Italian town of about 5000 inhabitants in the province of Salerno in Campania. It includes five villages: Vettica Minore, Tovere, Poggerola, Lone, Pastena.
Since 1997, the Amalfi Coast has been declared by 'UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It was an ancient maritime republic and it gives the name to the stretch of the peninsula on which it stands, the Amalfi coast. Thanks to its unique geographical connotation it looks like an enchanted place. All beaches can be reached through long flights of steps or by sea. In both cases it is a unique experience where the contact point is nature. The climate is Mediterranean, with mild, rainy winters and moderately hot, sunny and almost never muggy summers.
Its foundation goes back to the Romans; from the ninth century Amalfi was the first of the maritime republics and it rivaled Pisa, Venice and Genoa for the control of the Mediterranean Sea.
Two other special moments in its history are the development of the paper industry, linked to the production of fine paper of Amalfi and the invention of the compass attributed to the “amalfitano” Flavio Gioia; in the city it is possible to visit both the Museum of Amalfi paper that the Compass Museum.
The most famous monument of Amalfi is certainly the cathedral in Arabian – Sicilian style. It is a large complex consisting of overlapping and shadowing of various churches from various eras and currently dedicated to St. Andrew, the patron of the city.
Its economy is based mainly on tourism and agriculture; much of the land is used for the production of Limone Costa d'Amalfi (IGP).
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