Amalfi, Italy

This beautiful fishing village sits between Atrani and Conca Dei Marini off the Gulf of Salerno.

The Amalfi Coast is a unique coastline made up of small villages that include,  Positano, Sorrento and the Isle of Capri. To reach Amalfi however, the drive is not for the faint hearted – winding road all the way. There is a bus from Salerno train station, which takes about 45min, and in the peak season a ferry service also operates.

Where to stay

Residence del Duca | Via Mastalo II Duca, 3 | 84011 Amalfi +39 (0) 89 873 63 65

Residence del Duca is a hidden gem. The only down side is the 60 step climb to reach the front door. A small sacrifice in my books.

Carmela and Gerardo provide true Italian hospitality. You will be warmly welcomed on arrival and offered fresh coffee delivered to your room. Each room has been traditionally restored and decorated in keeping with the renaissance and century old architecture. Rooms are equipped with the expected modern convenience, some have a terrace or balcony and sea views.

As with many European hotels, breakfast is included in the price. Each morning you will be presented with a selection of, fresh juice, coffee, cereal, bread, meats, cheeses, cakes and fruits. The breakfast room flows onto a beautiful terrace with views of the sea and historic centre. It’s the perfect place to soak up the morning sun, plan your day and enjoy an espresso.

Where to eat

For the best coffee and cakes look no further than Andrea Pansa. Andrea Panas is located in the main piazza, next to the church steps. When you see their window display you’ll see what all the fuss is about.

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The best pizza and pasta can be found at Da Maria Trattoria Pizzeria. Da Maria Trattoria Pizzeria was originally recommended to me by a friend who lived in Amalfi. Fair to say, I’ve never been disappointed. They are well priced for a tourist town, and, on occasions, have been known to offer a free glass of house wine or shot of limoncello.

The best Italian gelato can be found at Caffé Royal, next door to Da Maria Trattoria Pizzeria.

You can find fresh seafood at Cuoppo d’Amalfi. Put simply, it’s cheap and tasty. What more could you want?

Where to drink

L’Abside Wine Bar

L’Abside is a resturant and wine bar located downstairs from Residence del Duca. It’s a great place for drinks and nibbles, very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Their restaurant food is also very good.

Little tip: in the centre of town, the water in the fountain is perfectly fine to drink. So keep a water bottle with you and just refill as you need.

Top attractions

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Transport

SITA Bus is the most popular mode of travel around the Amalfi Coast. Buses depart from the waterfront and you can buy tickets at the Tabacchi (corner store). Don’t be shy when getting on a bus. Contrary to the common belief, courtesy to locals won’t result in a seat. Locals will barge their way in front of you to get on first, so stand your ground, or you’ll be standing on the pavment for another 20min waiting for the next bus!

The ferry service is also a good option, however in the low season the service virtually shuts down. Chuffer / transfer services also exist and although convenient are quite expensive; Salerno to Amalfi is about 85€ one way. Amalfi transfers offer a very good service.

Things to watch

Out of all the places I’ve visited, Amalfi has to be one of the safest. There is next to no crime, but don’t get complacent, because you just never know what may happen.

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