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    Lemons of the Amalfi Coast

    by angiebabe Updated Oct 26, 2013

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    Lemons grow in abundance around the Amalfi Coast and they seem to have become an icon or emblem for the area.

    Tourist shops have lemons on all sorts of things for sale - aprons, teatowels with recipes of the famed sweet Limoncello lemon drink that is made with all these lemons, carry bags, bottle stoppers, all sorts of knick knacks and household items.

    Ive seen house tile number plates decorated with lemons and even road signs and antique porcelain lemons for sale in antique shops!

    I was pleased to actually see real lemons growing, and also being harvested, as it was the lemon season when I was visiting in November. This must involve a fair bit of hard work I imagine as the areas they were in were the typical steep slopes coming down from the winding wilds of the hills up to Ravello, that are so prevalent around the area!!

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    beaut Amalfi amongst the mountains beside the sea

    by angiebabe Updated Jul 7, 2007

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    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.

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    The hills....astonishing!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    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.

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    beautiful buildings of Amalfi

    by angiebabe Updated Jul 7, 2007

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    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.

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    TWISTING AND TURNING

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    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.

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    What to do? GASP!!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    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!!!

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    What was that movie??

    by Pawtuxet Updated Nov 28, 2008

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    See my hotel tip for more on this gorgeous spot. There was a movie made (one of those chick flicks) where the man chases the woman to Italy and catches up to her in this posh hotel on the Amalfi coast. Great shots of the area..."feel good" movie...of course they wind up together in the end. What was the name of that movie? Come on all you movie buffs...surely someone remembers!?
    Whatever....I know I'd like to stay for a few days and take a cruise in this wonderful boat (in fact several boats) which are at your disposal as a guest of the hotel. MMMMMmmmmm
    UPDATE FROM MY READERS The movie was "Only You" with Marissa Tomei and Robert Downey, jr. It was made in Positano...a tiny village along the way on the coast.

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    Republic of Amalfi

    by dvideira Written May 10, 2004

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    From the 9th to the 11th century, the seafaring Republic of Amalfi rivaled the great maritime powers of Genoa and Venice. It is in fact Italy's oldest maritime republic whose ships sailed troughout the Mediterranean carrying merchandise to all the sea-ports of southern Italy, Cyprus, Egypt, Syria, Constantinople and the distant shores of Africa and Asia.
    Hometown of Flavio Gioia, the inventor of the compass, Its maritime code, the Tavole Amalfitane, was followed in the Mediterranean for centuries.

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    The Duomo - The Cathedral of Amalfi

    by dvideira Written May 10, 2004

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    The power of Amalfi is evident in the approach to the cathedral - reached by climbing steep steps ( 62 ). The cathedral -characterized by its black-and-white facade and mosaics - is dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle whose remains are kept in the crypt.
    The one nave and two aisles are all richly baroque and its bronze doors, the first ones to appear in Italy, were made in Constantinople.

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    Duomo - The Cathedral of Amalfi is...

    by dvideira Written May 10, 2004

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    ... more an architectonical complex made by two communicating churches, a crypt, a stair, an atrium, a "campanile" (bell tower) and a cloister - called "Chiostro del Paradiso".

    Delicate and dominating, at the same time, it has romanesque, byzantine, gothic, and baroque elements.

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    The architecture.....UNBELIEVABLE !!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 7, 2007

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    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!

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    Up to beautiful Ravello in the hills above!

    by angiebabe Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    See my Ravello tips too - Ravello is the stunning viewpoint spot up in the hills above Amalfi and Atrani - the place with the beautiful photos looking down over the Amalfi coast.

    Buses leave about half hourly from the main bus area in the front of the shops down at the Amalfi waterside for the 6 kilometre steep winding uphill road trip which takes about 20 to 30 minutes up to Ravello.
    That means buying a 'one hour' ticket which is only about 1 euro 50.

    They are just as frequent coming back but as recommended in one of my Ravello tips walking back down is an enjoyable thing to do - its downhill all the way and interesting to see the local life around the area along the way - lemons were being harvested when I was there.

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    Amazing church -- rather Cathedral of Amalfi

    by unravelau Written Apr 13, 2004

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    Is situated at the top of this large, staircase. I was feeling a bit wonky, being not good at heights anyway and having just completed the trip along the coast by bus.

    The handrail was not what you would call user friendly being heaps wider than a handhold so this added somewhat to my insecurity. I did make it to the top though and stood looking away from the steps for some time trying to make a decision to pop in next door.....another part of the church that was supposed to have some really interesting stuff in it too. When my heart finally settled down I decided that it might take me some time to get down and I didn't want to miss my bus mates so.............I hugged the right hand bannister and took it one step at a time.

    Next time I will just wear blinkers and grab somebody's arm.

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    see the interesting town centre

    by angiebabe Written Jun 6, 2007

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    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!!

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    a most beautiful church!!

    by angiebabe Updated Jun 8, 2007

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    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!

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