COSTIERA AMALFITANA

WHAT TO SEE, DO, AND TYPICAL CUISINE

The Amalfi Coast is a section of the Campanian coast that goes between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. It is one of the 50 places called from the UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s a real natural heaven.

The Amalfi Coast includes 15 municipalities of the province of Salerno: Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Corbara, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Sant Egidio del Monte Albino, Scala, Tramonti e Vietri sul Mare. They are all different the one form the others and this make exclusive the territory.

WHAT TO SEE

There are a number of places to visit in Amalfi Coast but we chose the most important and fascinating who deserve to be visited at least for once in your life.

The biggest city, and probably the most known, of the Amalfi Coast is Amalfi. This charming natural heaven, ex Maritime Republic, every year attracts million visitors. Surely the first thing to see in Amalfi is the majestic Cathedral dedicated to the apostole St. Andrew’s, the protector of the city. Inside the Cathedral there is the crypt in which the body of the patron saint is guarded.

Another important palce is the Museum of the Paper, an ex paper-mill that has turned into a museum in 1969. The tourists more fascinated by the culture can visit all the machines udes for the creation of the Amalfi paper called “Charta Bambagina”. This specific type of paper is especially used to special publications like the writing paper, invitations, certificates, business cards, premium publishing editions. The museum provides the opportunity to tourists to achieve the piece of paper’s shape.

It is also essential enjoying the paths with stunning views and you can’t miss to walk among the many small shops full of souvenir and typical local products.

Fun fact of the city is the traditional Boat race of the Ancients Maritime Republics that every year takes place in which a crew of Amalfitain rowers challenges the cities of Genoa, Pisa and Venice.

Another city that is worth visiting is Positano. Positano is called the Amalfi Coast’s pearl and is mostly developed vertically; this is the reason why it is famous for the typical narrow streets composed of a large number of stairways which lead to sea. Inside the stairways there are a lot of shops of souvenir, artisanal products and clothing stores, in fact the “Moda Positano” is very famous all over the world. The most important beaches of Positano are the Big Beach and the Fornillo Beach both accesible on foot.

Before you leave the Amalfi Coast you should visit the suggestive city of Ravello. Known as th City of Music as the headquarters of the Ravello Festival and of the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer, Ravello is one of the italian destinations that receive an increasing number of tourists, especially the fans of the architectural beauties; in fact it’s known all over the world for its famous terraces of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone.

TYPICAL CUISINE

The cuisine of Amalfi and the Amalfi Coast are inextricably linked to the territory and these areas are extraordinary not only from a landscape point of view but also from a food and wine point of view.
Those who spend a few days in this area cannot fail to sit at the table to discover the typical dishes with unique and unmistakable flavors.
Here among appetizers, first courses, second courses and desserts what to eat in Amalfi.

Ndunderi: This typical dish of the Amalfi coast is considered by Unesco to be one of the oldest types of pasta in the world.
Known in Roman times, they are special gnocchi made with flour (at the time spelled was used), fresh ricotta (once rennet was used), eggs that are seasoned with fresh tomato sauce.
The processing takes place strictly by hand and is handed down from generation to generation.

Anchovies: The anchovies of Cetara, the small fishing village on the coast are famous throughout the area and you cannot come to Amalfi without tasting them.
Strictly fished in spring, the anchovies are cleaned, washed and salted; the liquid that is obtained gives rise to the well-known colatura, exquisite for seasoning first courses.
But you will also find this fish breaded to be enjoyed as an appetizer, marinated or in oil. To you the choice.

Marinated soup:

A typical winter soup of Amalfi is the marinated soup also known as “pignato grosso” which was once enjoyed at Christmas and Easter while today it is often consumed during the cold season.

