The Amalfi Coast has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997 due the following reason:
"The Amalfi coast is an area of great physical beauty and natural diversity. It has been intensively settled by human communities since the early Middle Ages. There are a number of towns such as Amalfi and Ravello with architectural and artistic works of great significance. The rural areas show the versatility of the inhabitants in adapting their use of the land to the diverse nature of the terrain, which ranges from terraced vineyards and orchards on the lower slopes to wide upland pastures". "The Committee decided to inscribe this site, considering that the Costiera Amalfitana is an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values resulting from its dramatic topography and historical evolution."
The inclusion in the World Heritage List was an award for all the inhabitants that constantly work to preserve the territory integrity, the quality of life and the tradition in the hospitality.
In addition to hotels established since the end of the 19th century - from 5 stars hotels to small family-run guest houses - there are a lot of Bed & Breakfast and rental flats, on the seaside, near Ravello main square, and far among the vineyards and the smelling Mediterranean scrub. All restaurants, even the hotels’ ones, offer a great range of menus. We suggest to choose the local cooking, which wisely combines home-grown products with the fish caught in the Amalfi gulf, as well as the local cheese. The restaurants’ opening time changes during the year. Reservation is therefore advisable.