Perched on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the pretty town of Amalfi is a great place to stay if you want to explore this scenic stretch of the Neapolitan Riviera. Its location near Sorrento makes it the perfect starting point for the famous coast drive along the rugged cliffs and through those iconic tunnels built right through the rock. It’s also a bustling port, with lots to keep you happy when you don’t feel like straying far.
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.
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.