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Amalfi

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM

Amalfi was founded by the Romans in the IV century A.D. (in the coat of arms reads "ex Descendit patribus Romanorum"). The town became independent from the Byzantine Empire in 839, and proclaimed itself Maritime Republic (the first of the four most important ones with Pisa, Genoa and Venice). The core of its wealth was produced form the trade with the East. Amalfi reached its maximum splendor in the XI century with its powerful and agile fleet, with berths in the main ports of the Mediterranean. The Arsenal of masonry, used for the construction of the hulls of the galleys, are today two stone brick halls, divided by ten pillars. The sea front and the ancient port of Amalfi were swallowed by the sea, after an underwater landslide, caused by a powerful current of Libeccio in the night between 24 and 25 November 1343.
The local traditions narrate that the mariners of Amalfi were the first to use the compass during their voyages, identifying the name of the inventor Flavio Gioia.
The present town, which lies on the higher grounds in the valley, features a series of white houses, most with barrel vault ceilings and built on terraces within a picturesque web of alleys and stairways.
The main monument and symbol of the city is the Cathedral of St. Andrew, preceded by an imposing staircase. The original structure is in Romanesque style, currently covered with sumptuous Baroque decorations. The polychrome façade, preceded by an elegant portico, is dominated by the mosaic tympanum, Christ's triumph, artwork of Domenico Morelli, whose proofs are still preserved in the hall, entitled to him, in the Town Hall. Inside the Cathedral preserves a wide selection of masterpieces: an elegant coffered ceiling with paintings of the XVIII century, a wooden crucifix of the XIII century, a mother of pearl cross from Jerusalem, the baptismal font (a basin of porphyry stone from an ancient Roman villa), two pillars of Egyptian granite from nearby Paestum that support the main arch, spiral columns and an Ambon of the XII century. In the crypt are preserved the relics of St. Andrew, from which, since 1304, exudes a dew, called "manna", which is collected in a glass bowl that for the locals has miraculous effects.
The Campanile (bell tower), edified since 1180, is composed of bifore and trifore windows, green and yellow majolica roof tiles, all with Arabesque influenced features. Dating to the IX century, the adjoining Basilica of the Crucifix, built over an existing early Christian church, at present remain only some of the columns and their capitals. Entitled to Our Lady of the Assumption and the Saints Cosma and Damiano, it is the seat of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Arts, a permanent exhibition of the treasures of the Cathedral.
The Cloister of Paradise (XIII century) is an elegant cloister in Moorish narrow crossed arches. Initially used as a burial place of the notables of Amalfi, today it preserves some Roman sarcophagi, a XIV century sarcophagus and the remains of the old façade of the Cathedral.
In the Civic Museum in the Town Hall are preserved the famous "Tavole Amalfitane" (Tabula Civitatis Malphae), the first legal text of navigation rules which had a great influence up till the XVII century. These rules are the main structure of the naval mercantile Foscarini Code, traced in Vienna and returned to Amalfi in 1929.
Going up to the Valle dei Mulini, worth a visit is the Paper Museum, located in the ruins of an old medieval mill of the XIII century, witnessing the old production techniques of the Amalfi paper-making traditions and the functionality of the old mills operated by the power of the stream Canneto.

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Last updated Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:35:36 PM

Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:28:48 PM

The luxury 5 star Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is situated in the12th-century monastery. Part of the hotel are also the Norman-Arab cloister of the 13th-century and its magnificent "loggia" and the "Passeggiata dei Monaci" with its spectacular views, probably among the most painted in the world. The hotel, totally refurbished in 2009, seems suspended in mid-air between blue sky and dark blue sea and offers 53 rooms and suites. All our guest rooms have sea view, most have balconies or terraces with breathtaking sea views and each room is different from the others. White washed walls, high vaulted...

Last updated Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:32:08 PM

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Hotel Santa Caterina

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:24:46 PM

High on a cliff top amidst scented lemon and orange groves, the superb Hotel Santa Caterina enjoys an unprecedented position with breathtakingly uninterrupted views out to sea. Converted from a charming old villa, this elegant hotel comes with a first-class service that perfectly complements its chic atmosphere and understated elegance. The beautifully appointed guestrooms are stylishly decorated throughout with care and an attention to detail. If you are looking for the ultimate in luxury, the Santa Caterina has some exclusive Suites that are individually designed, and have a lounge, private terrace...

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Hotel Il Saraceno

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:20:52 PM

An ancient legend tells in 15th century a sultan, fell in love for this small bay, ordered to built a princely palazzo, full of gardens, terraces and precious mosaics. The palace was destroyed in the centuries, but not its memory. In the same place nowadays rises the grand Hotel Il Saraceno, a precious pearl set in a wonderful bay covered by the wind, on a high cliff descending to the sea between terraces, citrus gardens a rock made by bastions and battlements. Hotel is decorated in Moorish style, it is very princely with inlaid wood furniture, mosaics and bronze sculpture. Among hotel highlights...

