Ah Amalfi! How we’ve finally reached the legendary town where the coast that surrounds it even borrows your name. What beauty! What excitement! What extraordinary!
Amalfi begins even before you reach it. Its “historicalness” can be felt when going along the roads from Positano all the way to Amalfi… the roads get super narrow, windy, and difficult, suggesting that Amalfi wasn’t a town to be traveled by cars to begin with.
When you arrive to Amalfi, you aren’t really overwhelmed by its beauty. It’s something that gradually enchants you, and you slowly begin to realise what a marvel it is to be standing here.
From your arrival, the light calm colors of the houses already provide a calming, pleasant sort of mood. The smell of salt from the sea and the sun overlooking the coast makes you feel as if you’re one with nature.
As you venture deeper into Amalfi, you discover a town, sort of old, but in a way that makes it more appealing due to its historical significance, as if you know it’s been here for a long time and that you’re sort of living how the Italians did centuries ago.
As if it’s saying, “Finally, you’ve reached Amalfi. Benvenuto.”
Restaurants and Food
bar Pasticceria Amalfi
We passed by this place as a) we wanted to get coffee, b) we were hungry and c) we saw these wonderful pastries and desserts!
Trattoria Dei Cartari (TripAdvisor)
One cannoli isn’t going to be enough, and that’s why we discovered trattoria at the end of the “touristy” road and found this place. Oh there were so many flies there. But for some reason the flies weren’t attracted to us nor the pizza ^__^
Some gelato place in Amalfi
Ristorante La Caravella (website)
Finally, we could try out a one star Michelin restaurant! I’ve always thought that Michelin stars in Europe are rewarded more… “professionally” and “with expectations” as compared to U.S. and Asia. We chose this place as it was closer to the bus station (you know how we can’t miss buses or we have to wait 2 hours right!?) and it looked more traditional.
They had two menus. One, if I remember correctly, is their classic main tasting menu, with a lot of emphasis on fish and lemon. We had a lot of that already, so we went for their seasonal menu, a 7 course menu trying products of the season around Amalfi Coast. You can find their menu here.
Much of Amalfi was just roaming around the streets, so here were the photos I took:
- Amalfi Cathedral
- Piazza del Duomo
- Grotta dello Smeraldo (Cave)
- Visit Salerno town
- Valle delle Ferriere
- Museum of Paper
- Cloister of Paradise