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The city of Amalfi
Once dominatrix of the seas and power of continental level, Amalfi preserves intact the signs of the glorious past of powerful independent republic. The city walls and the alleys of the historical center testify the greatness of a unique town that has been able to preserve at best the legacies of the past. The cathedral of St. Andrew the Apostle is among the most beautiful monuments of southern Italy and a fixed stage for those who come to visit the Amalfi Coast.Going into the historical center testimonies of past centuries as the narrow passages and covered alleys of the center once used to defend themselves in case of attack, the museums of war and the museum of paper, once essential to the livelihood of the Republic.
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Top 10 attractions in Amalfi
1. The beach
The beach of the Marina Grande in Amalfi is not only the largest in the city but also in the whole Amalfi Coast. It is practically covered by seaside establishments but the beach is freely accessible. It is also usually the busiest beach in the summer
2. Cathedral of Saint Andrew apostole
St. Andrew’s Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Amalfi. It dates from the ninth century and presents a Romanesque style slightly influenced by the Arab and Norman. Inside the cathedral are guarded the relics of the Apostle St. Andrew.
3. Paper museum
The museum of the paper is a former paper mill transformed into a museum in 1969. Its handmade paper production machinery has been restored and is in operation for demonstrations. The possession of paper in Amalfi dates back to the 12th century
4. Valle delle Ferriere
The Valley of the Blacksmiths, takes its name from the remains of blacksmiths that are scattered throughout the protected area of the valley, which extends between the Lattari Mounts and the city of Amalfi. It is a place of remarkable natural beauty and beautiful waterfalls that flow down to the sea.
5. Cloister of Paradise
The Cloister of Paradise is part of the Amalfi Duomo, and was built in the 13th century, with the function of connecting some important chapels and hosting a cemetery for illustrious citizens of the Amalfi kingdom. It has an Arabic style and a palm garden in the centre.
6. Arsenal of the Republic
The Republic’s Arsenals is a museum located in the settlement of a naval quarry dating from the 10th century. Where the ships of the powerful Amalfi Kingdom, one of the 4 Italian Marine Republics, were built and repaired.
Atrani is the smallest municipality in Italy. With an area of 0.12 km2, Atrani is connected to Amalfi in history and culture. The beach of Atrani is very visited by tourists who travel through the Amalfi lands due to its great beauty and calm ambience.
8. Conca dei Marini
Conca dei Marini is a small village on the Amalfi Coast, originally home to fishermen and now divided into two parts. One at sea level, which preserves all the classics of the place, and the other on the SS163 Amalfi Coast that runs through all the municipalities of the coast.
9. Historical center
The historical centre of the city of Amalfi comprises the Cathedral of St. Andrew, which stands near the port, and a wide street that leads into the city and the pedestrian corridors. With its medieval charm, the historic centre has architectural features dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries
10.Regatta of Italian Republiques
It is a rowing competition held between the (now defunct) former Italian marine republics. Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. In which the competitors board medieval style boats with symbols of the republics, and the streets receive cultural parades of the time.
How reach Amalfi
The SITA SUD and EAV Companies connect the city of Salerno with the city of Sorrento, passing through the city of Amalfi in almost every journey. The companies offer vouchers per week, and promotions for more than one trip.To reach the city of Amalfi either from Salerno or from Sorrento, we will have to travel along the SS163 Amalfi Drive. It seems like a dream landscape, but during the summer, the traffic can seem like a nightmare.
Ferry connections are plentiful between the port of Amalfi and the towns of Positano, Sorrento and Capri. Prices vary according to the destination and range from 11 to 25 Euros.