One day I was daydreaming at work and that led me to a number of tourism searches that did not involve thriving metropolises. This brought me to the Amalfi Coast.
The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), rests in the southern Italian province of Salermo (Provincia di Salerno), in the region of Campania, the second most populous region of Italy and the most densely populated in the country.
Its only way in is via the Amalfi Drive (aka Strada Statale 163), a stretch of road originally built by the Romans, that runs along the coast between the towns of Sorrento and Amalfi.
This 40 km drive starts at the town of Vietri sul Mare (Vietri on the Sea) which locals call the First Pearl of the Amalfi owing to the existence of 13 other municipalities (many of which also tourism centred) along the way to Positano (the other end of the drive).
Apart from its breathtaking views, the coast is known, in particular, for their limoncello liqueur, the lemons for which are grown all over the coast in terraces nine months out of the year (February to October).
Many of us fantasize about leaving our day jobs, removing ourselves from heart-attack risk, and becoming a member of the Slow Movement. I would start, here.
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