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venerdì 4 giugno 2010

Sant'Agata dei due Golfi

Sant'Agata sui due Golfi is a small town between Sorrento and Positano.
It is on a hill, at about 400 mt. above sea level. The name of Sant'Agata dei Due Golfi is due to the wonderful sight, opening fom here, on the two gulfs: Golfo di Napoli at north, Golfo di Salerno at south.; it is a well known holiday resort and one of the "pearls" in the Gulf of Naples. S.Agata is situated between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, in the hills surrounding the Sorrento Peninsula, with fabulous views on the sea. Well known for its healthy air and organic vegetables, S.Agata has been a popular tourist resort since the Eighteenth Century.
Its Church (XVI century) was visited for its late renaissance structure and its very precious altar attributed to the school of Florence of the XVII century. It is a masterpiece with very fine and elaborate marquetry of motherpearl, lapislazuli, malachite and every type of precious marble. Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, were enchanted by the beauties of the Siren Land and lived in the wooded hills for centuries. This has been confirmed by the wide necropolis existing on the northern side of the hill. Probably on these heights - Montes Sireniani, they used to be called - was a sanctuary of Greek age dedicated to the mermaids. Later it was occupied by the Carmelitani Padri who built a Monastery which they gave the name "Deserto". In the Roman age it became the junction of merchant traffic between the two gulfs. S. Agata nowadays derives its name from a Chapel built in the XVI by the Festinese family dedicating it to the young Sicilian Vergin.
The village itself is in a very good location. Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ieranto Bay and Massa Lubrense can all be easily reached either by car or bus. Also, it is the ideal centre for unforgettable excursions to Capri, Pompei, the Vesuvius and Ischia. If you like hiking, from Santa Agata you will able to ahve striking walks, along paths and hilltops of unforgettable beauty.
In Santa Agata you can have a dinner at “Don Alfonso 1890”, the most famous (and expensive…) restaurant of the Sorrento Coast.

Restaurants is Santa Agata dei Due Golfi

Don Alfonso 1890 - Corso S. Agata 11- Tel +39 0818780026

Reginella Ristorante Pensione - Via Termine, 7 – tel. +39 0818780043

i 4 Venti - Via Nastro Azzurro, 28 - Tel. +39 0818080901
Tramonto Rosso - Via Caprile, 1 – Tel +39 0818081045

Le Tore - Via Pontone 43 – tel +39 0818080637

Other sights of the area – Distance and approximate driving times

Sorrento: 7 km / 5 miles / 15 min.
Amalfi: 26 km / 16 miles / 25 min.
Praiano: 18 km / 11 miles / 20 min.
Positano: 6 km / 4 miles / 10 min.
Ravello: 31 km / 19 miles / 31 min.
Pompeii: 35 km / 20 miles / 47 min.
Naples: 56 km / 35 miles / 63 min.
Caserta: 80 km / 50 miles / 88 min.
Rome: 271 km / 169 miles / 180 min.
Salerno: 50 km / 31 miles / 52 min.
Paestum: 93 km / 58 miles / 90 min.
Castellabate: 114 km / 70 miles / 108 min.
Marina di Camerota: 177 km / 111 miles / 170 min.

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