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The valley of mills and the paper Museum: photos, description (Valle dei Mulini e Museo della Carta)

The valley of mills and the paper Museum is one of the popular landmarks of the famous Italian resort of Amalfi. The valley is located on the hill just above the city, and for several centuries was known as the local center of paper production. This craft, the inhabitants of Amalfi, borrowed from the Arabs, and they in turn adopted it from the Chinese. In the 12th century in Amalfi were some of the first European factories producing paper from cotton and linen - they were converted from macaroni factories. However, soon, at the beginning of the 13th century, the Sicilian king Frederick II prohibited the use of such paper, preferring the more traditional sheepskin parchment.

Despite this, the production of slowly to exist and develop, and in the 19th century along the Amalfi Riviera worked more than a dozen paper mills. Only in the mid-20th century because of what happened floods almost all factories were closed and converted into private houses. One of them, built in the 15th century, in the 1969 year was opened with an interesting paper Museum. The initiator of the Museum was Nicola Milano, the owner of the factory and the representative of one of Amalfitana families, has long been engaged in the production of paper.

Today in the Museum you can see samples of old paper, to get acquainted with the process of production, which has been manually restored to explore the mechanisms involved in this process. On the ground floor there is a small thematic library and an exhibition of photos and historical documents. Usually the tour lasts about 20 minutes, and afterwards you can stroll around the Museum and walk down to Amalfi, the picturesque Piazza Duomo and the bustling street of via Genoa.