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Conca dei Marini


The main tourist attraction in Conca dei Marini is its stunningly beautiful cave, the Grotta dello Smeraldo. This enchanting cave charms visitors with the precious emerald colour of its waters. Stalactites reach 24 metres and stalagmites emerge from the water and are even 10 metres high. The sight is incredibly beautiful. Yearly, on the 24th of December and the 6th of January, the nativity scene underwater is visited by hundreds of divers/pilgrims.

The beautiful Chiesa di Santa Maria di Grado is located in the north of the village. The church was erected in the 800s. It was destroyed, rebuilt and modified as centuries elapsed. Among its highlights are its arched vaults, tiled presbytery and its late baroque style. The church features six chapels, three to the right and three to the left. Several places in the church were for the nuns' use only, such as a room with chairs above a little porch where they used to sit, another room on the side of the entrance was their confessional room and an area which was for their communion. The church deserves a visit for its beauty, baroque style and for the insight it provides into the life of nuns centuries ago.

How to Get to/away

BY BUS: there are regular buses at the car park above the Grotta dello Smeraldo. Get off the bus and then descend the stairs or take a lift to the boats.

BY BOAT: from Amalfi (length: 1 ½ hours for a round trip, services: 2 a day).