Travel Guide to Amalfi

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Population: 5,000

Amalfi is a beautiful town located on the spectacular Amalfi coast around 40 km southeast of Naples. As with the majority of towns along the coast, Amalfi attracts mostly day-trippers and as a result does not have a huge amount of hotels. Those, which it does have, will be very difficult to get a place in the summer months. It is advisable to stay in Naples and head over to the coastal town for the day.

How to get to Amalfi:

Most people visit Amalfi as a stop on a tour of the whole Amalfi Coast. Amalfi is also very easy to reach from Naples centre. In high season there is a ferry that takes passengers from Naples to the port of Amalfi, and there are also two SITA buses from 8:45am and 9:10am which leave from nearby the hostel.  When catching the bus to Amalfi it is recommended that you sit on the right hand side, in order to make the most of the spectacular views.

Top things to do in Amalfi:

1. The ‘Sant’Andrea’ cathedral. Described as one of the most striking cathedrals in the whole of southern Italy, this cathedral is also located on the town’s main square, the ‘Piazza del Duomo’. The cathedral dates from the early 10th century, although has been restored and added to since then.
2. There are a couple of museums in Amalfi, ‘Il museo della carta’, a paper museum in a 13th century paper mill and ‘Museo Civico’ containing the manuscript of the city’s ancient maritime code.
3. A must is a short boat trip costing around 5 euros from Amalfi to the ‘Grotta dello Smeraldo’ or the ‘Emerald Cave’.
4. Shopping is also pretty good in Amalfi, although you will find a huge amount of shops catered to tourists.