The sun-drenched town of Amalfi has been a seaside retreat for centuries, and as a former maritime heavyweight, it's clear that the ocean influences all aspects of local life.
Every day, you'll be greeted by a glittering azure sea, visible from your hillside perch. The buildings of Amalfi are iconic in themselves, the colourful blocks cheerfully dotting the cliffs and overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The town's numerous beachside restaurants, tangles of narrow alleyways, piazzi and scattering of historical monuments – which include the St Andrew Cathedral and the ancient monastery of San Benedetto – make Amalfi worth an excursion from anywhere in Italy's south.
Staying here, however, is the best way to really get to know Amalfi below its iconic surface. Visitors can stay at the 5-star Grand Hotel Santa Caterina, a converted villa set in lemon and orange orchards with spectacular views of the bay. As with many places on the Amalfi Coast, travellers will encounter a seemingly never-ending supply of limoncello made with locally-grown lemons – it's a true taste of Amalfi, liquid sunshine in a bottle.
Top itineraries in Amalfi
Let stays in world-class hotels and the services of private drivers showcase the best of Capri’s island paradise, the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic beauty and Sorrento’s clifftop views. In between, there's plenty of time for some beach-side relaxation and independent exploration.
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Top places to stay in Amalfi
This 13th century Franciscan monastery was first converted into an inn in 1818. Since then, five successive family generations have welcomed international personalities of the clergy, arts and aristocracy to this classic Grand Tour hideaway.
When to go to Amalfi
Amalfi is loveliest in the spring, when flowers are blooming and the temperature is not yet at its summer intensity. Once summer begins, not only does the heat increase, but the crowds, as well. However, this is when you'll enjoy the most cultural events and festivals, as well as water activities and boat routes. Winter visitors will find relatively mild temperatures, and while fewer restaurants, shops and ferry routes may be open, the town takes on a completely different, more local, feel.
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