Summer in Amalfi

Summer apartments in Amalfi, offer!

  • We have two adjacent vacation homes in Amalfi that share the same breathtaking view.

The apartments are located in the center of Amalfi one minute from the “big beach” and less than 5 from Duomo square, and about 100 meters from the parking lot Luna Rossa (of which you can see the rates at this link).

More specifically, the first vacation home (Apartment A) can accommodate up to 4 people and is composed of a bedroom with double bed and closet, a furnished living room where there is also a sofa bed that can be converted into two single beds, a bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchen and a panoramic terrace with table and two chairs with reclining backrest.

The rooms have vaulted ceilings typical of coastal architecture and the apartment has been renovated using the characteristic majolica tiles of Vietri sul mare.

The furnishings are simple and functional. The kitchen is equipped with fridge, washing machine, oven, microwave oven, kettle, toaster, juicer, iron, ironing board, set of pots, cutlery, plates and cutlery. Bed linen and towels are provided. The house is also equipped with television with satellite system and wi-fi.

The terrace, as already mentioned, enjoys a breathtaking view that embraces the beach, the port and the coast to the head of Conca dei Marini. Here you can have breakfast, enjoy the view while sipping a good glass of wine or sunbathing.

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The apartment A is reached by 70 steps from the road that winds along the beach of Amalfi, is located 150 meters from the main square of Amalfi and the Cathedral. At 200 meters from the apartment there is the covered parking “Luna Rossa” with daily rates of 20-25 euros depending on the time of year. Less expensive but more distant parking lots are available.

You can book directly on booking.com

Or you can benefit from a 15% discount – that is the cut of the agency commission – by contacting narrabondo.com directly to the form below (in the request please indicate precisely the desired periods and the number of people).

Please note that the structure is available all year round and that in April, May, June, September and October the minimum period of stay is 3 days, while in July and August it is one week.

Contact us.

  • Apartment B – vacation home Amalfi


The second vacation home – apartment B – has vaulted ceilings typical of the coast and tiled floors, can accommodate up to five people and is composed in the front, overlooking the terrace with panoramic view, a fully furnished living room where there is a sofa bed that can be divided into two comfortable single beds, while in the back there is a bedroom with double bed and single sofa bed, a closet, two bathrooms with shower (one large and one smaller where there is also a washing machine), the kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need, pots, dishes, glasses, cutlery, oven, refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster, juicer, kettle, iron, ironing board.

In the living room there is a television with satellite system and throughout the ‘apartment wifi connection.

Bed linen and towels are provided. The strong point is represented by the terrace that overlooks a unique panorama of the Amalfi seafront, from the beach to the port, the coast to the Cape of Conca. The terrace is furnished with a table and two chairs with reclining backrest where you can relax or have breakfast. The apartment is reachable from the carriageway along the beach a staircase of 70 steps, is located 150 meters from the main square of Amalfi and the Duomo. At 200 meters from the apartment there is the covered parking “Luna Rossa” with daily rates of 20-25 euros. Less expensive but more distant parking lots are bookable .

Also in the species, you can book the apartment on booking at this address. or by contacting narrabondo.com. at the contact form above.

Conditions
The two apartments can be rented for short periods ( 3 days ) or weekly. There are, however, discounts for longer stays. The price does not include cleaning costs and tourist tax (which varies depending on the period. You can see the amount yourself on the website of the City of Amalfi).

PHOTOS OF APARTMENT B

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Why go to Amalfi ?
After illustrating these two vacation apartments in Amalfi, it’s only fair to mention the reasons for going to Amalfi. A vacation in the pearl of the coast should be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime. Amalfi is, after all, the leading town of what can be considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The structure of the town with the houses built one on top of the other clinging to the rock has, in fact, an incomparable charm. Moreover, in the main square stands the Cathedral with its scenic staircase, with the porch framed by pointed arches with mullioned and three-light windows while the tympanum on the facade is enriched by beautiful mosaics. Walking through the typical alleys you can breathe an atmosphere that brings back to the ancient splendor of the Amalfi Republic among panoramic views, medieval portals and Moorish architecture. Don’t miss a walk in the valley of the mills with the paper museum and the last factory of the ancient handmade paper. Trekking lovers can not miss a walk to the “valley of the ironworks” with its lush vegetation, its waterfalls, its ruins of ancient factories or the famous and panoramic path of the gods. Amalfi is located in the center of the coast so it is in a very convenient position to visit the neighboring countries. Even with public transport, in 20 minutes by bus you can reach Ravello and Scala, in the same time Maiori and Minori, in half an hour Positano, in an hour Sorrento. To go to Capri, instead, it takes three quarters of an hour by hydrofoil.

