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.
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.