Flavio Gioia squareis
considered the entrance door of Amalfi because it is the first square visited by tourists ones arrived to Amalfi. Not far from it you can find the heart of the historical centre–Duomo Square.
In the centre of Flavio Gioia square one can find the monument to the citizen after whom the square is named, who invented the compass according to the 15th century tradition. The monument is the work of art of Alfonso Balzico made in 1892.
Fountain of ST Andrew the Apostle or of the People
built in 1760 is located in the southern part of the square Flavio Gioia.
La Cattedrale di S. Andrea Apostolo
is a 9th-century Roman Catholic structure in the Piazza del Duomo of Amalfi. It is constructed predominantly in Arab-Norman Romanesque architectural style and it has been remodeled several times, adding Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic, and Baroque elements. The cathedral includes the adjoining 9th century Basilica of the Crucifix. The steps leading from the basilica bring you to the Crypt of St. Andrew.
The Amalfi Table
The “Tabula de Amalpha” is the famous maritime code produced by people of Amalfi between the XI and the XIV century. It consists of 66 chapters (of which 21 are in Latin),where everything concerning navigation, freight, insurance indemnities, the obligations and rights of the sailor was codified.
This maritime code was redeemed by Austria in 1929.
One of the oldest chapters, part of the “Column Contract”, provides the profit sharing for all the members or “caratists” who took part in the “societas maris”. Tabula itself provided some forms of assistance for those members unable to participate in the journey for reasons not dependent on their will, the payment of the ransom for those caught by the pirates, expressions of authentic social-democracy “ante litteram”.
The Amalfi Card Museum
The Amalfi Card Museum is a former paper mill turned into a museum in 1969 by the wish of Nicola Milano, the owner of the paper mill and belonging to one of the famous Amalfi families involved in the production and manufacture of Amalfi paper (or cardboard paper ).
The museum, located in the Mill Valley houses machines and equipment (properly restored and perfectly functional) used in the old paper mill to make paper by hand. On the first floor there is also an exhibition of photographs and documentary prints and a themed library containing the books about the production techniques, bearing in mind the importance of this product in the history of the maritime republic. The guided tour, which lasts about 15-20 minutes, also includes the opportunity to participate in the production of a sheet of Amalfi paper.