Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Oliver Pelling
24 hours in Amalfi
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If places could compete in beauty pageants, Amalfi would win the ‘Most Photogenic’ category by a country mile. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs on one side, and ultramarine seas on the other, lemon-scented Amalfi is one of those places that once seen, cannot be unseen.
9am Start the day with an espresso and a pastry from Andrea Pansa, an impossibly cute pastry and cake shop in a prime location. Sitting right in the heart of Amalfi, opposite the town’s main piazza you can people watch, caffeinate and carb-load at the same time.
11am Take a short stroll to see the crowning glory of the town: the impressive Duomo di Sant’Andrea Apostolo (Amalfi Cathedral). A mish-mash of Byzantine, Baroque, Gothic and Arabesque architecture, inside, the Cloister of Paradise is as serene as it sounds.
1pm Stop by Da Maria Trattoria for some old-school pizza straight out of the wood-fired pizza oven.
3pm Amalfi is known for producing quality paper. We’re not talking about your standard-issue Reflex office paper that comes by the pallet, but bespoke, writing-out-your-wedding-vows kind of paper. Stationary fetishists will love L’Arco Antico, purveyor of ridiculously-expensive paper items. How do you say ‘just looking’ in Italian?
6pm Walk up the hill and score a table at Hotel Luna’s famed restaurant. This former convent has killer views (which is saying something in these parts) and an awesome menu to match. After dinner, sip some locally-produced limoncello to nail the Amalfi experience.