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About Amalfi

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.

What Not To Miss

  • 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 filled to the brim 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.

Be aware that Amalfi can be very busy at the height of the season so if you want to reserve one of the best places to stay in Amalfi, you need to book early. Alternatively come in the shoulder season, when the crowds have thinned and you have more space to admire this splendid town.

The best places to stay in Amalfi

For great value

  • With views down over the town, Villa Lara has simple, airy, white-washed rooms, often with a bright splash of colour in a feature wall or tiled bathroom. There’s a beautiful terrace for breakfasts with stunning views down over the town and sea. Prices start from €100 per night including breakfast.
  • The high-ceilinged rooms of Lidomare, a modest, family home, are spotless and airy, and traditionally furnished with well-loved antiques, polished-tile floors, books and figurines. It offers an extremely welcoming atmosphere, breakfast in the charming reception hall, and is only a couple of minutes from the Duomo.
  • Residenza del Duca is close to the beach and the centre of town: a great base for exploring. Cosy and comfortable rooms with decorative bathrooms boast ocean views. A delightful little B&B, with buffet breakfast included, and a very reasonable price tag.
  • Diecisedici is 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. Prices from €100 per night.

With a swimming pool

  • Taking breakfast in former Moorish cloisters is a joy at the Luna Convento, and the perfect way to start the day. Rooms in this former convent, which also includes a watchtower, are cool and traditional, some with frescoed ceilings. The pool and dining terraces (there are two restaurants) overlook the sea.
  • Rooms at the Convento di Amalfi are modern, minimalist and stylish in neutral shades, some with private terraces. Set above the town, the hotel has spectacular views as well as an infinity pool and a spa.
  • Set just outside the town, Hotel Santa Catarina, a grand, 19th-century villa, is a luxurious hideaway, with a private beach, lush gardens and a gourmet restaurant. Rooms are boldly styled, mixing the cool contemporary with antiques, ceramic-tiled floors and rich drapes.

For foodies

  • Residenza Luce is 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.

For a holiday villa or apartment

  • If you're travelling with family or in a group, then self catering might be a better option. We'd recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com, where you'll find a wide range of properties.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Naples International Airport located 65km (40 miles) from Amalfi with a variety of domestic and International flights
  • Alternatively, catch a ferry to Amalfi with services to Naples and Sorrento amongst other destinations.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore the stunning coastline, click here for prices and booking with our online partners Rental Cars.
  • Best time to visit - June to August for hot weather ideal for enjoying the beaches and exploring the town. But you'll also find it very pleasant in May or September and October, when the air is cooler and many of the crowds have gone!

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Best Hotels in Amalfi

  • Diecisedici 6 rooms from £88

    Amalfi

    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.

    Local exploring  -  Close by to beaches, historical buildings, monuments and museums
    Value chic  -  Heavy on stlye, easy on the pocket
    Great walks  -  There are several hikes in the area connecting other enchanting villages
    Private Hot Tub  -  In the Suite Room Category
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  • Villa Lara, Amalfi 7 rooms from £88

    Amalfi

    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.

    Views  -  Stunning views out towards the bay of Amalfi and over the town.
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Revello, Naples, Salerno, Pompeii all within easy distances.
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 10s only
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Residenza Luce 10 rooms from £96

    Amalfi

    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.

    Foodies  -  Traditional dishes from the region. Must try the local mozzarella cheese, fish dishes and the famous Amalfi lemons
    Families  -  Provides family rooms on two levels with a sleeping and living area and a balcony
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of town at the Piazza del Duomo
    Great walks  -  Beautiful walking trails along the coast, connecting surrounding towns as well
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  • Lidomare 18 rooms from £105

    Amalfi

    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.

    Beach Life  -  A two minute walk to the beach and lovely views across the Amalfi Coast from the bedrooms.
    Fishing  -  Charter a boat and head out Bluefish and Tuna fishing with some locals guides.
    Sights nearby  -  The UNESCO Heritage sight of Pompeii is in close proximity.
    Full of character
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  • Residenza del Duca 7 rooms from £114

    Amalfi

    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.

    Local exploring  -  Located a few blocks away from the main square of Amalfi with several restaurants, cafes and bars
    Value chic  -  Charming property, great location; even better price
    Local markets  -  Enjoy the Amalfi lifestyle out the front door. Visit markets, shops or just take a stroll through the village
    Great walks  -  Organise a trip along the Valle dei Mulini in the Lattari Mountains with varieties of plants and waterfalls
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  • Hotel Marina Riviera 32 rooms from £149

    Amalfi

    A lovely 19th-century hotel in the town with great sea views from its terrace and rooftop pool. It exudes a timeless elegance with pretty archways, gently domed ceilings and potted plants. Bright rooms are chic and smart, with tiled floors and patterned furnishings. A really handy and relaxing base.

    Local exploring  -  A lovely Amalfi hotel by the sea, ideal for exploring the town and coast
    Sights nearby  -  There are a cluster of pretty towns along the coast which are well worth a visit
    Great walks  -  Explore the choice of picturesque coastal trails
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool
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  • Luna Convento 43 rooms from £164

    Amalfi

    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.

    Hideaway  -  A charming converted convent with rooms surrounding the ancient courtyard and wonderful views from the outdoor pool.
    Sailing  -  Guests can book a speedboat to take them on a tour of the Amalfi coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO heritage sight Pompeii.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • La Bambagina 4 rooms from £165

    84011 Amalfi SA

    A wonderfully intimate B&B with lots of character, looking onto a pretty central square. Expect chic interiors with jazzy printed wallpapers, fun tiling and hip fittings. Rooms are bright and airy with a similar laid back yet stylish feel. Don't miss the charming bistro for breakfast and its snacks.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the other charming towns of the Amalfi Coast such as Furore, Sorrento, Positano and Praiano
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Convento di Amalfi 36 rooms from £172

    Amalfi

    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.

    Honeymoons
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  10 minute walk down hill to Amalfi. Positano is 20 mins by car.
    Views  -  Spectacular views of the Amalfi coastline
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  • Hotel Santa Caterina 66 rooms from £316

    Amalfi

    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.

    Beach Life  -  Guests ride an elevator down to a private beach and enjoy stunning seaviews from the property.
    Sailing  -  Book a private motorboat and spend a day exploring the Amalfi Coast by sea.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ancient towns of The towns of Pompei and Herculaneum.
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over the sea.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Michelin Travel
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