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The Workshop will be held at the Cetus Hotel located in a scenic venue of the amazing Amalfi Coast, near the fisherman's village of Cetara (www.hotelcetus.com).

The Amalfi Coast is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens and coloured terrace houses and stunning views and azure sea. It is south east of Naples starting from Sorrento stretching almost to Salerno. Along the coast line you will find places like AmalfiRavello etc., each of them stunning beauties with their own flair. 

Banquet – September 30th, 2022

A social baquet will be held at the Cetus Hotel on September 30th 2022 at 8.00 pm. 

24 hours on the Amalfi Coast”

(Text from FoxNews.com, July 17, 2012. Courtesy of Kacy Capobres. Pictures from the web)

One of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world is Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Nestled south of the busting seaport of Naples, the tiny towns composing the scenic coastline offer some of Italy’s most breathtaking views.

The Amalfi Coast stretches from the Sorrento Peninsular almost as far as the port of Salerno. The town of Amalfi is in the middle and at the northern end is the scenic town of Positano, with its hundreds of houses, restaurants and hotels built into and on the mountainside.

Compared to other tourist sites, the Amalfi Coast gives visitors a real taste of what life is like in Italy’s sun soaked south. While the coast is beautiful enough for a long weekend, it’s easy enough to see the best the Amalfi has to offer in one day.

One of the reasons is because of its many public transportation options that make it easy for even the most budget conscious tourist to enjoy the magnificent beauty.

The key to making a trip in the Amalfi successful is knowing a few details ahead of time.

From Naples a quick train ride to the quiet city of Sorrento is the perfect starting point for a trip along the coast. The transportation hub is known as a lunching off point for the Amalfi Coast, but the city has it’s own gems not to be missed.

Even though it may be tempting to make the drive yourself, the small cliffside roads are difficult for even the most experienced italian driver to maneuver. Be sure to sit on the right hand side of the bus on the hour-and-a-half journey from Sorrento to Amalfi for the best views of the coastline. Unlike Sorrento, which sits high above the water, all the shops and restaurants in Amalfi are within walking distance of the beach. With more great shopping, Amalfi is also the perfect place to take a stroll along the water. For those looking to get a different view of the coast a great way to get from Amalfi to Positano, or all the way back to Sorrento, is by ferry.

For around $8 tourists can take the 30-minute boat ride from Amalfi to Positano while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze and some magnificent views of these incredible cities into the coast.

Unlike its larger neighbors, the beauty of Positano’s rainbow colorade façade homes and shops have made it the most famous town along the Amalfi coast.

With similar stores and restaurants in both Salerno and Amalfi, what sets Positano apart from its neighborhoods is fashion.

From the classic Italian linen shirt, to crisp white frocks Positano is one of the lesser-known places for exquisite handmade clothing. While not cheap, all of Positano’s goods are locally made, some even before your eyes. 

Each town offers its own distinct flavour and it is easy to see why this region of Italy has become such a tourist draw.

Greater Salerno  
(Texts reproduced with permission from the Lonely Planet website www.lonelyplanet.com © 2013 Lonely Planet. Pictures from the web)

Salerno may seem like a bland big city after the Amalfi Coast’s glut of postcard-pretty towns, but the place has a charming, if gritty, individuality, especially around its vibrant centro storico where medieval churches share space with neighbourhood trattorias, neon-lit wine bars and trendy tattoo parlours. The city recently invested €12.5 million in various urban regeneration programs centred on this historic neighbourhood, under the watchful eye of Oriol Bohigas, who was similarly involved in Barcelona’s earlier makeover. A dramatic new ferry terminal designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid also opened here in 2012, accentuated by a tree-lined seafront promenade widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Originally an Etruscan and later a Roman colony, Salerno flourished with the arrival of the Normans in the 11th century. Robert Guiscard made it the capital of his dukedom in 1076 and, under his patronage, the Scuola Medica Salernitana was renowned as one of medieval Europe’s greatest medical institutes. Far later, the city was tragically left in tatters by the heavy fighting that followed the 1943 landings of the American Fifth Army.

Arechi Castle

Hop on bus 19 from Piazza XXIV Maggio to visit Salerno’s most famous landmark, the forbidding Castello di Arechi, dramatically positioned 263m above the city. Originally a Byzantine fort, it was built by the Lombard duke of Benevento, Arechi II, in the 8th century and subsequently modified by the Normans and Aragonese, most recently in the 16th century.

The views of the Gulf of Salerno and the city rooftops are spectacular; you can also visit a permanent collection of ceramics, arms and coins. If you are here during the summer, ask the tourist office for a schedule of the annual series of concerts staged here. 

Metamorphosis and the Amalfi Coast (from Wikipedia)

Atrani, Coast of Amalfi is a lithograph print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, first printed in August 1931. Atrani is a small town and commune on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. Atrani is the second smallest town in Italy and was built right at the edge of the sea. This image of Atrani recurs several times in Escher’s work, most notably in his series of Metamorphosis prints: Metamorphosis III andIII.

Compare the picture to the right with the artwork by Escher (incorporated in Methamorphosis III) available at the link


Useful links for more infomation about the Amalfi Coast

Fox Newshttp://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/07/10/day-in-amalfi-coast/#ixzz2BffU5Su8 

Washington Post
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Amalfi Coast Trip

A Trip along the Amalfi Coast will take place on Saturday October 1st or Sunday October 2nd, 2022 (depending on the density of scientific program).

A tentative program of the trip, which can modified through announcements posted on the Conference website is as follows.The trip will start from the Cetus Hotel at 8.30 am, and will include stops to the Duomo of  Ravello; the Oscar Niemeyer auditorium, which will be diffusely illustrated by two of the designers who have directed the building works of this modern structure completed in 2000 under the design of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (h. 11.00 am); and the renowned gardens of Villa Rufolo (h. 12.00 am). We will have lunch at the restaurant "Sigilgaida" of Hotel Rufolo (h. 1.00 pm), which has a bright veranda with breathtaking views of the Amalfi coast. 

After lunch (around 2.30 - 3.00 pm), we will leave Ravello to come back to the Cetus Hotel. for the final part of the scientific program dedicated to free discussions & meetings.

The cost of the trip ticket cost (including lunch and admission tickets to the visited sites) will be communicated on the conference website.

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