This week’s photo celebrates the beautiful and picturesque town of Amalfi, a small town on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
I toured Amalfi one delightful afternoon in September 2010. I walked from one end of town to the other, taking in the sun, exploring its nooks and crannies, snapping photos, and stopping to rest once and while to revel and take in the wonder of such a stunning place. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time. I mean LOOK at this picture, just LOOK. Wow.
Wikipedia tells me that Amalfi is a town surrounded by “dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery”. Indeed. There’s jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring beauty at every turn. It’s no wonder that it’s a popular tourist destination and listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.
What is a Unesco World Heritage Site and why would you care? Wikipedia defines it as a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by UNESCO to have special cultural or physical significance and considered important to the common heritage of humanity. Amalfi certainly fits the bill.
Check out some of my other photos of the town:
Aside from the scenery, what else can be enjoyed in this town? A visit to Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, the Chiostro del Paradiso which houses tomb’s of Amalfi’s most prominent citizens, Museo della Carta to view old paper presses, or Aresenale to take in the latest art exhibit. You can even take to the sea for a boat tour or snorkelling/diving expedition. For a list of things to see and do in Amalfi, check out this great list from Lonely Planet.
Funny thing, I never did any of these things when I visited Amalfi. I was only there for a few hours and didn’t have time to take in more of the town. I think this means I need to return (especially after when I stare out my window at a snow-covered Toronto), something which I most certainly plan on doing!
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