Ancient maritime republic, gives its name to the homonymous stretch of the peninsula on which it stands, the Amalfi coast. Its foundation is traced back to the Romans.
Starting from the ninth century, first among the maritime republics, rivaled with Pisa, Venice and Genoa for the control of the Mediterranean Sea.
Traditionally, every year a crew of Amalfi rowers participate in the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, challenging the weapons of the cities of Genoa, Pisa and Venice.
Amalfi is the heart of the Coast and those who are passing through it, enjoy its views and the streets of the old town. In addition to the beaches and crystal clear sea, there are many places of interest not to be missed. We list some of them below:
- The Duomo, the Basilica of Sant’Andrea is the symbol of the city. It was built in the eleventh century in honor of the saint patron. A pearl of Romanesque architecture, it dominates the center of the main square with its famous staircase, the Romanesque bell tower and the mosaic façade.
- The ancient arsenals of the Maritime Republic used for the construction of warships. It is the only example of medieval arsenal in southern Italy.
- The Hand Paper Museum is located in an ancient paper mill in Amalfi. Amalfitans were the first in Europe to make paper in the 13th century and the Museum offers the chance to admire the techniques and ancient machinery used by artisans to produce paper.
- The Civic Museum which preserves the famous Tavole Amalfitane, the Maritime Code of Amalfi. This is the first navigation right text.
- Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve. Here are the ruins of ancient medieval ironworks, characterized by a natural environment that has allowed the survival of some very rare plants. Unique place in the world with spectacular waterfalls and waterways.