The origins date back to the Spanish domination of the fourteenth century when the recipe was imported to Campania.
The dish is based on vegetables (broccoli, chicory, cabbage) boiled in chicken broth with onion and pezzenta, a local sausage made from pork rinds and offal.
Before serving, the soup should be sprinkled with seasoned horse cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Scialatielli mussels and clams: The scialatielli are the typical fresh pasta from Campania born in Amalfi in 1978 by the hand of Chef Enrico Cosentino.
Based on water and flour, they are shorter strips than spaghetti but wider and more rectangular and their porosity absorbs many sauces well.
The version with mussels, clams and cherry tomatoes is famous in Amalfi.
The name derives from two Neapolitan words “scialare” which means to enjoy and “tiella” which means pan, properly an enjoyment in the pot.

Amalfi pastarelle: A simple but delicious dessert typical of Amalfi are the pastarelle or bacetti, biscuits filled with Amalfi’s lemon cream.
The base is obtained from a mixture of flour, potato starch, hazelnuts, sugar, butter, yeast and eggs while the cream is made with lemon zest, limoncello, milk and white chocolate.
The flavor is delicate but tasty and you will want to eat one after the other.

Aubergines with chocolate: In Amalfi they are called mulugnane c’a ciucculata and are a typical specialty of the mid-August of Maiori, a coastal village, where they are prepared on the occasion of the town’s patronal feast.
It is a sweet flan made with fried eggplant, breaded and then dipped in chocolate.
Before serving, they are sprinkled with almonds, macaroons and chopped dark chocolate.

Pezzogna acqua pazza: The Pezzogna is a typical fish that lives in the Tyrrhenian seabed in the areas around the Amalfi coast and is a very valuable and tasty species because it feeds on shrimp and shellfish.
Here we cook with crazy water in a pan with cherry tomatoes, garlic and parsley, blended with white wine and left to cook with the resulting sauce.

Totani alla praianese: Praiano is one of the coastal villages nestled between Amalfi and Positano that has a lot to offer not only from a landscape point of view but also from a gastronomic point of view.
This dish is much loved and known, cheap and tasty, and was once consumed mainly by fishermen.
The squid must be fresh, well washed, clean and cut into 2 cm slices, they are cooked in a pan with the potatoes cut into chunks. Everything is flavored with oil, garlic and cooked for twenty minutes over medium heat.

Lemon spaghetti:

Spaghetti dressed with lemon, preferably the “Amalfi Coast PGI”, come from an ancient recipe that was prepared in families especially in summer.

The pasta must be from Gragnano and should be seasoned with fresh lemon juice which must be heated in a pan with garlic and oil.

Limoncello: Among the typical delicacies of Amalfi there is limoncello, the digestive liqueur made with lemon peel whose alcohol content ranges between 20% and 32% vol.

The sweet taste and yellow color are obtained by letting the lemon peels mixed with water and sugar macerate in pure alcohol.

Before being tasted, however, it must remain in the bottle at least 1 month.
It seems that it was invented in the early 1900s by the Canale family but it was only in 1988 that the “limoncello” brand was officially registered.

WHAT TO DO

The Amalfi Coast offers you a lot of activities, both at sea and in the mountains. The excursion that attracts the highest number of tourist every year is the Sentiero degli Dei that crosses the Monti Lattari and starts at Agerola until Nocelle, a district of Positano. It’s an excursion that you can traverse any time of the year and that allow you to choos between two type of paths, the tall, that is harder because is in hichness, and the small, that is the traditional and the less tiring because it’s completely downhill. The Sentiero degli Dei lets you enjoy the landscape of the Amalfi Coast and the Island of Capri, one of the most evocative in the world.
An important event of the Amalfi Coast is the Ravello Festival, one of the more ancient festival of Italy.
The setting of this festival is the amazing Villa Rufolo which offers both location outdoor, that coastline, and indoor. The festival takes place from the month of July to the month of September in which, during 50 years, performed various important orchestras, a lot of cahmber concerts, solists, jazz musicians, composers, dancers, choreograophers, actors and world-class directors.
It’s a festival that every year attracts a lot of lover’s culture from all over the world.

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