Amalfi Travel Summary

Amalfi is beautiful charming town sitting on the majestic Amalfi Coast and the oldest Marine Republic of Italy.


The Amalfi Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Amalfi:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!


1. An introduction and brief history to this city:

Amalfi and the other villages that stretch along the Amalfi Coast are famous for being beautiful coastal towns set against steep mountains.  Lemons are grown in terraced gardens along the entire Amalfi coast and the area is famed for the quality of lemons, limoncello liqueur – you can even buy lemon soap.  Amalfi, the main town on this UNESCO-listed coastline boasts majestic white villas spilling down the cliffside to the fishing port and beach below. The town is characterised with Medieval architecture, beautiful villas, pastel coloured houses and pretty alleyways that trickle down for the mountain-side towards the Marina Grande beach.


Made for exploring, Amalfi’s ninth-century Cathedral dominates the town’s central piazza sitting proudly in the centre. As well as its beautiful coastal position, Amalfi has a number of excellent sights to see including the Cathedral of Sant’Andrea, the Campanile (the bell tower), the Piazza Duomo and Cloister of Paradise.  Once the capital of a powerful maritime republic, this lovely port town boasts stunning coastal views.


There are some interesting artisan and craft stores selling Vietri ceramics and artisan, handmade paper produced in the town.   Amalfi makes for a good base with its well connected transportation either by boat or by the frequent bus service which connects to other villages on the Amalfi Coast on one of the most scenic roads in the world.   Positano, the picture-perfect village is within easy reach and you can take boat trips out to Capri.  If you are blessed with good weather head down to the excellent Marina Grande beach.



2. What to See:

Amalfi Cathedral

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Cathedral sits at the top of a sweeping 62-step staircase above the central square
  • Officially completed in the 12th-century, the stunning Amalfi cathedral features mainly Arab-Norman Romanesque design, and is currently home to the Roman Catholic diocese of Amalfi
  • Its present facade, brilliant with mosaics, is in Oriental Style and has bronze doors
  • The splendid interior of the cathedral is Baroque, with the underlying architecture being Romanesque
  • Climb up the bell tower to see panoramic views over the town


Cloister of Paradise

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • You access the Cloister of Paradise from the Cathedral a structure built in the thirteenth century to act as a cemetery for the noble Amalfi families
  • There are six frescoed chapels and an exotic garden takes centre stage


Valle delle Ferriere & Paper Museum

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Take a walk along Valle delle Ferriere which is a fantastic nature reserve that climbs out from the foothills of Amalfi
  • The Paper Museum is housed is contained within a cave-like paper mill
  • It houses original paper presses which are still fully operational


Emerald Grotto

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Located not far from Amalfi, in the charming bay of Conca dei Marini, the Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo) is one of the hidden gems of the Amalfi Coast
  • The grotto was named “Emerald” for the incredible colours that filter from an underground opening and fill the cave with intense green colours


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