Amalfi Travel Guide

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Amalfi Highlights

  • Pro
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     central location for touring costiera, cathedral 

  • Con
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     Narrow (sometimes dangerous) roads add hours to your trip. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A wonderful place to visit but I wouldn't like to live ther. 

Amalfi Things to Do

  • The coast

    Steep slopes plung into the sea, here and there with small towns perching over each other or even over the water. It is really not much inviting to swim, with the small stripes of sand squeezed among houses and rocks, but it composes wonderful landscapes, making the tour of the peninsula a very pleasant day... or week.

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  • Lemons of the Amalfi Coast

    Lemons grow in abundance around the Amalfi Coast and they seem to have become an icon or emblem for the area.Tourist shops have lemons on all sorts of things for sale - aprons, teatowels with recipes of the famed sweet Limoncello lemon drink that is made with all these lemons, carry bags, bottle stoppers, all sorts of knick knacks and household...

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  • The Church

    Dating from the XIX century but several times reconstructed and adapted, the cathedral of St. Andre shows an oriental look, with evidence to the Paradise Cloister built in the XIII century. The kids followed me in, but, to be honest, Fernanda preferred to walk along the streets Genova and Capuano, because they… you know, so we had to rush. A...

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  • Reality vs Imagination

    When I decided to travel along the Amalfitan coast, I was expecting to see some of the most beautiful beaches of Italy. Well, "beaches" is not the exact word to describe what I saw. there are a few small banks of sand stretched in the hills, but calling them beaches is... a favour. It's possible to swim, the water seems very calm (I don't imagine...

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  • Visit Ravello

    Known as the City of Music, Ravello is a thirty-minute bus ride from Amalfi. Perched high upon a cliff, the town offers excellent views of the sea and countryside, as well as concerts and musical events year-round. High-flying travelers may wish to stay in one of Ravello's many five-star hotels, avoiding the touristic hustle and bustle of Amalfi.

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  • Piazza Duomo

    The Piazza Duomo is the center of Amalfi village. The Cathedral of Saint Andrew dominates the piazza. On the piazza are numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and hotels. What a better way to spend a lazy afternoon than sitting down in a cafe over a cup of cappucino and watching the world go by.

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Amalfi Hotels

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Amalfi Restaurants

  • Great for people watching!

    We didn't eat anything other than pizza here... we mainly stopped in for drinks and limoncello on each visit to Minori (located on the square). The cafe is owned/operated by a German/ Italian family - they were super friendly and always took time to chat with us. Vino and limoncello

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  • If you love bruschetta

    This is not a fancy restaurant by any means, just a family ( the mom is the cook, the son the waiter) run operation. The food is outstanding, not only do they make a great pizza, but they also are a paticceria. Now what drew me to sit down at one of their tables was a plate of bruschetta I saw being brought to a customer, it was beautiful. The...

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  • Conca dei Marini

    This is a restaurant at the La Concha Azzurra Hotel which has also Allerè Art Shop with it. We stopped here on our way along the Amalfi Drive. The main thing in favor of this place is the view and location. Here there were no hamburgers for my picky grandson so I ordered Linguine con gli scampli del Tirreno (flat spaghetti with scampi), and...

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Amalfi Transportation

  • Cheap and efficient

    You can catch the public coach (SITA, blue coach) from the Sorrento train station. Remember, tickets are only validated, not sold on the coach but you can buy them from grocery stores or a little shop located at the train station. Tickets cost €2.40 for a 2-hr journey but the drive to Amalfi will take approximately 1½ hours and Positano which is...

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  • Amalfi Transfer car and minivan service

    My entire visit to the Amalfi area of Italy was made easy and beautiful by using Amalfi Transfer, a driving and transfer service. Anthony Buonocore, the driver and owner, was a GREAT help during the trip. His knowledge of English was great, the car (which seats up to 8) was in great shape, and he was able to point out things I never would have...

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  • Transportation service to and around...

    If you need car service I can recommend: Amalfitransfer, run by Anthony Buonocorethe # in Italy is 39 3494410336 His website is amalfitransfer.com. You can give him my name - Mary. He does driving in the area and also might help with questions.Have a fabulous time.

