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Beach
“Amalfi nestles in the ravine of the Valle dei Mulini. Its churches, towers, and arcaded houses, grouped together with attractive irregularity, rise above a small harbor, and are backed by precipices of wild magnificence. In its heyday, when it was a Maritime Republic, Amalfi rivaled Pisa, Genoa and Venice. By the 7th century the city was ruled by Doges, as Venice, and was recognized as the greatest naval power in the West. Its navel expertise led to the invention of the compass and the codification of the earliest maritime laws. In the 12th century, this great maritime republic had a population of 100,00 people who masterminded regional trade with the East. Shortly afterwards, the Normans from Sicily vanquished Amalfi and the city was repeatedly sacked by Pisa, its greatest rival. Amalfi merchants established trading posts in Byzantium, Asia Minor and Africa. In the Holy Land, they founded the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, from which the Crusader Knights of St. John developed. Their symbol, the Maltese cross, is still carved on Amalfi's street comers. Webster's brooding revenge drama, The Duchess of Malfi, was based on the tragic life of Joanna of Aragon, the Duke of Amalfi's consort in the 15th century. The Regatta of the Four Ancient Maritime Republics, complete with galleons, is a magnificent evocation of the past, held in Amalfi every four years. Since the collapse of the republic, Amalfi sunk into oblivion until Edwardian times. As a favorite winter resort, it was then a genteel haunt for foreigners who tireed of the excesses on the French Riviera. Amalfi today, with a population of 6,000, is a shadow of its former self but retains an air of faded elegance. Horse-drawn carts still ply the Lungomare dei Cavalieri for visitors' amusement, much as they did in Edwardian days. The Duomo, the glittering Cathedral, is viewed from down below. The steep walk up is a chance to appreciate the spindly Moorish archways andgeometric facade, inlaid with vivid mosaics. While looking autenthentic, the facade was reconstructed in the 19th century, based on the medieval model, Henry Swinburne, the 18th century traveler, was not sympathetic to the Arab influences, calling the cathedral typical of the "barbarous ages, when Grecian rules and proportions were forgotten". Yet framed by mountains and monasteries, the Norman Saracen bell-tower presents a striking vision to visitors. The baroque interior leads to a crypt containing the remains of St. Andrew the Apostle, moved here from Constantinople in 1208. Like the miraculous liquefaction of San Gennaro's blood in Naples, the cult of St. Andrew, a mysterious oil, is said to seep from his bones. Even St. Francis of Assisi declared himself a devotee.”
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Kirche
“The Cathedral and the symbol place of Amalfi, hosting the relics of Saint Andrew the Apostle -its staircase is fabulous and all the baroque decors will take your breath away!”
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Beach
“The whole Costiera amalfitana is a great place in wich you can find the beautiful villages of Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Atrani, Furore and so on. You have to go there by car even if the parking is not so cheap.”
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Beach
“Amalfi will have all the essentials you will need like a Pharmacy, Bank, Laundry/Cleaners, shops etc. There are also many restaurants and bars in the town along with a tourist office and post office. ”
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Bar
“Friendly staff, good food and music. A lovely atmosphere where me and my friends love to chill!”
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Restaurant
“Excellent restaurant for special occasion. You can see from the top Amalfi's duomo”
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Museum
“The Arsenale was the shipyard of the Ancient Republic, where ships were built and repaired. The Amalfi Arsenal preserves intact its original early medieval structures, and is the only shipyard of the time that can now be visited in the Mediterranean area. Its imposing and elegant architecture modeled in stone and mortar has two parallel naves covered by a double series of cross vaults separated and supported by ten mighty pillars. In one of the two aisles is the Museum of the Bussola and the Duchy of Amalfi. Through a visit to this important monument and its museum you will have in a very short time a clear vision of the amazing history of the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi.”
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Bäckerei
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“This place is an antique and tradicional bakery of Amalfi from 1830. For 5 generations, they are the best one. Please if you go there try Baba'Rhum with cream, I have a funny story with this dessert... When I first arrive in the Coast I didn't like it, because is cold and wet. Butt this was before... I learned how to like it, and is not every Baba that I like... just pansa one. Please also try: The famous lemon delight Tiramisu Bavarese a nocciola Cornetto levito madre a cioccolatto (the tradicional) ”
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Einkaufszentrum
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Kirche
“Situated on the main square in Ravello, Piazza Duomo. Built in 11th Century, with impressive byzantine pulpit and bronze doors from 12th century. Lovely views across valley to Puntone & Scala”
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Establishment
“L'antica repubblica marinare nel cuore della costiera che prende appunto il suo nome. Assolutamente da visitare il Duomo e il Chiostro del Paradiso con tutti i Musei che la città propone.”
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Restaurant
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Establishment
“Il Chiostro in stile arabo, antico cimitero dei nobili amalfitani, mescola la storia con l'arte, oltre ad una bellissima inquadratura del campanile. Accanto è situato anche il Museo Diocesano. Entrambe le strutture sono parte integrante del Duomo”
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Grocery or Supermarket
Italienisches Restaurant
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“Michelin star restaurant: it is the right place to try local ingredients and recipes prepared with a different perspective. ”
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