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Friday, April 1, 2011 11:44:26 AM

Amalfi

The Latin inscription printed on the coat of arms perfectly identifies the origins of this ancient town Noble Mariner, which gives its name to one of the most beautiful and famous in the whole world: the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi, famous since the dawn of time, its history full of amazing stories, amazing inventions and the birthplace of famous people, rivals since the ninth century with other maritime republics, Pisa - Genoa - Venezia, for the control of the Mediterranean Sea (by tradition, each year a crew of rowers participated in the Amalfi Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics).

Another witness to the greatness and civilization of these people are the Tables of Amalfi, a maritime code, probably the most ancient Italian maritime states, which was used in all areas of the Mediterranean Sea until the sixteenth century.

One of the most famous citizens was probably Flavio Gioia, the inventor of the compass (always at the center of a dispute about his birth).

The succession of historical events has left a legacy of one of the most beautiful cathedrals of the entire national territory: the Duomo.

Made in Arab-Sicilian style, is now dedicated to St. Andrew, patron saint of the city. At first glance it may seem a unique architectural complex but is actually the overlap and it's accompanied by various churches built in different eras. Its beauty has inspired and yet still photographers and film-makers from all over the world to capture in their work the famous staircase that provides access inside the Cathedral. Today, many marriages in Amalfi and more, choose the background of the memory of their wedding this Cathedral, which is now a World Heritage Site.

Local crafts finds its highest expression in the ancient techniques of making paper, making the Amalfi paper a high quality product required and known everywhere.

The roots of the techniques of making paper lie in Arab domains, and it was used from Frederick II for public acts.

Even today in Amalfi, according to ancient recipes, it is still used.

Visit Amalfi and experience the history, the glorious past of this people and this land that, while in step with the times has left intact its spirit Marinaro and his noble vocation.

Last updated Monday, April 11, 2011 3:46:00 PM

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