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“Interesting, just not a lot in it!”

Arsenale della Repubblica
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Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to the Amalfi Coast
Ranked #24 of 45 things to do in Amalfi
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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.
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“Interesting, just not a lot in it!”
Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

This museum was interesting, and the architectural building itself beautiful, however there just wasn't a lot in it. There are a lot of reproductions - and they covered a lot of topics - but we would've liked more on the ships themselves, and more detail regarding the compass making. I did like the maps showing the various product's traded from the surrounding ports and cities. I'd just like to see more!

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Barcelona, Spain
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“great place but poorly used”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Amazingly well preserved historical site used for building ships in the middle age. Made completely out of stones with a very interesting architecture. The site could be used much better. Currently it´s hosting a musical (very nice) and a museum (not worth the visit). Apparently it is also used for weddings.

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles
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“A Fascinating Look at the History of the Republic of Amalfi”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

A trip to this small but important museum in the heart of town is a must for anyone who has an interest in anything other than pizza and shopping. Amalfi was an independent republic and a seafaring power when most of Europe was hiding out in the Middle Ages. On par with Venice, Genoa and Pisa, Amalfi's power and wealth may not have endured, but it explains why it has the great Duomo that it does, the pageantry that is still celebrated and traditions such as fine paper-making that last to this day.

The displays were well organized and usually in both English and Italian. In less than an hour you'll have a real sense that Amalfi's fame is not limited to its pretty views.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Definitely worth a stop for some culture and history”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We found this museum very interesting. You lean about the history of the Republic that was Amalfi before it became part of Italy (in the 1800s), it was quite a powerhouse of trade. You only need about 40 or so minutes to see everything but it is definitely worth it. The museum is near the ferry and bus terminal, so very easy to get to. It was a nice diversion from all the eating and shopping.

Visited May 2013
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Portland, Australia
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“A diversion from eating and shopping!”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Museo della Bussola e del Ducato Marinaro di Amalfi is a wonderful diversion from the eating, shopping and promenading that seems to occupy the time of most visitors to Amalfi.
I came for a day round-trip by public bus from Salerno, but on arrival found little about Amalfi to excite me.
As a solo tourist from Australia it was culturally and historically informative to see the material collected and presented in the ancient shipyard, now the museum.
Some aspects of the material displayed seemed to be disconnected, but were relevant to the history of Amalfi: gorgeous robes worn by the elite, ship's compass, mariner's instruments and religious text manuscripts.
I recommend the museum as a cultural development exercise to jerk visitors back to reality: to escape the endless shopping, looking and ice-cream eating of Amalfi

Visited April 2013
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