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Amalfi Paper Museum: a journey back in time!

Amalfi, ancient Maritime Republic, symbol city and beating heart of the entire Amalfi Coast, is also known as the cradle of history, legends and ancient discoveries. One of the oldest one in the World: the invention of paper!

The discovery of paper, worldwide attributed to the ancient Chinese Civilization dating back to 105 AD, has literally traveled around the World from East to West. From Japan to Arabia, this ancient art reached the Mediterranean lands in the territories of the Maritime Republics: Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa and Venice that had great trade relations with the East in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. 

From historical records, the oldest of the Republics – Amalfi – had its own ‘workshops’ of paper located in the cities of Palermo, Messina and Syracuse until the rise of real paper mills along the so-called ‘Valle dei Mulini’ where the Canneto river flowed and still flows nowadays. From the Lattari Mountains, the river branches out into a long series of canals becoming the driving force of the machines from which was produced the finest Amalfi paper – better known as ‘bambagina paper’ from the name of the cotton used for its production ‘bambagia’ – turning into one of the most prestigious paper for notary deeds and royal transcripts.

The art of manufacturing paper was handed down from one generation to the next until the flood of 1954 which destroyed all the paper mills in the Valley. Only three paper mills managed to survive the flood, among them the paper mill of the Milano Family, the current site of the ancient Amalfi Paper Museum.

The Amalfi paper is still one of the most valuable and prestigious papers in the World. Discovering its history, production processes and watching the machines still working just like they used to be is definitely an experience not-to- be-missed. 

A real journey back in time #alongthecoast

Source: https://www.amalfipapermuseum.com/

September on the Amalfi Coast: Summer is not at its end!

The colorful places of the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful shorelines in the World, are usually thought as a destination not-to-be-missed during the summer season. Nothing could be more wrong!

The lively villages, the miles-long cliffs overlooking the sea, surrounding the Coast beaches, the wonderful crystal-blue waters and hidden bays;  countless spots of rare beauty and ancient charm turn the Amalfi Coast into the fav destination for tourists from all over the World throughout the year.

Family vacation, couple or friends trip, for a long period, for a short weekend break or a one-day stop. No matter what! The Summer season goes on even in September. If you’re wondering why you should visit the Amalfi Coast during this season, you just need to read on to find out more… 

THE WEATHER

The natural beauty of the Amalfi landscape goes perfectly with the typical September climate of the South. The hot summer temperatures leave room for a cooler climate, but still sunny! You can fully enjoy a dip in the sea, a walk through the narrow streets of the sea villages, an adventurous hiking path or a quiet boat excursion.

THE PEACE

The typical tourist flow begins to decrease and you can breathe that feeling of peacefulness in every single corner of the coast. Forget the chaos, the crowded streets, the traffic and the endless queues. No noise, just the sound of the waves and no doubt, a truly magical moment to discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast!

EXCLUSIVE PLACES

The real reason to visit the Amalfi Coast is the ‘exclusivity’ that the places reserve for anyone who visits them during this time of year. From almost deserted beaches to the less-crowded famous spots, every place will be exclusively waiting for you! Starting from the ancient Amalfi, a stop in Minori, Maiori and the tiny village of Atrani, reaching the beaches of Santa Croce and Duoglio, visiting the mysterious Emerald Grotto with a jump to the Fjord of Furore, enjoying the perched Ravello from the sea and still arriving at the wonderful Marina Grande in Positano. Place after place. 

Better time to discover the Amalfi Coast? 

Waiting for you #alongthecoast

5 interesting facts about the Amalfi Coast!

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The Amalfi Coast is one of the 55 sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List: did you know that?

The Amalfi Coast, also known as the Divine Coast, looks like a balcony suspended between the blue sea and the feet of the Lattari Mountains, situated in a long stretch of valleys and promontories among hollows, beaches and terraces with citrus growing. What is its main feature? The towns of the well-known coast are located 1 or 2 Kilometers away from each other and each one has its own traditions, peculiarities and interesting facts.


We’re going to tell you 5:

  1. The Amalfi Coast hosts one of the smallest villages in Italy: Atrani! It’s an amazing village to photograph from the sea for its small houses perched on the cliff as a kind of crib; and it’s a beautiful place to discover while you’re taking a quiet walk.
  2. The story goes that in the XIV century, in the village of Conca Dei Marini, there were some pretty women called “The Ianare” who used to protect olive trees and the harvest.
    Since then, during Shrove Tuesday, the “Ianare Carnival” is celebrated in the village. The term means “witch”. Learn it!
  1. The town of Amalfi was the first centre of papermaking. In fact, trade relations between Amalfi and the Arabs are well-known and probably locals learned all the secrets about papermaking from them. A great record!
  2. Santa Croce Beach is located immediately after the very famous Duoglio Beach. It hosts a cave that still contains the remains of a small chapel dedicated to the Holy Cross, used as a storage of goods that came by sea since the Middle Ages. Visit it with our excursions now! (https://www.gruppobattellieriamalfi.com/spiagge/)
  3. The natural Arch situated in front of Santa Croce Beach, is known to everyone as “The Arch of Baci Perugina”. Here, the advertisement dedicated to the famous Italian chocolate of lovers was shot. It’s impossible not to take a souvenir picture here.

Did these gems of the Amalfi Coast make you curious? Now, you just have to book a weekend on the Divine Coast and explore it both by land and sea going #alongthecoast with our boats. September is an extraordinary month for excursions and sea tours!

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