Amalfi is a beautiful town on the southwestern coast of Italy. It set in a backdrop of cliffs that give it a theatrical feel. The city was the seat of power of a significant maritime republic between the 800 CE and 1000 CE. The best time to visit the city would be in May as the temperature, and lush blooms make it perfect. The Amalfi coast is one of the most memorable coastlines in all of Italy and the natural landscape surrounding the town is just mesmerizing. Here are the top places that you have to visit when you are in Amalfi.
1. Amalfi Cathedral
This cathedral is a magnificent reminder of the town’s past as a maritime superpower. It is a mixture of many architectural styles, and it dates back to the early 13th century. The exterior of the cathedral is in the Sicilian Arabic-Norman style while the interiors are predominantly baroque. The temple also has giant bronze doors that were made in Syria. The striped facade of the cathedral is iconic to the town. The cathedral has been rebuilt twice since its completion. The Basilica el Crocefisso lies right next to it and houses a magnificent museum. The temple and the basilica have long remained connected. It will cost you three Euros to get into the cathedral.
2. Villa Rufolo
The villa itself was built in the 13th century and has been home to several famous people like King Robert of Anjou and several popes. The central tower of the villa now hosts an interactive museum that showcases the history of the villa and its past inhabitants. The museum also has many pieces of art and archaeological finds that are related to the villa. The staircase inside the central tower of the villa leads to an outdoor viewing platform that gives astounding views of the villa and the coast of Amalfi. The entry to the villa costs about seven Euros, to get the most out of your money, make sure that you visit the dwelling when the gardens are in full bloom.
3. Marina di Praia
The beautiful harbor and beaches are the primary reason why so many people flock to Amalfi. There is a steep path that leads down the cliffs to a small cove along with a tiny stretch of coarse sand. The water in the bay is just tempting, and you can even rent boats there. There are a few hotels and diving operators in what were once houses of fishermen.
4. Villa Cimbrone
This is a refashioned 11th-century villa that has an incredible garden. Ernest Beckett, a British peer, created these gardens. The villa was quite a bohemian retreat in its early days; it has had many famous guests in the past. The illustrious list of former guests includes Winston Churchill, Salvador Dali, DH Lawrence, Greta Garbo, and Virginia Woolf. The view from the Belvedere of Infinity is something quite splendid. The villa has also now been converted into an upmarket hotel so that you can stay at this beautiful place for a cost.
5. Punta Campanella Marine Reserve
This marine reserve is a popular diving destination in Italy. The reserve is 11-sq-km big and is home to many flora and fauna. These protected waters also have many ancient ruins and underwater grottoes. You can see these wonders yourself by taking part in various marine activities like snorkeling, cave dives, and beginner courses on diving. You could also visit the islands of Capri and Li Galli; these islands are believed to have been the abode of the sirens.
6. Baia di Ieranto
This spectacular beach is located at the tip of the Punta Penna peninsula. You can reach this beach by a 45-minute walk from the village of Nerano. This path has several steep sections, making the trail quite eventful. This beach is sequestered by headlands and is perfect for taking a dip in, but it does tend to get crowded during summers.
7. Grotta Dello Smeraldo
This grotto is located four kilometers west of the town of Amalfi. It gets its name from the emerald color that exudes from the water. The entire caved is filled with many stalagmites and stalactites, making it quite an adventurous trip. Once you reach the entrance of the cave, you can take the stairs or the lift down to the boats. If you want a more scenic route, a few operators run boats directly from Amalfi. The cost to enter the cave is about five Euros and is open from 9 am to 4 pm.
8. Centro Storico
This place is a significant hub in Amalfi for bars, shops, and restaurants. The entire area is filled with cobbled back streets that are lined with fashion boutiques, antique shops, and just beautiful old buildings on both sides. This place should be the primary destination to eat and shop all things in Italy.
9. Museo Correale di Terranova
This museum is located to the east of the city and is home to a diverse collection of articles. It has everything ranging from medieval artifacts to Japanese clocks. It even has an Egyptian carving. Most of the items in the museum along with the building were donated to the city by aristocratic counts. The garden surrounding the museum is home to many rare plants and flowers while also offering a breathtaking view of the coast of Amalfi. The entrance fee is about eight Euros.