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THE EMERALD GROTTO: the most mysterious place along the Amalfi Coast

Grotta dello Smeraldo

The Emerald Grotto, located a few kilometers from Amalfi and more specifically in the waters that bathe the sea village of Conca dei Marini, is one of the richest places in mystery of the entire Amalfi Coast.

A suggestive natural formation in the inner part of the coastal landscape. A real underwater pool, well-known as Emerald Grotto. The reflections of the crystal clear waters, the massive stalagmites and stalactites, the rare marine species which inhabit the natural cavity and the many legends that animate it have made the Grotto a great place of interest for all visitors. 

THE HISTORY OF THE GROTTO

The Grotto has always been a sort of legendary place because of its position inside the rock until its official discovery by a local fisherman, Luigi Buonocore, in 1932. Actually, this gem of nature has been discovered and re-discovered several times by English tourists and local people since 1800, such as the engineer Ruggiero Francese who organized various inspections to explore this place until then considered ‘unknown’. 

WHERE DOES THE NAME COME FROM? 

The rays of the sun, passing through a slit hidden between the rocks, create amazing plays of light; and the water moving within the space of the Grotto gives life to a thousand shades just like those of a precious emerald.

WHAT MAKES THIS PLACE SO FASCINATING?

Once inside the Grotto, you’ll be carried away by a legendary atmosphere. The walls of the cavity are surrounded by impressive stalactites and stalagmites and the whole landscape is enlivened by lights and shadows. Over time, the atmospheric phenomena shaped the numerous rock formations turning them into real works of art to which bizarre names have been given: ‘the head of Garibaldi’, ‘the Venetian shawl’ or ‘the organ pipes’. Among these, a traditional nativity scene can be seen at a depth of 4 meters.

HOW TO REACH THE GROTTO? 

For all the people who want to visit the Grotto, there are two ways: by land taking the coastal road SS 163 Salerno – Positano and getting to the Grotto at the end of a staircase; by sea with our daily sea connections from Amalfi.

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Traditions, ancient festivities and summer vibes #alongthecoast

Amalfi Coast at night

Ancient traditions, historical rituals, lots of events related to local gastronomy, religious festivals, artistic and musical moments, the Amalfi Coast livens up the colors of its wonderful natural scenery with a rich repertoire of joyful festivities, loved by the locals and those who visit this place for the first time. If you’re wondering what the most evocative summer events on the Amalfi Coast are, here you’ve some:

Ravello Festival

One of the most popular events of the Amalfi Coast held in the heart of Ravello. Every year, the Festival animates the summer evenings with cultural meetings, artistic scenes and unique musical performances. World-famous guests and artists arrive in the wonderful setting of the Amalfi Coast to give a unique show.

Wine Tastings in Tramonti

For those who want to discover the gastronomic tradition of the Amalfi Coast ‘in height’, every single Summer, among the hills of Tramonti you can breathe a unique festive atmosphere: wine, food and folklore. Definitely, a not-to-be-missed experience! 

The Saracen Landing in Positano

One of the most well-known events of the whole coastal tradition is the landing of the Saracens in Positano. On the beautiful beach of Marina Grande, during the festivities in honor of the Black Virgin Mary, the ‘pearl’ of the Amalfi Coast is being illuminated by a stunning riot of fireworks in memory of the storm which saved the city from the Saracens and the historic words “Posa, Posa!” pronounced by the Virgin – from which the Italian town takes its name.

The traditional fishing in Cetara 

During the summer months, the typical fishing of tuna and anchovies takes place in the waters along the small village of Cetara and it is celebrated like a real festivity. Many tiny boats called ‘lampare‘, equipped with large lamps, sail offshore looking for the best fish that will be served in the typical restaurants in the port. A tradition to enjoy!

From the mainland to sea,  visiting the Amalfi Coast during the summer season means discovering all the traditions that will make your trip even more sparkling. 

Enjoy your experience #alongthecoast from every point of view!

How to experience the Amalfi Coast like a local!

Costiera Amalfitana panorama

Once you reach the Amalfi Coast, from the mainland to the sea, there is so much to discover!

Whether it’s a day trip, a longer journey or a stop for a few hours, the secret to not miss all the beauties of this piece of paradise is to experience your stay just like a local does.

Here, some tips for you!

FORGET THE CAR

During the summer season, the Amalfi Coast is full of tourists and cars everywhere. The best solution to move from one point to another of the coast, avoiding traffic jams and chaos, is undoubtedly walking on foot or sailing by boat. You will enjoy the panorama from a special point of view and discover even the most hidden corners.

MUCH MORE THAN AMALFI

You can’t say you’ve visited the Amalfi Coast, if you didn’t make a stop in Amalfi. How many other must-see places are there? Do not miss Conca dei Marini, Furore, Atrani, Erchie and the small fishing village of Cetara.

TAKE A FRESH BREAK

Walking through the narrow streets of the Amalfi Coast villages in the middle of summer is really exhausting! Like a real local, take a fresh break and taste a lemon granita at one of the typical kiosks to continue your tour with the right energy.

A DIP IN THE BLUEST WATERS

Aside from the large beaches of Maiori, Minori and Amalfi located a few steps from the town center, you can find many other coves and bays hidden by steep sea-cliffs and known only by the locals. Enjoy the bluest waters of the Amalfi Coast, such as the tiny beach of Santa Croce or Duoglio, and reach them by sea.

VISIT THE MYSTERIOUS GROTTO

The lush natural landscape of the Amalfi Coast hides countless secret places, one of them is the mysterious Emerald Grotto. A discovery by sea not-to-be-missed!

GO ON ADVENTURE AMONG THE LEMON GROVES

Discover the most amazing paths of the Amalfi Coast and enjoy the clean air with a bit of trekking through the lemon groves.

DO NOT OVER-PLAN

To experience the Amalfi Coast like a real local would, don’t over-plan your every single step, but let yourself be carried away by the southern spirit. You could live surprising new experiences!

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The new season is coming: excursions, places to discover and plenty of adventures!

Molo Battellieri

Sun-rays are ready to heat the blue waters and light the Amalfi Coast landscape up, the lively sea villages are taking winter shades off to make way for citrus colors. The vegetation is becoming even more dominant and lush on the rocks, overhanging the sea once again. The weather is Mediterranean and the air has that marine scent typical of the season. Our battellieri are at the helm and boats are about to set sail and leave the pier.

Nothing is missing! 

As every year, we’re ready to going #alongthecoast and lead you to the discovery of all the Amalfi Coast ‘best destinations’.

From the best-known places like Amalfi to the most mysterious ones like the Emerald Grotto!

Amalfi Coast landscape

The beauty of the places, the colorful artistic and cultural offer, the baggage of tradition and folklore, the local stories, the adventure and authentic experiences will drag you to new destinations to reach, legends to know, routes to explore and spots to discover.

What are you waiting for?

Book now the first excursion of the season with Gruppo Battellieri!

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