After a 20 minutes breathtaking drive from Positano, we arrived to Amalfi. So close but yet so different!
To be honest, it was a bit of a shock to arrive to this busy and crowded town filled with cruise and daily tour tourists. Arriving in our own car did not make it easier as you had to drive through the main pedestrian street to reach the one and only parking lot in town. At first glance it felt that there were more people than space in this pretty little town and it is hard to imagine that it once had more than 70 000 inhabitants and was a maritime super power. Sadly, most of the old city together with its populations disappeared into the deep blue sea in an earthquake in early 1300 century.
Once dawn settled in and the day tourists returned back to their cruise ships and nests, the true beauty of this bright diamond started to appear.
Unlike Positano, the sun filled main square and street are nestled in between the mountains and thus more flat. You can easily walk from one end to the other in 20 minutes. We slowly started to explore the streets, the squares, well, all picturesque corners of Amalfi!
A late lunch at the popular Marina Grande, a family owned beach front restaurant. It does not look to impressive from the outside but as soon as you enter this place you are struck by the friendly and authentic atmosphere and the beautiful view. The seafood pasta was just amazing, based on locally sourced and organically produced ingredients.
Shines bright like a diamond – Amalfi in the evenings. Once dawn has settled in, the white houses climbing onto the mountains gives Amalfi a white beautiful shimmer contrasting to the grey mountains and the deep blue sea. This is the time to stroll along the short board walk and visit the beach!
Beyond the main street in the older part of town you will find hidden down side streets, tunnels, colorful houses and narrow stairs leading you up the mountain side. This is where people live and some of the best hotels and restaurants are located.
If we have not been met by a nice porter, we would never have found Amalfi Luxury House – our boutique hotel to be for two nights! Entering the door you find the cutest little back yard in all my favorite colors and a steep staircase leading up to the hotel.
Amalfi Luxury House is newly refurbished with a modern touch still keeping all original and beautiful features, like the amazing floor! Our suite was nicely designed with a big a comfy bed, modern bathroom and a lovely balcony overlooking the heart of Amalfi and if you looked to the left you could even get a glimpse of the sea! Stepping up the see through stairs and you will reach the roof top. Our favorite spot for breakfast and afternoon chilling!
If you want to escape the crowd during the day and get a relaxing and luxurious day in a beach club you do not have to go far!
5 minutes from the city center is Santa Catarina, a 5 star luxury hotel, located on a cliff. The hotel is such nicely decorated in a mix of antique and modern style. It is easy to get lost in all rooms and corridors but it is the views from the many terraces that takes your breath a way. Even the elevator down to the beach club offers a magnificent view.
The Beach Club is located on a rock platform, between the edge of the sea and the dramatic cliffs. The scenery is stunning, a perfect spot for a relaxing day, reading a book or just dreaming away to the sound of the waves! The service was 5 star and the lunch by the sun bed was delicious. Already looking forward to the next visit!
When it comes to dinner you have to explore a bit. The best restaurants are to be found in the small streets beyond the main street and not always so easy find!
Just around the corner from our hotel, in a hidden yard, we found Pizzeria Donna Stella. A family owned pizza restaurant which is know for its delicious fast food. The pizzas and wine were for sure tasty and eating in the cosy yard under a heaven of lemon trees made the experience even better!
As we were not in the mood for white dining during our days in Amalfi, we tried out another local favorite, Il Teatro. Also a family owned restaurant with the entire family working. No extras in terms of design, but great pasta, lovely atmosphere and if you are into football this is the place to be!
Our two Amalfi days turned out to be great! Amalfi is for sure worth a visit but if you like us do not like the crowds, you better escape during daytime! It is in the evenings when Amalfi shines bright like a Diamond!