Set into a fissure in the cliff face of the steep Lattari hills and fronting a beach, Amalfi town is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and opulent villas, cloaked in brilliantly coloured bougainvillea.
Now an established coastal resort and a favourite haunt of honeymoon couples, Amalfi was once the centre of an independent maritime republic from the 7th to 11th centuries.
Wander the narrow streets and alleyways past bustling shops, restaurants and colourful buildings, some of which date back to Byzantium times.
People-watch over a limoncello in the lively Piazza del Duomo and admire the glazed tiled cupola above the striking tiered facade of the Cathedral Sant'Andrea.
Ride the lift from the coastal road to the cloisters of the Capuchin Monastery. Set high above Amalfi, the former 12th century monastic complex now houses the Cappuccini Convento Hotel with spectacular views over the town the sea beyond.
Drive the dramatic 50km-long corniche that twists and turns around hairpin bends between towering mountain peaks on one side of the road and steep cliffs that plunge into the sea on the other.
Snaking along the coast between the resorts of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, the Amalfi Coast road offers breathtaking scenery.
The rugged Amalfi coastline is indented with a mix of public, private and often deserted pebble beaches that front tiny picture-perfect coves. Many hotels also have small private beaches.
Beaches around Amalfi Town consist mainly of fine, dark sand and/or small, round pebbles.
The best beaches around Amalfi, include…
This dark sand beach is very popular during the summer months and consequently often crowded. Facilities include umbrellas, sun beds and sun chairs.
A number of smart hotels have their own sections of private beach where you can brush up your tan on a sun lounger and cool off with a refreshing swim in the clear turquoise waters.
This small sandy beach is a good alternative to bustling Amalfi, which is just a short walk away around a headland.
The free public beach of Atrani sits in front of the almost entirely enclosed Piazza Umberto.
Located at the base of a tree-clad cliff, Duoglio Beach offers a beautiful 170-metre long beach that is perfect for sunbathing and swimming in the crystal clear seawater.
Facilities include umbrellas, sun beds and sun chairs as well as rental kayaks, windsurfing and scuba-diving equipment. The beachside Lido Degli Artisti restaurant is well-known for freshly caught seafood.
Located just 1km from the centre of Amalfi, Duoglio is easily reached by boat every half-hour from Pennello Pier in Amalfi.
The journey takes 5 minutes and costs €2 each per trip. Alternatively, you may walk, take a bus or taxi to the beach entrance; from there a 400-step staircase leads to the beach.
This small beach is found just west of Amalfi in a small, scenic cove close to Atrani.
Easily accessible by boat or by descending a steep twisting staircase, the rocky beach offers beach chairs, umbrellas and a beachfront restaurant serving excellent fresh seafood.
Cool off with a swim in the clear water and explore natural grottos including Arco Naturale, a natural arch over the sea; local legend has it that those who kiss while swimming underneath are assured everlasting love!
Amalfi offers honeymoon couples an excellent choice of 4- and 5-star hotels, including the following…
Hotel Santa Caterina
Location: Via Nazionale 9, Amalfi
Prices: from AUD1809 per room
Description: This property is a 6-minute walk from the beach. Offering breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Santa Caterina is an Art Nouveau villa built on a rock that overlooks the sea. It features many terraces and a beautiful pool, all with sea views. Built into the rock and hanging over the sea, the pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. Guests can access the pool and the private beach below, using the property’s private glass elevators. Santa Caterina’s spa area includes a sauna, Turkish bath and massage service, plus a well-equipped sea-view fitness center. The elegant rooms and suites feature Vietri majolica floors and precious furniture. Facilities include a balcony with full or partial sea views, plus free ADSL internet access. The award-winning restaurant Santa Caterina serves Mediterranean cuisine and local wines in its chic dining room. Meals are served on its sea-view terrace. Offering private parking, this 5-star hotel is just half a mile from Amalfi. The famous resort of Positano is a 15 minute drive away.
NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi
Location: Via Annunziatella 46, Amalfi
Prices: from AUD1238 per room
Description: This property is a 7-minute walk from the beach. This spectacular cliff-top hotel in Amalfi is a former convent. It features free Wi-Fi, interesting architecture, ultra-modern rooms and an impressive infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. All rooms have beautiful sea views, plus terracotta floors and marble bathrooms. A flat-screen TV, minibar and pillow menu come standard. Each private bathroom has a hairdryer and toiletries. Breakfast is buffet style at Grand Hotel Convento Di Amalfi by NH Hoteles. Dei Cappuccini restaurant serves contemporary Italian dishes and offers views of the Amalfi coast. Grand Hotel Convento Di Amalfi features a modern spa with a sauna and Turkish bath, as well as a private chapel and valet parking. Central Amalfi is a 10-minute walk away down the hill. The picturesque town of Positano is a 20-minute drive away.
Hotel Luna Convento
Location: Via Pantaleone Comite 33, Amalfi
Prices: from AUD928 per room
Description: Sitting on the promontory in a centuries-old convent, this romantic hotel is a five-minute walk from Amalfi Beach and the town centre. The hotel is surrounded by a garden and sun terraces, with a large seawater swimming pool carved out of the cliff. A picturesque inner courtyard is set amid fragrant flowers and has an ancient well in the centre. Individually decorated and spacious guestrooms feature balconies or patios with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. Amenities include TVs, air conditioning, minibars and wireless Internet access. The guest rooms surround the ancient courtyard dating back to the 13th century when the hotel was once a convent. Founded in 1222 by San Francesco d'Assisi, the church is still used today for weddings and celebrations. Hotel Luna Convento features a large outdoor pool and a reef, complete with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. From here you can access the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. At lunch and dinner you can enjoy local delicacies at the 2 restaurants, one overlooking the coast, the other in the ancient tower. The center of Amalfi is just 650 ft away and there is a public bus stop on the hotel grounds.
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The best time to honeymoon in Amalfi is from April to June and from September to October when the average daily temperature is 22°C (72°F).
This avoids the summer high-season crowds of July and August when temperatures can soar above 30°C (86°F).
Amalfi experiences a mild climate year round, with winters averaging around 15°C (59°F).
For more climate info: Amalfi Weather Guide…
Amalfi town is around 61km (38mi) south of Naples, 15km (9.3mi) east of Positano and 31km (19mi) west of Salerno.
The Amalfi Coast stretches along the rugged Sorrentine Peninsula south of Naples on the west coast of southern Italy.
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