ATRANI, AMALFI COAST
Whenever I speak about being in Amalfi, what I actually mean is that I’m staying in Atrani, a little village just a ten minute walk from Amalfi itself. Having first discovered Atrani on a solo trip back in 2008, I fell deeply in love with this coastal Italian gem, and knew then and there, that I would return to this place again and again.
Here’s the great thing about Atrani, aside from its fantastic labyrinth feel and charming locals, it’s often not discovered by the hordes of tourists that flock to Amalfi, despite it being such a short walk away. That in my opinion, is a massive win. There are no giant cruise ships pulling up and unloading hundreds of passengers. Instead you’ll find the odd foreign tourist floating around amongst what are mostly Italians from other parts of the country. It feels much more authentic in Atrani.
Having been a return visitor more times than I can remember means the locals get to know you, and I love walking into Atrani and being welcomed with opened arms and lots of Italian kisses. It’s an amazing feeling to be treated like an old friend each time I arrive.
Walking through the archway of Atrani, you’re immediately greeted with its vibrant piazza. This is the central hub, where you’ll find most of the restaurants, cafes, and stores. All the dining spots have outdoor seating, an in the evenings there’s a real buzz in the piazza as the adults kick back with Campari Soda’s and the kids play together in the piazza.
Away from the piazza you’ll discover the Italian version of the Labyrinth. Buildings packed highly together, winding staircases and tunnelled walkways. All this nestled between two hills.
If you ascend the stairs heading up one of the hills you’ll be treated to breathtaking views out over Atrani and the ocean. The beach is secluded and calm, with row upon row of sun loungers for hire, or if you prefer to do as the locals do, you can sunbathe near the rocks on the concrete, takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s my absolute favourite spot to lay down my beach towel each vacation.
You’ll find great food at the restaurants, great service, and friendly staff. My favourite pizza in the entire world (gluten free too!) comes from a restaurant in Atrani.
I could go on and on about this spot on the Amalfi Coast that I love so dearly, but it’s probably best if you just book your flight and head there yourself.