The small town is situated in the center of the Amalfi Coast. The mild climate throughout the year makes Amalfi a popular holiday destination for Italian and foreign tourists. The town with its unique architecture of white houses and the unmistakable cathedral with the large stairway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is particularly attractive to enter Amalfi by boat. The ships to the island of Capri, Positano and Salerno depart from the quay. From the habour start Sightseeing tours to the Grotta Smeralda (the emerald grotto near Furore) .
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What To Do in Amalfi?
The Cathedral with the Cloister of Paradise
The heart of the pulsating coastal town beats on the cathedral square with its small shops and nice cafes. The Cathedral, one of the most beautiful basilicas on the Amalfi Coast, is particularly worth seeing. A majestic stairway leads to the magnificent Cathedral of Sant Andrea, built in 937, with cloister and museum. During the period of the Maritime Republic, in the 10th century, the majestic cathedral was built in the Romanesque style with three naves. The facade is decorated with mosaics and gold. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Andrew, the saint patron of Amalfi. The relics of Saint Andrew are conserved in the crypt under the cathedral. The cloister of paradise, “Chiostro del paradiso”, is particularly attractive.
If you continue up the street behind the town in the Valle delle Ferriere you will find a rarity: a laboratory where a man named Sig. Cavallieri carries on the paper-making tradition. Paper has been created in his family for centuries.In the Valle de Mulini ( the mill valley) you can see old paper mills, some of them are still used today. From the valley you can take the trail to climb the montain Monte Cerreto (1,315 metres, 4,314 feet), from which you have a beautiful view over the coast.
The port is next to Piazza Flavio Gioia. It extends to one side to the sea, where you can still see references to the former “Arsenale della Repubblica”, the Amalfi fleet. As the oldest maritime republic in Italy, Amalfi was an important trading point for the Mediterranean. This is where the Crusades began. Amalfi thereby achieved an economic wealth. In 1135 and 1137, Amalfi was plundered several times by the competing Maritime Republic of Pisa, which was associated with great losses. As a result, Amalfi lost its power forever. If you are interested in the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, we recommend a visit to the Arsenale Museum and the old shipyard.
You can reach Amalfi by boat coming from Salerno or Sorrento. The entrance to the port of Amalfi is particularly beautiful. On the quay, ships go to the island of Capri to Positano and Salerno. There are also sightseeing tours for tourists to the “Grotta Smeralda” (the emerald grotto in Furore). With a private boat, you can discover the heavenly and hidden beaches along the Amalfi Coast.
Stroll in the Alleys
If you stroll through the alleys of Amalfi, you will find typical products from their own production in the colorful boutiques. You should definitely try a freshly squeezed “spremuta” made from oranges or lemons. After a typical lunch in the piazza or seafood dinner, limoncello is a must to finish off.
Amalfi was founded by the Romans in the 4th century. Like most Italian cities, Amalfi was conquered by other nations including the Byzantines and Lombards in the past and middle ages. It flourished as a city from the day it was founded. Amalfi was the oldest maritime republic in Italy. Its peak as a trading port was in the 10th and 11th centuries.