AMALFI

The town of Amalfi from the sea.

The town of Amalfi from the sea.

From town.

From town.

Amalfi is the charming sister town of Positano.  It is a beautiful and historical important town although a bit more busier than Positano.  The Italian poet Renato Fucini thought Amalfi beautiful comparing the town to paradise;

"The day of the Judgement, for those Amalfitans that go to Heaven will be a day like any other!'"  

The own attracts many tourists and celebrities just like it did in the past.  Ancient Romans fell in love with this area, in fact they built many private villas for their summer holidays.  In the 10th and 12th century Amalfi was a powerful Marine Republic alongside Venice.  Amalfi is today a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Like Positano, Amalfi's landscape is suspended on the sea, with many shops, restaurants and bars.  

The 1000 year old Amalfi Cathedral in the main piazza is definitely worth a visit.  Medieval traces can be found in the church and in the elegant Cloister of Heaven, decorated with arabesque lines.  The Cathedral is open every day, and can be visited for free at services, otherwise the admission fee is € 3 and includes entry to the museum and the cloister.  

Opening hours: March - June 09.00 - 18.45 / July - September 09.00 - 19.45 / November - February 10.00 - 13.00.

The Amalfi Cathedral. 

The Amalfi Cathedral. 

The Cathedral cloister. 

The Cathedral cloister. 

Rests of the medieval church.

Rests of the medieval church.

Medieval rests in the church.

Medieval rests in the church.

Typical Amalfi ceramics.

Typical Amalfi ceramics.

HOW TO GET TO AMALFI

Like Positano, Amalfi is reachable by SITA coaches from Sorrento, via Positano.  Tickets are available at the bus station in Sorrento.  The price varies for he type of ticket: 45 minutes - €2,20 / 90 minutes - €3,40 / 24 hours €6,80 / 3 days: €16,00.  For the timetable check the official website.   It's also like the journey to Positano, where it gets very busy on the buses so you might end up standing all the way and its a cliff top road so not for the feint-hearte, so make sure you get to the bus station early in order to avoid an unpleasant experience. 

You can also take ferries from Sorrento, Salerno and Napoli.  You can buy the tickets at the port. 

You can also hire a car to visit others places around the Amalfi coast, which could be a good solution to visit the other towns along the coast, but remember there is a lot of nerve racking cliff top roads!.  Visit the official website here for more info and prices. 

From Capodichino Airport in Napoli there are taxis and the fee is € 130 one way.  

For more info about Amalfi and the coast you can also visit the official website here

Another way to visit Amalfi, is by boat excursions.  There are many companies that operate daily trips, I suggest to ask your hotel for more info.  I have been myself on an excursion and it was perfect if you want to see more than one place in one day.  It cost € 50 per person and the price included the cab from my place in Piano di Sorrento to the port in Sorrento, the excursion around the coast with a couple of hours stop in Positano and Amalfi.  I had a friendly captain explaining the history of the coast in Italian, English, Spanish and French.  In my opinion this is the best way to visit the coast, especially to see some villages from the boat that are quite difficult to access otherwise.  There are other companies where the lunch is included, but of course these are more expensive.

The Amalfi Port. Connection with coaches and boats to the rest of the coast and to Sorrento.

The Amalfi Port. Connection with coaches and boats to the rest of the coast and to Sorrento.