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Ranked #31 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
  • Very old 08/01/2014
Owner description: Built in the 10th century, the church has a square plan with front porch and is divided into three naves with barrel vaults.... more » Owner description: Built in the 10th century, the church has a square plan with front porch and is divided into three naves with barrel vaults. The oldest pieces in the church are: marble slab of the 12th century, depicting two peacocks. Doors of bronze, made in 1087, were donated to the church by the noble Atranese Viarecta Pantaleone. « less
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Ranked #32 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: In the heart of the Medieval town of Salerno, at the back of Fusandola torrent and of the old Mediaval walls, a terraced... more » Owner description: In the heart of the Medieval town of Salerno, at the back of Fusandola torrent and of the old Mediaval walls, a terraced fenced orchard is situated. In it the remains of a glorious and rich history can be still seen: it is the so called Minerva’s Garden. This structure develops along the orchard line which from the Town Villa gardens goes up to the Medieval Castle. Minerva’s Garden is exactly situated in the middle of this ideal itinerary and it is certainly the most interesting example of orchard for the art-historical valuesit represents.What is today really striking for any visitor – thanks to a restoration work completed in September 2000 - is an interesting variety of eighteenth century style elements.Among these the most characteristic one is a long staircase emphasized by cross plan pilasters, with stucco decorations supporting a pergola. The staircase, linking and evidently framing the different levels of the garden, ends up to a belvedere-terrace which is also covered with a pergola, it is built on the old walls and allows a wide and privileged view of the sea including the port, the historical centre of the town and the hills.The water system, composed of basins and fountains, one of them for each terrace, with decorations made from calcareous concretions, shows the presence of abundant water sources which, suitably canalized have over centuries allowed – besides other uses – the cultivation of plots of land. This site is characterized by a special microclimate, fostered by a poor influence of north winds and by a favourable exposure, which still today allows the cultivation and spontaneous propagation of plant species needing a particularly moist and warm climate.Since the twelfth century Silvatico family had owned these places, one of its members, Matteo, physician of the Salernitan School of Medicine, between the thirteenth and fourteenth century, distinguished himself as big expert of the plants used for producing remedies. His work called Opus pandectarum medicinae, is a precious collection of information about semplici, that is on parts of plants which were used for producing remedies.In fact, after a careful examination of the historical documents and sources, scholars have proved the existence in the area of the Medieval town of Salerno, of a garden called giardino dei semplici, (garden from which parts of plants were extracted) founded in the first twenty years of 1300 by the Salernitan physician and botanist Matteo Silvatico, for being used by the scholars of the Medical School. In this space of an extraordinary cultural value, which can be today identified just in the area of Minerva’s Garden, the plants from which active principles used for a therapeutic purpose were extracted, were cultivated;besides this, in this place a real didactic activity was carried out in order to show the students of the Medical school the plants with their names and their characteristics (ostensio simplicium).This background testifies that the garden, situated in the area of the old site of the hortus sanitatis of the Salernitan Medical School, can be considered the oldest botanic garden linked to a school of medicine. « less
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Ranked #33 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #35 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #36 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Ancient Ruins; Castles; Cultural
Castle ruins date back to the Goth and Byzantine periods.
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Ranked #37 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #38 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: The Cathedral, built during the 11th century, consists of three naves, separatred by two colonnades, each of which is formed... more » Owner description: The Cathedral, built during the 11th century, consists of three naves, separatred by two colonnades, each of which is formed by eight coloumns of granite, transept and crypt. The famous bronze doors, made by Barisano from Trani using the relief-techinque, were given to the Cathedral in 1179 by Sergio Muscettola, an important member of the Ravello patriciate. The ambo of Epistle (12th Century)is marked by bizantine decorations and is decorated by mosaics representing the Giona's story, a symbol of the Death and Resurrection of Christ. The pulpit made by Nicola di Bartolomeo from Foggia in 1272 is a present of Nicola Rufolo. It rests on six twist coloums adorned with mosaics; the backs of six lions are the base of these coloums. It's richly adorned with mosaic slabs representing geometrical, animal and plant decorations. Th marble chapel of St. Pantaleone, patron of Ravello, was built during the 17th century to preserve the precious relic of the patrons's blood. The miracle of liquefaction dates from 1057 in Constantinople. « less
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Palazzo Murat (Positano)
Ranked #39 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #40 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #41 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural

It is a beautiful church but brides getting married there should be aware that you have to walk to the church down cobble stones or come by boat and walk from the pier, as the... more »

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Ranked #42 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #43 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #44 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #45 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Spiaggia Grande (Positano)
Ranked #46 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #47 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Ranked #48 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural
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Ranked #49 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Spiaggia della Crestarella (Vietri sul Mare)
Ranked #50 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #51 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: Based on the East side of the Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro, the exclusive exotic garden "Beniamino Cimini" is split in levels,... more » Owner description: Based on the East side of the Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro, the exclusive exotic garden "Beniamino Cimini" is split in levels, making the most of the typical terraces on the Amalfi Coast commonly engaged by scented lemon groves. With further 3500 square metres extension, the garden offers its visitors the delights of a botanic oasis, formed by cactaceae and succulente, with approximately 2000 different plants and a rare collection of cristate that stands out among them. A green corner with an exotic touch, therefore, set on a natural scenery of sublimed beauty dedicated to Beniamino Cimini who committed his life to the intensive farming and growing of this collection of exemplary nature. A passion materialized in a botanic garden near the sea, the ideal place for pleasant walks and relaxing ways to spend your time, sipping a cocktail or a glass of wine, flipping through the pages of a magazine or a good book. « less
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Ranked #52 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The ancient shipyard, monument to Amalfi's sea power, is surprisingly well preserved in its unique medieval form. Its... more » Owner description: The ancient shipyard, monument to Amalfi's sea power, is surprisingly well preserved in its unique medieval form. Its impressive elegant architecture, modelled from stone and mortar, consist of two parallel aisles covered by a double series of separate cross-vaults, supported by ten pillars. The museum of the Compass and of the Maritime Duchy of Amalfi documents and illustrates the great history of the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi. The museum's collection illustrates the evolution of nautical navigational instruments, among which is the compass, "invented", according to tradition by the Amalphitan Flavio Gioia, in 1302. The compass revolutionized navigation techniques, thereby opening up ocean rautes to the "New World". "The City-State", founded in839, remainded politically independent until 1135. Artefacts and relics represent the fundamental historical factors which permitted and preserved Amalfi's political autonomy,its social progress based on the rule of law and its economic prosperity:. The Translation's body of the Apostle St. Andrew from Constantinople to Amalfi, is re-evoked in a precious miniature of the Pontificalis ad usum ecclesiae salernitanae 492 and by the rare chronicle edited in 1656 by Andrè Du Saussay, Andreas frater Simon Petri deu de Gloria S.Andreae Apostuli. Exhibits of Roman and Medieval sculpture, ancient parchments, codices and manuscripts, statues in tufa, portraits of personages who belongs to the "Mythology of Amalfi", cartographic illustrations of the entity of the Duchy of Amalfi, artistic costumers of merchants and Ladies, knights and sailors, standard bearers and ambassadors, the duke and his bride, created according to the original model-designs of Roberto Scielzo (1955), all enable the visitor to relive one of the most exceptional moments in the history of Italy. « less
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Ranked #53 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #54 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #55 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #56 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Islands; Outdoors
Ranked #57 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #58 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #59 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
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Ranked #60 of 98 attractions in Amalfi Coast
Category: Museums
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