We were lucky enough to visit during the Festival of Saint Andrew (June 27). The Almafitanis (?) , who are dressed in white, celebrate the the patron saint and carry his staue out to the waterfront and make fish offerings. He is said to have saved the city from pirate Barbarossa. The saint's remains are in a crypt in the Duomo di Amalfi (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea) - a beautiful Moorish Norman style church in Almafi. The crypt itself offers "manna" - this is said to be drunk for it's curative properties.
This is a very small town between Ravello and Amalfi. You can follow the path which goes by homes of Amalfians (?) -- very cool!
Atrani opens to one of the few beaches near Amalfi. And you can only have access by walking from the street (from Ravello) down a long stairway, or again, through the white cave like paths through Amalfi to get to Atrani.
There are only a few shops and bars here but worth a stop.
The Duomo in town is from the 9th century while the Chiostro del Paradiso with its beautiful facade is from the 13th century and its recorded that here the maritime code originated in 1131 making it the worlds oldest - therefore this town has been around and been significant for several centuries.
With the historical effects on the town through the years you can roam around and see a variety of styles and presentations. This is what i love also about travelling - the architecture and design of the people who live there in past, present and future potential tense.
Amalfi is the coasts largest town and despite the heavy crowds in the summer is a popular tourist resort with a tranquil atmosphere.
The main attractions are its impressive 10th century Duomo with 13th century stunning facade, and the nearby Grotta dello Smeraldo which rivals Capri's Blue Grotto, and of course the magnificent views and sights of Ravello up in the hills behind Amalfi.
Amalfi was a maritime power before it was subdued in 1131 by King Roger of Naples and the world's oldest maritime code originated here.
Travelling here is so easy with a cheap and frequent bus services servicing the towns along the coast from Salerno up to Sorrento and up into the hills behind such as Ravello and San Lazzaro.
Take a day trip to Pompei. The city's population was wiped out by Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, but many of the city's original buildings and houses remain. We went with a guide, but audioguides are also available if you want to go on your own. Ours was a 3 hour tour, and was just the right amount of time to see most of the city without getting too tired.
The brothel was one of the more interesting (and crowded) sites, with the original paintings on the wall with various services offered. You can also see other businesses, such as stores, a fish market, and a bakery. Houses had original tile mosaics dating back almost 2000 years, one even said "Beware of dog."
You can also purchase a book about Pompei with pictures of the way things currently look with clear plastic overlays of the way things looked before.
Beautiful 13 th century Chiostro del Paradiso - I think its design and decoration is stunningly beautiful! - next to the also beautiful 9-10th century Duomo -
the church with cloisters with a Saracenic appearance is apparently Lombard-Norman style.
Unfortunately i didnt go in - i rushed off for the bus up to Ravello and then ran out of the time coming back as i spent too much up in the hills above and seeing beautiful Atrani around the next bay!
But there are so many beautiful sights that make this area so rather lovely to see and spend some time in!
Twisting and turning isn't graphic enough for these twirling, winding, weaving roads. You almost never hold the wheel of your car straight. My daughter had quite a work out trying to stay on the road, snaking around the hairpin turns. You see mirrors at the corners so that you get a brief warning that a large truck or tour bus may be coming your way from the opposite direction...and if so, you had better slow down and wait cause both vehicles would never be able to make the corner simultaneously. Whew! The intertwining roads make for a very exciting aspect to this experience. If you look closely at my photos you will see the little roads twisting above and below throughout the densely settled, rocky cliff side above the ultramarine sea.
Suddenly you turn to see a cave-like orifice with the front of a house protruding out of the rocks. They are truly cave dwellers here....with most of the house being inside the mountain while only the front is visible. We saw lots of statues and religious shrines which I wish we could have investigated more closely. The density is such and you are moving along through it so quickly that it's hard to take it all in fast enough. Walking the road would be the only way to really see it, but I'd be scared to death to walk a road like that. Imagine raising a family in one of those houses...you would have to keep your kids on a leash!! Yikes!
Astonishing isn't the word for it. The architecture here is incomparable to anything I've ever seen before. How did they get equipment INTO the hillsides to build these buildings? Everything is literally clutching the mountain side...hanging on to the rock for dear life. I clasped the car door as we rounded the corners and looked over the edge.....totally awestruck by the way these houses are stacked against the cliffs...end to end. I guess they all love the views so much they are willing to forfeit having any land around their house. Some of the houses appear to be little clay blocks clustered together in groups which viewed at a distance could be mistaken for the mountain itself. Unbelievable.
When I say "gasp", I really mean it. There is a narrow two lane road which twists and turns among the cliffs, just inches from a major nose dive over the edge. You look directly down into the bluest water in the world. It's so clear and clean that it doesn't seem real. Your eyes dart from the sea to the wide, wonderful skies and then to the hillsides, the streets just below and the indentations with houses inserted and then watch out!! Another hair pin turn with a tour bus coming around the corner!!!
Amalfi is not only beautiful pictured beside the sea or with its beautiful skyline with the mountains as a picturesque backdrop - walk around the streets of the town centre and you will see an interesting town centre - clean streets, beautifully kept buildings and fountains, where the locals seem happy to congregate and sit for coffee -
not to mention one of the most beautiful churches you may ever see!!
A musical and magical garden located on the small escarpment of Mount Lattari. One of the most attractive destinations on the Divine coast overlooking the coast south towards the Gulf of Salerno and directly below is the town of Amalfi. The place is most loved from writers, artists, travellers and musicians since many centuries ago until the present times. Every Spring, a Wagnerian Festival is held here at sunset commemorating the musician for his love of this place.
The sunsets in the Amalfi Coast are absolutely beautiful. I was heading back to Sorrento when the sun set on the Bay of Naples. This is something you cannot miss when you here. Take time to enjoy the sight!
Amalfi's proximity to the sea has many advantages besides possessing a beautiful panorama. The beach here is also a popular destination especially in summertime. There are several hotels, villas & apartments close to the beach that you can hire so you can enjoy the swim & other beach activities
Amalfi town center is not huge so it is a good idea to talk a walk around the narrow streets and explore the curious little shops along the way. Around the main square or Piazza Duomo, there are several pricey restaurants & souvenir shops but if you walk further ahead into the little streets, you will discover more little squares & shops that are less crowded and more interesting
Just be watchful of local vehicles that run through these narrow streets!