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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.
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. For a range of self catering apartments or villas you can see a wide range with our online partner, booking.com
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- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.
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Residenza Luce 10 rooms from $148Amalfi
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 lemonsFamilies - Provides family rooms on two levels with a sleeping and living area and a balconyLocal exploring - Situated in the heart of town at the Piazza del DuomoGreat walks - Beautiful walking trails along the coast, connecting surrounding towns as well
Diecisedici 6 rooms from $114Amalfi
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 museumsValue chic - Heavy on stlye, easy on the pocketGreat walks - There are several hikes in the area connecting other enchanting villagesPrivate Hot Tub - In the Suite Room Category
Residenza del Duca 7 rooms from $103Amalfi
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 barsValue chic - Charming property, great location; even better priceLocal markets - Enjoy the Amalfi lifestyle out the front door. Visit markets, shops or just take a stroll through the villageGreat walks - Organise a trip along the Valle dei Mulini in the Lattari Mountains with varieties of plants and waterfalls
Convento di Amalfi 36 rooms from $224Amalfi
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.HoneymoonsRomantic BreakSights nearby - 10 minute walk down hill to Amalfi. Positano is 20 mins by car.Views - Spectacular views of the Amalfi coastline
Hotel Santa Caterina 66 rooms from $552Amalfi
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
Villa Lara, Amalfi 7 rooms from $103Amalfi
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 chicSights nearby - Revello, Naples, Salerno, Pompeii all within easy distances.Restrictions on children - Over 10s onlyRecommended by - CN Traveller
Lidomare 18 rooms from $85Amalfi
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
Luna Convento 43 rooms from $214Amalfi
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 PoolRecommended by - Fodors