You’ve seen it in Christopher Nolan’s Tennet, you’ve seen it in Anthony Minghella‘s The Talented Mr. Ripley, luxurious travel magazines and Instagram. So, why is everybody crazy about ?
is something you’ll remember for the rest of your life – no matter how you decide to explore it. There are numerous tours that cover , of the , famous villas, private and public beaches.
While everybody’s talking about , my favourite towns are Amalfi and Ravello. They represent at its finest!
Today’s article is all about . But before we dive into exploring it, let’s check out some information that can come in handy.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Where is Amalfi located?
Amalfi is located between Atrani and , on the road ( 163).
Can you walk from Amalfi to Ravello?
Technically – yes. I didn’t do it myself, but I did see a lot of people arriving on foot in Ravello. Google map says it will take you around 45 minutes, and the distance is only 3.5km.
By car, the distance is twice that much, and ideally, it will take you around 15 minutes to reach the top of the hill, but… The traffic can be terrible (unless you rented a scooter/Vespa), and there is a ridiculously long traffic light. So, taking a walk might be a really good idea!
Is there a ferry from to Amalfi?
Yes, there is. But you should research the schedules thoroughly because of the Covid 19 pandemic. The ferry normally operates from mid-May.
is some 16km away from Amalfi, and you can reach it by bus, bicycle, scooter/Vespa or even by foot, so there’s no need to take the ferry.
Is Amalfi or better?
This is a matter of personal taste.
First of all – they look completely different! is famous for its hill of colourful houses. It’s one of the most spectacular things you’ll ever see! And Amalfi has houses that literally grow out of the steep cliffs.
Moving forward – is very posh, and Amalfi is more shabby chic.
The atmosphere on the streets is completely different, the shops and restaurants offer a unique experience in both places.
So don’t rely on articles to tell you which one is better because they are both breathtaking. I personally prefer Amalfi, and I love going back to it. I would like to go back to , to snap a few Instagramy photos – but that’s it. I prefer shabby-chic and street food in Amalfi.
Now that we covered these burning questions, let’s see why is definitely worth visiting.
Arriving in Amalfi
This is not an ordinary – Amalfi is the of Costiera Amalfitana. Together with the entire , it was declared a , and it is famous for many things – one of them are pastel houses rising proudly from the .
And nothing symbolizes its glorious and powerful history better than Amalfi Cathedral – your first stop.
Duomo di Amalfi – The Amalfi Cathedral
The Medieval Roman Catholic church of St. Andrew ( patron saint) rises proudly from the main piazza. You’ll see it on your right as soon as you walk through the passage that takes you inside of the .
This monumental mixture of Western and Oriental elements rises majestically at the top of the steep stairs, and you can visit it for just 3€.
The first thing you’ll see is the Cloister of Paradise which features a beautiful Mediterranean garden centrally positioned and surrounded by oriental columns.
The Basilica of Crucifix is indeed impressive, but a true jewel of Amalfi Duomo lies underneath the ground. The Crypt of St. Andrew is a hall where the saint’s relics are kept in the central altar. The entire crypt is gilded and decorated in the Baroque style which you won’t forget for a very long time.
The Main Street of Amalfi Coast Main Town
Small tip: Do not expect an easy walk up this street. There are a lot of challenges such as:
Get your cameras ready, because you’ll want to capture every single corner of a dusty street, secretive passages, and steep stairs.
One of the things you should pay attention to is a fountain with Nativity scenes. I actually call it “The Donkey fountain” because it was originally made for the donkeys who pulled carts from the local villages and mountains.
Ain’t that sweet?
This fountain is filled with tiny figurines which represent not only Biblical characters, but also locals.
Where is the Donkey fountain located exactly?
Just go up the main street, and at some point, you’ll come upon a small square. Just look to the right, and you’ll see it. It will probably be surrounded by tourists, so you won’t miss it.
The Amalfi Seafood Cone
By the end of the street, and halfway back (somewhere around the Donkey fountain) you’ll get really hungry – and that’s when you’ll want to have your very first Amalfi Seafood Cone.
Talk about the best cheap seafood ever!
It’s not only the fact that the fish is always fresh but the way they serve it – in a cone!
I have to say, the seafood cone was one of the best experiences we had at the . If there is two of you, I would advise you to start with one.
Just ask for a big mix, and they’ll put everything inside – including a piece of freshly cut Amalfi lemon.
There are a few places in Amalfi where you can grab your own fish cone, but whenever we go to Amalfi, we go to Pescheria C.I.C.A. They have a big variety of fresh seafood, they are very fast, and the most important thing – the level of deliciousness is always very high!
Amalfi is full of surprises, so don’t just stick to the main street. Take a turn in one of the side allies and get lost in the secret treasures of Amalfi.
Random stands with gigantic lemons (bigger than your head) is just one of the surprises that await around the corner (literally).
Some Bonus Tips to Make Your Visit to Amalfi Even More Special
One of the things that make this so famous are previously mentioned Amalfi lemons. They are not to be mixed with those from the .
I would suggest that you save yourself for the Delizia al Limone – creamy, decadent, delight of – in Minori. But by all means, have a glass of in Amalfi.
, zesty lemon liquor, is traditionally made around the Gulf of , Costiera Amalfitana and , but also on islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri. It is produced in other Italian regions as well, but, why would you wanna have it in any other place? This is its birthplace!
Now that you know all this, go explore the hell out of the and each you can. Just remember that Amalfi, , Ravello and Minori (Sal de Riso) should be see-at-all-cost locations on your tour list.
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