Legend has it that Hercules sought the most beautiful place in the world to bury his beloved nymph Amalfi, thus giving the name to the city he built. According to tradition, it was founded by the Romans, who moved the present Melfi from “Melphes” in the fourth century. they founded “A-Melphes”; or from the Roman gens Amarfia of the 1st century AD, hence the name.
Amalfi, the first Maritime Republic (839 AD), has always been an important attraction for its patrons, thanks to its mild climate, divine landscape, history and culture. The beauty of Amalfi and other areas of the coast have fascinated people of the caliber of Boccaccio, who in the Decameron exalts them as the most delightful parts of Italy.
And again, the beautiful city became famous throughout Europe, for having provided the background to the tragedy of the Duchess of Amalfi, as the homeland of the inventor of the compass Flavio Gioia and, later, of the famous leader Masaniello. The actual trip to Amalfi, however, began only with the advent of the romantic period and precisely with the eighteenth-nineteenth century Grand Tour, of which Italy became a privileged stop and destination.
The artistic and literary testimonies of personalities such as Erik Ibsen, Richard Wagner, Henry Longfellow, M.C. Escher, G. D’Annunzio and many others have increased the tourist importance of the Amalfi Coast over the centuries…
Today, Amalfi is a constant attraction for tourists from all over the world, the place of a perennial spring.