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A trip to the Amalfi Coast is always a good idea… here are some tips on what to visit on the Amalfi Coast when it rains!

by Annalisa Russo

The Divine Amalfi Coast is amazing even during the autumn when the rhythms slow down and the tourist flow decreases considerably! This is the perfect moment if you don’t love the crowd or you can’t stand the heat. Moreover, it could be a good idea if you are looking for a better offer! Nevertheless, there’s a good chance you will run into some rainy days!
I am sure you will have a good memory of the Amalfi Coast even if it rains. It is a territory full of wonderful things that not only offers beaches, crystal clear sea and natural trails but also a lot of arts, history and extra activities that allow you to immerse yourself in the local traditions.
Here are some tips for you!

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Things to do on rainy days on the Amalfi Coast

1. The MAR of Positano

If you are in Positano on a rainy autumn day, the MAR, the Roman Archeological Museum of Positano is a must-see, especially if you love arts and history. As a matter of fact, it has been an example of the historical, artistic, and cultural heritage of this pearl of the Amalfi Coast since 2018. I am sure you will be surprised by this place that will give you the possibility to travel through time. The Museum is divided into two crypts, the upper one, the medieval one, and a portion of villa dating back to the I century AD that was rebaptized as “the small Pompeii of the Amalfi Coast”. Incredibly, people used to go past the Church of Santa Maria Assunta without being aware that under their  feet was hidden such a jewel. So this Roman villa, now brought to light, is located 11 meters below the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and this museum is situated just behind its bell tower. In conclusion, it is always a good idea to visit the MAR both to get out of the rain or the muggy heat thanks to its internal temperature of 16 degrees, necessary for the preservation of the works of art.

2. The Coral Museum of Ravello

Ravello which is famous in the world especially for its villas, Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, but it will win your heart even on a rainy day! In the main square of Ravello, “piazza Vescovado”, near the Cathedral that hosts the relics of S. Pantaleone, there is "Camo". At first glance, "Camo" seems to be a simple shop, but actually, it has been a museum dedicated to the ancient art of coral manufacturing since 1986.
The project creator was Giorgio Filocamo that decided to keep up the family traditions with this project. In this place, you will find a perfect combination of arts, handcraft, and history thanks to its precious cameos, nacres, and so on. One of the most important pieces of art is the Christ in coral, gold, rock crystal, and silver of Sansovino dating back to the 17th century. In conclusion, this place is a must-see if you love this old and amazing type of art and wish to buy a precious souvenir.

3. The Paper Museum of Amalfi

You will reach the Paper Museum in about 10-15 minutes walking from the Cathedral of Amalfi. This is a perfect place if you are looking for a unique and interactive experience. Here you will be able to feel the emotion of the birth of the paper of Amalfi also known as bambagina, the pride of this town. When it was created in the 13th century, this building was an ancient paper factory, then turned into a museum at the behest of the paper manufacturer Nicola Milano.
The machines used in paper production are the same employed in the past, even if this seems hard to believe ! In conclusion, this place allows you to travel through time: it will be a surprise both for adults and children!

4. The Ancient Arsenal of the Republic of Amalfi

The ancient Arsenal of Amalfi is located in Largo Cesareo Console, not far from the Cathedral and the square “Piazza Flavio Gioia”, nearby the port. This is an ancient shipyard entirely built of stone where in the past the warships, especially galleys, were built and repaired. In addition, it was so huge that it reached the sea and it was characterized by 3 lanes where the hull of ships were built. Today only two lanes are still visible and the Arsenal hosts part of the collections of the Museum "Museo della Bussola e del Ducato marinaro", an example of the prestigious past of this ancient maritime republic. In conclusion, visiting the Arsenal allows you to travel through time thanks to its old structure and its architecture that recalls the Islamic one.

5. The provincial Museum of Ceramics of Vietri sul Mare

Instead, if you want to know more about the Vietri pottery visit Villa Guariglia in the small town of Raito in Vietri sul Mare. It  hosts the ceramics museum and shows the artisans' skills of the past. It is divided into three sectors: the old and votive handcrafts dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, the daily-use objects dating from the 19th century, and the German production dating from the 20th century.

6. The cooking class

If you want to have a unique, tasty, and pleasurable experience, take part in a cooking class. You will learn traditional culinary techniques handed down in the local families for generations and you will be able to make by yourself traditional dishes such as fresh handmade pasta, pizza, and pastries

7. Wine cellars Marisa Cuomo in Furore

If you love good wine, the wine cellars Marisa Cuomo in Furore is a must-see. Its vineyards are famous because of their juicy and tasty grapes. Furthermore, one of the best white wines in Italy is produced here: the Fiorduva.

So, while you wait for the sun to shine again, let yourself be surprised by these wonderful places and experiences that will make your stay on the Amalfi Coast unique and unforgettable.

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