A WALK ROUND MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS
Amalfi is a place that will leave you breathless from the first sight: sun kissed for most of the year, this small town framed by mountains softly slopes down to the blue seawaters.
It looks like a beautiful woman lying relaxed on the sea, and you wouldn't think it possible that a thousand years ago it was such a busy town that it ruled the Mediterranean sea trade. Traces of this glorious past can be found in the Ancient Shipyards
of Amalfi Maritime Republic, where galleys were built, and in Amalfitan Navigation Law (known as “Tabula de Amalpha”), a copy of which, drawn up around 1400 a.C., is kept in the Town Museum
Walking along the narrow streets of the old town you can run into Saint Andrew’s Cathedral
, in Arab-Norman style, which, with his famous staircase, rise above the main square of the town. Crossing the magnificent Byzantine gate, cast in Constantinople in 1066 a.C., the interior with a nave and two aisles strikes the visitors for the beauty of the polychrome marble-faced columns, the coffered ceiling in pure gold, the silver and the precious canvas.
From the Cathedral you can move on to the Paradise Cloister
, a little gem in which the magic of Middle-Eastern Palaces come back to life; from the Cloister you can go in the Diocesan Museum of the Crucifix Basilica
, in which liturgical vestments, sculptures, mosaics and other treasures are kept.
A pleasure trip in search of Amalfitan culture can’t leave out the Paper Museum
, in the mouth of the wonderful Mills Valley where long ago, in addition to the mills for the production of pasta, there were many paper mill which, with their activity, brought Amalfi the leadership in paper working.