The historical pearl of the Amalfi Coast surrounded by dramatic cliffs & coastal scenery
Amalfi is a pretty little town with sun filled piazzas and a small beach with a stunning cluster of white buildings gleams like a pearl in the strand of towns strung along the Amalfi Coast.
It lies at the foot of the Monte Cerreto, therefore surrrounded by dramatic cliffs, coastal scenery and sitting alongside a glorious promenade & colourful shipping boats ensures a delightful backdrop for keen photographers.
Things to do and see - The centre of the town is the Piazza Duomo, with the striking 9th century Sant'Andrea cathedral. The side street cafes and elegant shops are ideal for browsing during the passeggiata after dinner. The town is fairly small and only takes about 20 minutes to stroll from one end to the other but there is always plenty happening to sit have a drink, eat a pastry and watch the world go by. The towns harbour sits to the side of the village and is nearly always full of luxury yatchs rubbing shoulders with working fishing vessels. For keen walkers, the steep mountainside offer many challenging walks not for the faint hearted.
Famous for - Looking around the town and the surrounding mountains it is easy to see the main product in the area is lemons, which are picked fresh each day, used in the local dishes, in addition to producting the world famous lemoncello, a favourite drink of many visitors to the region.
Amalfi beaches - There is a small beach which gets very busy during summer weekends and there are several establishments where you can hire beds, towels etc, and there is also a stretch of free beach. Walking around the headland to Atrani gives you the option of a second beach, which may be less crowded.
How to get there - Amalfi is well connected by public transport. Direct buses run between Amalfi and Sorrento along the winding coastal road. The blue SITA buses run approximately twice an hour and the journey takes about 1 hour 25 minutes. Remember to buy your ticket in a bar or newsagents first and validate them on the machine on the bus. There is also a direct bus service to Salerno where there is a train station. Amalfi is also accessable by sea as an alternative option, although this may not run during the off season. It is fairly easy to catch the hydrafoil to neighbouring Postiano, Capril, & Sorrento.