Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

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This guide is based on our larger guide to Naples and the srrounding area, but it zeros in on the Sorrento Peninsula & the Amalfi Coast. Plush resorts on the coast and islands, Greek and Roman excavations, plus street theater and musical performances everywhere. Positano, the most photographed fishing village in the world, clinging to a rock above the sea. The unforgettable coastal town of Ravello is here. The superlative Greek temples at Paestum. The superb gastronomic specialties of Campania are everywhere: mouth-watering pizza (invented here), handmade pasta and sophisticated seafood. The author shows you how to experience the area intensely and unforgettably, while providing details about the foods, the sights, the many unforgettable walks and hikes, the best places to stay (whether you want a charming B&B, a 16th-century palazzo or a luxurious spa) and restaurants all with the insight of an insider.
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Hunter Publishing, Inc
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Published on
Apr 15, 2011
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Pages
120
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ISBN
9781588437747
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Language
English
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Travel / Europe / Italy
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