In the heart of the UNESCO-listed Amalfi Coast and with breathtaking views over the Gulf of Salerno, this tiny town is a great place to use as a base to explore more of the Neapolitan Riviera. In the historic town, at Piazza del Duomo, you’ll find those famous sixty steps that lead up to the grand entrance of the Roman Catholic St. Andrew Cathedral which hides many a splendour – a Byzantine pulpit, Moorish arches, a breathtaking Baroque interior and the serene Cloister of Paradise. Step out onto the atrium and there’s an outstanding view over Piazza Duomo.
At the top of the town, you’ll find the Museum of Paper housed inside an ancient paper mill. Amalfi takes its paper making seriously and its long established handmade paper is still used by artists around the world. We recommend a trip up to Mills Valley lemon groves, where you’ll get to taste homemade lemon pie and limoncello, and a visit Cape Conca’s Emerald Grotto for a bewitching raft ride through intense green waters in Roman caves.
Back in town, Marina Grande Beach is where all the action takes place if you want to sunbathe and dip into shimmering seas, and just a little way past Amalfi, the beach of Duoglio is worth a visit too. You can also experience one of the world's most breathtaking drives along the renowned Amalfi Coast where a thin ribbon of road zig zags up and down the steep coastal hillside offering mesmerising views. Hire a car to discover this beautiful region at leisure.
Where is Amalfi
In the heart of the Amalfi coast in southern Italy on the Gulf of Salerno, Amalfi sits in between Positano and Vietri sul Mare and is south of Naples.
Amalfi is a tiny town that is completely walkable, although you should expect steep hills and cobblestoned streets. Ferries and SITA buses can take you to neighbouring villages such as Ravello and if walking gets too much, buses and taxis are available. The Metro del Mare connects you on water to most towns along the Neapolitan Riviera and Capri. If you want to make the most of Amalfi’s scenic coastline, we recommend hiring a car.
Food & drink
There’s an emphasis on fresh seafood and local vegetables, and of course that famous after dinner limencello. Creamy cakes flavoured with lemons are the sweetest of treats – ask for delize al limone. Expect to find lots of cosy late night restaurants, kid friendly menus and of course, splendid terraces with those outstanding views. Order scialleti with seafood to try specially made Amalfi pasta, grab a famous Neapolitan pizza for great food-on-the-go and look out for those gorgeous restaurants under a sea of lemon trees where you can while away a night with catch-of-the-day fish and a fine Campania wine.
GMT +1 hour
Naples 2¾ hours
Amalfi's public beaches are free while its private beaches incur a supplement (payable locally) which includes access to the beach and a sunlounger.