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Amalfi Shopping

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  • Handmade chocolade

    Very good chocolade and friendly service. The girl behind the desk spoke good English, so it was easier to know what to choose. We choosed some small chocolades with different fillings.Every one of them was good.They had a bigger shop with cafe at Piazza del Municipio, but they had more different chocolades at this smaller shop. I think the cafe...

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  • Ceramics and more

    We did a little shopping at Allerè Art shop café - the store that was there- and had the things shipped to my daughter. Things were shipping promptly, but there was a problem with the delivery when they left notes while my daughter was out of town. Then they called me and of course I was several states away. They were going to send the stuff back...

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  • Take your time....

    There are dozens of little shops, tucked away in narrow streets and lanes.It's best to take your time and see the lot, then come back to the shops you really want to buy from. The prices can vary, as there is plenty of competition.The shopkeepers are very friendly and helpful and most speak English. Postcards, souvenirs, leather shoes and plenty...

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Amalfi Local Customs

  • Lost In Translation

    Maybe it makes sense to locals to obliterate your ticket. I don't know. But, it surely seems strange to me. Plus, its an awful waste of paper...And I quote...From the train sign at the station regarding ticket use:"The UNICO ticket is not issued on the train and apssengers are not allowed on the train without it." But..."The UNICO ticket is only...

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  • Legend of Amalfi

    According to legend, Hercules, strength pagan god, loved a nymph called Amalfi, but his love was short: she died and Hercules buried her in the most beautiful place of the world, and to immortalize her, he gave it her name.

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  • Festival of St Andrew

    Every year on the 27th June Amalfitans remember the event of how St Andrew saved Amalfi from the menace of the terrible pirate Kaien-Din , "The Redbeard". A big procession and fireworks festival takes place in the streets...our visit was just a week too early for this but preparations were well underway for the festivities with the banners going up...

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Amalfi Warnings and Dangers

  • Mysterious red light

    Amalfi is not a place for drivers to begin with. There is pretty much the one main road that goes up through the town. It is extremely narrow and covered with pedestrians. Even though it is a road, there are many times more people than cars on it. We drove to Amalfi from Cosenza, but we didn't drive in Amalfi at all, other than while we were...

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  • Don't lean over too far, it's a long way...

    swimming. This was taken at Sorrento too -- an area especially designed for hotel and resort dwellers to sunbathe and swim.

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  • Its Not Everest, but it May Feel Like...

    Be careful when walking up Amalfi's steps. Not all are well lit as they could be, and some sets require a good level of endurance, so you may want to stay closer to ground level if you have small children or anyone who may have trouble with climbing hills.

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Amalfi Tourist Traps

  • just for a ice cream....

    ...but paying like for a dinner!!!! We bought a take away pizza for 5 euro.... and an icecream sit down in the main square for 10 euro.... maybe we had to ask for pizza taste!!!

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  • Grotta Smeralda

    The Grotta Smeralda set in the bay of Conca dei Marini, reachable only by boat, is supposed to be a dramatic sea-level cavern with dazzling green light effects. Boats go from the main pier at Amalfi for the 4km ride.Alternatively reached by road where a lift or many stairs lead down the cliff where little boats will take you inside the cavern.Its...

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  • Willy the Pirate!

    Beware of overly friendly Willy & Co. coaxing you to their "hostel" on the hill. These Aussies are illegal money-grubbers living off backpackers' tired goodwill. Oh, and their Pub is nothing to brag about either.Check out another similar experience:http://www.trekshare.com/index.cfm?p1=48&journalid=1618 Tell all your friends about it, especially...

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Amalfi What to Pack

  • Hot, damn hot

    Flip-flops for the rocky beaches. Towel/sarong because those rocks get HOT! Hat and/or sunglasses. SUNSCREEN!!!! Lots of film, because the scenery is spectacular. Thermarest for sleeping on the rocky beaches. Tent & toilet paper for the campsites.

