Campania’s Amalfi: History of a Real-Life Mythical Paradise

Campania’s Amalfi: History of a Real-Life Mythical Paradise

For centuries Amalfi has lured travelers hungry for sunlight and fresh sea air. Bathed in perennial summer, this corner of paradise combines the beauty of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea with a light that varies hour by hour, from dawn to twilight – an unequaled spot to enjoy a romantic getaway or a cultural feast among the
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Positano, Italy: Where the Path of the Gods Ends

Positano, Italy:  Where the Path of the Gods Ends

Positano, Italy immediately exerts its fascination the first time you see from afar its colorful cascade of houses and villas perched above the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  And the fascination only deepens as you arrive in the town and begin to explore its labyrinth of streets and alleyways with their fashionable shops
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Ravello, Italy: Loft of the Literati

Ravello, Italy: Loft of the Literati

Dominating the Amalfi Coast from an altitude of 350m, Ravello sits atop a rocky spur dividing two deep valleys. Situated thusly, the town serves as a terrace perched high over the sea, from which you can enjoy a stupendous panorama of the entire coastline as far as Calabria in the south and Capri to the north. From early in its history, Ravello became a symbol of the ideal place to live, work, and play, with famous artists, writers, musicians, and the idle rich choosing it as their preferred haunts.

Montepulciano, Tuscany: the Florence of the South

Montepulciano, Tuscany: the Florence of the South

Taking advantage of the rich Tuscan soil and its favorable climate, Etruscans first established a settlement high on a limestone ridge around the third century B.C. as evidenced by the tombs that have been excavated in the region ine which numerous remains of the Etruscans’ typical black pottery have been found. Today this settlement is known as Montepulciano, Tuscany.
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Castellina-in-Chianti: A Fortified Etruscan Village

Castellina-in-Chianti: A Fortified Etruscan Village

Of all the many villages in the Chianti Classico region, Castellina-in-Chianti probably offers the most abundant evidence of Etruscan presence going back to the 7th century B.C. Important archaeological excavations have uncovered an entire series of Etruscan villages and hamlets along an ancient road providing links to the great maritime cities of Etruria, the markets
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Greve-in-Chianti: A Wine Market Town

Greve-in-Chianti: A Wine Market Town

Although situated midway between the two important cultural centers of Florence and Siena, Greve-in-Chianti has retained its own unique character and architecture. A wide variety of historic residences, churches and castles built between the 5th and the 15th centuries remain in the town and in the surrounding hills, most of them exhibiting the dry stone
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Radda-in-Chianti: Tuscany’s Heart of Chianti

Radda-in-Chianti: Tuscany’s Heart of Chianti

The first historical records of Radda date to 1003 (mention was made in an edict issued by Emperor Otto III), but human settlement in the region goes back to Etruscan times. Pottery shards and remains of stone houses found in the area attest to an original 6th century B.C. settlement. By the 1st century AD, Romans had taken over the area, and they in turn succumbed to Barbarian invasions during the 5th century.