Romantic home of an ancient maritime republic.
You wouldn't quite think it to look at it but Amalfi was once the capital of a powerful maritime republic, over a thousand years ago. Amalfi was able to compete with Pisa and Genoa by inventing the modern compass still used today. Sackings and a tsunami destroyed most of the oldest buildings, though the medieval cathedral survived. Constructed by the Normans it blends Byzantine and more northern architectural and decorative styles. Nowadays along with Positano, Amalfi is one of the busiest towns on the Amalfi Coast and a good jumping off point for trips to the other towns by road or by boat.
Amalfi's signature lemons, longer and larger than regular lemons, are a key ingredient in the locally produced limoncello and a digestif shot is almost compulsory after any meal. A little way from the center of town you can learn about another famous Amalfi product in the paper mill museum. Known worldwide for its quality, Amalfi's thick handmade paper was one of the first produced in Europe, the Amalfitani having learned the techniques from the Arabs they traded with.
Where to stay in Amalfi
Our accommodations on the Amalfi Coast are divided between Positano, the largest of the small towns in the area, and Amalfi itself. It's worth bearing in mind that hotels are booked out many months in advance here, so some flexibility may be needed. We've inspected and selected the very best options from small family run B&Bs to palatial cliffside grand hotels to converted monasteries and convents. You'll have the choice of being in the thick of the action or in relative seclusion, just let us know your preferences. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Art Nouveau Hotel
This is a spectacular option for luxury comfort, with palatial rooms and beautiful sea views. Highly recommended!
In a splendid former monastery with a Moresque cloister, this is a very unique option for comfort and elegance.
Things to do in Amalfi
We'll be happy to keep you busy up and down the Amalfi Coast, and can offer excursions to Mount Vesuvius, and Pompeii and Herculanum beneath it. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.