A Stunning Trip to the Amalfi Coast- Italy

The Amalfi Coast is one those places in Italy that is bound to take your breath away. Embraced by the deep blue waters of Bay of Naples, the chain of green hills along with its natural and scenic beauty , this place is magical and has become a popular holiday destination for people around the world.

However, visiting Amalfi might be confusing especially when you are here for the first time. There might be a swarm of questions (exaggerating a bitJ) perplexing your mind like where would you stay, what would you see? And the place being totally unknown to you can also make you wonder whether to choose packaged tours or depend on self-guide (which might always not go well!), so it is best if you take the help of the travel experts who can solve all your problems and let you explore as a free bird.

 

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Highlights of the trip:

 

The different towns of the Amalfi coast are very easy to reach as the transportation services are easily accessible and affordable. One can opt for road tours by bus or private cars to reach other towns or simply take a ferry ride from the ports and enjoy the pleasing view.

 

  • Sorrento

 

Sorrento the town of lemons sits high on the cliff giving the best views of the fishing towns below and the mesmerizing blue sea. From Sorrento, one can spot the majestic Mt. Vesuvius– an active volcano of the region. The streets of the city are fascinating and has attractions such as- the church of Cheisade San Francesco erected during the 14th century, the picturesque square of Piazza Tasso with the best cafes around.

 

The Town of Sorrento

   

  • Positano

 

Another cliff-side town of the Amalfi coast, Positano is very lively, and is much popular among the tourists for its photogenic view. With the best views where hills and sea unite, Positano is a favourite spot for also beach lovers as it has a beautiful pebbled beach front. The narrow streets of the town are very impressive along with its historical attractions like the dome-shaped church of Chiesadi Santa Maria Assunta and the Byzantine icon of Virgin Mary is equally enticing.

 

If you love adventure and hiking, then Positano is the perfect place for you as its Sentiero degli Dei, Gods’ Pathway, a wonderful walk along Monti Lattari, the only way connecting all for several centuries between all the medieval villages of Amalfi Coast.

 

Beautiful view of Positano

            

 

  • Capri-

 

 

Another popular attraction, Capri is known for its Faragilioni rocks and the Blue Grotto caves. The view from Capri is stunning, with sparkling blue sea and steep cliffs that have wonderfully formed arches in the midst of the sea. Take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto caves to witness what you haven’t before.

The untamed beauty of Capri

              

  • Amalfi-

 

The town of Amalfi is very impressive and has equally attractive sites for you to check out including the famous Cloister of Paradise with an enticing interior and stunning gardens, and the holy church of Duomidi Amalfi (Cathedral of Amalfi) is a must visit.

 

The stunning view of Amalfi coast line

                         

 

  • Ravello

 

Ravello has magical cliff side gardens along with a breathtaking view. Pretty, vibrant flowers contrasted with the deep-blue sea serving as the natural background, Ravello is extremely photogenic and resembles a paradise. The resort town of Ravello has many Moorish architectures such as the Villa Cimbrone and many other terraced gardens to explore.

 

Breathtaking view from the gardens of Ravello

 

How to reach Amalfi?

 

 

No matter by what means you are going to visit the Amalfi Coast, the journey is going to be very scenic. However, there are many ways by which you can step in here as the trasportation services are excellent. One can take ferry rides from Naples which would take approximately 40 minutes. If you are travelling from Rome, then you can opt for private car services to reach Naples or Amalfi, but the journey might be long and last upto 3hours. One can also take Trenitalia or Italo trains from Roma Termini to reach Napoli Centrale and continue their journey towards Amalfi by car, bus or ferry.

 

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–Sampurna Chakraborty

 

A Trip to the Historic Town of Pisa

A region of Tuscany, Pisa is a small town of Italy rich in history  and is globally known for its man-made wonder The Leaning Tower included in the modern list of Seven Wonders of the world. People visiting here for the first time might wonder that there’s nothing to see in Pisa apart from the tower and the cathedral, but they are totally wrong. This little town is very impressive and has many things for its tourists to discover, like its historic squares and medieval architectures dating back to the 12thcentury, its soulful river Arno and the dramatic bridges where you can admire the scenic beauty of this peaceful town.

 

9 Places to explore in Pisa:

 

  1. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

 

You must definitely begin your exploration with the Leaning Tower of Pisa constructed by Giovanni di Siomone. This ornate tower is built with an attractive tilt which makes it unique, and has observatories open for tourists to enjoy a panoramic view of the historic Square of Miracles. As this spot is very photogenic, don’t forget to take some instagram worthy shots that you would cherish for lifetime.

    

The iconic Leaning Tower

 

  1. Pisa Cathedral

 

Adjacent to the iconic tower stands the medieval Roman Catholic church known as Catthedral edi Pisa or the Pisa Cathedral that has a stunning exterior and interior serving as an excellent example of Romanesque architecture. The Pisa Cathedral has a unique atmosphere around it and also stands as the most remarkable architecture of Tuscany that was built during the 11thcentury.

                                     

The Pisa Cathedral
  1. The Baptistry

 

An ecclesiastical building situated just next to the Pisa Cathedral in the Square of Miracles, this Romanesque Baptistry is dedicated to Saint John The Baptist and was believed to be built before the Leaning Tower in the beginning of the 12th century. There are many amazing facts about this historic architecture but among all the most fascinating one implies that even the Baptistry is built with a tilt however, it is not noticeable.

