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Amalfi

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Amalfi

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Amalfi is in Campania, Italy

Amalfi

Get in

By bus

Buses travel to and from Sorrento via Positano and Praiano. Buses also travel to and from Salerno via Maiori and Minori. Local buses also link Amalfi with Ravello.

Positano is approx. 40 minutes from Amalfi (depending on traffic). The trip to Amalfi from Sorrento is approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes (depending on traffic). Just a quick warning: It took us 2 hours waiting in line to catch the bus at 10:30am.

The most comfortable way to travel along the Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine Peninsula is certainly by bus. SITA offers a very efficient public transportation service in the area, with expert drivers who breeze along the winding roads like they were driving on a highway (you will be happy to know that they are experienced). Here is something that you might need to know to know before you board your bus. 1. You have to buy your tickets in advance, before you get on the bus. Tickets can be bought at bars and shops displaying the SITA logo, as well as at the SITA ticket offices. If a bar does not sell SITA tickets, you can always ask where you can find them. 2. As you get on the bus you have to clip your ticket in the yellow/orange machine that you will see in front of you as you climb the steps. If you are not able to get the machine to clip your ticket, ask the driver to do it for you. Do not forget to clip the ticket: during your trip an agent will board the bus and ask to check the ticket. If the ticket is not clipped you will have to pay a fine. The official SITA web site is at http://www.sita-on-line.it.

By boat

There are boats and hydrofoils in summer from Sorrento, Positano, Minori, and Salerno

In the summer months (May to October), Amalfi, Positano, Salerno, Capri, Naples and Sorrento are connected by ferry or hydrofoil. Headquartered in Naples, the Metro del Mare is an extension of urban public transport -- by sea. Operating since 2002, it connects the northern ports of Bacoli and Pozzuoli to Naples and from there goes to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi. The service runs from May through October, with three boats a day between Naples and Positano. Check the local papers (Il Mattino or La Repubblica) for timetables or go to www.metrodelmare.com. A one-way ticket costs EUR10, making it the cheapest way to get around by sea. In addition to this public transport service, many commercial ferries and hydrofoils run year-round, but offer the most trips in high season.

Headquartered in Amalfi, ferries operated by Linee Maritime Salernitane (a consorzio which includes lines run by Alicost and Metro del Mare) cover the region. Ferries sail from Salerno to Positano (about EUR6); Salerno to Amalfi (EUR5); and Salerno to Capri (EUR11.50). A hydrofoil connects Amalfi to Salerno (EUR5.50); Salerno to Positano (EUR8.50; and Salerno to Capri (EUR13.50). Hydrofoils usually run only in summer, less frequently than ferries. Tickets can be purchased at booths usually located on piers and docks. Fares & Schedules Boat and Ferry Information Alicost (PHONE: 089/871483). Alilauro (PHONE: 081/8073024). Alilauro-Gruson (PHONE: 081/8071430). Caremar (PHONE: 081/8073077). Linee Maritime Salernitane (PHONE: 089/873301 in Amalfi; 089/811164 in Postiano; 081/8073024 in Sorrento). Positano ferry and hydrofoil ticket office (Via del Brigantino, Italy. PHONE: 089/811986). Travelmar (PHONE: 089/872950).

By Train

The two main train stations serving the Amalfi Coast are Salerno and Sorrento. Conveniently, the stations are also hubs for cheap, efficient bus services radiating toward the major tourist destinations along the coast and inland.

Train Information Circumvesuviana (PHONE: 081/7722444, www.vesuviana.it). State Railways (Piazza V. Veneto, Italy. PHONE: 848/888088, www.fs-on-line.it).

By Car

It is possible to hire a car for your stay - but driving in Italy is not for the faint-hearted! For those of you who are adventurous, mopeds seem to be the most practical form of transport, however it is not advisable to hire them in Naples as it is a long journey to Amalfi on major roads and at some points these roads are narrow and cliff hugging.

