Things to do in Amalfi

Things to do in  Amalfi

A coastline worth traveling for

Once a powerful maritime republic, Amalfi remains the Amalfi Coast’s cultural and logistical hub. Its compact old town—wedged between the Lattari Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea—offers plenty to do, from visiting the Duomo and Paper Museum to wandering the warren of shop-lined lanes. To head further afield, the port and transport terminal are strategic jumping-off points for day tours and cruises along the Amalfi Coast and jaunts into the surrounding hills for cooking classes, wine tastings, and lemon farm visits to glimpse traditional Limoncello liqueur in the making.

Top 5 attractions in Amalfi

Paper Museum (Museo della Carta)

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For centuries, Amalfi was one of the most important producers of paper in Europe, and water-powered paper mills lined the river running through the center of town. See how these ingenious mills worked and learn about the history and production of Amalfi’s prestigious paper at the Paper Museum, located in a fully functioning historic mill.More

Praiano

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Tucked between Amalfi Coast superstars Positano and Amalfi, tiny Praiano has managed to retain the feel of a sleepy fishing village, with a slower pace and friendlier vibe than its flashy neighbors. Sidle up beside locals at a café or in the piazza and soak in the Mediterranean views—and the timeless atmosphere—of this pretty seaside gem.More

Li Galli (Sirenuse)

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Shrouded in legend, the Li Galli (Sirenuse islets tower over the Mediterranean Sea. Once said to be inhabited by sirens, these tiny outcrops lure passing boats with their pristine waters and coastlines. Though the islands are private, you can still drop anchor on their outskirts to swim or snap photos.More

Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea)

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By far Amalfi’s most famous sight, the 9th-century Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea) has a theatrical staircase that leads up from the town’s main square to the church’s facade above. Climb to the top to see the cathedral’s striking mix of architectural styles and a sweeping view over the town.More

Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve (Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere)

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Known postcard-perfect fishing villages, the Amalfi Coast, a stretch of southern Italian coastline, also has striking countryside crisscrossed with hiking trails. Those in Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve (Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere)—thick with lemon groves, lush ferns, abandoned mills, and waterfalls—are among the most beautiful.More

Top activities in Amalfi

Amalfi to Capri Private Boat Tour

Amalfi to Capri Private Boat Tour

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Half Day Amalfi Coast Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group
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Private Tour of Amalfi Coast

Private Tour of Amalfi Coast

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Amalfi Coast Self-Drive Boat Rental

Amalfi Coast Self-Drive Boat Rental

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Amalfi Coast & Capri by Boat Private Tour

Amalfi Coast & Capri by Boat Private Tour

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Amalfi Coast Kayak Tour along Arches, Beaches and Sea Caves
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All about Amalfi

When to visit

Like most areas on the coast, Amalfi is practically a ghost town from November through March, when most hotels and businesses shutter for the winter. Around Easter, however, the town shakes off its torpor and reassumes its role as the bustling capital of the Amalfi Coast. Summer is hot but is also the most popular season for visitors, especially around the Feast Day of Sant’Andrea, which honors the city’s patron saint on June 27. Spring and fall bring balmy weather and more manageable crowds.

Getting around

Amalfi is a warren of steep, narrow, and pedestrian-only lanes and is best seen on foot. (You can hire a porter at the port or bus terminal to help transport your luggage.) Once you leave the city’s streets, however, getting to nearby coastal towns and islands is easy. The city is the Amalfi Coast’s main transportation hub, and there are many SITA bus and public ferry routes. You can also explore Italian-style by renting a Vespa scooter from one of the agencies at the port.

Traveler tips

If you have a sweet tooth, head to Pasticceria Pansa, Amalfi’s premium purveyor of pastries and sugary delights since 1830. They sell candied citrus peel, handmade chocolates, and a variety of cakes—but those in the know order the iconic delizia al limone. This single-serving sponge cake is filled with custard and drizzled with a syrup made with Sfusato Amalfitano lemons, a protected heirloom variety grown only on this stretch of coastline.

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What is Amalfi known for?

The main town on the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi is known for its atmospheric old town that stretches from the waterfront up to the lush inland hills. Artisan shops and sidewalk cafés line the narrow lanes, and the towering cathedral is a reminder of the town’s powerful maritime republic past.

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How many days do you need in Amalfi?

Amalfi’s old town is compact and easy to cover in a single day. The town is also well-placed to use as a base for exploring the surrounding towns along the Amalfi Coast, islands in the Bay of Naples, and ancient ruins of Pompeii on a longer stay.

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What should I not miss in Amalfi?

Amalfi’s magnificent Duomo di Sant’Andrea, its ninth-century cathedral, is the star of the show. Perched above the town’s main square, this complex captivates with its sweeping staircase, mix of architectural styles, and medieval Cloister of Paradise—it’s one of the top cultural attractions on the Amalfi Coast.

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How long is the boat ride from Amalfi to Capri?

You can reach the island of Capri by high-speed ferry in summer (April to October) or by private boat transfer all year long. Both ferries and speed boats take about 50 minutes to make the crossing, departing from Amalfi’s port and docking at Marina Grande on Capri.

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Is Positano or Amalfi better?

Positano is the epicenter of the Amalfi Coast’s “la dolce vita” vibe, so it’s better for chic restaurants and hotels. Amalfi is the coastline’s transport hub, so it’s a better base for exploring the rest of the coast. Hotels and restaurants in Amalfi are generally less expensive than in Positano.

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Does Amalfi have nightlife?

Positano is home to the most famous club on the Amalfi Coast, Music on the Rocks. Amalfi has cocktail bars in the old town for drinks and live music in summer. Otherwise, head to Praiano (about halfway between Amalfi and Positano) to dance the night away at the Africana.

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