SPEEDAM 2018: A Symposium in the earth of Amalfi coast

SPEEDAM 2018 will be the first international Symposium to be held in Amalfi town, the earth of Amalfi coast. The SPEEDAM 2018 conference desk will be located at:
Arsenale della Repubblica
Largo Cesareo Console 3


Amalfi is a very nice Italian town of about 8,000 inhabitants in awe inspiring position overlooking the spectacular Bay of Salerno, about 60 km far from Naples Airport.
Amalfi is near Positano, Ravello, Vietri sul Mare, and not far from Sorrento, Capri, Pompei, Paestum. The picturesque and iconic small town is the central core of the homonym Amalfi Coast, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and a famous stretch of coastline all over the world for its natural beauty. Near Amalfi you can visit the Emerald Grotto, a magical kingdom, where light is marvelous and fairy-tale. Lemons, wine, fish, seafood, fresh cheeses and irresistible sweets can be enjoyed everywhere on Amalfi Coast. The breathtaking natural beauty also offers a background to interesting historical landmarks.

Short history

The foundation of Amalfi dates back to the Romans, about two centuries B. C.. Its popularity increased starting from the 9th century, when Amalfi gained great importance as maritime power becoming the first “Maritime Republic” and competing with Pisa, Venice and Genoa for the control of the Mediterranean Sea.
During the Middle Ages, Amalfi was famous for its schools of law and mathematics. In fact the “Amalfi tables” were a very important set of maritime codes which regulated the trades inside the ports and the behavior of maritime crews on board ship. A well-known citizen of Amalfi, Flavio Gioia, imported the sailor’s compass in Europe, perfected it around 1250-1300 and gave it the present familiar look. Amalfi is almost famous for the paper production, which is appreciate in all the world for its high quality. Probably the first European paper mills were built in Amalfi during the 11th century. Amalfi reached maximum splendor in the 11th century, after which a rapid decadence began: in 1131 it was conquered by the Normans and then sacked by the Pisans. In 1343, a storm resulting in a tsunami destroyed much of the city.

Historical and natural places of interest

Amalfi is characterized by the presence of relevant medieval architecture; some of the most relevant monuments are:

Saint Andrea’s Cathedral

Positioned at the top of a staircase, it was built around the 11th century and presents a late Baroque style.

Chiostro del Paradiso

It was built by Filippo Augustariccio between 1266 and 1268 and was used as a burial ground for noble families of Amalfi.

Arsenal of the Maritime Republic

The structure of the arsenal is constituted by a large halls with ceiling supported by repeated arches. The arsenal was used for building, repair and storage of warships.

Esmerald grotto

Positioned in the bay of “Conca dei Marini” (a few miles from Amalfi city), the grotto was discovered in 1932 and is famous for the sublime colours: cobalt blue, turquoise, green.