The Amalfi Coast offers attractions and sights you can visit even when the weather isn't cooperating, as even holidays to places known for sunny weather can have their rainy days. There are museums and art galleries, churches and crypts with precious items on display, and artisan factories and workshops where you can learn how different products are made.

    Armed with the right information, days away from the beach become the perfect chance to make the most of local landmarks you'd otherwise risk missing out on. Here are 10 things to do in bad weather on the Amalfi Coast where you can turn your rainy day into an adventure.

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    Museum of the Compass and the Duchy of Amalfi

    Centuries of history in the old arsenal

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    At the Museum of the Compass and the Duchy of Amalfi (Museo della Bussola e del Ducato Marinaro), you can retrace centuries of fascinating history and discoveries and admire works, records, relics and the tarì, the old local currency. The Duchy of Amalfi, a maritime republic, made its fortune through sailing, and compasses were essential for the seafarers who crossed the Mediterranean to trade, explore and battle.

    The Amalfitani were the first in Europe to use this tool, possibly imported from China. The town's seafront promenade features a monument to Flavio Gioia, who invented or perfected the magnetic orientation system. Even the museum site itself is worthy of special mention, with its one-of-a-kind 11th-century arsenal.

    Lokasi: Largo Cesareo Console, 3, 84011 Amalfi, Italy

    Telepon: +39 08 9871 170

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    La Caravella Art Gallery

    A sensory experience for appreciating ceramics

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    La Caravella Art Gallery invites visitors to admire the ceramics made by the best craftsmen on the Amalfi Coast. You can even touch them, because this is the only real way to take in all the colours, nuances, shapes and details.

    This gallery was born out of the same passion that drives the restaurant and museum of the same name. Here, masterpieces are displayed, created by master ceramicists from the 19th century up to today. If the rain doesn't let up, it's only a stone's throw from the gallery to the restaurant, so you can get quickly from one to the other.

    Lokasi: Vicolo Masaniello, 14, 84011 Amalfi, Italy

    Telepon: +39 08 9871 029

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    Coral Museum

    Masterpieces made using the products from a special kind of fishing

    The Coral Museum (Museo del Corallo) in the centre of Ravello, right near the Duomo, is home to the family collection of an important coral fisherman. The display shows off artefacts of great beauty and reveals the secret of an ancient trade.

    For over 5 centuries, boats set off from ports in the Mediterranean to undertake a unique activity: coral fishing. April, when the crews departed, was a special time for the families and community since the fortunes of an entire year depended on the success of the expeditions. At this museum, you can discover objects and works of art made using this delicate and precious material.

    Lokasi: Piazza Duomo, 9, 84010 Ravello, Italy

    Buka: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm (closed Saturday–Sunday)

    Telepon: +39 08 9857 461

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    Italian Fine Art Gallery

    A gallery for learning about modern art

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    The Italian Fine Art Gallery is an exhibition space in the centre of Positano that houses paintings, photographs and sculptures that use innovative materials and techniques, mostly by Italian artists. Beyond the objects themselves, there are also cultural tours that will help you understand the works by illustrating the style, personality and sensibility of the artists who created them.

    The displays are designed to be an opportunity for study and discussion and to introduce the public to the creative universe of each artist.

    Lokasi: Piazza dei Mulini, 8, 84017 Positano, Italy

    Buka: Daily from 10 am to midnight

    Telepon: +39 08 9875 113

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    Parish Church of San Gennaro

    The baroque church of the Amalfi Coast

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    The Parish Church of San Gennaro is a structure with 3 naves topped by an oval dome covered with majolica. The square in Praiano where the church is located overlooks a beautiful panorama sweeping across to Positano and the Sorrentine Peninsula.

    Inside, you can admire the stuccowork and terracotta majolica floor featuring plant and animal figures. One of the standouts among the church’s many altars is the Carmine altar, which commemorates the Battle of Lepanto. If the church seems unique to you, that’s because it is – it’s the only example of baroque architecture on the Amalfi Coast.

