The Amalfi Coast, named after Amalfi itself, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and perhaps that is sufficient to explain the beauty and charm of this unique place. The scent of lemons pervades the air here and blends with the soft salty smell. The blue sea captivates the eyes and the colorful houses, which slope from the hill towards the water, tell the story of a village that has always drawn its strength and magic from the sea. An ancient maritime republic, along with Genoa, Pisa and Venice, Amalfi commemorates its illustrious past every year with a historic regatta, a sporting event that re-enacts history, with galleons built on the basis of 12th-century models taking one another on, evoking the ancient maritime powers. The race is preceded by a historic procession in costume, reviving the atmospheres of past centuries, like a wonderful form of magic.