Beautifully situated the limestone cliffs, it overlooks the Gulf of Salerno, southeast of Naples. Amalfi is a small fishing port and tourist resort amidst splendid coastal scenery, with high precipices and a background of picturesque hillside houses. One of the chief points of interest is the Cathedral of Sant'Andrea, begun in the 11th century and, high on a cliff, the former Capuchin convent (1212), which is now a hotel. In the 9th century Amalfi was a powerful maritime republic and its maritime law, the oldest maritime code in existence, was widely recognized around the Mediterranean Basin until well into the 16th century. After the 12th century Amalfi was conquered by Sicily and then sacked by Pisa, and declined as a naval power.
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