The tiny Italian town of Amalfi wraps around the cliffs of the Lattari Mountains as they meet the sea, making it a dramatic setting for leisurely morning coffees and sun-soaked hikes. It might be small but it packs a powerful historical punch: it's a former maritime superpower, and ancient cultures including the Greeks and Romans have influenced the architecture. With the scent of lemon trees in the air, unbroken views of the Mediterranean and white-washed buildings to stroll among, UNESCO-listed Amalfi is well-loved by travellers and locals alike.
Hostels in Amalfi are as charming as the town itself. You can stay in a historic country house decked out with eco-friendly updates like solar panels or a place with incredible views of the sea. Some have free breakfasts, while others host free city tours so you can get your bearings in no time. Go for an Amalfi hostel with an outdoor terrace to make the most of the coastal breeze.
Amalfi is very small, with a population of around 5,000. During the low season, it's a calm place to relax among the artistic residents. In summer, it bustles with life as visitors take in its quaint buildings and impressive geography. For a quieter day out, visit nearby Atrani, which has a cliff-side beach, pastel buildings and a slower pace. The mountaintop town of Ravello is about a 30-minute bus ride away and packed with old buildings, lush gardens and some of the best views in the region.
There's plenty to do in Amalfi. Its striking geography makes for incredible hikes, including the Sentiero degli Dei path, known as God's Pathway, which takes in cliffs and ocean views. The historic square of Piazza del Duomo is the perfect place to relax with a coffee next to the Duomo di Sant'Andrea cathedral, a Byzantine-style structure from the 13th century. Visit the colourful harbour for a chilled afternoon watching the boats. Just outside the town centre, the tiny Paper Museum is an interesting historical attraction a little off the beaten path.
Naples International Airport is the closest to Amalfi, which is on Italy's southwest coast. You can rent a car and make the 90-minute drive on a winding coastal road or take the bus for around 3 hours. Vietri sul Mare station is the nearest if you're taking the train and a bus connection will bring you to your destination. Amalfi is walkable while you're there, with beautiful hikes to nearby towns. Rent a car if you prefer to go on wheels.