- Pompeii and the GreeksIn the “Palestra grande” of Pompeii ruins, you can visit the “Pompeii and the Greeks” exhibition. Over 6000 historical finds to tell the story of the encounter between Pompeian civilization and the ancient Greeks. The exhibition, curated by the Director General of Pompei Massimo Osanna and by Carlo Rescigno (University of Campania, Luigi Vanvitelli), is […] […]
Villa La Grotta dei Fichi has the advantage of being located in a privileged position of the Amalfi Coast. It is situated in a private park on the road Meta Amalfi, the road connecting two of the most precious pearls of this stretch of Costa, Sorrento and Positano, both of which are approximately 7 km (4 miles). This enviable position makes our Villa the perfect place to stay if you want to visit the most famous and fascinating places between the Gulf of Salerno and the Gulf of Naples, easily reachable in a few kilometres.
The nearest inhabited centre: 1,8 mi (3 Km)
The nearest minimarket: 1 mi (1,5 Km)
The nearest rocky beach (private cliff): 1 mi (1,5 Km)
The nearest sandy beach: 2,5 mi (4 Km)
The nearest Bus stop: 1 mi (1,5 Km)
The uniqueness of the landscape that alternates from the sea to the mountains, makes Sorrento one of the most famous attractions in Italy. Set on an imposing cliff overlooking the sea, the town retains important classical and medieval traces, surrounded by Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
The center of the town is quiet, enjoyable in any season because of the mild weather, the scent of gardens and its characteristic lemon groves stretching on terraces. These have attracted writers and travellers of all ages and from all over the world!
The city is full of events during the whole year that show the soul of the local culture: from Carnival to the famous Easter processions and to the many wine-gastronomic festivals celebrated with the Sorrento tarantella background music, both in summer and in autumn.
Positano with its pastel colours, its white houses in the typical Mediterranean style and the characteristics buganvillea plants create a striking theatrical scenery.
All of the houses that create the town vertically are embedded in the rock of the Amalfi Coast. The narrow streets climb up from the sea on the ridge of rock, filled with boutiques famous for their original clothes.
A few miles away there are Li Galli, a tiny archipelago made up of three islets, where the legend of Ulysses places the enchanting sirens and whose characteristics have been disputed over the years by important artists such as the Russian choreographer Massine and the greatest dancer of our time, Nureyev.
Set on a small promontory at 19 km from Positano and 5 km from Ravello, Amalfi is the center of the Amalfi Coast. A unique scenery, where historical memories are interwoven with natural beauty, made of a plot of picturesque alleys, houses and stairs that join in the great square leading to the cathedral.
The alleys that today sees thousands of tourists throughout the year once hosted the magnificence of the Marine Republic which saw its maximum splendour between the 10th and 12th century. Amalfi was able to keep away the Saracens and Lombard from conquering the town and found its power on a lucrative and robust trade with the East.
Far from the roar of Amalfi and Positano, on the Amalfi Coast hill at 350 metres high, stands another fascinating pearl of this stretch of coast: Ravello, a place recommended to all lovers of good music.
Famous for its atmosphere of tranquillity, the city offers various elegant architectural palaces, like the prestigious Villa Rufolo. The Villa is immersed in a vast park filled with Mediterranean vegetation and flowery terraces overlooking the sea.
It was in this wonderful scenario that in 1880 Wagner found inspiration for the composition of his Parsifal. To commemorate him, every year in the garden of the villa the concerts of the Ravello Festival are organized. Equally fascinating is Villa Cimbrone, acquired in 1904 by William Beckett which transformed it into a house of exceptional charm.
The breathtaking panorama you can admire from the terrace has no equals in the world.
About four-fifths of the urban area of Pompeii is dug up and this town is still the most famous archaeological site in the world. The eruption of Vesuvius, in 79 D.C., buried the town under a mantle of ash and 6-7 metres high.
Walking through the ruins of Pompeii is a unique experience. It is like taking a trip back into time and feeling the atmosphere of how it used to be the public and private life of the people living in that century.
Unlike Pompeii, submerged by ash, Herculaneum was covered by a flow of lava and thick mud up to 25 meters. The mud has kept intact objects and treasures of the ancient town, allowing us today to admire one of the most important centres of antiquity in its almost untouched splendour.
The history of Naples is linked to the presence of all the cultures that over the centuries have encountered and melt away in the town, resulting in a fusion of different style that still echo in the language and in the architectural monuments of the city.
Its historic center, featured World Heritage Site by UNESCO, offers a variety of artistic and cultural routes ranging from Greek-Roman, Baroque, Medieval to Renaissance and Rococo. A mix of cultures and traditions that coexist with vitality!
The mild climate accompanies day and night shows, festivals, theatre, music, exhibitions, fairs, even religious events. The culinary tradition from pizza to spaghetti made this town famous all over the world!
You can’t miss the excursion upon the walls of Vesuvius, the only active volcano in Europe. In 1991, the National Park of Vesuvius was inaugurated and it had been featured by UNESCO “World Biosphere Reserve”. It includes the whole area of the volcano, the great archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis and the Golden Mile with the most beautiful examples of villas of the ‘700 and ‘800.
Paestum is a major Greek-Roman city in Campania, located a few km south of the Amalfi Coast. Paestum used to be called Poseidonia and became one of the most flourishing city in the Mediterranean. Its decline began with the fall of the Roman Empire, when the ancient buildings lost their place to the construction of churches and palaces. The ruins were forgotten.
The modern city of Paestum, located north of the archaeological site, is also a popular tourist resort surrounded by sandy beaches.
Capri, with its small creeks, the faraglioni, the colour green given by the vegetation on the rocks, the panoramic views and the mix of nature and art, is one of the most famous and dreamed island in the world. Over the centuries, Capri has enchanted poets, writers, musicians and celebrities. The first one was Augustus in 29 BC. He fell in love with this island and transformed it into his summer residence. Later, between 27 and 37 AD, Tiberio built 12 villas here where he spent the last years of his life. However, it was during the 18th century that Capri gained its cosmopolitan reputation in the world.
The flagship of the island, characterized by homes with terraces and pergolas, is the famous Piazza Umberto I, better known as la piazzetta, a small outside lounge for celebrities.
You can’t miss a visit to the Blue Grotta, about which tourists from all over the world have spoken. You can access it by boat from Marina Grande or walk from Anacapri. Thanks to a geological phenomenon, the water level was lowered by about twenty meters, and the entrance of the cave is almost below sea level. Thanks to the effects of the water and the lights, you will witness an enchanting and unforgettable spectacle.