Atrani – the smallest town in the Southern Italy but one of the most beautiful
Atrani is the smallest among all other municipalities in the entire Southern Italy, although it is one of the most beautiful. The popular white houses with galleries brimming with blossoms, well hidden between Mount Civita towards East and Mount Aureo towards West. The town can be found in the valley of the stream Dragone surrounded by lemon forests.
Atrani was the home of respectable Roman patricians, confirmed by the luxurious estates that archaeological unearthings are carrying to light. It was said without precedent for a letter of Pope Gregory the Great, in 596. Throughout the time of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, Atrani was the living arrangement of neighborhood nobles.
Atrani, Amalfi coast, Campania, Italy by Ronnie Macdonald
From an urban perspective, Atrani is a medieval town with tight roads and back streets, generally secured by arches and curves, which wedge around the houses and afterward cross in a square or in a wide extend.
What to see in Atrani
Around the most vital verifiable and structural landmarks, these are a must see:
Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maddalena
Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maddalena was built in the 13th century to thank to Our Lady for having freed the territory from the Saracen occupation. Remade a few times in later hundreds of years, at present it emphasizes a Baroque style, with a rich coated arch and a square chime tower.
Church of San Salvatore de’ Birecto
Church of San Salvatore de’ Birecto is the most important Atrani’s sight. The present front with the clock and the stupendous staircase were outlined throughout the Baroque period. During the aged Marine Republic of Amalfi it served as Palatine Chapel.
Atrani, Amalfi coast, Campania, Italy by David van der Mark
Church of the Immaculate
The small Church of the Immaculate can be found nearby the Church of San Salvatore de’ Birecto. It has one nave only and features a bronze door.
Church of the Madonna del Carmine
Church of the Madonna del Carmine from 17th century, emphasizes a basic front flanked by a fine bell tower in Moorish style. The inside, characterized by one nave plan with enlivened marble floors, hides an organ with a wooden overhang.
There are also other church that worth a visit like the Church of Santa Maria del Bando from the 10th century located on the top of Mount Aureo, or the Church of San Michele Arcangelo from 11th – 12th centuries.
Very interesting among tourists are Cave Of Masaniello and The Grotto of the Saints.