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Amalfi is the jewel in the crown of the infamous Amalfi Coast in Campania. It is the most popular resort, and the largest, on this stretch of coastline. As early as the 7th century Amalfi came to be feared as a maritime power. In 839 AD it won independence from the Duke of Naples and grew into a thriving Republic.

The town is small so walking around on foot is easy. Exploring the narrow white alleyways and plentiful shops to browse in makes for a truly pleasant experience. Amalfi is known for its production of lemons, which can be bought in a variety of ways such as soap, perfume and citronella and of course, fruit.

The stunning ninth century Duomo di Sant'Andrea is one of the town's greatest attractions which dominates the central piazza and stands at the top of a long flight of steps (a good place to be in warmer weather to catch a breeze!). The cloister (Chiostro del Paradiso) was built in the 13th century as the burial place of Amalfi's prominent citizens, and museum close by house sculptures, mosaics and other relics of ancient times.

Amalfi becomes laden with tourists in the peak season between June until September. Outside these months hotels will be cheaper, but bear in mind some attractions and places to stay may be closed. Many of the hotels are housed in what were once private villas and medieval convents.

There are many nice cafes, choices of restaurants, pasticcerie and gelaterie either in town or within easy reach. To stroll along the sea front is another pleasure. If you walk out along one of the breakwaters and look back towards the town centre, it makes for a great photo opportunity.


       


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