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In Italy, southeast of Naples, lies endless shores of crystal clear water, small towns and serene rocky beaches. One notable town is the quaint Amalfi, located in the Gulf of Salerno along the Amalfi Coast, and which serves as an international destination for travelers all over the world. In addition to the municipality of Amalfi, the Amalfi Coast is made up of twelve other municipalities: Vietri Sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Tramonti, Minori, Atrani, Ravello, Scala, Conca dei Morini, Furore, Praiano, and Positano. Impressive cliffs, breathtaking landscapes and a unique combination of mountain and sea warrant the Amalfi Coast as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
International travelers can access Amalfi by flying in to the Napoli-Capodichino Airport in Naples, Italy. However, the closest airport is the Salerno-Pontecagnano Aiport, but with limited connecting airports. Those already in Italy may alternatively take the train, ferry or car to Sorrento. Ultimately, to arrive in Amalfi, whether starting from the airport or train station, travelers must go by car or bus by way of the Strada Statale 163 or by boat.
The center of Amalfi is the Piazzi Duomo, named for Saint Andrews Cathedral or Duomo di Amalfi, which is located on one side of the piazzi. Perched atop a long staircase, this 11th century cathedral stands as the main historical attraction in the town of Amalfi. Around the piazza and along the small, surrounding streets you will find endless amounts of restaurants and small shops. Travelers will not find themselves short of dining options in Amalfi.
The cuisine in Amalfi consists of fresh ingredients of local vegetables. You will find the typical and popular dishes of Italy, such as pasta, cheeses and fresh fish from the Mediterranean, as well as cuisine specific to the Amalfi Coast, like alici, a unique type of anchovies. Another culinary attraction in Amalfi is the unique and extremely large-sized lemons, and their significance in Amalfi is very evident. From the food and drinks, to the soaps and decorative gifts found in the shops, you will find lemons everywhere, clearly showcasing their great importance in Amalfi. While traveling in Amalfi, enjoy lemon-infused delicacies such as limoncello, a sweet liquor made from the lemons of the locally cultivated lemon groves, as well as cookies and sweets, which you will find in the local pastry shops.
Rocky beaches meet cool, crystal clear water along the coast in Amalfi. Travelers can sunbathe and swim, surrounded by breathtaking cliffs and the beautiful Mediterranean Ocean. Days can be spent relaxing on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, followed by evenings of dining outdoors and listening to local musicians performing in the Piazzi Duomo. Amalfi is an excellent destination on its own or as part of a tour of the Amalfi Coast, or a great addition while visiting Naples, Sorrento or other surrounding cities in Italy.