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When you think of Amalfi, you might picture sun-drenched beaches and clear blue skies. But don't let a little rain dampen your spirits when you visit this picturesque Italian coast. Experiencing the Amalfi Coast in the rain can be a unique and enchanting adventure that you'll remember forever. Here are some fun ways to make the most of a rainy day on the Amalfi Coast.

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1. Explore the MAR of Positano

If you find yourself in Positano on a rainy autumn day, head to the MAR, the Roman Archaeological Museum of Positano. This hidden gem is a treasure trove of history and art, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of this coastal paradise. Divided into two crypts, one medieval and the other part of a Roman villa dating from the 1st century AD, the MAR is often referred to as 'the little Pompeii of the Amalfi Coast'. The museum is located 11 metres below the church of Santa Maria Assunta. It offers a fascinating escape from the rain, with a constant temperature of 16 degrees Celsius to preserve the precious works of art.

MAR Positano Villa Romana, P.za Flavio Gioia, 7, 84017 Positano SA, Italy - https://marpositano.it/
MAR in Amalfi

2. Discover the Coral Museum of Ravello

Ravello, famous for its stunning villas, including Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, has another hidden treasure to explore on a rainy day. In the central square, Piazza Vescovado, near the Cathedral with the relics of St. Pantaleone, is "Camo". At first glance, "Camo" appears to be a simple shop, but since 1986 it has been a museum dedicated to the ancient art of coral craftsmanship. Admire the intricate cameos and the beautiful Christ in coral, gold, rock crystal and silver by Sansovino, dating back to the 17th century. It's an excellent place to immerse yourself in the art, craftsmanship and history of coral.

Museo del Corallo, Piazza Duomo, 9, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy - http://www.museodelcorallo.com/

3. Walk over to the Paper Museum of Amalfi

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The Paper Museum, where you can discover the fascinating history of Amalfi's famous Bambagina paper, is just a short walk from Amalfi Cathedral. Witness the creation of this special paper, part of Amalfi's heritage since the 13th century, in this unique and interactive museum. The historic paper machines, still in operation, provide a glimpse into the past. This is a fascinating experience for both adults and children.

Museo della Carta, Via delle Cartiere, 23, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy - http://www.museodellacarta.it/

4. Visit the Ancient Arsenal of the Republic of Amalfi

Arsenaal Amalfi

Step back in time at the Old Arsenal of Amalfi, close to the Cathedral and the picturesque Piazza Flavio Gioia. This stone dockyard, once used to build and repair warships, offers a glimpse of Amalfi's maritime history. Although only two dockyards are visible today, with a little imagination it is easy to picture the original structure of the arsenal, which was twice as large until a storm in 1393 swept away half of it. Before that, it could accommodate the construction of 6 warships at a time, each 40 metres long. Today the Arsenal houses part of the collections of the Museo della Bussola e del Ducato marinaro (Museum of the Bussola and the Maritime Duke), which illustrates the glorious history of the ancient maritime republic.

Antico Arsenale della Repubblica di Amalfi, Largo Cesareo Console, 4, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy - https://arsenalediamalfi.it/

5. Explore the Provincial Ceramic Museum in Vietri sul Mare

vietri sul mare on the amalfi coast

For a better understanding of Vietri ceramics, visit Villa Guariglia in Raito, Vietri sul Mare. This museum showcases the craftsmanship of artisans from the 17th to the 20th centuries and displays a variety of ceramics, including votive and everyday objects. It's a wonderful opportunity to discover the world of vibrant Italian ceramics.

Museo della Ceramica Vietrense, SP75, 7, 84019 Vietri sul Mare SA, Italy

6. Take a Cooking Class in Amalfi

Tantalise your taste buds and create unforgettable memories by taking part in a cooking class. You'll learn traditional cooking techniques that have been passed down through generations of local families, allowing you to prepare traditional dishes such as fresh handmade pasta, pizza and pastries.

Amalfi Heaven Gardens - Cooking Class in the Amalfi Coast, Via Mauro Comite, 50, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy - https://www.amalfigardens.com/

7. Enjoy a 'Rainy Day Spa Experience' at Le Sirenuse

Don't let the rain stop you from pampering yourself. Visit Le Sirenuse or one of the other spa hotels along the coast and treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience. A soothing massage and relaxation to the gentle sound of raindrops can be incredibly rejuvenating.

Le Sirenuse Spa, Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy - https://sirenuse.it/it/spa-gym-e-piscina/

8. Taste Limoncello at Antichi Sapori in Amalfi

Taste the flavours of the Amalfi Coast by visiting Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, where you can sample the original Limoncello and other regional specialities. This family-run business has been producing these delicious liqueurs since 1989. They sell them directly to ensure the highest quality standards.

Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, Piazza Duomo, 39, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy - http://www.antichisaporidamalfi.it/

9. Admire the Beauty of Herculaneum in the Rain

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A visit in the rain will give you the opportunity to explore Herculaneum without the presence of the crowds that it attracts on a sunny day. The colours of the ancient stones are more intense, making for beautiful pictures.

Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, Corso Resina, 187, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy - https://ercolano.beniculturali.it

10. Storm at Sea, a View from the Gardens of Villa Cimbrone

villa cimbrone amalfi coast

The Amalfi Coast has a magical allure of its own when the weather is wet. The storms here can be exciting, with loud thunder, wild winds and rain contrasting with the serene beauty of the coastline. To take in the wild waves, find a good vantage point, such as the famous gardens of Villa Cimbrone. Or take a moment to sit by the window, sipping coffee or wine and watching the dramatic display of nature. You'll find that even when the sky is grey, the Amalfi Coast has a unique charm.

Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Terrazza dell'Infinito, Via Santa Chiara, 26, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy - https://www.hotelvillacimbrone.com/it/villa-cimbrone/

11. Explore Pompeii

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If you're looking for a more historical adventure, consider a visit to Pompeii, where you can see the fascinating remains of this ancient city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Rain or shine, Pompeii offers a captivating journey back in time.

Pompeii (UNESCO), Vicolo del Panettiere, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy - http://www.pompeiisites.org/

How to Prepare for Rain in Amalfi

Remember that storms on the Amalfi Coast don't usually last all day, so make sure you have a back-up plan and appropriate clothing.

Don't let a little rain put you off exploring the wonders of the Amalfi Coast. Use it as an opportunity to see this enchanting destination in a different light and you may find that the rainy days become some of your fondest memories. Embrace the unexpected and let the rain add an extra dimension to your adventure.

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