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Travel Photo Of The Week: The Town of Amalfi

November 27, 2010
Town of Amalfi, Italy

This week’s photo celebrates the beautiful and picturesque town of Amalfi, a small town on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Town of Amalfi, Italy

Town of Amalfi, Italy

I toured Amalfi one delightful afternoon in September 2010. I walked from one end of town to the other, taking in the sun, exploring its nooks and crannies, snapping photos, and stopping to rest once and while to revel and take in the wonder of such a stunning place. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time. I mean LOOK at this picture, just LOOK. Wow.

Wikipedia tells me that Amalfi is a town surrounded by “dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery”.  Indeed. There’s jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring beauty at every turn. It’s no wonder that it’s a popular tourist destination and listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.

What is a Unesco World Heritage Site and why would you care?  Wikipedia defines it as a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by UNESCO to have special cultural or physical significance and considered important to the common heritage of humanity. Amalfi certainly fits the bill.

Check out some of my other photos of the town:

Walking Into Amalfi

Walking Into Amalfi

Amalfi Beauty

Amalfi Beauty

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Beautiful Old Architecture

Beautiful Old Architecture

I Have An Obsession With Street Lamps

I Have An Obsession With Street Lamps

Aside from the scenery, what else can be enjoyed in this town? A visit to Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, the Chiostro del Paradiso which houses tomb’s of Amalfi’s most prominent citizens, Museo della Carta to view old paper presses, or Aresenale to take in the latest art exhibit.  You can even take to the sea for a boat tour or snorkelling/diving expedition. For a list of things to see and do in Amalfi, check out this great list from Lonely Planet.

Funny thing, I never did any of these things when I visited Amalfi. I was only there for a few hours and didn’t have time to take in more of the town. I think this means I need to return (especially after when I stare out my window at a snow-covered Toronto), something which I most certainly plan on doing!

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  • Reply Liana @ femme fraiche November 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I spent some time in Positano…that coast is truly magical. It left an impression on me that I’ll never forget…<3

  • Reply Cheryl Howard November 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I stayed in Positano too! Was my base to explore Amalfi, Ravello etc. It left an impression on me as well. One of the reasons Italy is one of my all-times loves …

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