Get around

Understand

Amalfi is one of the bigger cities on the Amalfi coast. It has squares connected by pedestrian streets full of restaurants, souvenir shops and tourists.

See

  • The Cathedral was built in the 13th century. You can see its magnificent bell tower from the harbour.
  • The Cloister of Paradise Next to the cathedral, was also built in the 13th century. It is home to old mosaics and paintings, and 120 columns built in the Arabic style.
  • Paper Mill Museum http://www.museodellacarta.it
Main Square

Do

  • The beach can be crowded.

Buy

  • Red coral jewelry
  • Limoncello

Eat

  • Risto on the old square have good local food and wine.

Marina Grande--located on the main beach front of Amalfi (the stradone), it offers a restaurant, bar and private beach specialising in sea food cuisine as well as the many traditional pasta and pizza dishes Italy and indeed the Amalfi coast is renowned for. http://www.ristorantemarinagrande.com

Drink

There are many lovely but overpriced coffee shops in the main square. Every Saturday night a beach party starts at midnight in the nearby town of Positano. Willy's Pub, an English pub a short 10 minute walk towards Positano from Amalfi, is open every day and night.

Sleep

  • Hotel Fontana http://www.hotel-fontana.it This hotel is in the old square in Amalfi. There are narrow steps up to the reception of the hotel. The hotel seems to overlook the very active square and it is possible that there may be a noise level from the street.
  • Hotel La Bussola http://www.labussolahotel.it This hotel faces the harbour, however the back of the hotel is on the main road (which is above the harbour). Possibly request a room with a sea view, this will minimise traffic noise from the main road directly behind the hotel. Approx a couple of minutes walk from the old square. The entrance to the hotel is opposite the sea and cannot be accessed from the main road.
  • Hotel Antica Repubblica Amalfi http://www.starnet.it/anticarepubblica This hotel is situated in one of the old buildings a couple of minutes from the old square. There are steps leading up to the entrance of this hotel. The hotel is tucked away just off one of the main streets. Not all rooms are air conditioned.
  • Hotel Amalfi http://www.starnet.it/hamalfi This hotel is tucked away from the old square and would seem to be away from any street noise, there are steps leading up to the entrance of the hotel. Not all rooms are air conditioned.
  • Hotel Residence http://www.residencehotel-amalfi.it This hotel is situated near the Hotel Luna Convento, on the main road in Amalfi and in amongst the throng of shops and opposite the beach. It provides quadruple, triple, & double rooms.
  • Hotel L'Antico Convitto http://www.lanticoconvitto.com This is a quiet area, just off the main street. It seems that the people running this hotel do not have English. The reception of this hotel is on the 4th floor of the building which is accessible by a small old fashioned elevator.
  • Hotel Miramalfi http://www.miramalfi.it This hotel is situated just off the main Amalfi road. The walk into Amalfi town is downhill, approx 5-10 mins walk into the main old square and is quite steep on the walk back.
  • Marina Riviera http://www.marinariviera.it This hotel is beside the hotel luna convento. There are a number of steps up to the reception area, no elevator to the reception. The hotel is approx a 5 min walk from the old square.
  • Hotel Luna Convento http://www.lunahotel.it Situated at the top of the main road in Amalfi and overlooking the Amalfitina coast. This is where the reception of the wedding will be held. There are elevators going up to the main reception. The hotel is approx a 5 min walk from the old square.
  • Villa Epicuro Garden http://www.epicurogarden.com/ Luxury Villa on the Amalfi Coast for your great holidays; set in one of most attractive corners of the Amalfi Coast (only 3 Km from the centre of Amalfi) provides its guests with quiet and welcoming surroundings, luxury and exclusive.

Get out

  • Grotto della Smeraldo - 4 km towards Praiano
  • Ravello, The City of Music, is thirty minutes away by public bus and offers beautiful views of the coast.
  • Atrani is only five minutes from Amalfi- by foot!- but it is much more relaxed.



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