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Amalfi: statue of Flavio Gioia, whom residents credit with the invention of the magnetic compass in 1302. Historians can\'t verify he actually existed, but an improvement to the compass did occur in Amalfi during that time period.
Taken: Jul 16, 2006
waterfront area of Amalfi. The Amalfi coast is named for this town, which was one of the first cities to trade goods between Europe and points East after Rome fell.
The Duomo (cathedral) of Amalfi, built c. 1000-1300. We climbed all those stairs, and thought it was closed--turns out we could\'ve gone in a different door...
Amalfi was a powerful maritime republic in the 10th and 11th centuries. Today its residents mostly live off tourism.
There are some beautiful ceramic shops in Amalfi and other towns in Italy. We saw some gorgeous ceramics in Florence, too. Note the lemons on some of the pots.
This is a neat shop we visited in Amalfi. We bought wine here to ship home--Lacrima de Christi--the tears of Christ.
The area of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento produces several different kinds of lemons. You see them everywhere: painted on ceramics, bottles of limoncello (a candy-like liquor with a big kick), and lemons at the fruit stand the size of a softball!
The drive along the Amalfi coast was beautiful. Bob sat by the window and took pictures.
Taken: Jul 15, 2006
A view along the Amalfi coast
We were up very high as we drove along the Amalfi coast. At points the road was very narrow and there were a lot of switchbacks.
The bus drivers all agree that the Amalfi coast highway is the worst to drive. At one point our bus was going up and another was going down and because there were two curves at that point, they couldn\'t pass!
The coast is quite rocky, with some high cliffs and little towns on the hillsides and beautiful bays.
We could see all kinds of small towns.
At one point the bus pulled into a lookout so we could take pictures.
There are flowers all over!
Bob at the viewing area along the Amalfi coast.
Looking down along the Amalfi coast.
Cliffs and towns along the Amalfi coast.
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