Amalfi holidays

If you fancy following in the footsteps of film stars and artists, and taking a break in a part of the world that perfectly strikes the balance between nature and culture, take your holidays to Amalfi. This destination has long been famous for its stunning coastline, scooped-out valleys, jagged mountains and beautiful beaches. However, you’ll also find outstanding art galleries, fascinating museums, pastel-coloured villages, and the glamour and glitz of Positano. 

During the summer, the lemon groves add a gentle hint of citrus to the air and you’ll find colourful festivals exploding into life almost every other day! Littered with secret bays, secluded coves and outstanding beaches, Amalfi holidays are ideal for sun-seekers. Perched on a cliff overlooking the azure blue sea, Amalfi town is a maze of cobbled streets and sun-drenched piazzas.

Things to do

Start the day with an espresso and a sfogliatella (sweet Italian pastry) in a café overlooking the main piazza. The Cattedrale di Sant’ Andrea is the town’s centrepiece. Sitting at the top of a flight of steps, it’s a grand, 12th century cathedral with a unique black and white striped exterior. The narrow streets are filled with family-run shops selling everything from limoncello to traditional Italian ceramics. One of the most popular places to visit is the Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto). The sunlight reflects against the water, creating vivid tones of green and blue.

History and celebrities

It’s easy to delve into local history in a place like this. You can’t miss the sense of the past when you stroll along Amalfi’s narrow old streets, and the cathedral (or Duomo) at the town’s heart is an attractive combination of Arabic and Norman styles. There are also historic coastal watchtowers along the coast, including one above Amalfi, while the beautiful gardens of the nearby Villa Rufolo have long attracted some of our most celebrated creative people, like Virginia Woolf. Modern celebrities still love to visit Amalfi and nearby Capri, so keep your eyes peeled for famous faces.

Natural beauty

The scenery around Amalfi is spectacular. You could hike through a valley lined with waterfalls one day (the Valle delle Ferriere), take a boat trip into an impressive sea cave the next, and relax on a sunny beach the day after that. There are wild lemon trees in the countryside, and the seaside cliffs give way to mountains as you move inland. A boat trip’s highly recommended so you can get the full effect.

Exploring and sightseeing

If you love to explore, Amalfi’s the place for you. Not only can you spend hours wandering around the town’s cobbled streets, you can also go off on an adventure along the coast road to Salerno (make sure you visit the Duomo di Salerno and the beautiful Villa Communale gardens), or further afield to the ancient ruins at Paestum. The island of Capri is in very easy reach, too, with ferries and hydrofoils available to get you to its glamorous shores.

Map of Amalfi

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If you want good sunshine, but without the sweltering summer temperatures, take your holidays to Amalfi in late spring or late autumn.

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Approximately two and a half hours.

Naples airport is about an hour and a half’s drive away.

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Best for shoppers: From stylish boutiques to traditional ceramic shops, you’ll find lots of places to pick up souvenirs.

Best for walkers: Spend an afternoon hiking up to the medieval watch tower, Torre dello Ziro.

Best for food lovers: Tuck into freshly caught anchovies, and pizzas topped with sweet tomatoes and milky mozzarella.

Fast facts for Amalfi

Language: The language spoken here is Italian. While many of the locals and staff in hotels and restaurants speak good English, the occasional ‘per favore’ and ‘grazie’ will be appreciated, no matter how bad your pronunciation!

Currency: You’ll need to convert your Sterling into Euros, before you jet off on your Amalfi holidays. 

Local time: Amalfi is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Naples International Airport. The transfer time to Amalfi is 1.5 hours.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Amalfi is 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.amalfitouristoffice.it

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Getting around Amalfi

By foot: Amalfi’s narrow, winding streets are best explored on foot. Be prepared for steep hills and lots of steps.

By bus: Hop on a bus to explore more of the coast. The beautiful town of Sorrento is just two hours away. Buy your bus ticket from local shops before you board. You’re best to catch one of the earlier buses, as they can get busy.

Events in Amalfi

For traditionalists: The feasts of Amalfi’s patron saint, St Andrew, take place in June and November. It’s the largest and most dramatic celebration, you’ll see a statue of St Andrew paraded around the town, before it’s carried at top speed up the 62 steps to the Piazza Duomo, supported by the cheers of the crowd and the sounds of a traditional band. The celebrations finish off with a fantastic fireworks display.

For sea lovers: The Historical Regatta of the Sea Republics takes place on the first Sunday in June. A traditional rowing competition between Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice, it’s hosted by each of the towns in turn. The eight-oared galleons race for 2km while, on land, entertainers play out scenes from the maritime history of each of the rowing rivals.

Amalfi weather

Temperature: From the early 20s (°C) to around 31 (°C) in summer. Winter is still very mild with temperatures as high as 14°C, making it a superb holiday destination at any time of year.

Best time to visit: Go in the late spring or late autumn, when it’s still warm and there are fewer crowds. Summer is hot and with plenty of sunshine, but be aware that it can get busy.

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