Welcome everyone. It is my pleasure to host you today in Amalfi. I would like to tell you the story about this particular place. To do that I start with this picture because I found it full of items which are typical for Amalfi. First of all, can you see the white cross on the blue background? It is the flag of Amalfi which in the Middle Ages was such a powerful city that governed the trade of all the Mediterranean See.
Indeed, Amalfi like Venice several centuries later was a republic. Alike Venice, Amalfi was governed by a Doge. The palace of this one of the most powerful men of these times was situated on the place where now I drink this lovely coffee.
Walking down the streets of Amalfi you can see the white cross on the blue background many times.
Look also at these cups I drink my coffee from. Nowadays the hand painted ceramics is a symbol of the craft of the region of Amalfi. Especially the ceramic painted with beards like this one are produced in the beautiful city of Vietri sul Mare I hope to show you more about it soon.
On the banner behind me you can read what of the local special cuisine you can eat here. Caprese is of course famous Italian speciality. Buffalo – people say that there is nothing better than fresh cheese – mozarella di bufalo from the region of Campania. Only if you are very lucky you can find this cheese in other regions of Italy. The next speciality is of course the see food with salads.
You can find the fish also as a decoration or a religious motive.
Why is this restaurant called Resto’? It allows us to hear how the local language of Naples and entire region sounds. The characteristic is the fact that this language strongly shortens the words. It is more vivid and explosive than typical Italian.
In the picture above, there is also a fragment of a tree. Without any doubts, it is a lemon tree. The best lemons in the world are cultivated in the hardly accessible shores of the Amalfi coast. Look for instance here.
From these lemons, local people produce alcoholic liquor called the limoncello. And the famous ice cream known from the song of Paolo Conte entitled ‘gelato al limon’.
Here the song from the Youtube
The lady in the blue dress behind me is wearing pieces of the Positano fashion. About Positano, see one of my first posts on this Blog. About the Positano fashion, my girlfriend Lovely Weasel Lasica will tell you in the next post.
From the Doge’s place follow me to visit the Saint Andrew Cathedral of Amalfi.
Saint Andrew is the patron saint of many countries, for instance, Russia and Scotland. Here in Amalfi, there is a grave of this saint brought here from Constantinople in the time when Amalfi was the great power.
The grave is situated on the lowest level of the amazing Amalfi cathedral built originally in Norman style with many elements of the finest byzantine art. Let us contemplate this treasure.
From Amalfi with love.
Metody the Bear.