Amalfi Coast - Town of Amalfi
During our stay in Positano, we went on a little day trip and took the ferry to the town of Amalfi. The town has a very different feel from Positano - it's a little less touristy, a little slower paced.
The ferry from Positano to Amalfi is about a 20-25 minute ride and cost a few euros. You by tickets at the main pier in Positano - there's a little lemon granita stand right next to the ticket booth. They are so sweet and tart, the perfect treat while you wait.
Once the ferry docks in Amalfi, you can walk right into the town's piazza. It's filled with all kinds of pastry shops, paper shops, restaurants and ceramic stores.
I loved the building colors - all light shades of pastel pink, cream, and coral.
I plan out the majority of all of our trips and when researching Amalfi, I knew we'd have to stop at Andrea Pansa, one of the very best pastry shops on the coast! Romantic café chairs line the front of the shop. The interior was also very beautiful - a gorgeous chandelier hangs above the customers, beautiful hand typography line the walls, and of course the cases are filled with the prettiest and tastiest treats.
I ordered gelato in every town we visited and my absolute favorite shop was Porto Salvo Gelateria! I'm not sure what special tricks these guys had that others didn't, but I found myself daydreaming of ways to get back to Amalfi to hit up this shop as much as possible. Gah, it was just so good.
As I mentioned, Amalfi had a different vibe compared to the hustle and bustle of Positano. Once you really get past the piazza, the touristy shops start dropping off. Deep into Amalfi, you see adorable apartments, little Italian women hanging their laundry on the lines, and locals on scooters running their errands.
There are also a few trail heads that start along the main road of Amalfi - you should definitely consider researching them or just winging it as you go. I don't remember the name of the trail we took but look for signs with arrows to point you in the right direction. We walked through old farms, past chicken coops, and if you go deep enough, you can find old Italian ruins. Side note: be prepared for lots and lots of stairs.
For all my history nerds, do yourself a favor and read up on Amalfi's rich roots. Amalfi is the oldest of Italy's four Maritime Republics and is the home of ancient Roman ruins dating back to the reign of Emperor Tiberius (emperor from 14 AD to 37 AD).
If you have time, definitely stop into Duomo di Sant’Andrea, a 9th-century Roman Catholic cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi, Italy. The architecture is magnificent and incredibly ornate.
You can hang out on what I like to call the "front porch" of the cathedral, but it's even better to pay the small cost to go inside and tour the structure. I believe it's around 6-8 euros and is well worth the cost, especially if you are a history nerd like me. Make sure you check out the lower levels, the courtyard, the interior rooms, and the high altar.
Fun fact, my sweet friend Nastasia of Dame Traveler, was married in this church! What a lucky girl.
Don't be afraid to break away from the main road. We found every town along the coast to be very safe, even at night. Some of my favorite experiences were when we went off the path and just wandered down random alleyways, with no idea where they would take us.
Ciao, Amalfi! We can't wait to see you again someday.