Last updated Tuesday, November 6, 2012 9:22:56 AM

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Grand Hotel Excelsior

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:27:21 PM

With a stunning position, overlooking the rugged Amalfi coastline, the Excelsior offers amazing view across the bay and of the resort town below, both from all the guestrooms and from the common areas. The interiors reflect the architectural taste of the 60s, lounges open to the beautiful view with great glasses all around. Grand Hotel Excelsior features an outdoor pool with deckchairs plus a private beach, which can be reached via shuttle bus and then elevator. The bar is set in a natural grotto and provides a unique location for a fresh cocktail. You can enjoy grilled fish and meat at the restaurant...

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 4:38:17 PM

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Hotel Aurora

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:46:53 PM

Hotel Aurora is a small and friendly hotel managed by the owner, situated in one of the most charming parts of Amalfi, right on the sea, a few minutes walk from the picturesque harbour and famous Piazza Duomo. A shady garden surrounded by typical Mediterranean pine trees and pergolas of bougainvillea create an inviting ambience for relaxing. The gentle and mild climate favours lingering, leisurely days on the beach or on excursions discovering the unknown Amalfi concealed in the frescos, cloisters, the ancient residences of the Medieval Amalfi nobility and amongst narrow alleyways in the historical...

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Hotel La Bussola

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:55:42 PM

Inspired by the charm of the 19th Century, La Bussola was once a mill and pasta factory that has now been renovated with traditional furniture and fine tapestries. Situated only a few minutes' walk from Piazza Duomo at the heart of Amalfi, Hotel La Bussola is beautifully positioned right opposite the seafront, overlooking the fishing boats and yachts moored in the harbour. The dining room and spacious rooftop terrace have scenic views and there is also a relaxing lounge, television room and snack bar in the hotel. Guests are welcome to use the private bathing platform with complimentary deckchairs...

Last updated Friday, October 22, 2010 12:47:44 PM

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Hotel Luna Convento

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:29:09 PM

The 13th century Hotel Luna Convento, with its noteworthy past, is one of Amalfi's oldest, most famous and unique hotels. Sitting above the main coastal road, the Hotel Luna Convento is only a 5 minute walk from the centre of Amalfi. Previously known as the Hotel Lune, which is still written above the old entrance, the convent's cloisters enclose a pretty courtyard garden filled with lemon and orange trees, and a wishing well, now home to some goldfish and a even terrapin. Plaques outside the hotel remind us of the hotel's illustrious guests that have stayed there, including Wagner, Ibsen, Roberto...

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 12:17:20 PM

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Hotel Marina Riviera

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:41:12 PM

Perched on the high cliff sloping down the sea, the Hotel Marina Riviera is set in a very central position, just few steps from both the beach and the historic centre of Amalfi. The Marina Riviera is hotel since 1880, and is located in a prestigious XIX century building, built in typical Mediterranean style, recently refurbished in order to guarantee high quality services. Fresh products and typical local cakes, prepared with care and attention by the patron of the hotel don Antonio Gargano, are the main ingredients of the rich breakfast, served in the airy breakfast room or large panoramic terrace...

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Hotel Miramalfi

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:43:30 PM

Positioned on the Amalfi Drive, only a 15 minute stroll or a short bus ride from the centre of Amalfi, the hotel Miramalfi is surrounded by green hills and inviting blue waters. Set high on the rocky coast, is it a modern complex, decorated in Mediterranean style, with blue and green furnishings: Vietri ceramic tiles and rattan furniture all contribute to a cosy environment. There are two comfortable lounges, one with a television and a bar, and a spacious dining room with a spectacular view over Amalfi. A private lift and stairs take you down to the seawater swimming pool, where are sun terrace,...

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 4:39:13 PM

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Hotel Amalfi

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:45:15 PM

The hotel Amalfi has offered its warm hospitality since 1972. Located in one of the most ancient of the Italian sea republics, the building is an old, completely restored pasta factory situated in the Truglio quarter and accessible from the main street of Amalfi, Via Lorenzo d'Amalfi. Thanks to its long-standing origin, the hotel stands in a cool and dry place in the very centre of the town, only a few meters from the Cathedral, overlooking the main square from its top floor terrace where breakfast is served during summer. The third floor garden is a tranquil spot, shaded by fragrant orange and...

