From the 9th to the 11th century, the seafaring Republic of Amalfi rivaled the great maritime powers of Genoa and Venice, and its maritime code, the Tavole Amalfitane, was followed in the Mediterranean for centuries. This document is on view in the Civic Museum (Museo Civico), in Town Hall on Piazza Municipio ((tel) 089-8736211; free admission; open Mon–Fri 8am–1pm). Amalfi enjoys some prominence today as the major resort on the Amalfi Drive, tidily tucked between the slope of the steep Lattari mountains and the Bay of Salerno, where narrow public beaches flank the harbor.
The Duomo, Piazza del Duomo ((tel) 089-871059), evokes Amalfi’s rich past with a black-and-white facade and mosaics, sitting atop a monumental staircase. The Cloister of Paradise (Chiostro del Paradiso), to the left of the entrance, is decidedly Moorish, with a whitewashed quadrangle of interlaced arches and brightly colored geometric mosaics.
The tourist office (www.amalfitouristoffice.it; (tel) 089-871107) is in Palazzo di Città, Corso delle Repubbliche Marinare 19. It’s open Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2 to 6pm, Saturday 9am to noon. In winter, it is only open in the mornings.
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