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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.

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I once drove a tuk-tuk 1200km around Sri Lanka. I enjoy food of the Mexican and Japanese persuasion (and Korean. And most others). I'm from England but I live in Melbourne, where it feels like I'm on holiday all the time. And I'm Geckos digital editor, but don't come to me if you have any complaints about things you see on Tales. Unless the complaints are accompanied by tacos, in which case we can probably strike a deal

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