history and the arts that you are more interested in, then you can
have your fill in the town of Amalfi.
Once a powerful maritime power in the Mediterranean during the time
of the Republic in the 10th and 11th centuries, Amalfi now maintains
a more laid-back and serene existence. Remnants of the town's magnificent
and powerful past can still be seen although only two galleries
separated by 10 pillars now remain of the ancient stone arsenal
where the hulls of the splendid battle fleets were constructed.
The rest were destroyed along with the rest of the ancient Amalfi
port by tidal waves brought about by a violent earthquake in 1343.
situated at the mouth of a deep gorge, the center of modern-day
Amalfi partly rests on the slopes of the Lattari Hills overlooking
the Bay of Salerno and easily recognisable through partly terraced
rows of white houses. Several good-quality
hotels, pensiones, and restaurants can be found in
the periphery of the town center that serves as the perfect base
for trips to Capri. The most important
piece of architecture in the town of Amalfi is the cathedral or
Duomo which was built in the 6th century in honor of St. Andrew
the Apostle whose remains are housed in a crypt within. Reconstructed
in 1203, this Duomo boasts of a remarkable bell tower and the Cloister
of Paradise (Chiosto del Paradiso), which was done in Arabian style
of architecture. The Duomo's bronze doors were the first of its
kind in Italy.
Amalfi also has a number of museums
and art galleries you can visit. However, if you find yourself
wanting a little downtime from all the trekking up and down the
scenic hillsides, there are private beach clubs along the coastal
areas of Amalfi where you can spend time just eating, drinking and
being merry while you enjoy your holiday at the Amalfi
Other lovely and interesting towns you can visit
within the Amalfi Coast are Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori,
Atrani, Praiano and Scala.
Vietri sul Mare is a quiet little town in the
province of Salerno located high up at the entrance to a valley
carved out by the Bonea stream. A popular seaside resort, Vietri
sul Mare is home to the magnificent parish church of San Giovanni
Battista known for its tall bell tower and the beautiful Marina
di Vietri beach guarded by the Torre Crestarella.
The picturesque fishing village of Cetara is located
in a deep ravine and is admired for its brilliant summers and winter
fishing. By virtue of its hidden location, Cetara has remained a
tranquil yet highly industrious village.
In the deepest inlet of the Amalfi Coast lie the
two towns of Maiori and Minori. Bound together by a common past,
both towns played a part in the history of the Maritime Republic
of Amalfi. Today, Maiori is a lively and dynamic sea-resort
located at the tip of the Valle dei Tramonti. Offering the largest
beach resort in the Amalfi Coast,
the town of Maiori is also home to the historical Collegiate Sanctuary
of Sta. Maria a Mare, The Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano, and
the Monastic Complex of Santa Maria de Olearia.
The tiny but lovely town of Minori, on the
other hand, which derives its name from the torrent Reginna Minor
that runs across it, has been in existence since the Roman
times as shown by the remains of the magnificent Villa Romana. It
has a beautiful promenade, enhanced by an 11th-century fountain
called the Lion’s Fountain and a bevy of breathtakingly beautiful
narrow paths. Easily accessible by train from Naples
and Salerno, Minori was once an important center for the production