(Amalfi, Campania, Italy)
A number of the museums around Amalfi relate to its rich religious past and a number are grouped close to the Duomo. Located next to the Duomo's cloister (Chiostro del Paradiso) is a small and interesting museum, filled with Episcopal and medieval treasures.
Amalfi is famous throughout Italy for its rich paper making heritage and the town began producing huge amounts of paper as far back as the 12th century, to meet the growing need in Italy for endless legal documents. This fact is very much celebrated at Amalfi's Paper Museum, which is known locally in Italian as the 'Museo della Carta'.
Museo della Carta (Paper Museum)
Address: Via delle Cartiere, Amalfi, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 0328 318 8626
The Museo della Carta is set within an actual 13th-century paper mill, which remains in full working order. Visitors will be able to follow the whole paper making process, with rags and hemp being beaten to form pulp, before being diluted to make a paste and spread over wide frames, drained and dried. You can purchase handmade paper in the museum's gift shop, which many people find makes the perfect souvenir.
Open hours: charge
Admission: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
Address: Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 089 871 059
The Sant'Andrea Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in Amalfi and dominates the Piazza del Duomo. Inside the cathedral itself are many religious treasures and unexpected exhibits, including an 18th-century Sedan chair from China. The cathedral also boats some fine stone statues and beautiful, intricate mosaic work.
Open hours: daily, April to June - 09:00 to 19:00; July to September - 09:00 to 21:00; October and March - 09:30 to 17:15; November to February - 10:00 to 13:00, 14:30 to 16:30
Museo Civico (Civic Museum)
Address: Palazzo Municipio, Amalfi, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 089 871 066
Located on the Palazzo Municipio, the Museo Civico is actually housed within the Town Hall building and next to the Corso Repubbliche. Although this is a small attraction comprising just one room, the exhibits are interesting and include many important historical documents and the town's Tavole Amalfitane (Tavoliere), which is a priceless and extremely old manuscript. The Tavole Amalfitane actually details the maritime laws that were enforced until 1570, throughout the Mediterranean. Almafi's Civic Museum is also home to a number of noteworthy artefacts relating to its well-known merchant adventurer, Flavio Gioia.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:30 to 13:00