The Costiera Amalfitana is a landscape with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values. The steep slopes of the Monti Lattari, rising from the coast, are dotted with colourful little towns.
Between 839 and around 1200 this area formed an independent republic, with its own money and laws. The Maritime Republic of Amalfi was an important trading power in the Mediterranean during those days.
The following towns are part of the WHS:
Amalfi - Atrani - Cetara - Conca dei Marini - Corbara - Furore - Maiori - Minori - Montalbino - Praiano - Positano - Ravello - Scala - Sant'Egidio - Tramonti - Vietri sul Mare.
Visit January 2005
A visit to the Amalfi Coast is a refreshment course on driving curves. In my rented Nissan Micra I followed the road from Salerno to Positano. Some of the views of the coast and the small towns are awesome, but when you're the driver you've got other things on your mind. There's another majolica church tower - but be careful, there's also another bus coming around the corner.
Highlight of my day was Ravello. This town lays a few kilometers inland. Loud traditional music sounded from the Dome square when I arrived, it could be heard all over town. A band was playing (in celebration of New Years Day, I suppose) with children singing. The people at the square sang along at the catchy tunes. I felt so happy just standing there and being able to enjoy this moment.
After a while, the driving and the lack of places to stop got the best of me. The roads also got more and more busy. To enjoy this coast more fully, it's probably best to stay in one of the towns so you can sightsee on foot. I decided to end my trip to Amalfi with a fine lunch in Majori: caprese, with fresh mozzarella.
Jay T - November 2015
When I was young I often saw pictures of the Amalfi Coast on calendars, but to see it in person was incredible. This is a stunning landscape with cliffside villages perched above the sea; I can easily understand why it was recognized as a World Heritage Site. I visited the coast as part of a day tour from Naples in 2013, and I was very happy to have been on a bus tour. As much as I enjoy driving along coastal roads, I'm not sure I would have liked navigating all the curves and narrow town streets with the volume of tour buses on the same route. Our tour offered some walking time around Amalfi, which was a sun-soaked town with a beautiful cathedral dedicated to Saint Andrew. In Amalfi and all along the coastal route we passed citrus vendors selling fresh lemons grown on the mountain terraces; these lemons are used in the making of limoncello, a local liqueur. If I'd had more time, I would love to have visited or spent the night in other towns we passed, such as Positano or Ravello.
Logistics: You can reach the coast by car or bus, but the coast may be more enjoyable if you don't have to drive. There are also boat tours along the coast.
john booth - September 2011
The scenery around this coast is simply stunning, so to enjou it I took the bus from Salerno to Sorrento, stopping off at Cetara, Amalfi and Positano en route. The most rewarding visit was the side trip by bus from Amalfi up to Ravello. I too found this a delightful village with spectacular views.
There are two things to remember about the Amalfi Coast: the first is its beauty and the second is the harrowing journey it takes to get there. Based in Sorrento, I and my girlfriend visited Positano by bus, following the coastal road with its sharp turns and perilous contours. Surviving the ride, we were greeted, in the middle of April, to a hailstorm, which significantly hindered our walk through the town. Nevertheless, we eventually reached the beach, after many cafe pit stops along the way, where we ate lunch and admired the scenery of this incredibly picturesque coastline. Time constraints forced us to cut our visit short, but even the little time spent in Positano was sufficient to grasp the splendour of the landscape and to inspire a return visit in the future.
The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. The views of the coastline and the sea are fantastic from everywhere, and the little towns and villages have considerable charm and atmosphere. The town of Amalfi itself is very interesting as well, especially the cathedral. Some towns like Positano cater more to the rich and famous, but everybody will find a place to his liking. I agree that driving on this road is not very easy to do and requires lots of nerve and skill, but there are always public buses as well. All in all, a must-see if you are in the Naples area.
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Full name: Costiera Amalfitana
1997 - InscribedReasons for inscription
1997 - RevisionReduced from former TWHS Bay of Naples with Capri, Ischia and Procida
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- Dripstone Esmerald Cave
- Festivals Ravello Festival
- Invention of sweets Sfogliatelle invented in conservatorio di Santa Rosa da Lima in the 17th Century
- Iron production Valle delle Ferriere inland from Amalfi. Iron ore was shipped into Amalfi from Puglia and Elba. "There are many small streams which in places drop over impressive waterfails; these streams provided the power for the early paper and iron industries, the remains of which are widespread" (AB eval)
- Man-made Terraces used for the vineyards
- Paper Manufacture Paper Museum in Amalfi and remains of numerous paper mills in surrounds
- Sea Ports Amalfi port
- Oscar Niemeyer Niemeyer Auditorium (Ravello) inaugurated in 2010.
Religion and Belief
- Cathedrals St Andrew
- Legends and Folk Myths A boat transporting an icon of the Ascention of the Lady heard a mysterious voice 'posa, posa' ('put,put'), so they stopped their ship at Positano's shore and left the icon at its central church. This is the origin of Positano's name
- Religious Relics Saint Andrew's relics
- Built in the 9th century Independent Republic from 839 on, and became a maritime trading power from the 9th century. Amalfi Cathedral dates from the 9th century too, though it and other major monuments have been altered and added in the course of the 10th-13th centuries