Amalfi is by far the most famous location of the Costiera and surely a landmark that nobody would like to skip.
In the following guide you will find everything you need to know about Amalfi before organising your trip, so that you will be able to get prepared for transportation, accommodation, food and places to visit in advance.
- 1 How to Arrive in Amalfi Coast
- 2 What to visit in Amalfi
- 3 The Arsenal
- 4 Mills Valley
- 5 What to eat in Amalfi
How to Arrive in Amalfi Coast
Amalfi is one of the best connected towns of the Costiera Amalfitana.
It’s historically and economically speaking the real center of the area and you will be able to reach the town by car, by bus or by boat, both from Naples and Salerno.
Reaching Amalfi from Rome
If you land in Rome or you are just there for a visit, in order to reach Amalfi you will have to move to Naples or Salerno.
Both destinations can be reached by train.
- If you decide to move to Salerno, you will have to get on a bus, which will leave from the square outside the station. The bus stops in Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Atrani and then, as last stop, Amalfi
- If you decide to go through Naples, you will have to get on the bus in Piazza Garibaldi. The bus stops in Nocera Inferiore, Nocera Superiore, Cava de’ Tirreni, Vietri sul mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Atrani and then, as last stop, Amalfi
The Salerno route is much shorter and would let you reach Amalfi in approximately 3h30m after leaving from Rome.
There are many private services offering transfers from Rome to Amalfi. The average prices for round trip are around 400–450 euro, according to the period and the type of vehicle you will request for your transfer.
Reaching Amalfi from Naples
As stated above, the only route from Naples to Amalfi is the bus leaving from Piazza Garibaldi and going through Nocera, Vietri, Maiori and Minori.
There is no other way, at least with public transportation, to reach Amalfi from Naples.
Reaching Amalfi by car
If you rent a car you can reach Amalfi even with your own vehicle:
- if you are coming from north, you will have to reach Autostrada A3, following the indications to Pompei, Castellammare, Sorrento and then Amalfi
- if you are coming from south, you will have to take SS 163 from Salerno, following the indications to Amalfi
Reaching Amalfi by boat
The Amalfi Coast and Amalfi itself are connected to Salerno also by ferryboat. Travelmar offers trips from Salerno to Amalfi (35 minutes) every day.
The price for the ticket is 8,00 euro and you will be able to travel at 08:40, 09:40, 10:40, 11:40, 14:10 and 15:30 every day of the week.
The ferryboat leaves from Piazza della Concordia, 200 meters far from the Central Station.
What to visit in Amalfi
Duomo di Sant’Andrea Apostolo
It’s the main church of the town and you fill find it in the main square of Amalfi, dominating the scene as it is located at the end of a quite long stairway. Once you reach the top, everything will make sense, even the quite tiring climb.
The exterior architecture is definitely surprising, as it looks like a mix of eastern and western styles. It costs 3 euro to enter and it will be worth every cent. Everything inside the church is a perfect blend of the glorious past of Amalfi and the new, more modern style of today.
It’s definitely not just a place for people in love with architecture, churches and history, but for all the people having a taste for beauty.
Chiostro del Paradiso
The Cloister of Paradise could sound like an ambitious name for the structure, at least before having the chance to visit it.
Once you are in Duomo, it will take you just a few steps to reach the cloister, which belongs to same structure. Absolutely a not-to-be-missed spot of Amalfi, especially if you are already visiting the Duomo.
The Chiostro del Paradiso is also one of the few spots of the city that may let you have some kind of thinking and meditation about your trip or your inner self, being one of the few locations of Amalfi not crawling with tourists.
It’s the square where you will find the beautiful building, now hosting the meetings of the City Council. More than the square itself, the best of the experience will be reaching it by walking along the traditional streets and alleys of Amalfi.
There is nothing in particular to see. What you will have to do is to let yourself enjoy the atmosphere, the simplicity and the genuineness of the inner side of Amalfi, a town that managed to keep its authentic spirit intact in spite of its modern touristic vocation.
After walking through the rione Vagliendola, you will end up at the old Arsenal, the true hearth of the ancient Republic of Amalfi.
The building nowadays has been partly converted into a museum.
If you have a thing for history, it’s time to get in for a quick visit.
Otherwise you may just browse the shops for some souvenirs to remember your trip to Amalfi and its Coast.
The Valle dei Mulini is an atypical destination, at least for the ones who are expecting art and history from their vacation in Amalfi.
The Mills Valley is a wonderful trekking track, right behind the city, where you will be able to enjoy unforgettable sea views and also the nature bordering Amalfi Coast.
It’s not a very challenging walk and you may enjoy a little break from the crowd you will surely find in the town.
Rione Vagliendola is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the town and one of the most famous among tourists.
You will be able to enjoy some of the true lifestyle of Amalfi: alleys, little shops, traditional trades and crafts: if you are looking for the truest heart of the town, Rione Vagliendola should definitely be on your to-see list.
What to eat in Amalfi
Amalfi Coast is also famous for its unique cuisine. This region of Italy is blessed with great pasta, fish, lemons and coffee, a combination that you will hardly find anywhere else in the world.
There is not just pizza, which was born quite close to Amalfi, but a wide range of dishes that will surely keep your taste buds happy.
The culinary landscape of Amalfi is second just to its natural one and you will surely have some of the best meals of your life while visiting the town and its surroundings.
In order not to make you miss any of the famous dishes of Amalfi, we prepared a short list of what you should definitely eat during your stay.
It’s the typical drink of the whole region. Quite alcoholic, it’s the perfect way to end a traditional meal with antipasto, primo and some fish.
Limoncello is prepared with simple ingredients: water, sugar, alcohol and the lemons of the Costiera, the only ones able to give to this liquor its deep and strong perfume. Limoncello from Amalfi is famous world-wide and it would make a great gift to bring home, to the people you love.
A type of handmade pasta, which is very popular in the whole area of Amalfi Coast. They are served usually with fish or in the typical Amalfitana way: clams, cherry tomatoes, squids, cuttlefish and capers.
It’s prepared all around the town, but you can surely ask some locals to find the most authentic one. Scialiatelli are not something you would want to miss, as they are available just in the Amalfi Coast area.
Amalfi is not just mozzarella. During your stay you should get a taste of the local cheeses, produced on the Lattari Mountains, right behind Amalfi.
Provolone del Monaco, Ricotta, Mozzarella: you could stay one week in Amalfi without eating the same cheese twice.