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Amalfi

Amalfi is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno. It lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto (1,315 meters, 4,314 feet), surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. The town of Amalfi was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Amalfi was a popular holiday destination for the British upper class and aristocracy.

Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, named Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast), and is today an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast, such as Positano, Ravello and others. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A patron saint of Amalfi is Saint Andrew, the Apostle, whose relics... Read more

Amalfi

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Amalfi is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno. It lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto (1,315 meters, 4,314 feet), surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. The town of Amalfi was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Amalfi was a popular holiday destination for the British upper class and aristocracy.

Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, named Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast), and is today an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast, such as Positano, Ravello and others. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A patron saint of Amalfi is Saint Andrew, the Apostle, whose relics are kept here at Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea/Duomo di Amalfi).

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Amalfi: Port Information


Amalfi is a tender port. Cruise passengers are transported by tender boats to the small port within walking distance from the center.

Get around Amalfi


Amalfi is one of the bigger towns on the Amalfi Coast. It has squares connected by pedestrian streets full of restaurants, souvenir shops, and tourists. So walking would be a great option to explore this port.
You can also explore the port's surrounding areas by bus, car or bicycle.
By the way, a moped or motorcycle is by far the most convenient transport to drive along the Amalfi Coast since the road may be a bit "overcrowded" with cars, and there's a lack of parking lots.
Boats and ferries are also a good option to get to more remote attractions.

What to see in Amalfi


  • The Cathedral was built in the 10th century. You can see its magnificent bell tower from the harbor.
  • The Cloister of Paradise Next to the cathedral, was also built in the 13th century. It is home to old mosaics and paintings, and 120 columns built in the Arabic style.
  • Paper Mill Museum.

What to do in Amalfi


  • The beach can be crowded in summer, particularly in August when Italians are on holiday and let their kids loose for the month on the strip of pebbled beach.
  • Evening walk along the marina to where the mega-yachts dock in the summertime.
  • The Amalfi Coast to Capri Boat Excursion is a full-day sightseeing tour taking in all the Amalfi Coast villages, including Ravello, Positano, Atrani, Praiano, Maiori, and Minori. You visit the grottos in Capri and Amalfi, you can go swimming directly from the boat, the tour circumnavigates Capri island and you have the opportunity to disembark in Capri for three hours of your own time before you cruise back at about 6 pm. Departures from Amalfi, Maiori, and Minori.
  • A half-day Amalfi to Positano Cruise is also offered by Amalfi Boat Excursion and is perfect for travelers with limited time.
  • Charter La Dolce Vita offers private luxury daily, weekly or overnight motor-yacht charter tours, phone: +393294603771
  • That's Amore Cycling Excursion offer in every season exclusive guided and customized cycling exploration of the coast: short and easier route and a longer or more demanding route for the keener cyclists. Booking Required. phone: +393468471141
  • Hiking in the Valle delle Ferriere from the Valle dei Mulini locality upwards through the Valle delle Ferriere and back to Chiorito locality.
  • Napoli Amalfi Tour Guide, ☎ +39 328 8132277. Offers all kinds of tours and excursions in Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Vietri, and to other places in the surroundings too (Pompeii, Salerno, Paestum, etc.). An expert private guide who also takes one to the best gastronomic stops, insider's cafés, restaurants, and food producers. 

What to eat and drink in Amalfi


Eat

  • Marina Grande located on the main beachfront of Amalfi (the Stradone), it offers a restaurant, bar and private beach specializing in seafood cuisine, as well as the many traditional pasta dishes Italy and indeed the Amalfi coast, is renowned for.
  • Risto on the old square has good local food and wine.
  • Donna Stella for homestyle pizza, set under lemon groves this small family trattoria is a great place to escape the heat of the day.
  • Stella Maris is also located on the main beachfront of Amalfi and offers very fresh and light lunches of local foods at good prices.
  • Eolo, Via Comite 3, ☎ 871241. Closed Tue. 
  • La Caravella, Via Matteo Camera 12, ☎ 871029. Closed Tue.
  • Da Ciccio Cielo-Mare-Terra, Via Augustariccio 21 (in Vettica MInore Overst, 3 km west of Amalfi), ☎ 831265

Drink

There are several hot spots for good cappuccino and sweet treats in Amalfi.
  • Pasticceria Pansa has overpriced coffee but excellent traditional Amalfitani cakes and a shaded morning position in the Piazza Duomo.
  • Directly opposite Pansa is Bar Francese and this is where prime aperitivo hour occurs in Amalfi for those holidaymakers and touring Italians who want to be seen.
  • Nearby is Bar Savoia for very good cakes to take away.
  • Up the main concourse from the piazza check out Pasticceria Leone which has excellent sweets, biscuits (all made on site) and espresso. There is a small bar next to a mini-mart in Piazza dei Dodgi, the little square off the Duomo, and it is very popular for locals and people watching.
  • Grand Caffe overlooking the main beach is also nice for a drink (their light lunches are very hit and miss, however) with lovely relaxing views up the coast while the Marina Grande restaurant operates a bar on the beach with funky decor and candle-light, which is a very good choice on a hot summer night.
  • Bar Flavio Gioia opposite the main ferry pier and parking bay has the best gelato in town and offers a good pit stop before taking a bus from the nearby terminal or catching a ferry.
  • For dancing, you will have to take yourselves to Praiano to the famous Africana nightclub or onto Positano to an equally popular disco hub, Music on the Rocks or up to Positano's chic Next2 bar.

Shopping in Amalfi


  • Cameo brooches
  • Limoncello
  • Fresh herb mixes for making spicy Southern Italian-style pastas
  • Angelo Fusco Jewellery, Via M.Camera. Unique handcrafted fine jewels, corals and cameos

Safety in Amalfi


Emergency number: 112

In general, the place is safe. However, you should always use your common sense like in any other part of the world. Pickpocketing may occur.

Language spoken in Amalfi


Italian is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist places.

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