Amalfi the coast’s namesake is definitely worth a visit even if you can only drop in for a few hours. I would try to stop in early morning or late or in the day when the crowds tend to fizzle out.
If you are there for just a few hours make sure you stop by the cathedral. It is fantastic and absolutely worth your time. It was built somewhere between 1000 – 1300 and is a fabulous blend of Moorish and Byzantine architecture. There is an entrance fee of around 3 Euros pp.
It is believed that the remains of St Andrew are in the crypt and were brought back to Amalfi from Constantinople in 1206 during the Crusades.
I was enchanted by the cathedral, Q and I spent several hours exploring it.
Amalfi has been known for it’s paper since the Middle Ages and they still make paper today. I am probably one of the few people on the planet that still enjoys stationary so it tried to stop into as many stationary shops as I could (and there are many) to pick out some to take home. If you’re curious about how paper is made you should pop into the Paper Museum. The guide at the museum will give you a lesson and you can even take your own sheet that you make yourself home.
Here are some pictures from our time in Amalfi. Captions will appear at the bottom of the photo when you mouse over. We were staying in Ravello so I do not have any hotel recommendations for you.