                         

The Baptistry

 

  1. Camposanto

 

Another monument built by Giovanni, Camposanto is a funerary monument with a peaceful aura. This monument is built with artistic excellence and also comprises of collections of classical art, frescoes and other Romanesque features.

                         

The Camposanto
  1. Orto Botanico or the Botanical Garden of Pisa

 

Founded by Luca Ghini in 1544, the Botanical Garden and Museum of Pisa is renowned to be the oldest in the region. The Orto Botanico di Pisa was the first university botanical garden in Europe, and in the modern world it holds the reputation for keeping a collection of rare seeds and endangered species of plants. The Pharaonic Collections of the garden are the real treasure as they include the specimen found in ancient Egyptian tombs (Whoa! That’s amazing isn’t it?).

 

The Orto Botanico

        

  1. Piazza Vittorio Emanuele

 

While you visit the historic square of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, you would come across the statue of the first king of the unified Italy- Vittorio Emanuele II. One can explore the local attractions of the square such as the San Sepolcro Church and have authentic Italian cuisines at the nearby restaurants.

                                                 

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele
  1. Ponte de Messo Bridge to admire the view of River Arno

 

Another famous spot of the town is the Ponte de Messo Bridge built above the river Arno– the heart of the town. The bridge often has tourists admiring the view as it gives a better glance of this beautiful town.

The Ponte de Messo Bridge.

 

  1. Lungarno Medico

 

Take a stroll towards the Lungarno Medico and spot the Palazzo Blue (Blue Palace) however, the popular attraction of this area is a small church built beside the river bank-Santa Mariadella Spina this attractive church is also encompassed by scenic beauty as you can see the green hills peeking into the town and the river flowing ever so smoothly.

    

Lungarno Medico and the Santa Maria della Spina Church
  1. Piazza dei Cavalieri, Knight’s Square

 

The Piazza dei Cavalieri also known as the Knight’s Square, is the second most important square of Pisa as it was a political center in the medieval period. Now, in the modern age, it holds its importance in the Palace of Knights and the Church of Cavalieridi Santa Spirito.

                                         

Piazza dei Cavalieri

 

If you want to spend some lone time admiring the scenic beauty of Pisa then you can also visit Monte Serra to witness the trail of green hills that look stunning during sunset.

Pisa being a small town is often chosen as a day trip from Tuscany so it has luggage keeping facilities at the Pisa Central Station where your belongings can be kept with utmost security and you can roam around freely without hassle of heavy baggage as it is going to be a long stroll around the town.

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Reims- A Day Trip From Paris

If you are on a trip to Paris, you surely haven’t seen all of France, because there’s a plethora of places for you to discover in its off beat routes, which are less crowded and you get to choose your own ways of exploring them. Among these off beat attractions, Reims- the Champagne region of France, is ideal to spend a day away from the capital, and taste one of the finest brands of Champagne made and fermented on the major Champagne houses. Witness the handpicking of the finest grapes from the vineyards and finally being converted into a sweet liquid that are kept on the dark cellars for maturation- giving them the finest taste.

 

How to reach Reims?

 

The easiest route is by opting a TGV train from GaredeL’Est metro station in Paris and directly reach Reims within 45 minutes. However, your tickets must be booked 3 months prior to your arrival.

 

What to see in Reims? 

 

Your checklist in Reims must include visiting the cathedral, the best cellars and a walk in the beautiful streets of the city.

 

Explore the holy Reims Cathedral

 

Begin your day by visiting the holy cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims built in High- Gothic style in the early 13th century with the finest carvings, sculptures, and glass decorations. This age-old church is not only antique, but also holds its traces of being burned and then renovated. Don’t forget to spot the Smiling Angel.

        

Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims.

 

Visit the popular Cellars and taste the best brands of Champagne:

 

The highlight of your trip must be visiting the Champagne houses around the city and their cellar that resemble dimly lit caves, that would give you an unforgettable experience, this however might sound eerie but surely it isn’t as you would be guided by the tour guides throughout your visit.

 

  • Vineyards and Cellar of Veuve Clicquot

 

The vineyards and cellars of Veuve Clicquot are very popular in the region and offer a tour to its caves where you could see thousands of bottled champagne undergoing a process of maturation to bring out the finest taste in them. One gets to see the process of making of champagne, hear its historic tale of its early days and finally taste the  Grande Dame Champagne and savour its taste.

             

Wine Tasting in Veuve Cliquot.

 

 

  • The Cellar of Tattinger

 

Head to your next destination- the Champagne house of Tattinger. The most fascinating truth about the cellars of Tattinger lies on the fact that they were carved out from the age-old Roman mines. As you visit the caves of Tattinger to witness the maturation of botlled champagnes, you would feel the historic aura that these cellars hold in this modern world.

                

Caves of Tattinger.

 

  • H. Mumm Cellar

 

One of the largest producers of Champagne in Northern France, G.H. Mumm is another Champagne house in Reims with an impressive building. The word “mumm” itself suggests “from the inside” and hence offers its visitors a clear view of their inside world of champagne-making.

G.H. Mumm Cellar House.

 

Wander around the picturesque streets of Reims:

 

Lastly end your day by wandering among the streets of Reims and see some of its unpopular attractions such as the Palais du Tau, the cathedral of Saint Remi, Museum of Surrender and so on.

           

A walk among the lovely streets of Reims

 

 

 

–Sampurna Chakraborty