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The Amalfi Coast. Skydiving in one of Italy’s most breathtaking beauty spots

Saturday, 25 September 2021 09:50
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The drive along 50 kilometres of the rocky coast of the Gulf of Salerno below Naples, is one of Italy’s most beautiful and popular tourist attractions. 

Of course you can drive along the twisting Amalfi Drive coastal road or enjoy it by boat, but why not take to the skies and enjoy it on a tandem parachute flight? And to fully experience the unique spell of the Amalfi Coast stay at the Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi, a splendid Art Nouveau hotel overlooking the sea with a wellness spa in which to enjoy a relaxing massage after an intense day of sightseeing.

The Amalfi Coast has high cliffs that tumble down to the sea, inlets dotted with colourful houses, small fishing villages, crystal clear waters and fiery sunsets. It is a magical place that remains forever in the heart of those who visit it. Whether seen by land or by sea it is one of the most beautiful and characteristic stretches of coastline in Italy. Skydiving from 4,500 metres is an exciting way to enjoy this unique spectacle, and has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. The tandem parachute jump consists of leaping out of a plane firmly attached to an instructor, and it is certainly the simplest and fastest way to experience the thrill of free fall. No special courses are required and the instructor guides the passenger for the duration of the launch. All it takes is a short ground briefing from the staff of experienced paratroopers. This extraordinary skydiving experience is designed to satisfy all levels, from expert skydivers and those who have already experienced tandem jumps, to those who have never done it before. The starting point is Salerno Airport, which is easy to reach from the Amalfi Coast, where you can stay at the Hotel Santa Caterina which has lovely rooms and suites overlooking the sea and is steeped in the natural beauty of the coastal area.

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About 15 minutes after take-off, when the plane reaches an altitude of 4,500 metres and the exact point for the launch, the doors open and you are overwhelmed by an extraordinary emotion. The Amalfi Coast from this height is truly unique and stunning. Then comes the moment to jump. For the first 60 seconds you fly freely at 200 kilometres an hour with the parachute closed, giving you a deep sense of freedom. Being suspended between the blue sky and the blue sea is difficult if not impossible to describe. Inlets, bays and little houses clinging to the hillsides can all be seen from above, and lulled by the air the only sounds you hear are those of the wind and the sea. When the parachute opens at about 1,500 meters, you start to glide more slowly towards earth for your soft landing.  All stages of the launch, the free fall and the highlights are filmed by an expert skydiver with a camera so that you can relive and share this incredible adventure with your family and friends.

Skydiving is an experience with an unparalleled adrenaline rush, and after such an exciting and exhilarating day what could be better than a nice relaxing massage? In the Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi guests can use the spa in the wellness center, an oasis dedicated to wellbeing where the skilled hands of the therapists regenerate guests with citrus massages and specific therapies for the harmony of the body and the mind. The Gold of Amalfi lemon massage is extremely relaxing, stimulates the Chakra points and restores the energy and psycho-physical balance of the body. The lemon-based oil also has a toning, smoothing, purifying and vitaminizing effect and the heady scent will lead you into an enchanted world. Apart from the lemon-scented essential oils you can choose from other fragrances such as cedar, bergamot, orange, mandarin, mint and rosemary. Parachuting is the most famous and perhaps the best loved extreme sport practised on this stunning stretch of Mediterranean coast. What an incredible story to tell, and an indelible memory to keep with you forever! 

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