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A small town of only a few thousand, Amalfi is nonetheless sophisticated and glamorous and has long been a favored holiday destination. The whitewashed piazzas of Amalfi cling to rocky cliffs, perched above the Gulf of Salerno. Part of the province of Campania, the town sits at the mouth of a deep ravine at the Valle dei Mulini facing the sparkling blue waters. Enchanted by the easy ambiance, travelers and locals alike enjoy long afternoons in cafes sipping limoncello, the liqueur made from the grapefruit-sized lemons that grow in the many groves on the hillsides. This is an area beloved by artists who love to paint the town as it stretches along the Amalfi coast - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - suspended between azure sea and sky above it. A drive along the road called The Path of the Gods winds and turns, offering many stunning views of olive groves and rocky cliffs. At Venere, we've partnered with the best Amalfi hotels to give you great selection along with reliable customer reviews you can trust. Multiple images let you see and compare so you can find the perfect hotel room for your stay.
What's Amalfi Like?
Amalfi is a place to leave the rest of the world behind and indulge in the sheer beauty of the ocean under sunny skies, the scent of lemon blossoms and the brilliant colors of flowers like bougainvillea and carnations. It is here that the Lattari Mounts fall directly into the sea and Amalfi hotels with a balcony view of the ocean are often preferred by travelers. The historic Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea features a mishmash of architectural styles beginning with the 11th century when it was first built. The Museo della Carta- a paper museum - is housed in a 13th century paper mill, the oldest such mill in Europe. Just outside town, Grotto dello Smeraldo is a grotto that got its name from the emerald green water that comes out of it. There is a pretty and popular beach and there are many watersports available, including boating. Trekking and hiking are also popular activities, with many paths offering spectacular views. The cuisine features plenty of seafood in a classic Mediterranean diet based on olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, and is on offer in casual cafés, rustic trattoria and fine dining establishments too.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Amalfi
Amalfi is not a large city and it retains the relaxed pace of a seaside town despite the influx of tourists. The local people are friendly and can be found lingering in cafés during the afternoon over a café latte or a gelato, the luscious Italian version of ice cream. In contrast with many Italian towns, there are not many buildings older than a few centuries in Amalfi. In its storied past, Amalfi was an important naval center but in 1343, most of the city and its inhabitants literally slid into the sea during an earthquake. The proximity to the ocean, its traffic and its changeable nature mean the local people are both cosmopolitan and accepting of the ups and downs of fate. Off the beaten path is the best place to connect with local people, so be sure to bring walking shoes to explore the many covered stairways and narrow alleys that climb the hillside through town. Choose from the best of Amalfi hotels with Venere, where our streamlined booking system makes it easy to arrange the perfect holiday.