  • Things to do in Amalfi

Explore the coast by renting a boat. Here I explain everything you need to know;
Lose yourself in its alleys up to the fountain of cap’e ciucc with its nativity scene;
Visit Piazza del Duomo with the Cathedral. Do not miss the cloister of paradise and the crypt of Sant’Andrea;
Make trekking in the valley of the ironworks;
Walk to Atrani. In particular visit the Church of Maddalena and the small square Umberto I;
Going to Ravello visiting villa Rufolo and villa Cimbrone;
Go to Positano, possibly by sea to better appreciate the coast;
Visit the Emerald Grotto in Conca dei Marini.
Know “the other coast” with Maiori, Minori and Vietri sul Mare;
Take a trip to Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii.
For more information on what to see and do on the Amalfi Coast, please refer to the articles:

  • What to see in Amalfi, my guide.

The need to write about what to see in Amalfi in one day stems from the circumstance that, after having written myriad articles about the Amalfi Coast – in particular the highly visited itinerary entitled “A week in the Amalfi coast. What to do and when to go” I realized that I had never given it the proper attention. Amalfi, on the other hand, is too easily considered a seaside destination interesting from a landscape point of view, but in reality – besides the naturalistic aspect – what makes Amalfi a unique place is also its history, traditions and its rich artistic heritage.

In this article, therefore, I propose to make a guide about what to see in Amalfi, the most important of the 13 towns which make up the Amalfi Coast, as complete as possible.

Amalfi – what to see


Brief historical notes.


First of all it must be said that Amalfi, although having only about 5,000 residents, is a town that has a glorious past from the historical, legal and maritime point of view. It is sufficient to mention three things: 1) it was the first maritime republic of the Italian peninsula and was the seat of an important Duchy; 2) the Amalfi tables ( Tabula Amalphitana ), written in the XI century, were the first Italian maritime code and have been used throughout the Mediterranean for 600 years; 3) Flavio Gioia from Amalfi was responsible for the invention of the compass, an essential navigational tool, and in any case the people of Amalfi were the first to use it.

The Republic of Amalfi, therefore, thanks to this incredible shrewdness and a remarkable resourcefulness, was able to entertain commercial relations in the whole Mediterranean sea for a long time, founding colonies (in Apulia, Greece, Albania, Malta, etc.) and making itself respected also in the Islamic world. Even if today in the city center it is still possible to read the sentence “Contra hostes fidei semper pugnavit Amalphis” ( Amalfi has always fought against the enemies of the faith) also to claim participation in the Crusades, Amalfi’s merchants knew how to impose themselves in the most important commercial routes and allowed the whole republic, which then extended from Cetara to Agerola, to live a historical period of great opulence. This explains in part why the center of Amalfi, although it tends to be small, is full of works of art and at the same time has an urban structure that still makes it almost impenetrable: in case of Arab attacks, the people of Amalfi in fact knew well how to defend themselves thanks to a system of watchtowers placed on the entire coast – including Capri – and narrow streets, stairs and tunnels where the houses could throw hot pitch against any invaders.

In short, the charm of Amalfi is a multi-level charm in which the work of man has been able to fit perfectly into a fairy-tale landscape. So what to see in Amali?

  • The towers
  • The coast
  • Sant’Andrea Square
  • Piazza dei Dogi and the ancient Arsenals
  • The valley of the mills
  • The paper mills and the paper museum
  • The valley of the ironworks
  • The Capuchin Convent with its cloister, today transformed into a luxury hotel;
  • The church of Santa Maria a piazza
  • Amalfi – : The towers of Amalfi
    Let’s proceed step by step and start from the sea of Amalfi. Coming from Atrani, before one of the most beautiful views of Amalfi stands out in front of our eyes, we will notice the Saracen tower of Hotel Luna, a watchtower overlooking the sea that was originally connected – through a system of lights – with the other towers that are on the mountain behind (the tower of Pogerola, the tower of Ziro, the tower Tabor). Inside the tower of Hotel Luna, among other things, it is possible to see a beautiful Norman style cloister, but obviously – being a hotel – it is not visible to everyone.

