First Impressions

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by Julia Whatley | Emory Art History Program, Summer 2016

Originally written on June 17, 2016

Lemons, Lemons, and More Lemons

The Amalfi has been categorized as the land of lemons. Everywhere you go you see lemon trees and as a result, you will find everything from lemon cake to lemon salad to lemon gelato to lemon alcohol (limoncello). These treats are definitely worth trying and can offer a great way to cool off during the day. The lemon trees are authentically organic, growing abundantly throughout the area and are some of the largest in the world. Lemons are also used in perfume and you can remember the lemon-infused air of the Amalfi by choosing a citrus fragrance from one of the oldest perfumeries in Capri. 

Epic Views from the Top

There are various hikes on the Amalfi Coast that provide even more spectacular views but be forewarned they include many steps. These hikes are generally steep and provide an excellent workout and way to explore the different areas. Two hikes that offer amazing views are the hike to Monte Solaro on Capri Island and The Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast. The Monte Solaro Loop starts in AnaCapri but if you want to add distance, you can also hike from Marina Grande to AnaCapri. You will see inspiring views of the sea and the Faraglioni rock formations. The Path of the Gods Route is another amazing hike. One can begin the hike in Praiano and finish in Nocelle, but depending on transportation, there are many places to start and end. The terrain is quite steep and one is walking on trails carved along the rock but the reward is a vantage point hundreds of feet above the sea. You will see colorful, cliffside villages scattered for miles of the coastline. Both hikes offer spectacular vistas of the magnificent destination and are a wonderful way to work off some of the Italian pizza, pasta, and gelato you will definitely consume while in Italy!

Reward Yourself with Relaxation

The Amalfi coast has great beaches for swimming and boating. The beaches are also relaxing with beach chairs and umbrellas offered at a very low price. This region is also known for shopping. What better way to spend the afternoon than shopping for some handmade sandals, a specialty in Sorrento, Positano, and Capri? No 29 BC Emperor Augustus visited this area and nicknamed it Agragopolis, translated “land of sweet idleness.” So whether one is looking to hike, sight-see, shop, or relax at the beach, the Amalfi Coast is definitely a place one should visit.