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Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
Amalfi and Atrani
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Amalfi and Atrani


Nestled between the cliffs and the water, two historic seaside towns rich in history and tradition

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3 things to do in Amalfi:

  1. Get lost in the maze of little alleyways behind the cathedral.
  2. Conclude a superlative fish supper with a glass of limoncello.
  3. Visit the ancient mills used to make Amalfi's famous paper.

How to get to Amalfi

Amalfi is situated right in the center of the Amalfi Coast and you can get here from both Salerno and Sorrento.
From either town, Amalfi is a 30/40 minute drive away. Sita buses run regularly to Amalfi and, in the summer, sea connections are available from both Naples and Salerno.

For more detailed information: How to get to the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi, coastal warrior queen

Italy's oldest maritime republic, symbol of the Amalfi Coast, continues to enchant visitors just like it did in the days of the Grand Tour.

Just over three square kilometers of devastatingly beautiful scenery at the mouth of the Valle dei Mulini: this is Amalfi, a town which opens like a fan towards the sea, sheltered from behind by the steep slopes of the Monti Lattari.
Amalfi's Ancient Roman origins are evident from a number of ruins, including those of a nymphaeum dating back to the reign of Emperor Tiberius.

Amalfi is the oldest of Italy's four major Maritime Republics and prospered for a full three centuries under the Normans, Longobards and even the Saracens.
Its decline began in 1137 when it was defeated and pillaged by the rival republic of Pisa.

"For the people of Amalfi the day they enter Paradise will be a day much like any other: because for them paradise is already here on earth, right on their doorstep."
(Inscription on the gates to the town)


The history of Amalfi has been shaped by the town's extensive commercial relations throughout the Mediterranean, and the great technical and scientific prowess of its citizens, such as the Amalfi-born Flavio Gioia, attributed with the invention of the nautical compass.
Then there are the Tavole Amalfitane, which for centuries represented the maritime code in the Mediterranean.

When, in the mid 1800s, Prince Ferdinand of Bourbon constructed the coastal road between Vietri sul Mare and Positano, allowing easier access to this beautiufl stretch of Italian coast, the town's mild climate and beautiful architecture made Amalfi an obligatory stop on the Grand Tour.

Today, traveling to Amalfi over land or sea is still an unforgettable experience.
Quintessentially Mediterranean, Amalfi's townscape is comprised of a cluster of little white houses, interspersed with narrow alleyways and shady porticoes, and watch towers such as the Torre Saracena, close to the Convent of San Francesco.

Things to see in Amalfi:
The cathedral.
The ancient arsenals.
The paper museum.

The cathedral and the ancient arsenals

The town's landmark is the Duomo or cathedral. Initiated in the 9th century and altered on various occasions, the church, preceded by an impressive flight of 62 steps, towers over Amalfi's main piazza.

The multi-colored facade was completely rebuilt in the 19th century after the original collapsed. Work on the majolica faced bell tower was completed in 1276. The interior is a magnificent display of Italian baroque art and silver masonry.
A bronze statue of Sant Andrea dominates the altar and protects the reliquary urn associated with the miraculous appearance of the manna, which the people of Amalfi commemorate each November 27th.

From inside the cathedral, visitors gain access to the first Duomo of Amalfi, now called the Basilica del Crocifisso, and to the splendid Chiostro del Paradiso, built in the 13th century as a cemetery where the towns most illustrious citizens were laid to rest.

Beware: if you are superstitious, dont climb up the steps of Amalfi Cathedral hand-in-hand with your loved one: according to the local legend couples who do so will never get married.

Beyond the Piazza del Duomo, at the center of which the 18th century Fontana del Popolo takes pride of place, visitors reach what remains of the ancient arsenals where the marine republics war ships were constructed.
Just a few steps away there is the pretty little Piazzetta dei Dogi, lined with typical shops.

In the vicinity of what was once called the Vallenula, the old western gateway to the city, is the 10th century Church of San Biagio, which is famous for its precious late 18th century majolica floor.

Walks in and around Amalfi:
The Valle dei Mulini and the Vallone delle Ferriere.
From Amalfi to Atrani, along the Via delle Signore footpath.

The paper

No visit to Amalfi can be considered complete without having enjoyed a stroll through the town's labyrinth of little lanes and alleyways or a trip to the Paper Museum, in Via delle Cartiere 24, in the historic Cartiera Milano.

The production of hand-crafted paper, known as bambagina, is one of the oldest of Amalfi's traditions and today remains part of the town's culture and identity.

Those looking to purchase a few sheaves of the paper can do so in the 500 year old Cartiera Amatuda, close to the Canneto river in the Valle dei Mulini.

Atrani, a seaside nativity scene

Amalfi's twin appears like an enchanting nativity scene made up of a maze of little alleyways, narrow flights of steps and houses clinging to the rocks.

A fishing village, the history of which is inextricably linked to that of its illustrious neighbor, Amalfi, and which has conserved its ancient medieval structure, comprised of a cascade of houses interspersed with steep flights of steps, covered passageways, and tiny gardens, all incredibly intact.

Clinging to the cliff face, directly above the sea, at the mouth of the Valle del Dragone, Atrani is the smallest town in the whole of Southern Italy.

The Dutch artist Escher came to the Amalfi Coast in 1923 and immediately fell head over heels in love with Atrani; immortalizing the game of light and shadow played amidst its narrow alleyways in a great number of his artworks.

The town

Today, the Amalfi Drive has formed a barrier between the town and the sea, and those wishing to reach the water's edge have to use one of the passageways such as that in Piazza Umberto I, originally constructed as shelter for boats during high tide and which now appears like the back stage of a theater, facing the sea.

