What stands out amongst Amalfi’s many riches is without a doubt the magnificent Cathedral, a true jubilation of art dedicated to Sant’Andrea, patron of the city.
Before visiting the inside, one should stop to admire the massive bronze doors, the first to appear in Italy, made of a single block of metal in Constantinople in 1060, commissioned by a generous patrician from Amalfi.
Inside, the Duomo presents itself in Arab-Norman style, embellished with numerous modifications, which allow visitors to grasp the diverse components in the various artistic currents. From the Cathedral’s atrium you can access the Chiostro del Paradiso, built in Arabic style formed by columns and arches that frame palm-filled gardens.
Amalfi was one of the first worldwide manufacturers of paper, and you can learn about this production by visiting the Museo della Carta Amalfitana paper museum. The small companies found throughout the territory still continue to produce this prized artifact, mainly used for creating scrolls.
Amalfi is certainly an area rich in history and art, and also hides unique natural beauties such as Valle delle Ferriere, a trail located at the foot of Mount Lattari full of waterfalls, streams and typically tropical fauna specimens.