Amalfi is a town in the Campania region of Italy on the spectacular Amalfi Coast situated on the south side of the Sorrento peninsula which forms the southern end of the Bay of Naples. It lies at the mouth of Monte Cerreto surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. The area has long been a favorite destination for tourists who are attracted to the spectacular scenery, the dramatic views and gorgeous seaside towns.
The town of Amalfi was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200. It also used to be a popular holiday destination for the British upper class and aristocracy. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There is a spectacular mountain road in the city called the ‘Amalfi Drive’ that winds its way between Amalfi and Sorrento. For visiting drivers taking this road can be an extremely nervous experience, but it provides spectacular views which are really worth it.
Amalfi’s maritime past is celebrated with the ‘Historical Regata’ – a traditional rowing competition between the four maritime republics: Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. The event is held by a different city every year. It takes place on the first Sunday in June.
A World Heritage Site
Today Amalfi is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amalfi and the Amalfi Coast have plenty to offer the visitor. Apart from the unique, spectacular scenery Amalfi has plenty of art and culture to offer including the Cathedral, the Shrine of Saint Andrew and the Chiostro del Paradiso. The area is also famous for producing ‘Limoncello’ – a refreshing liquor drink made from local lemons which are typically long and at least double the size of other lemons with a thick and wrinkled skin and a sweet and juicy flesh.
Location: Campania region
Nearby sights: Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Duomo di Salerno, Villa Rufolo
How to get there: You can opt to hire a taxi or take a train or bus from your chosen airport to Amalfi
Nearby hotels: A’Scalinatella Hostel and Hotel, Hotel Dei Cavalieri, Santa Caterina Hotel