Amalfi – : the sea.
Going ahead a few hundred meters, you will immediately notice the main beach of Amalfi, the beach of marina grande. Here you will find yourself in via delle repubbliche marinare, but by the amalfitani is affectionately called the stradone. From here, at the side of the post office, you will notice three things: a) the palace with the historical seat of the Municipality of Amalfi (inside the palace it is worth seeing the salon Morelli); b) a room in which is located the wooden galleon painted blue with the golden winged horse of Amalfi at the prow with which the historical regatta of the maritime republics is historically raced, held every year in June in turn in each of the 4 republics; c) a small square – largo Scario – with a circular fountain with the crib in the center. In Amalfi in fact there are several points where you can see fixed cribs, in particular inside the fountains.

Then it is possible to go on, always in company with the sea, to Flavio Gioia square, where there is a statue celebrating the inventor of the compass and another circular fountain, and to the pier called “il pennello” (the brush). From there you can then go up to the port to enjoy the view of Amalfi from the opposite perspective.

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Sant’Andrea square

Amalfi – what to see : piazza Sant’Andrea
At this it is time to go and see the main square of Amalfi. There are two main entrances. The one I prefer is from the ancient door from the Marina from which you access a corner of the square Sant’Andrea and you have the opportunity to see the homonymous fountain and in the background Duomo with the bell tower with its scenic staircase.

Actually at the top of the staircase you will not find only one Church, but two. This, however, I will explain later.

First let me tell you that the spectacular Amalfi Cathedral is, despite its extreme beauty, a great historical fake finished at the end of the 19th century on a project by Errico Alvino. It is a historical fake, in fact, because it was built in neo-Moorish and Baroque style at least 5 centuries late. The story in brief is this: a first cathedral, in fact, was built around the year 1000 in Romanesque style. After that, in the following centuries it was affected by several interventions and, in particular, in the 18th century it was completely reformed. Only, in the middle of the XIX century, atmospheric agents caused it great damages and so it was decided to redo its façade trying to refer to a previous one.

The result was a façade with a big pediment with a mosaic and three arches on the left side and two on the right side, interrupted by private dwellings, which have the function to create – together with the staircase – a perspective game that ends in the tympanum of the Church. The bell tower instead, remained intact and not affected by the 19th century works, dates back to the 13th century.

Next to the Cathedral, on the left side, there is the Basilica of the Crucifix, previous Basilica to the Cathedral that, for a period, was also incorporated to the Cathedral to constitute a Church with six naves. Even more to the left there is then the cloister of Paradise dating back to the thirteenth century as a noble cemetery.

After visiting the Cathedral and the cloister, a visit to the crypt is a must, essentially for two reasons: 1) for religious reasons. The Cathedral of Amalfi houses the remains of the Apostle Saint Andrew; 2) l for aesthetic reasons. Frescoes and marbles embellish the environment creating an effect of rare beauty. In particular, it is possible to see the fresco that reproduces the arrival of the body of Saint Andrew in the cathedral of Amalfi. Moreover, there are works by Pietro Bernini, father of Gian Lorenzo.

Amalfi – Piazza dei Dogi and the ancient Arsenals

Once visited the square of Amalfi in the surroundings the tour can continue to the characteristic Piazza dei Dogi from which you can access through the ascent of the “sciulia”. From Piazza dei Dogi, however, you will notice the windows of an environment located at a lower level than the walkway: these are the ancient Arsenals of Amalfi, the only medieval arsenals still existing in continental Europe. To access them, you have to go next to the Marina door and take the alley on the right. Sometimes exhibitions are organized, but in any case the access is guaranteed: see Mibac website

Amalfi – what to see : the upper part of Amalfi

At this point in Amalfi you can visit the narrow streets that start from Piazza San’Andrea and go as far as the Valle dei Mulini. Along Via Pietro Capuano you will enjoy peeking at stairways, characteristic stores of a thousand colors and above all the so-called catacombs, a covered passage where – every now and then – you will notice an opening that was used to throw hot oil to enemies. At the end of the catacombs you will find a small widening where you can admire the fountain of Cap è Ciuccio with its characteristic crib, perhaps so called because in ancient times it was used for donkeys. Donkeys and mules, on the other hand, in the Amalfi Coast are still widely used for the transport of materials, as the territory is characterized by stairs where mechanical means cannot operate. Also in this small widening you can notice the entrance of palazzo Gargano, today seat of a bank.

