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  • A wide variety of attractions await along the Amalfi Coast

    2013-06-04

    Located along the southeastern corner of the country, Italy's Amalfi Coast is understandably a large tourist draw. The picturesque seaside views, the delicious cuisine and unique architecture have made this region a popular getaway spot for centuries. Any trip up and down the coast is sure to be one of your Europe travel highlights, but there are a few steps you can take that will help make your time in Amalfi memorable.

    Hike often
    Sometimes overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's food and culture is the fact that it offers some of the best hiking terrain in the region. Traveling from one town to the other by foot is not only a unique way to get from place to place, but it offers a challenge for adventure travel enthusiasts. One of the best-known treks is along the Il Sentiero degli Dei - known as the Pathway of the Gods. There are many highlights along the way, including Villa Jovis, the ruins of the Roman emperor Tiberius' palace. There are plenty of small towns to hit along the way as well, whether it's Torre Le Nocelle or Positano.

    Eat right
    No matter where you travel in Italy, you won't be far from a delectable menu, but that is especially true along the Amalfi Coast. Some cities are particularly well-suited for culinary enthusiasts, and that includes Naples. Experts recommend visiting this tourist hotspot thanks in large part to its pizza, which is often considered among the best in the country. However, if you find yourself in Naples, you should also try out the spaghetti alle vongole, which is spaghetti with clams, as well as supplì di riso?, or fried rice balls.

    Pay a visit to Pompeii
    There's truly no city on Earth quite like Pompeii, and that's because few have a similar history. The city iconic for being buried by a Mount Vesuvius eruption nearly 2,000 years ago has become a large tourist draw thanks to the fact that it is home to one of the most unique archeological sites in the world. Specifically, the town was buried by burning pumice stone when the eruption occurred, meaning that rather than being destroyed, much of the city was preserved as it was at the time of the disasters, offering visitors a literal glimpse into the past.

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