Located on the Gulf of Salerno in southern Italy, Amalfi is blessed with gorgeous mountains, dramatic cliffs and a beautiful deep ravine. Included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a holiday in Amalfi in 2017 has so much more to offer than just the breathtaking landscapes that adorn the beautiful town. Just 40 kilometres from Naples, Amalfi has been a popular destination for tourists since the 1920s and it is easy to see why.
Dramatic scenery, spectacular sea views and steep winding streets are just a few of the characteristic traits of this beautiful town. With lots of beautiful Roman architecture dotted around the resort, Amalfi also offers a gorgeous beach where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters. The resort offers a number of luxurious hotels to choose from to make sure you enjoy your break in style.
Most popular hotels in Amalfi
Grand Hotel Excelsior
Amalfi, Amalfi Coast
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Italian
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 40m
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Away from the usual frills of the beach, the Emerald Grotto sits a little further down the coast. This wonderful cave with stalactites will give you the perfect opportunity to explore and do something a little different. The water shimmers in the cave and produces a spectacular array of colours and shapes – a tour may be taken of the cave from Amalfi’s Pennello quay.
At the Piazza Duomo you’ll find Amalfi’s cathedral, Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, known all over Italy. When you see the sheer size of it, it’s obvious why. A monumental complex made up of the cathedral, a bell tower, cloisters and a crypt, and one of the most photographed sights around Amalfi. Inside the complex are a number of points of interest which perfectly highlight the Romanesque-Amalfitan architecture. Among them are the stunning Cloisters of Paradise, the cathedral itself and a museum detailing the region’s rich history.
A walk out of town, past the area’s famous lemon groves, to the Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve will reward you with an unspoilt landscape of waterfalls, rocky ridges and rare plants.
Wine and Dine
Amalfi is all about the best of Italian food and the freshest of seafood, coupled with Mediterranean flavours. Your holiday to Amalfi will be a feast of local dishes such as rich seafood linguine, creamy burrata seasoned with lemon, and not forgetting the classic Italian pizza, made from scratch using only local produce, of course.
End the day by taking a seat in one of the chic restaurant terraces overlooking the sea, with a glass of prosecco in hand, or find a cosy courtyard and enjoy some homemade cuisine and a glass of limoncello, made with the region’s famous lemons.
No foodie visit to Amalfi would be complete without a visit to the Andrea Pansa pastry shop with its mouth-watering array of sweet treats, and the tiny neighbouring Limoncello shop, for that special souvenir.
With an easy-to-reach relaxed beach, decent cafés and plenty of gelato to cool those hot days, Amalfi makes a great base for an Italian family holiday. Day trips by ferry, hydrofoil or car to Capri, Naples and Pompeii are a must, and visits to the quieter areas of Ravello and the Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve will be sure to keep you busy.
Food in Amalfi couldn’t please kids’ appetites more, with pasta, pizza, sweet pastries, artisan chocolates and gelato on every menu. And those not satisfied with that can even have a go at making their own pizza – a great way of keeping those little fingers occupied.
Action and Adventure
Amalfi is the perfect base for exploring the coastal region, with its pretty towns dotted along the cliff’s dramatic terrain, tranquil panoramic coastal views and lush green mountain scenery.
Use Amalfi as your base for hopping between the coastal towns by car or by boat. Driving along the coast you will come across the delightful towns of Praiano and Positano, and just a little further along the coast the ancient Roman town of Pompeii’s vast archealogical site will bring you up close to the area’s infamous past.
Hiking is popular due to the fantastic scenery on offer and a walk through the Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve is an adventure through a landscape of forests, streams and waterfalls, with the remains of ironworks and paper mills still present.
Life's a Beach
There are a number of beaches in and around Amalfi, and they’re all relatively easy to get to, whether by public transport or by simply taking a leisurely stroll from town down to the seaside.
The Amalfi region’s popular pebble beaches can be found in the scenic coves along the coast, overlooked by the towns which hug the spectacular rocky cliffs. The small, but perfectly formed, beaches of Castiglione, Atrani, Marina Grande and Duoglio are all nearby.
Central to Amalfi town, Marina Grande is probably the biggest and most popular of the beaches. Escape the crowds and head to Ravello’s idyllic Castiglione beach, a little-known gem a little further along the coast. Duoglio Beach, just a short bus or boat ride from Amalfi, is perfect for watersports lovers, with a choice of windsurfing, scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking. Those feeling adventurous can take the scenic route by walking 400 steps down to the beach, or turn up in true Amalfi style by boat and step straight out onto the beach.
Although a quiet town, Amalfi has its fair share of cool places to drink, with bars and restaurants serving al fresco drinks in the piazzas and along terraces overlooking the beach until late. Perfect for relaxing with a cocktail or glass of wine and watching the sun go down.
For a more lively night out you’ll only need to head a little way out of Amalfi to places such as Positano or Praiano, where locals and holidaymakers alike party in the clubs until the small hours.
Walking through Amalfi’s attractive winding streets and piazzas, it will be hard not to pause at the various little shops or be tempted to take a seat at one of the restaurants that line the seafront and the squares. As the sun sets on this charming coastal town, wander down to Amalfi pier and surround yourselves with the beauty of the quaint buildings, lush mountains and tranquil sea.
Take a day trip to Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the true home of pizza. This historic city’s palaces, castles and churches provide the perfect backdrop for couples to get cosy on a romantic break away.
Ravello’s picturesque mountain location just begs to be explored, with the gardens at the historic Villa Cimbrone and the picture postcard Terrace of Infinity, looking out high over the coast, being the ultimate showstopper.
Foodie couples will want to head to Minori’s lemon groves where you’ll be filling your bags with the locally produced limoncello, olive oil and wine, before sitting down to a home-cooked meal with the locals.
The Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, Amalfi’s vast stunning cathedral, will no doubt be the highlight of your holiday to Amalfi. Culture vultures will be in awe at the scale and beauty of this impressive building which dominates the piazza.
Delve into Amalfi’s intriguing past with a visit to Museo della Carta, housed in an old paper mill this great little museum is dedicated to Amalfi’s traditional paper-making industry. You can even make you own paper to keep as a souvenir.
Music and literary lovers should head out to Ravello, a town famous for its concerts and festivals, the area has welcomed many a famous visitor throughout history from Wagner, to DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.
Pompeii is only a short journey from Amalfi and will leave a lasting impression on any visitor, with Mount Vesuvius still looming large in the distance you’ll find yourself standing in the shoes of the Roman city’s unfortunate residents.