In medieval times it was one of Italy’s most important Maritime Republics, along with Genoa, Pisa, and Venice. Amalfi still retains the splendor of yesteryear, a wealth preserved among its alleys and religious institutions.
Arriving in Piazza Duomo, the city’s beating heart stands the majestic Amalfi Cathedral, still considered one of Italy’s most essential and beautiful monuments, where the Byzantine style combines with Romanesque, Islamic, and Baroque.
The monumental complex consisting of the Cathedral, the Cloister of Paradise, and the Church of the Crucifix, home to the Diocesan Museum, has a historical and social value beyond the artistic one. The Cathedral was built in the 10th century when Amalfi excelled in the Mediterranean trade, and it still attracts and captivates thousands of people every year.
Rich in history and culture, a few steps from the central square stand the Ancient Arsenals, premises where in the distant past, boats were built and then laid down directly at sea. Now the city’s main museum, influential art or photography exhibitions can be seen inside, surrounded by vaults and original architectural structures.
The main street, the one that starts from Via Lorenzo d’Amalfi and leads to Via Pietro Capuano, is a long walkway where stores and small workshops parade where you can buy handicrafts, such as handmade sandals, savor the scent and flavor of Sfusato Amalfitano and or the delicious bottle of limoncello.
Speaking of craftsmanship, the memory of the ancient tradition of making the prestigious Amalfi paper is preserved in the Paper Museum Foundation. Rebuilt inside the paper mill of the Milano family dating back to the 14th century, the museum is located on the road leading to the Valle dei Mulini, once the nerve center of paper production, thanks precisely to the presence of numerous mills.
The museum houses a rich collection of centuries-old tools and machinery used in producing “bambagina,” the name given to the paper. Its visit also includes a demonstration of how paper was manufactured, a tour that ends outside, where a reproduction of the spreaders has been set up, and an area dedicated to the system of channeling water from the Canneto River, which is used to activate both the wooden-mesh machine and the Dutch machine in the museum.
Ancient Amalfi Arsenal
Largo Cesario Console, 3
84011 Amalfi [Salerno, Italy]
Opening hours until 31th May from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am : 7.00 pm
Opening hours from 1st June to 30th September from Monday to Sunday 10.00 am : 10.00 pm
84011 Amalfi [Salerno, Italy]
Opening hours from Monday to Sunday 9.30 am : 6.30 pm
Tourist Information Office Amalfi Coast Tourist District
via G. Capriglione, 116 B
84010 Praiano [Salerno, Italy]
Opening hours until April 30th from Monday to Saturday (Sundays and holidays closed) 9.30 am : 1.30 pm | 4.30 pm : 8.30 pm
Opening hours from 1st May to 30th September from Monday to Saturday (Sundays and holidays closed) 9.00 am : 1.00 pm | 5.00 pm : 9.00 pm
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