Quick Guide to Amalfi

Amalfi is the main town of Italy's picturesque Amalfi coastline and lends its name to this exclusive and romantic coast. Other popular resorts include hilltop Ravello, with its lush gardens, chic Positano, home to the jet-set crowd, and the historic resort of Sorrento.

Amalfi is most commonly visited as a day trip destination, but it also makes a fine base to explore the region. The town itself is a charming mix of steep whitewashed alleyways, pretty piazzas and one small, popular beach. The 11th century Saint Andrew's Cathedral is a big draw here - an impressive Baroque style building with a Moorish themed garden in the cloisters

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Saving Money in Amalfi

You don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy a holiday in Amalfi, after all some of the star attractions such as the city's Cathedral, which dominates the Piazza del Duomo, offer free admission. The cathedral's dedicated museum is also free to visit. The beach is a great place to spend the day too – just bring towels with you to avoid having to splash out on sun loungers. When it comes to finding cheap hotels, Amalfi is fractionally cheaper than it's more fashionable neighbours. The key is to book well in advance, and avoid the peak summer period if you're on a tight budget! Look out for smaller guesthouses away from the beach area as your money will go a lot further. Restaurants in and around the main square, Piazza del Duomo, are almost always more expensive, so head down the side streets to seek out the hidden gems.

When to Go to Amalfi

With its glorious weather and stunning scenery it's not difficult to see why hordes of tourists flock to Amalfi each summer – it's a great time of year to visit this Italian gem. But if you'd prefer to avoid the crowds and have more space to yourself on the beach, spring and autumn are ideal for a holiday in Amalfi, plus the weather will still be very pleasant while accommodation prices and flights to Naples, the closest airport, are often lower.