Amalfi Coast - Italy
Amalfi Coast - Italy
The Amalfi Coast (Italian: Costiera Amalfitana) is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea, located in the Province of Salerno of southern Italy.
The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Amalfi Coast History
During the 10th–11th centuries, the Duchy of Amalfi existed on the territory of the Amalfi Coast, centered in the town of Amalfi. The Amalfi coast was later controlled by the Principality of Salerno, until Amalfi was sacked by the Republic of Pisa in 1137.
Amalfi Coast Geography
Like the rest of the region, the Amalfi Coast lies in a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm summers and mild winters. It is located on the relatively steep southern shore of the Sorrentine Peninsula, leaving little room for rural and agricultural territories.
The coast comprises 11,231 hectares between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. The only land route to the Amalfi Coast is the 40 kilometres (25 mi) long Strada Statale 163 which runs along the coastline from the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west.
Thirteen municipalities are located on the Amalfi Coast, many of them centered on tourism.
Amalfi Coast Municipalities
Municipality Frazioni Attractions
Vietri sul Mare Albori, Benincasa, Dragonea, Molina, Church of Saint John Raito Baptist
Cetara Fuenti Tower of Cetara
Maiori Erchie, Ponteprimario, San Pietro, Collegiata di Santa Maria,
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Vecite Castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano, Santa Maria de Olearia
Tramonti Campinola, Capitignano, Cesarano, Conservatory of Pucara,
Corsano, Figlino, Gete, Novella, Rupestrian Church
Paterno Sant'Arcangelo, in Gete
Paterno Sant'Elia, Pietre,
Polvica, Ponte, Pucara
Minori Montecita, Torre Church of Santa Trofimena and the ancient Roman villa
Ravello Casa Bianca, Castiglione, Villa Cimbrone,
Marmorata, Sambuco, Villa Rufolo,
Torello San Giovanni del Toro,
and the Duomo
Scala Campidoglio, Minuta, Pontone Scala Cathedral
Atrani none Churches of San Salvatore del Birecto and Santa Maria Maddalena
Amalfi Lone, Pastena, Pogerola, Amalfi Cathedral,
Tovere, Vettica Minore and its cloister (Italian: Chiostro del Paradiso)
Conca dei Marini none Main church of Saint John Baptist and the
Furore Fiordo di Furore, Marina di Praia Fjord of Furore
Praiano Vettica Maggiore Churches of San Luca and San Gennaro and
Saint John Baptist
Positano Montepertuso, Nocelle Church of Santa Maria Assunta
Amalfi Coast Economy
The Amalfi Coast is known for its production of limoncello liqueur as the area is a known cultivator of lemons, known as sfusato amalfitano in Italian, which are grown in terraced gardens along the entire coast between February and October. Amalfi is also a known maker of a hand-made thick paper which is called bambagina. Other renowned local products are a particular kind of anchovies (local Italian: alici) from Cetara, and the colorful handmade ceramics from Vietri.
Amalfi Coast Transport
There are buses and ferries along the Amalfi Coast. There are also boat excursions from Positano and Amalfi.
Amalfi Coast Airport
The nearest airport is the Salerno Costa d'Amalfi Airport. However, the most used airport to reach the area from abroad is Naples International Airport (Napoli-Capodichino).
Amalfi Coast in Popular Culture
Amalfi Coast Tourism Details
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Amalfi Coast Location: Campania, Italy
Amalfi Coast Coordinates: 40°38′N 14°36′E