The '''Church of San Salvatore del Bireto', where the coronation of the Doges of the Republic of Amalfi once took place, is located here.

Another place to visit, if only for its incredibly panoramic position, is the majolica domed Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maddalena which dominates the entire eastern side of the town.

Close to the church is the 'Grotta di Masaniello.' According to the local legend, the revolutionist sought refuge in this cave, which is near to his maternal home.
Enjoying a fabulous view over the whole of Atrani, the 11th century Church of Santa Maria del Bando, set against the rocks beneath the Torre dello Zito, is particularly enchanting.

Traditional festivals in Atrani.
Santa Maddalena, patron saint of Atrani (22 July).
Reenactment of the Ducal wedding (April).
Sagra del pesce azzurro (August).


Fresh fish is a major protagonist in almost all of Atrani's gastronomic delicacies, including those served in the intimate Osteria da Luisella, in Piazza Umberto I, or the A Paranza restaurant in Traversa del Dragone.
Typical dishes which are not fish-based include the sarchiapone, a marrow stuffed with meat and cheese cooked in tomato sauce, the custard and cherry filled pasticciotto, and the wickedly sweet casata atranese.

Other tasty treats:
Scialatielli alle vongole veraci.
Colatura di alici.
Involtini di mozzarella in foglia di limone.
Delizia al limoncello.

Where to Eat in Amalfi and Atrani

  • For a lunch on the beach: Lido Azzurro, offering light and fresh fish and seafood dishes.
  • For a gourmet dinner: Da Savor under the porticos of tiny Atrani or Da Gemma in the center of Amalfi.
  • For traditional cooking: Da Ciccio cielo, mare e terra. Try their famous "spaghetti al cartoccio"!
Joe Banana Limos - Tours & Transfers - Transfer from Naples to Amalfi / Atrani or Viceversa Pick

Transfer from Naples to Amalfi / Atrani or Viceversa


Reach the Amalfi Coast from Naples on board of one of our luxury vehicles, you can also add a stop at Pompeii, Herculaneum, or Mount Vesuvius for a small supplementary price, turning in this way your transfer into a tour!

By Joe Banana Limos - Tours & Transfers

from € 135
Joe Banana Limos - Tours & Transfers - Transfer from Rome to Amalfi or Vice Versa Pick

Transfer from Rome to Amalfi or Vice Versa


Enjoy a private luxury transfer from Rome (airport, hotel, or train station) to Amalfi by a Mercedes or Volkswagen sedan or minivan with a professional driver who speaks Italian and English.

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from € 450
Eurolimo - The Beauty of the Amalfi Coast Tour Pick

The Beauty of the Amalfi Coast Tour


Ready to experience the most spectacular tour of Europe? On board of our luxury vehicle the driver will bring you from Sorrento to Positano, stopping by the enchanting towns of Amalfi and Ravello and also by some less famous villages like Praiano, Furore, Conca dei Marini and Scala.

By Eurolimo

from € 320 8 hour tour

Highlighted hotels

Santa Caterina

5 stars luxury

Hotel Santa Caterina

The jewel in the Amalfi Coast's crown!

Hotel dei Cavalieri
Le Palme

Guest Houses

Le Palme

From the Amalfi Coast, with love

From € 90
Hotel Belvedere

4 stars


A 4 star hotel with a 5 star view!

From € 190
Locanda degli Agrumi

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Locanda degli Agrumi

The delicate scent of the '''Amalfi Coast's lemon trees

From € 130


Il Vallone delle Ferriere

Just behind Amalfi, a lush wood with fern-lined streams.

Beaches of Amalfi

VIP or R&R: beaches to suit every style between Amalfi and Atrani.



The bustling resort town on the other side of the coast


A vertical town where instead of roads visitors explore along steep flights of steps.


Concerts, artistic treasures, and fabulous cliffside gardens overlooking the sea.

Praiano and Conca dei Marini

Praiano: in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, with the longest days and the most spectacular sunsets.

Maiori and Minori

Leave the celebrity-stalking paparazzi behind and discover a different side of the Amalfi Coast.

Cetara and Vietri sul Mare

Tiny fishing villages in the lesser-known stretch of the Amalfi Coast.

Sant'Agata and Nerano

Breathtaking views, unforgettable cuisine, and heavenly beaches.


Capri Wedding

Ensuring your wedding on the Amalfi Coast or on island of Capri is the magical experience you've always dreamed of.


The stunning natural scenery of the Amalfi Coast by walking

Boat rentals

Amalfi & Positano Boat Tours

The Amalfi Coast by sea: past and present, history and legend

Amalfi Charter

Boats, motoryacht and charter boats to explore the sea of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and the Bay of Naples

Amalfi Boats

By boat exploring hidden inlets, secluded beaches, mysterious sea caves and enchanting islands.

Amalfi & Positano Boat Tours

Sail, eat, shop and... sail. Explore the Amalfi Coast, by boat

Capri Relax Boats

Exclusive boat excursions, discovering the magic of the Amalfi Coast.

Absolute Yacht Charters

Cruise around the Med on your very own yacht: now that's luxury!

Maria Giovanna

The atmosphere of a five star hotel, aboard a stunning Turkish caique.

Rental & transfers

Positano Jet

Positano, Amalfi, Capri: a beautiful route

Benvenuto Limos and Private Tours

Private transfers and tours in Amafi Coast

Astarita Car Service

A family-run company providing transfers and excursions with professional English speaking drivers.

Sorrento Limo

A professional english speaking drivers for transfers and excursions with complete assistance.

Bellantonio Car Service

Limousine services, transfers and tours in Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Naples and Pompeii

HoverFly Sam Helicopters

Experience the Amalfi Coast from on high with HoverFly Sam Helicopters transfers and excursions.