AREA: the breathtaking Amalfi coast, Capri, Pompeii, Naples - VILLA LA MADONNINA 

Highlights:
- The Amalfi coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world; Villa la Madonnina is situated in the heart of it
- Romantic valleys in walking distance from the Villa La Madonnina:
   - Marina di Praia with several restaurants
   - Marina di Furore
- Close: Grotta di Smeraldo (arguably as beatiful as the Blue Grotto in Capri)
- Not far: famous, very scenic ancient towns: Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Atrani, Sorrento
- In reach: Capri, the excavations of Pompeii, Ercolaneo, Paestum and Napoli
- Romantic sea side restaurants reachable by boat
(see the Our experience/restaurant section)
- You can discover the area by walking, boat, car, scooter or bus


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Amalfi coast close to PraianoAmalfi coast close to Praiano
The famous Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Selected as one of the 10 "Paradise Found" by National Geographic Traveler, no curious traveler should miss. Protected as a UNESCO world heritage site it has kept its natural charm and beauty with breathtaking landscape, ancient towns untouched by modern architecture, natural diversity, excellent restaurants, very friendly people and the always present deep blue Mediterranean sea.
Villa la Madonnina is situated in the heart of the most beautiful part of the Amalfi coast and is therefore perfectly positioned for exploring the wonderful coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano, Ravello which are close or further away the archeological highlights Pompeii, Ercolaneo and Paestum or Capri, Sorrent and Naples. You can do it by boat, car, bus or by hiking - alone or part of a group or excursion.
In the following you find some general descriptions and hints. More information about hiking, excursions, restaurants, culture and art you find under "Our experience" in this web site.
In the photo above you can see the beautiful surroundings of the Villa la Madonnina.The villa is positioned in the middle of the coastline, behind the small peninsula. 
Amalfi coast Marina di PraiaAmalfi coast Marina di Praia
It's very worthwhile to explore the treasures which are in walking distance close to Villa la Madonnina: the beautiful valley and port of Marina di Praia with the medieval tower Torre a Mare which is visible from the villa and was built in the 13th century as a watch tower against the Saracenes (10 minutes walk). You find there several restaurants in very beautiful settings. You can rent a boat there, start an excursions to Capri, go scuba diving and rent equipement for water sports.

Going to the east (20 minutes walk) you sea the fjord of Marina di Furore which is worth while visiting not only for the landscape but also for its museum of the industrial history and its romantic role in the movie history .
Amalfi coast Vettica MaioreAmalfi coast Vettica Maiore
Only a few kilometers away is the nearest village Praiano (2 km / 1,2 miles). Centuries ago the Dogi of the republic of Amalfi spent the summer here because of its fine climate and magnificent views. You find there beautiful old churches with majolica tiles and grocery and other shops.
"Praiano has a more authentically atmosphere, than its brasher neighbors" writes the Timesonline. Very true!

The "Grotta dello Smeraldo" in Conca di Marini (4 km/3 miles to the east) is a cave which is said to be as beautiful as the more famous Grotta Azzurra -the blue grotto- in Capri. The sunlight shines through an underwater tunnel and illuminates the grotto with an emerald light. Go there when the sun is high (around lunch time) and the sea is calm.
AmalfiAmalfi
The famous towns along the coast are very different from each other but all are very worthwhile to visit. A must is the visit the famous ancient town of Amalfi (6 km/4 miles) with its Duomo and Piazza and the narrow alleys - still the same as 800 years ago. See the photo on the left. 
Close to Amalfi but up in the hill Ravello (10 km / 6 miles) with its fabulous gardens and villas and the Ravello music festival. The view down to the sea is spectacular!

Also nearby is the famously beautiful Positano (9 km / 7 miles) - the vertical city which lives up to its reputation - at least from the outside! (See the photo below)
PositanoPositano
And last but not least - not so spectacular as the other sites - there is  Furore the "paese dipinto" the "painted land" were most of the houses have paintings on their walls. Furore is actually located 500 meter (1500 feet) above the villa. But to go the main town it takes 10 km/6 miles, because the road has to follow the contour of the rugged landscape. The boundaries of this community reach down to the ocean. Main attraction is the nearby romantic fjoro (gorge) di Furore. In Furore where the cultivation is more difficult, the best grapes on the coast ripen. The vines of Furore produce a delicate, undiluted wine, lightly pastel coloured, most a appreciated by the connoisseurs. Unfortunately, its lightness, also its low alcoholic degree, do not allow its transportation and preservation. Therefore it is a wine to be drunk not aged but new and as near as possible to the production place - like in our villa.
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Further away, but easily reached within one to two hours are the wonderful island of Capri (one hour by boat)- see the photo below, the excavations of Pompeii (41 km/24 miles) and Ercolaneo (35 km / 20 miles). They present a unique impression of how the Romans lived 2000 years ago You will be amazed what level of civilization they had already reached. You can also dive into Greek history 2500 years ago and visit the best preserved Dorian Greek Temple in Paestum (70 km / 40 miles) built 500 years b.c. See more in the culture section.
PaestumPaestum

Then there is Napoli, Naples (60 km/ 37 miles) vibrant with life and with its unique, fascinating own micro cosmos, old narrow streets, historical monuments and the world famous National Archaeological Museum, where the most beautiful finds of the archaeological sites in Campania are displayed and last not least the oldest working opera house in Europe San Carlo.

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The Amalfi coast

Amalfi coast towards Amalfi
Amalfi coast towards Amalfi
Amalfi coast cave
           Amalfi coast cave
Amalfi coast villa
                        of neighbour
Amalfi coast villa of neighbour
Amalfi coast seen from Praiano
Amalfi coast seen from Praiano
Amalfi coast Praiano
         Amalfi coast Praiano
Amalfi coast Positano
        Amalfi coast Positano

Amalfi

Amalfi
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Amalfi
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Amalfi
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Ravello

Ravello view down to the
                          sea
                  Ravello to east
Ravello garden in Villa
                          Cimbrone
Ravello Villa Cimbrone garden
Ravello statues in Villa
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Ravello Villa Cimbrone statues

Postitano

Positano
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Positano
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Positano
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Capri

Roman and Greek archological sites

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