Amalfi – the paper mills and the paper museum
At this point the walk can go to the area of the ancient paper mills. We are in an area where, until the ’50s, there was a long waterway that descended to the valley with a system of canals and a series of bridges to ensure the passage. Now the watercourse has unfortunately been affected, so unfortunately this magic has been lost. However, Amalfi paper has not been lost, paper made by hand with ancient techniques and for this reason still very appreciated. If you want to know more about how Amalfi paper is made, the advice is to visit the Paper Museum of Amalfi. The reference site is https://www.museodellacarta.it/

Amalfi – The Ferriere Valley

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Lovers of walking cannot miss the Valle delle Ferriere (Valley of the ironworks), a trekking which is not at all difficult, but really beautiful which allows – in about 30 minutes of walking – to reach a valley with a long waterfall after having admired the ruins of the ancient ironworks of Amalfi and having gone up the bed of the river reed.

Now, to tell the truth, in the valley of the ironworks they have invented a useless natural reserve with the need to book visits and in some periods of the year to pay a ticket. It’s a barbarity that the protection of the fern certainly does not justify! In any case, from the Valle delle Ferriere you can also enter the Giustino Fortunato route reaching various other destinations: Pontone, Agerola and Pogerola.

Well, it is to Pogerola that I want to dedicate a mention: it deserves a walk, at least in its central square, to appreciate the beautiful views of the coast.

Another pleasant place for views is the monumental cemetery of Amalfi. You can see it by looking towards the mountain and it can be reached by an elevator located inside the Luna Rossa parking lot. Those who can, however, must go there on foot: it is a walk of about 15 minutes: it is worth doing it.

Other places to see in Amalfi:

The Capuchin Convent with its cloister, now converted into a luxury hotel;
The church of Santa Maria a piazza

The beaches of Amalfi
Which are the beaches of Amalfi? The center of Amalfi has essentially three: a) marina grande, about which I wrote at the beginning of this long post, b) a beach next to the piers of Amalfi before the Smeraldino; c) a beach behind the port.

There are also two other beaches in the surroundings of Amalfi known as Duoglio beach and Santa Croce beach.

Events not to be missed in Amalfi
Feast of Saint Andrew – Amalfi is very linked to Saint Andrew, a saint who is celebrated on two occasions: on June 27th and on November 30th. On these occasions the whole town gathers in the square to watch the traditional running of the statue of Saint Andrew: dozens of porters carry the heavy statue up the steps to the Cathedral.
Good Friday Procession – Another celebration very much felt by the people of Amalfi is that of Good Friday, when the whole town is illuminated by candles and a procession with hundreds of bearers accompanies Jesus and the Madonna.
The historical regatta – Every 4 years, normally on the first Sunday of June, Amalfi holds the traditional historical regatta with a parade in historical costumes of the 4 maritime republics and a rowing race on 2000 meters. The winner will be entitled to place his banner on the trophy and keep it for a year.
Byzantine New Year. Every September 1st a historical procession is held.
What to see in the surroundings of Amalfi
Of course it comes natural to answer that the first thing you can see in the surroundings of Amalfi is the Amalfi Coast. Above all the nearby Atrani, Ravello and Positano. In particular I wrote about what to see in Maiori and what to see in Minori: read about it.

From Amalfi you can then easily reach Sorrento and the entire peninsula, Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius. To Sorrento I dedicated my guide A week in Sorrento – what to see

It is also always worth seeing Naples. In this regard you must absolutely read Naples in 4 days, what to see. In this article you will find a complex itinerary with streets, squares, historic buildings, churches, castles and museums. The itinerary in Naples can of course be adapted to the availability of time. For those coming from Salerno, it may be nice to take a walk along the waterfront in the old area with the Duomo. Here you will find what to visit in Salerno in one day.

It is not really in the vicinity of Amalfi, but it is certainly an attractive destination in Campania the Greek city of Paestum with its 3 temples. To understand what I’m talking about just look at the photos: What to see in Paestum. Also take into account the caves of Pertosa and the Carthusian monastery of Padula.

To read also a week on the Amalfi coast and Amalfi in 3 days.

In my suggestions for a week in Campania, I have also included Pozzuoli with the Campi Flegrei and above all the Royal Palace of Caserta. These are not places located in the vicinity of Amalfi either, but they are well worth a visit.

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