Amalfi

Amalfi

Amalfi, in the province of Salerno, the first Marine Republic, continues to amaze people with its view: this pearl set among the Lattari Mountains has fascinating Mediterranean maquis and blue sea, where you spot the endless series of Majolica mosaics on the bell-tower on the Cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew.
Famous for its trade and diplomatic relations, the name Amalfi is linked to Flavio Gioia's compass and the “Tabula de Amalpha”, the first of the coded maritime laws, today kept in Museo civico.
The start of the western stretch by the sea hosts the ruins of the Arsenal, a public shipyard which existed since the middle of the XI century. Here you can admire two pointed cross vaults. Moving further ahead, from the monumental cathedral stairway, with an impressive 57 steps, you can overlook the main square in Amalfi, which is adorned with a Baroque fountain of St. Andrew of the People. It was built in 1760.
The right of the cathedral hosts the XII century bell-tower, while the charming adjacent Cloister in Arab style, called Paradiso, was built in 1266 as a graveyard for its most illustrious citizens. The highly precious, magnificent crypt is where St. Andrew lies. The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore is located behind the cathedral. It dates back to X century.
The Municipality of Amalfi is divided into multiple hamlets: Lone, Pastena, Pogerola, where you can admire the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie from the XVI century, the bell-tower and the Church of St. Michael (the only church with a cross layout in Amalfi), the castle and the ruins of the tower. The hamlet of Tovere, with the Church of St. Peter from the XIII century and Vettica Minore, with Torre Capo, a typical, square viewing tower from the XVI century.