Friday, February 7, 2014

Atrani, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy.

Atrani, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy.

Atrani is a town and comune on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. It is located in the south of Amalfi, several minutes drive down the coast.
Atrani has a 0.12 mile (0.20 km) main square and is the smallest city in the south of Italy. It is less than half a mile (700 m) from the Amalfi Coast.
In 2010, the estimated population of Atrani was 913, making it the most densely populated city in the Salerno province.
The town is located between the Civita Hill and Aureo Hill. Atrani is along the valley of the Dragone River, named for a legend saying there once was a terrible dragon that would breathe fire and would hide himself there.
Because of the beauty of its alley, gardens, squares, buildings, characteristic “scalinatelle” (stairs) and for its overall atmosphere, Atrani has been used as a set for film commercials. In 2012 it was used as the backdrop for a Fiat commercial. Though it is part of the Amalfi Coast, it is the only town along the coast to preserve intact its antique, traditional characteristics.
The initial houses face the beach directly. They are grouped around the square and move around the church of San Salvatore and the marble fountain before going up towards the valley and climbing along the rocky mountain and crossing the gardens and the lemon fields. Atrani is isolated from automobile traffic because it is protected by its antique houses with flowered balconies. The central square of Atrani leads directly to the beach and the sea by crossing an antique passageway created to save boats from sea storms.
Atrani boasts a Mediterranean climate, with mild and rainy winters and summers that are moderately hot, very sunny and almost never foggy.
For the 30-year period from 1961 to 1990 the average temperature of the coldest month, January, was 10.7 degrees Celsius (51 degrees F); the temperature of the hottest month, August, was 26.8 degrees Celsius (80 degrees F).



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