Sheer cliffs and sunny piazzas
The Amalfi Coast’s namesake town is a real beauty – houses iced in pastel colours nestle in the Valle dei Mulini, looking like a perfectly decorated cake. Its narrow streets are easily walkable, leading you to pretty churches, age-old towers and townhouses accessorised with painted shutters. There’s a generous helping of eateries, too, from bustling cafés and pizzerias to shoebox-sized trattorie hidden down quiet lanes.
The town’s headline act is its cathedral. Perched at the top of a long flight of steps, it looms over a vibrant piazza and features an 11th-century campanile and a gorgeous interior. During the summer months, the piazza is filled with al-fresco diners sipping on a caffè and enjoying the laid-back, Italian way of life.
A two-minute walk from the piazza brings you out at the seafront, where there’s a little beach and a harbour – boats from here chug up and down the Amalfi Coast, as well as over to Capri.
The main airport for the Amalfi Coast is Naples. Flights from the UK take around 2 hours 45 minutes.
Transfer time from Naples airport to Amalfi is approximately 1 hours 45 minutes.
July and August are the hottest months on the Amalfi Coast, making it one of the busiest times of year to travel. It you’re after fewer crowds but still want t-shirt temperatures, May, June, September and October are great times to visit.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.