Campania - Amalfi
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Visit and See
Amalfi and the Amalfi Coast are some of the most important visiting tourist resort of the South Italy, attracting many visitors every year from worldwide nations like United States, Japan & Europe.
A beautiful, striking holiday destination full of natural breathtaking beautiful views, history, art and culture, with the little town, rooked in the mountainous coast facing the Mediterranen Sea. At times may not be possible to find accommodation in the small towns of the Amalfi Coast, the suggestion is to choose an area o town nearby and make Amalfi and the area of the Amalfi Coast and peninsula a visiting destination whilst staying in another holiday town resort. Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, Padula, Atrani can be visited for the day with trips or excursions organized also by the hotels holiday accommodations or travel with your own car or transport whilist staying in another destination.
You may consider staying in the area between Maratea and Diamante central to the whole of the South Italy, so please check the availability below and book a Hotel accommodation by the sea or in the beutiful rural area and center point for other major South Italy destinations within a few hours of relaxing, discovering car drive.
Distances to the Amalfi Coast approx. Check Hotel Accommodation availability and book in these towns:
Set like an
incomparable gem in a precious diadem,
Amalfi gently overlooks the sea with its
scattered along the coast and the
typical houses clinging to the rocks bewitching every visitor.
colours shine with such different, clear tones as on the Amalfi Coast,
attracting thousands of visitors even of the greatest prestige.
becomes a representation of Amalfi's beauty: the earth rich in citrus groves,
the sea with the most incredible shades of blue and green, the enchanting
beaches, the little islands. It's villages seem clumps of white, pink and yellow
cottages gathered round the tiny harbours. They also lay on the rocks
overlooking the wonderful Mediterranean with their
narrow alleys in webs of arches,
covered passageway and old towers that dominate the resort.
great characteristic of this town hosts is the traditional art of hospitality
and warmth it's people, the "Amalfitanis", have with everybody.
quiet and picturesque seaside
resort enjoys a temperate climate and some of the oldest hotels in Italy
as well as many modern ones.
Situated at the outlet of Valle dei Mulini,
charm not only lies in the breathtaking views,
incomparable natural beauties
and typical villages but also in the historic buildings such as some of
the finest churches, villas and monasteries it has gathered from the
various dynasties that once dominated here.
The Duomo was built about the 6th century and dedicated to St Andrew the
Apostle whose remains are kept in the crypt. Its present façade,
brilliant with mosaics, is in Oriental style; its bronze doors, the first ones
to appear in Italy, were given to Amalfi by Pantaleone di Mauro Comite, a noble
man from Amalfi, who melted them in the 11th century in Constantinople where he
lived and led the Imperial Party. The Cloister of Paradise set beside the
Duomo was built the 13th century in Arabian style
ancient sarcophagus', marble
sculptures and mosaics.
The art and architectonic value of its monuments, the indescribable
beauty of the landscape and the folklore of its traditions made and still make
it an incomparable resort.
Visit & See Suggestions
Through all the
natural and historic beauties that cover this wonderful town of the Amalfi
Coast, don't miss out on the:
Ancient Armouries of the Amalfi
Republic, dating back to the 9th century, witness a glorious maritime past
The Salone Morelli where you can
admire the 14 paintings by Domenico Morelli, reproduced in mosaic on the fronton
of the Duomo;
Some paintings and sketches by the
Amalfitan painter Pietro Scoppetta
Artistic Pluteus holding the only
existing specimen of the "Tabula de Amalpha" and the costumes for the Regattas.
St. Mary Addolorata church
Ex St. Francis Friary
Ex St. Peter friary
Museum of the rural culture, skills and crafts
idea of an historical festival which could evoke the shining exploits
from the epoch of the Ancient Italian Maritime Republics, was
independently thought of by two enthusiasts, Mirro Chiaverini of Pisa
and Francesco Amodio of Amalfi, at the end of the 1940's just after the
second World War. The official charter for the race was instituted by
the Regatta Board of the four Maritime Republics in Amalfi on December
10, 1955. From then on, every year, the festival, which consist of an
historical parade and a rowing contest run over a straight 2000 meter
long course, takes place in turn in one of the four Ancient Maritime
Republics: Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice...The hulls of the ships are
painted, according to the traditional colours of the four maritime
cities. Each boat has its republic's flag hanging at its stern, and a
figurehead at its prow.
Curiously, Venice boasts the highest number of victories, while Amalfi
won in '95, '96, '97. This very charming manifestation also
provides for a fashion parade of period costumes and ends with
spectacular fireworks which are particularly beautiful in Amalfi Coast,
where they are symbol of a great tradition.
Amalfi the race begins from Cape Vettica, from a promontory which
contains a sixteenth century vice-regal tower. The journey continues
along the sinuous western coast to its end in Amalfi; here, the finish
line is set in front of the Great Marina with the suggestive setting of
Mount Aureo with the Ziro Tower, St. Lawrence of the Plain (a former
monastery), the Cape Cross Quarter and the former convent and Tower of
St. Francis in the background.
History and Backgrounds
Amalfi was was originally founded by the Romans dating back to the 4th
century a.C., and was the first Sea Republic of Italy.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Amalfi imposed itself as Maritime
Republic in the early Middle Ages and became famous for it's
diplomatic relations, that made it "rich and affluent" all over the
Mediterranean basin. This was in fact the
first city to re-establish
relationships between East and West, transporting and introducing into Italy
Arabian and Byzantine worlds,
exotic merchandise such as carpets, coffee and paper.
It also had it's own coin called the
Sitting so beautifully on the rocks,
Amalfi was the home of Flavio Gioia, who invented the compass
and gave navigators the famous "Tabula de Amalpha" the first
maritime code and law.
In 1112, Amalfi founded an
imposing hospital in Jerusalem which could contain 2000 beds and, thanks
to Brother Gerardo Sasso from Scala, gave birth to the first military
and religious Order called at first the "Knights of St.John", then the
"Knights of Cyprus", of Rhodes and finally, in 1530, the "Knights of
Malta", still existing today. The Knights fought repeatedly against the
Saracens and, in 849, they defended Rome and the Church in the famous
battle of Ostia.