Last updated Tuesday, November 6, 2012 2:15:38 PM

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Hotel Floridiana

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:50:34 PM

Hotel Floridiana is set just in the historical centre, 50 mt. from the Dome and 100 mt. from the sea. It was the ancient residence of the Pisani Family in 1100, readapted in the end of 600 - early 700, restructured in the early 2004 without to change the characteristics. The monumental hall, from the frescoed vault to its furnishings, restored with love in its original magnificence is a proof of that. The interiors, standing out the warm and Mediterranean colours of Vietri majolica are wide, comfortable and executed with the greatest care for detail.

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 1:12:51 PM

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Hotel Fontana

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:52:15 PM

Hotel Fontana offer to its guest the advantage of a wonderful position: set between the sea and the main square it is immersed in the historical centre of Amalfi. Hotel Fontana prides itself on its friendly service and inviting atmosphere. Your day begins with a delicious buffet breakfast, which can be enjoyed in your room on request. The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable and have a view of the sea or the square with its impressive cathedral. Choose a Suite and in addition you will find a personal sauna and a hydro massage shower. OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND.

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 1:16:56 PM

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Hotel Il Nido

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:54:12 PM

Perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea, the hotel is at 15 minutes from Amalfi town centre and offers a peaceful holiday with a personal and sincere treatment. Built in 1959, Hotel Il Nido prides itself on being a family-run hotel, located just half a mile from Amalfi town centre. Enjoy the beauty of the Amalfi coastline by taking a swim on the beach, which can be reached simply by crossing the road and descending 90 steps. Particularly charming look the terraces of its rooms from which you can admire a fair scenery.

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 4:41:52 PM

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Hotel Lidomare

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:57:25 PM

The Hotel Lidomare is a 14th century building set in a small square near the sea, making it the ideal location for a walk around the charming town of Amalfi or a swim in the azure waters of the Mediterranean just 90m away. Cathedral bells provide charming background music for this home-from-home, tucked away in a courtyard behind Amalfi's bustling Cathedral Square. Expect typically Italian décor with some delightful antique touches: hotel's large rooms give the house an "old time" touch. The Cameras, who own and run the hotel assure their guests a hearty and a constant hospitality. The only way...

Last updated Tuesday, January 25, 2011 5:07:43 PM

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Residence Aurora

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Thursday, November 26, 2009 7:10:26 PM

Residence Aurora is located in the very heart of Amalfi, at 700 mt from the main property Hotel Aurora, where is check in and check out. The residence is made up of 3 pretty apartments, located in the old historical centre, close to all the main attraction of the area: at few meters from the main square and the bus stop they are the ideal base from which depart to discover the surroundings. All apartments have been recently refurbished and equipped with all modern comforts. White wash walls and blue ceramic tiles give the apartment a very fresh and Mediterranean Charme.

Last updated Tuesday, March 6, 2012 12:03:43 PM

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Villa Barbaro

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 6:01:51 PM

Villa Barbaro is a luxury villa which can accommodate up to 24 people. It is located on the hill between Amalfi and Atrani, in a unique panoramic position: looking from one side you see Atrani, with its intricate maze of houses built on top of each other, from the other side you see Amalfi and its blue sea. The villa is isolated from the noisy traffic, but at the same time is a short walk to the centre, immersed in lush lemon gardens. From the main road you climb a flight of steps (100 approx) till the gate of the Villa: once arrived you will feel repaid for the effort: the sun, the blue Mediterranean...

Last updated Monday, December 9, 2013 11:41:23 AM

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Villa Santa Croce

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Monday, February 14, 2011 4:58:05 PM

Perched in one of the most charming corner of the Divine coast, shaded by leafy and bright colored bougainvillea pergolas, Villa Santa Croce is an oasis of luxury and relaxation overlooking the sea, situated within a short distance from Amalfi's historical center and surrounded by a lush Mediterranean vegetation. Recently refurbished, Villa Santa Croce is a harmonious combination of elegance and typical elements of local hand-craft, furnishings and modern comforts, to ensure an unforgettable stay. The property is immersed in a natural landscape of breathtaking beauty, unique and special at the...

Last updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:54:27 PM

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Villa Santa Maria

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Monday, November 5, 2012 11:17:47 AM

Villa Santa Maria is a luxury residence designed to allow its guests to enjoy complete relaxation and privacy. Leaving the Amalfi coast drive by the ancient stairs (150 approx), you will soon be immersed in the tranquility of the villa, with its gardens and lemon groves, overlooking an extensive seaview. The residence provides seven bedrooms plus a junior suite in the garden, living room, private garden and terraces equipped with outdoor furniture and sofas, kitchen and cocktail bar, maxi jacuzzi, sauna, gym, beach and private dock. The villa features seven double rooms plus a junior suite in the...

Last updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:18:44 PM

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