Port of Call Information

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Amalfi, Italy


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Overview

Amalfi is a town in Campania, Italy. The town of Amalfi was the capital of The Maritime Republic of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 AD and around 1200 AD. Amalfi is first revealed in the 6th century, and soon gained value as a maritime power, trading its grain, salt and slaves from the interior, and even timber, for the gold dinars minted in Egypt and Syria, in order to purchase the silks of the Byzantine empire that it resold in the West. Amalfi, under his line of dukes, remained independent, except for a brief period of Salernitan dependency under Guaimar IV, until 1073. In that year it fell to Norman Apulia, but was granted many rights. However, in 1131, it was reduced by King Roger II of Sicily, who had demanded the keys to its citadel and had been declined. In 1135 and 1137, it was taken by the Picas, and quickly deteriorated in importance.

Things to Do

You can see relics of the biblical past. The Catholic Encyclopedia notes that Saint Andrew's relics were brought from Constantinople to Amalfi in Campania, Italy, by Pietro, cardinal of Capua, an Amalfian, in 1206 after the conclusion of the town's cathedral. The cathedral, devoted to St Andrew, contains a tomb in its crypt that it maintains still holds the body of the apostle.

You can also visit the Paper Mill museum and learn the history of paper. Old tales tell that Ts’ai Lun was finding himself at the shore in a pool of laundry which was squandering water of some, probably wear out textiles. The laundry, suffering hard under the rubbing and beating began, to fray and small fibers began to float but later on they began to reunite into a small sheets at the feet of Ts’ai Lun.

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