POMPEII ODYSSEY
    THE CHARM OF POMPEII
    PIZZA SCHOOL COOKING
    SESSION RALLY COSTIERE WITH FIAT 500 OR SPIDER
    QUAD TOUR
    SCOOTER TOUR
    IN ULYSSE’S FOOTSTEPS
    TOUR OF THE ISLAND WITH TYPICAL LOCAL TAXI
    COOKING RALLY