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What to do in Amalfi in one day?

An unmissable stop when you are on the Amalfi Coast, is Amalfi, which gives its name to the entire coast.

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What to do in Amalfi in one day?

The Amalfi Coast is one of those precious pearls from Italy that the whole world envies. An unmissable stop when you are on the Amalfi Coast, is Amalfi, which gives its name to the entire coast and is situated at the mouth of the Valle dei Mulini, located on the sea and wonderfully colored. Amalfi is an ideal vacation spot for many tourists and many curious people given the constant presence, throughout the year, of many celebrities, a place compared to the French Riviera and the most requested and popular. But what to do in Amalfi in one day? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”


It was the first of the four Maritime Republics, and it is in this period that it reaches its peak of splendor. It is a cluster of white houses clinging to the rock and connected by alleys and staircases, and it is considered one of the pearls of the Amalfi Coast. A city that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year, just for its charm, its worldliness, its natural and cultural beauties. Housed in the beautiful and charming bay of Naples, it is definitely worth visiting it, even if it is for just one day. Also read How to get to the Amalfi Coast from Rome? and Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast?

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1) What to do in Amalfi in one day? PIAZZA DUOMO (“CATHEDRAL SQUARE”)

Since it is a very small city, you can walk safely. Once in Amalfi, the first thing you will find is its Historic Center, with its lively and colorful Piazza Duomo. The square is dominated by the wonderful Cathedral, overlooking the sea. It is from this point that the tour can begin. A must-see is the Cathedral of the Apostle Saint Andrew, in Arab-Sicilian style, rebuilt in Baroque style in 700, with its magnificent staircase and beautiful cloister, all of which will leave you enchanted. On the left side of the porch, you enter the Cloister of Paradise, entirely built in oriental style, with double thin arches and columns. Here you can enjoy not only a surreal sense of peace, but also a freshness that will restore you.

2) What to do in Amalfi in one day? RIONE VAGLIENDOLA

The walk in the beautiful city continues with a visit to the Rione Vagliendola, where you can admire the Church of Saint Blaise, with its small Byzantine-style bell tower. From here, you can reach Piazza Spirito Santo (Spirito Santo Square), where the Mulini Valley begins, home to the old paper mills since the Middle Ages. In fact, not far away, there is the Paper Museum, which still preserves the old machines used for making paper. At this point, stroll through the narrow streets of the city, where the smell of lemons will fill your nostrils. With a lot of calm and tranquility, you can walk among the small white houses set on the rocky cliffs, where you can buy some souvenirs, as well as stop at some bar for a short refreshing break.

3) What to do in Amalfi in one day? PIAZZA MUNICIPIO (MUNICIPIO SQUARE)

We continue the tour in Piazza Municipio, where the city hall is located, a 16th century Palace, once a monastery. Inside, old Amalfi coins and traditional costumes worn during the Historic Regatta are on display.

Map of our tour

What to do in Amalfi in one day?
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4) What to do in Amalfi in one day? OTHER ATTRACTIONS

After discovering the beauty of Amalfi, the old paper mills, the Duomo, its arsenals, and after shopping in the small and picturesque boutiques and the numerous craft shops, it may be a good idea to take a boat trip to visit the many paradisiacal beaches, accessible only by sea. Those are the things to see and do in Amalfi, however, there are other attractions, aimed mainly at those who enjoy trekking, and for nature lovers, there is much to discover in this charming spot on the Amalfi Coast .

A nice tradition in the city of Amalfi is the Regatta of the Former Maritime Republics, where, every year, a team of Amalfi rowers participate in this sailing competition to challenge the cities of Genoa, Pisa and Venice. At the end of the day, include a well-deserved break in one of the many restaurants in the area, enjoying a delicious fish and seafood dinner. Amalfi is a summer destination, but it is also recommended as a destination for gourmets and gourmands and, in fact, prides itself on being the place where cannelloni was invented.

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How to get to Amalfi?

Amalfi is located in the middle of the Amalfi Coast and can also be reached by Salerno and Sorrento. From April until the end of October, sea connections are available, so it is advisable to use the ferries from Salerno, from Piazza della Concordia, to avoid summer traffic.

1) How to get to Amalfi? BY AIRPLANE

The nearest airport is Naples International Airport, Capodichino. From Naples Central Station, you can arrive by train or bus (SITA lines) or, alternatively, with the ferries from Beverello (where you can arrive by bus).

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2) How to get to Amalfi? TRAIN / BUS

The closest stations are Salerno and Vietri sul Mare, but you better come from Salerno. From Salerno, you can continue with the bus from the company SITA, or by ferry to Amalfi that leave from Salerno – Piazza della Concordia.

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3) How to get to Amalfi? CAR

To arrive, take the A3 highway, exit Vietri sul Mare, then follow the SS 163 until Km 30.5, or take the A30 highway, exit Salerno, then follow the SS 163 to Km 30.5. During peak periods, traffic restriction measures are adopted, such as one-way streets, plate rotation and maximum vehicle size. It is advisable to check in advance by contacting the tourist offices. 

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What to visit in Amalfi? The Amalfi Coast is also called ‘the Coast of the Gods’, and the representative sign for the entire region is Amalfi. This picturesque and beautiful village, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. Amalfi appears in the eyes of tourists as an important spectacle of nature, made up of an entire vertical landscape, with cliffs overlooking the sea in which human being, as in a cradle, sculpted stairs, streets, houses, gardens and terraces. The typical characteristic of the Amalfi Coast is the indissoluble link between the sea and the mountain, between agriculture and tourism.

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