The Amalfi Coast is one of those places where it may not be the biggest town, however they have so much to offer in terms of culture and history. We spent two amazing nights in the town of Amalfi, soaking up the sun and enjoying what this amazing town had to offer. Known for their natural landscape, the views are breathtaking at every turn, with picturesque sights to take in.
The town dates back to the Romans, where Hercules, the son of Jupiter, had settled Amalfi as a gift to a girl with eyes the same colour of the sea. With this, the town has stayed true to their ancient heritage, with some buildings included in the UNESCO’s Wold Heritage List.
Below are our top picks on things to due with a day to spend in the town of Amalfi.
1. Duomo di Sant’Andrea Apostolo
The Duomo, which is located in the main square is rich in history, with elements dating back to the 9th century. Make your way up the many stairs to the front entrance, showcasing elaborate bronze doors, made in Constantinople in the 11th century. The cathedral has been remodelled several times over the decades, adding elements of Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic, and Baroque. The interior is just as stunning as the exterior with stunning high ceilings, arches and paintings.
2. Piazza del Duomo
The main square is full of cafes, restaurants and shops with something for everyone to enjoy. Also housing the main cathedral, this is your one stop shop to see everything at once. Spend the morning browsing the many shops for some amazing deals before popping yourself down at one of the many restaurants to enjoy a tasty pizza or pasta. The best part is almost all the restaurants have outdoor seating to enjoy the fresh air and people watch.
3. Main Pier
It’s a bit of a no brainer to walk down the pier to get one of the best views of Amalfi and the coast line. We made our way down both during the day and at night to get two completely different views of the town.
- Best time to visit Amalfi is May, June, September and the first half of October to avoid large crowds
- Between November and mid March most facilities close due to the low season.
- Take in some classical music in the gardens of Villa Rufolo (between April and October)
- Local dishes include pasta and pizza, predominately gnocchi and polenta dishes
- Best shopping includes designer warehouses like Prada and Gucci, or an abundance of shops selling olive oil, Parmesan cheese and leather goods