|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Official name||Costiera Amalfitana|
|Criteria||Cultural: (ii), (iv), (v)|
|Inscription||1997 (21st Session)|
|Area||11,231 ha (43.36 sq mi)|
The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During the 10th–11th centuries, the Duchy of Amalfi existed on the territory of the Amalfi Coast, centered in the town of Amalfi. The Amalfi coast was later controlled by the Principality of Salerno, until Amalfi was sacked by the Republic of Pisa in 1137.
Like the rest of the region, the Amalfi Coast lies in a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm summers and mild winters. It is located on the relatively steep southern shore of the Sorrentine Peninsula, leaving little room for rural and agricultural territories. The coast comprises 11,231 hectares between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. The only land route to the Amalfi Coast is the 40 kilometres (25 mi) long Strada Statale 163 which runs along the coastline from the town of Vietri sul Mare in the east to Positano in the west. Thirteen municipalities are located on the Amalfi Coast, many of them centered on tourism.
|Vietri sul Mare||Albori, Benincasa, Dragonea,[a] Molina, Raito||Church of Saint John Baptist|
|Cetara||Fuenti||Tower of Cetara|
|Maiori||Erchie, Ponteprimario, San Pietro, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Vecite||Collegiata di Santa Maria, Castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano, Santa Maria de Olearia|
|Tramonti||Campinola, Capitignano, Cesarano, Corsano, Figlino, Gete, Novella, Paterno Sant'Arcangelo, Paterno Sant'Elia, Pietre, Polvica,[b] Ponte, Pucara||Conservatory of Pucara, Rupestrian Church in Gete|
|Minori||Montecita, Torre||Church of Santa Trofimena and the ancient Roman villa|
|Ravello||Casa Bianca, Castiglione, Marmorata, Sambuco, Torello||Villa Cimbrone, Villa Rufolo, San Giovanni del Toro, and the Duomo (Cathedral)|
|Scala||Campidoglio, Minuta, Pontone||Scala Cathedral|
|Atrani||none||Churches of San Salvatore del Birecto and Santa Maria Maddalena|
|Amalfi||Lone, Pastena, Pogerola, Tovere, Vettica Minore||Amalfi Cathedral, and its cloister (Italian: Chiostro del Paradiso)|
|Conca dei Marini||none||Main church of Saint John Baptist and the Emerald Grotto|
|Furore||Fiordo di Furore, Marina di Praia[c]||Fjord of Furore|
|Praiano||Vettica Maggiore||Churches of San Luca and San Gennaro and Saint John Baptist|
|Positano||Montepertuso, Nocelle||Church of Santa Maria Assunta|
The Amalfi Coast is known for its production of limoncello liqueur as the area is a known cultivator of lemons, known as sfusato amalfitano in Italian, which are grown in terraced gardens along the entire coast between February and October. Amalfi is also a known maker of a hand-made thick paper which is called bambagina. Other renowned local products are a particular kind of anchovies (local Italian: alici) from Cetara, and the colorful handmade ceramics from Vietri.
There are buses and ferries along the Amalfi Coast. There are also boat excursions from Positano and Amalfi.
In popular culture
In the last episode of the popular TV series Entourage, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and Mrs. Gold (Perrey Reeves) are seen relaxing at the Amalfi Coast when Ari receives a phone call to become the chairman of Time Warner.
The Amalfi Coast is a popular destination among tourists. It was featured in Positano, a short story written by American author John Steinbeck in 1953. It was also the setting in "Finding Positano, A Love Story" written by author William James in 2010.
The city of Positano featured prominently in scenes of the film Under the Tuscan Sun.
Audrey Hepburn stars in a Galaxy chocolate commercial set on the Amalfi coast. Caught in traffic, she accepts an offer to ride in a male interest's car and switches transport. She is last seen riding up the coast.
For the 2017 American superhero film Wonder Woman based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the filming location for the Amazon island of Themyscira, the birthplace of Wonder Woman herself, the movie's producers searched all over the world, finally settling on shooting locations in Italy, specifically the Amalfi Coast. In the film, the idyllic island nation of Themyscira – Princess Diana's homeland – displays a setting of cobalt-blue sea, tranquil beaches, craggy cliffs and lush greenery. The challenge for Wonder Woman's production designer, Aline Bonetto, was finding such a place. The problem was, all the beautiful beaches in the world that sit below big cliffs disappear beneath the tide, so for a part of every day you have no beach. Bonetto and her location manager Charles Somers considered 47 different countries and visited several of them before they found what they were looking for: Italy's dramatic Amalfi Coast. Bonetto explains in a Radio Times interview that, "Italy had beautiful weather, a beautiful blue-green sea, not too much tide, not too much wave. Our effects team added some cliffs in post-production, and it was the perfect way to go".
- Includes the localities of Iaconti and San Vincenzo.
- Polvica is the municipal seat of Tramonti.
- Partly included in the municipality of Praiano.
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