    Lokasi: Piazza S. Gennaro, 1, 84010 Praiano, Italy

    Telepon: +39 08 9874 799

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    Museum of Sacred Art

    Sacred art and silver in the crypt of the collegiate church

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    The Museum of Sacred Art (Museo di Arte Sacra) is inside the crypt of the Collegiata di Santa Maria a Mare (Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare in Maiori). Here you can marvel at the treasures spread over 2 levels, with an adjacent panoramic garden. You can enter via the entrances to the church or the pedestrian route from Via Scala Santa.

    The display features 18th-century statues, vestments and sacred vessels, furnishings, goblets and reliquaries. One of the most important pieces is an alabaster sculpture from the Renaissance period. There are also numerous objects that illustrate the sophistication of the Neapolitan silver art that flourished between the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Lokasi: Piazzale Mons. Milo Nicola Prevosto, 84010 Maiori, Italy

    Telepon: +39 08 9877 090

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    Ceramics Museum

    Centuries of ceramics in the ambassador's villa

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    The Ceramics Museum (Museo della Ceramica) in the Raito district is located inside the villa that was the residence of Raffaele Guariglia, a prominent diplomat and ambassador in the 1930s and '40s. In Vietri sul Mare, the art of ceramics is a time-honoured tradition that has transformed the look of the town, colouring its streets with wonderful objects, workshops and shops.

    The museum collection includes vases, plates, sculptures, everyday objects and panels with panoramas of the Amalfi Coast. The exhibition route retraces the story of ceramic manufacturing from its origins up to today. There is also a noteworthy collection of riggiole, the hand-decorated tiles typical of the local area that are used on floors and walls.

    Lokasi: SP75, 84019 Raito, Italy

    Buka: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Telepon: +39 08 9211 83

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    Limoncello tour at Ristorante Le Bontà del Capo

    Limoncello production, from lemon grove to table

    The limoncello tour at Ristorante Le Bontà del Capo in Conca dei Marini offers a cheerful activity dedicated to one of the most famous and exported products from the Amalfi Coast: limoncello. Thanks to this food and history tour, you'll be able to see the places and stages of production.

    During a visit to the lemon grove, you'll learn about the cultivation methods, while inside the factory you'll discover the different production techniques. Can you think of anything more appealing on a rainy day than sampling this liqueur and trying the local cuisine?

    Lokasi: Via I Maggio, 14, 84010 Conca dei Marini, Italy

    Telepon: +39 08 9831 515

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    Gragnano Pasta Factory private museum

    Age-old tools and mouthwatering tastings

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    The Gragnano Pasta Factory museum offers an interesting tour that straddles history and tradition, with a display of over 500 objects, some dating back to the 18th century. Here you can see the tools used by pasta makers in centuries gone by.

    You can marvel at pasta machines used in the last century, observe farmers' working tools and discover the production phases that still follow the old methods today. A fun practical demonstration awaits at the end of the historical tour, and you'll be able to sample some treats made using Gragnano pasta.

    Lokasi: Viale S. Francesco, 30, 80054 Gragnano, Italy

    Buka: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Telepon: +39 08 1801 1487

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    Pasticceria Gambardella

    Traditional sweets accompanied by a special digestif

    Pasticceria Gambardella, a pastry shop in the centre of Minori, is a sweet refuge where you can wait for the clouds to blow over on a rainy afternoon. Here you can taste both the delicacies of the local confectionery and artisan spirits, including cream liqueurs flavoured with wild strawberries, bay leaf and fennel, and limoncello, of course!

    Lemons also provide the flavour for the various pastries and sweets such as delizia al limone, a typical Neapolitan dessert with lemon sponge, as well as chocolates, biscuits and profiteroles. The house speciality is a digestif made with coffee and aromatic herbs, the recipe for which is a closely guarded secret passed down from generation to generation.

    Lokasi: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 37, 84010 Minori, Italy

    Buka: Daily from 7 am to 10 pm

    Telepon: +39 08 9877 299

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