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Emerald Grotto

SS 163
Conca dei Marini, Italy

The glowing turquoise waters in the half-submerged Grotta dello Smeraldo, along the coastal road between Praiano and Amalfi, don’t quite compare to the Blue Grotto on nearby Capri, but the blue-green pool does make for a fun diversion along the coast. After an elevator ride down through the cliff to a dock, you board a rowboat for a quick tool around the cavern, which has one thing its Capri cousin lacks: a submerged Nativity scene (though it’s hardly the “miracle” the oarsmen tout it as—it was placed here solely to entertain tourists). Dockside boat outfits in Amalfi and Positano offer sightseeing trips here ($15); if you’re driving, just pull over at kilometer marker 26.4 and take the elevator down.


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