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The Amalfi Coast (Coasteria Amalfitana) is a stretch of rocky coastline situated on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in Southern Italy. While the area is now home to thousands of tourists every year, the Amalfi Coast has had quite a rocky history (pun intended). Throughout the 10th and 11th centuries, the Duchy Amalfi, an independent state, occupied the territory known today as the Amalfi Coast. After its tenure as the Duchy Amalfi, the area fell under rule of the Principality of Salerno, until its takeover by the Republic of Pisa in 1137. It wasn’t until the unification of Italy in the 19th century that the Amalfi Coast began to experience revitalization and growth.

The area is so picturesque that it was designated a cultural landscape by the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The territory’s Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters, makes Amalfi an even more desirable address. Its 13 municipalities include the breathtakingly beautiful Positano and charming Vietri sul Mare.

Besides its sweeping vistas and optimal climate, the Amalfi Coast offers a a plethora of activities and local delicacies. Within the stretch of coastline, you can take a tour via sail boat or yacht, chill with local shopkeepers and artisans through the Amalfi Village Tour, and check out Greek Temples at Paestum and the 13th century Duomo and Cloister. Of course, one of the biggest treasures of the Amalfi Coast is its unbeatable Italian cuisine. On an excursion to Naples and Pompeii, you can devour a brick oven pizza or fresh pasta. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, venture to Cilento and visit the farm where 400 buffalo are raised to produce mouthwatering Mozzarella di Bufula. The Coast is also home to many vineyards, where you can tour and samples the district’s best wines. To truly experience Amalfi, though, you must try the limoncello, a liqueur for which the territory is famous. Salute! 

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Tucker is a junior at Fordham University studying Political Science and Art History. He enjoys food, historical nonfiction, and Netflix marathons.

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  1. Great photo! I love the Amalfi Coast, its one of, if not the best coastlines in the world in my opinion. My favourite thing to do there is hop from town to town on the ferry and walk the picturesque cobblestone streets of these towns eating gelato.

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