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.