The Amalfi Coast, or Costiera Amalfitana as it is known to the locals, is a stretch of coastline, along the Southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Province of Salerno, Italy.

How Amalfi got is name has been hotly debated, with some claiming it came from Melfi, a Lucan Sea Village once inhabited by Romans. Others still insist that it came from the legend of Amalfi, a nymph whom was loved by Hercules, and is said to be buried in the area.

However, it is well documented that Romans did inhabit the area in the past.

The Amalfi Coast is very popular with tourists, and tens of thousands are attracted here each year. The Amalfi Coast has quite a rich history.

During the 10th and 11th Centuries, the Duchy of Amalfi resided in the territory, based in Amalfi Town. The area was later presided over by the Principality of Salerno until it was sacked by the Republic of Pisa in 1137.

However, since the reunification of Italy, this whole area has seen a huge revival in tourist figures. And in 1997, the Amalfi Coast earned a listing on the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape – more information here.

There is no doubt that If you choose to travel to the Amalfi Coast, you will be floored by the stunning scenery, outstanding landscapes, history and culture that this whole area is steeped in. The weather is fine and pleasant for most of the year, and local cuisine is amazing – given its close proximity to the sea, fish dishes are plentiful and fresh.

Coffee lovers will be overjoyed with the offerings in Amalfi, and for those with a sweet tooth, pasticciotti, a type of pastry filled with custard and cherries, is a must try.

There are many indigenous products made in Amalfi, such as Limoncello liqueur, made from Lemons grown in an area known as Sfusato Amalfitano. Also, there are items such as a kind of paper, which is hand made, called Bambagina, and several different types of handmade ceramics. So, there will be plenty of selection available to you, when on a souvenir hunt.

There is no doubt, even if you are just planning a trip to Italy, without any specific place in mind, a visit to the Amalfi Coast is an essential place to visit.