Amalfi: a town that has given its name to one of Europe’s most alluring stretches of coast. The journey here, alone, is spectacular, along a corniche road that clings to towering cliffs that seem to drop sheer into a sapphire-blue sea. Rounding each hair-raising bend, gives glimpses of tiny, sandy beaches. Amalfi was once a great maritime power; in the 11th century it had a population of 70,000 and produced the world’s first navigation tables. Established as a seaside resort in Edwardian times, choosing one of the best places to stay in Amalfi makes a good base for exploring this coast.
Dominating the town is the cupola-topped ‘Duomo’, with a brightly coloured façade, Romanesque interior and beautiful, Arabic-style, whitewashed cloisters. There’s also a museum, with assorted treasures, and an elaborately decorated crypt.
The town has a couple of other museums, the most interesting being the Museo della Carta (paper museum). Amalfi was once a thriving paper-making town with some 15 paper mills dotted along the narrow valley that stretches inland and upwards. The last mill (also the museum) closed down in 1969, and tours explain the processes and the tools used. Indeed, you can still buy some of the special paper it continues to produce.
Colourful ceramics are another of the town’s specialty crafts, and can be found in many shops, particularly around the Piazza Duomo. Wandering the town is a delight, especially away from the busy seafront. Here you can come across little whitewashed alleyways and courtyards, peeling-plaster buildings and balconies teetering with colourful flowers.
There’s a sandy beach, and another, smaller - but less busy - beach a short walk around the headland at Atrani, which also has a very pretty square.
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A cosy hotel and charming family home. Traditional high-ceilinged rooms with antiques, large bookcases, cabinets of figurines, tiled floors and white washed walls. Very well priced. A homely choice for a beach holiday.
Close by to the beach and the centre of town: a great base for exploring. Cosy and comfortable rooms with decorative bathrooms boast ocean views. Delightful little B&B, with buffet breakfast included, in its very reasonable price tag.
A charming little villa perched on a cliff just above Amalfi. Contemporary and simple decoration throughout, with vaulted ceilings and Majolica tiles. A lovely breakfast terrace with breathtaking views over the bay of Amalfi. Massages on request & within easy reach of the beach. Excellent value.
A chic B&B in a medieval building renovated with Italian design and furnishings. Rooms are sea facing, decorated in a traditional style and with plenty of creature comforts. Great location just behind the Cathedral. Experience the real Amalfi feel.
A charming bed and breakfast with views of the historic centre. Large rooms and bathrooms elegantly decorated with ceramic tiles. Breakfast is served on the terrace with a panoramic view of the ocean. Some rooms offer a private jacuzzi. Close to the beach and some of the best restaurants in town.
A wellness hotel on the Amalfi coast with sea views and an elegant spa. The six tranquil bedrooms, designed with relaxation in mind, each have a private plunge pool on the shared outdoor terrace. Relaxed, communal dining and restaurants nearby. A fantastic location to explore the local region.
Tasteful simplicity in a stunning former convent. The glorious Moorish cloister is the perfect setting for a leisurely breakfast. Both restaurants serve delicious food and have spectacular views from their terraces. A romantic fairytale setting.
Beautiful former convent set in the rock face just above the town of Amalfi. Fabulous views of the town and sea from the terraces and the swimming pool. Chic rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings and neutral hues. Spa, restaurant and bar. Stylish minimalism at its best.
A luxurious retreat in a stunning location. Beautiful rooms in whites and creams with splashes of colour and private balconies. Fabulous restaurants, private beach (reached by a glass lift through the cliff face) and luscious gardens with citrus groves. A tranquil and romantic spot.