The City

At the mouth of the Valle dei Mulini, Amalfi gently overlooks the sea with its characteristic collection of houses clinging to the rock, narrow alleys amidst a pattern of arches and gateways, and ancient towers guarding the town.

Amalfi was founded by the Romans around the 4th century AD. Its establishment as a Maritime Republic in the Middle Ages, intense relations with the Arab and Byzantine worlds made it a 'rich and opulent city' throughout the Mediterranean basin.

Famous for its trade and diplomatic relations, it linked its name to Flavio Gioia's compass and the Amalfi Tables, the first of the maritime legal codes.

The parchment scrolls of the curial acts in the Duchy of Naples were replaced by handmade paper, and the lemons, in their exclusive variety of 'sfusati amalfitani,' crossed national borders to Europe and the world.

The artistic and architectural value of its monuments, the indescribable beauty of the landscape, the folklore of traditions have made it an incomparable place, so much so that Renato Fucini said, 'for the Amalfitans who will go to Heaven, it will be just like any other day.'

How to Reach Amalfi

Highway A3, exit Vietri sul Mare at km. 20, continue along S.S. 163.

The Municipality can also be reached by public bus services.

Slices of Culture and Nature in Amalfi

  • Civic Museum
  • Paper Museum
  • Diocesan Museum
  • Museum of Peasant Civilization, Arts, and Crafts
  • Cloister of Paradiso
  • Cloister of San Pietro a Tuczolo
  • Cloister of the Conventual Minor Friars
  • Municipal Palace
  • Arsenals of the Republic
  • Capo di Vettica Tower
  • Castle and remains of the Pogerola Tower
  • Tumulo Tower or Capo d'Atrani
  • Cathedral of St. Andrew
  • Basilica of the Crucifix
  • Cathedral Bell Tower
  • Cathedral Crypt
  • Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve
  • Valle dei Mulini
  • Ancient Paper Mills