Flights to Amalfi
Amalfi is an Italian town at the heart of the Amalfi Coast on the western coast of Italy and lies just 35 kilometres from the city of Naples. Amalfi is a beautiful and picturesque destination that’s been granted World Heritage Status, making this a popular spot for tourists.
The nearest airport for flights to Amalfi is the Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport, but they don’t service many international flights to Amalfi. When flying from South Africa you should instead plan to arrive at the Naples Airport (airport code: NAP), which is less than 40 km away from the town. To Naples, you can get a flight with either Lufthansa or South African Airways. They both connect in Munich, while a flight with Iberia makes a connection in Madrid. For other options, you can fly with British Airways and have a transfer in London, or travel with Brussels Airlines and stop in Frankfurt instead.
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The Tourist Attractions of Amalfi:
Amalfi has long been popular as a tourist destination and has had an association with the upper classes since its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. Today Amalfi attracts people from around the world with its beautiful setting, history and culture and is a great place to spend just a few days or a few weeks. Amalfi is at the heart of the Amalfi Coast and this stretch of coastline was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 due to its cultural importance, so there’s plenty to see both in Amalfi and along this coastline.
Amalfi Cathedral, also officially known as St Andrew’s Cathedral, is the main attraction and landmark in Amalfi. Set in an elevated position at the top of a long stone staircase Amalfi Cathedral dates back to the 9th century and has an interesting and pretty Arab-Norman Romanesque architectural style. The attractive bell tower was started in 1180 and took over a hundred years to complete; it’s very visible from Amalfi harbour and its lofty position meant it’s been used many times as a lookout to defend the Amalfi region.
Beneath the cathedral and the stairs is the Piazza Duomo, a central square that’s particularly popular with both locals and tourists in the summer as a place to sit down and enjoy a coffee.
The Cloister of Paradise
Right next to the cathedral is the Cloister of Paradise, or in Italian Chiostro del Paradiso. This building was constructed between 1266 and 1268 and was where noble families of Amalfi were buried. Today it is a beautiful landmark that features 120 Arab influenced archways and old mosaics and paintings.
The Paper Mill Museum
Museo della Carta, or the Paper Mill Museum, is an interesting little museum to visit here in Amalfi. As the name suggests it is based around a paper mill where paper has been produced for hundreds of years.
Being on the coast Amalfi also offers a great beach which although pebbled is very popular, particularly in the height of summer. You can enjoy the beach by day and sample some of the local cuisine and drinks (including Limoncello, a lemon liqueur) by night. After a meal a walk along the harbour and marina is popular.
When Should You Visit?:
There’s a lovely Mediterranean climate in Amalfi so the summers are hot and relatively dry, and the winters are mild. For the hottest weather and the least amount of rain on average, visit Amalfi in July as the average high temperature is nearly 29.5C and evenings are very pleasant with their average high of 18C. By avoiding the crowds but suffering more rain you could visit in the winter; the average high in January is 12.5C.