Amalfi travel guide :.
Breathtaking views, history,
traditions, and modern comforts, are all represented in Amalfitan
life today, giving its visitors the chance to spend a relaxing,
and exciting holiday at the same time.
Amalfi's origin dates back to the first century A.C. when the Roman
aristocracy built luxurious villas in this area. Soon Amalfi, and
its surrounding towns, became refined and well developed communities.
Amalfi prospered mainly because of the wealthy commerce opportunities
with many other populations around the Mediterranean Sea. Amalfi
owned a powerful fleet of ships, and had strong marine traditions,
and laws (Tabula de Amalpha). Today, Amalfi still maintains its
fishing traditions, and has a number of fully functional, traditional,
fishing boats. Amalfitans are also very proud of one of their most
famous mariners, Flavio Gioia, the inventor of the compass.
Amalfi's proud people gained their independence in 838 fighting
against the Longobardi Empire. Unfortunately the Pisan army conquered
Amalfi between the XI, and the XII century. The watch towers, which
are still scattered around the coastline, stay as a charming and
everlasting sign of these conflicts.
With its views, culture, food, and much more, Amalfi is surely able
to surprise you!