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  • Bring a good pair of walking shoes

    The roads in Amalfi and in all the villages in the Amalfi Coast are cobblestoned. They are steep, narrow and winding. Wear a well padded pair of shoes for the long and arduous walks uphill. Slippers and sandals cannot provide a proper grip on the cobblestoned roads and can result in very sore feet.

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Amalfi Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch Amalfi from the mountain and ride...

    Go by minivan/van from the the lookout places of Agerola village and start our daily cycling excursion in picturesques down roads, stop at the Fausto Coppi monument in Furore, the painted village of Amalfi Coast.After the stop at the monument we continue our cycling excursion in down roads to Amalfi historical center (a ride of about an hour and a...

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  • Sorrento to Amalfi

    We had a tour scheduled from Sorrento to Amalfi via the Amalfi Coast which was canceled. This was the best thing that could have happened. We paid 100 euros each for the "tour". After visiting the train station, we purchased 2 bus tickets for Amalfi which goes along the coast. Cost was 3 euros each for the most exciting bus ride along the coast....

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  • Roman bits............

    Do keep your eye open for strange bits of masonry (and brick). There were several opulent Roman maritime villas near and in Amalfi, and bits of them were clearly re-used for later building. Which makes perfect sense: why bother spending time and energy creating new stones when there are plenty already lying around?So look closely at the bell-tower,...

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Amalfi Sports & Outdoors

  • Valle dei Mulini

    Continue from the Valle dei ferriere through the long, winding Valle dei Mulini which abounds in lemon groves and trough which the Canneto stream flows. Remains of a former ironfoundry on the higher part of the valley can still be seen, along with the ruins of an aqueduct and what remains of the many paper factories which made Amalfi paper famous...

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  • Valle dei ferriere

    This 3 hour hike starting from Minuta and then Pontone, leads down old steps and along good, sometimes shaded paths through lemon and citrus groves and then along rocky slopes to the Valle delle Ferriere Nature reserve, a wooded area with tall chestnuts trees, natural springs and waterfalls. The valley is surrounded by the high ridges of Mount...

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  • brief travelogue from Amalfi coast

    We have gone there now, and returned. I wrote a travelogue which all my friends either loved, or they lied about it. I placed it on my website, and hope someone may draw a benefit from it. The segment about Amalfi coast is about 1/2 way down. The entire article takes about 10 minutes to...

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  • Seafood surprises

    Be aware that if you order seafood it will probably come to your table with its head still on. If you are not used to your food looking at you while you eat, this may be a surprise. Some dishes came with a large crustacean as decoration, looking as though he might just crawl off your plate.

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  • No wasted space!

    There's no wasted space in Amalfi! When you view the countryside every available piece of land is used for some purpose. They seem to have figured out how to plant something regardless of the terrain.

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Saint Andrew's Cathedral
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Great meal!
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Duomo of Saint Andrew
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A huge disappointment
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Awful spaghetti sauce
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A Dinning Experience
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Fresh Fish at the Balcony
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Amalfi by boat cruise
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What was that movie??
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Grotta di Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto)
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Relax on the beach
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FISHERMAN'S CATCH
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THE DUOMO SANT'ANDREA
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A very fine restaurant in Pogerola near Amalfi
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The road from Sorrento to Amalfi.
Transportation
Road from Sorrento to Amalfi.
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A unique experience
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Up to beautiful Ravello in the hills above!
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Bus, bus, bus
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Bakery, coffee shop, wine bar
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Great seafood!
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Pleasant, but not cheap........
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Luxury boating
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Festival of Saint Andrew
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Another great restaurant in Minori
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Atrani
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Buses to destinations along the Amalfi coast
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beautiful buildings of Amalfi
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beaut Amalfi amongst the mountains beside the sea
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Piazza del Duomo
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Eolo
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Pompei
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Bus Rides
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a most beautiful church!!
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TWISTING AND TURNING
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The architecture.....UNBELIEVABLE !!
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The hills....astonishing!
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What to do? GASP!!
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see the interesting town centre
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the road back to Amalfi from Agerola-San Lazzaro
Off The Beaten Path
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