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Amalfi

Both the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrentine Peninsula are part of a unique natural scenery. The UNESCO has given the Amalfi Coast the status of ‘World Heritage Site’ and ‘Cultural Landscape’. This territory embodies cultural values, historical traditions and natural features which are very representative of the Mediterranean environment. The land is characterised by levelled terraces which have been created in order to regain agricultural space from the steep rocky hills. They are usually destined to vineyards, olive, orange and lemon trees. In spring, orange and lemon blossoms are a feast for the eyes and their delicate fragrance is diffused by the breeze.

Amalfi gained its place in history as one of the leading maritime republics, independent from the VII to the XII century. It rivalled for hegemony over the commerce in the Mediterranean with Venice, Pisa and Genoa. Amalfi counts Wagner and Ibsen among its illustrious visitors. Since the 1920s in particular, it has become popular with European aristocracy and the bourgeoisie. Nowadays it's a small fishing village with whitewashed houses and a beautiful cathedral.

The Amalfi Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Andrew (Sant’Andrea) and contains his relics, brought to Amalfi from Constantinople after the end of the Fourth Crusade. The original construction probably dates back to the XI century, but it has been remodelled several times over the centuries. Thanks to these layers of different architectural influences, today the Cathedral has Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic, Baroque and even Arab features. The Cathedral faces Piazza Flavio Gioia, but is built on a higher level and the entrance can be reached by a long set of stairs which adds to its grandeur.

The Cloister of Paradise(Chiostro del Paradiso) has white columns with pointed arches, a clear sign of the influence of Arab architecture in Amalfi. The atmosphere is that of Middle-Eastern palace.

The Arsenal of the Maritime Republic(L’Arsenale della Repubblica) was once used for the construction and repair of warships. Amalfi, once a leading power in the Mediterranean, had some of the largest and strongest warships. The building now hosts cultural events and has some ship models on display. The row-barge used in the annual historical regatta between the old Maritime Republics is stored in the Arsenal.

The Museum of handmade paper preserves the history of paper manufacturing in Amalfi. The Amalfitans probably learned this craft from the Arabs and the town was one of the earliest to make paper in Europe.

On 27th June, with beautiful fireworks, Amalfi celebrates Saint Andrew(Sant’Andrea), his own patron saint and protector of fishermen. The food in the area is a glorious celebration of the products of the territory: beautifully scented lemons, fresh fish and seafood, delicious anchovies. The mild climate is perfect for al fresco dining with unforgettable views of the cliffs and the sea.