Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi is a town and commune in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno, 24 miles southeast of Naples. It lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. Amalfi is the main town of the coast on which it is located, named Costiera Amalfitana, and is today an important tourist destination together with other towns on the same coast, such as Positano, Ravello and others. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Amalfi is full of steps, little streets and squares. Attractions include the Amalfi Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise, Piazza dei Dogi and Piazza dello Spirito Santo and the Vagliendola quarter, with its tower houses.

Through the northern gate is the Valle dei Mulini. Here, we find the Museo della Carta (Paper Mill Museum), with its old machines, called "ingegni", to produce paper. Beyond here is the last paper mill, belonged to the Amatruda family, that still produce the old paper.

Things to See & Do

* The Cathedral
* The Cloister of Paradise
* Paper Mill Museum
* Atrani (5 mins on foot from Amalfi)

General information

Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language - Italian
Land Area - 6 km²
Population - 6,000 approx
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - 010

Port Location - The main port is located within walking distance of the town centre of Amalfi.

Transport Links - Buses travel to and from Sorrento via Positano and Praiano. Buses also travel to and from Salerno via Maiori and Minori. Local buses also link Amalfi with Ravello. Positano is approx. 40 minutes from Amalfi (depending on traffic). The trip to Amalfi from Sorrento is approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes (depending on traffic).

There are boats and hydrofoils in summer from Sorrento, Positano, Minori, and Salerno.

The two main train stations serving the Amalfi Coast are Salerno and Sorrento. Conveniently, the stations are also hubs for cheap, efficient bus services radiating toward the major tourist destinations along the coast and inland.