Are you looking for an exciting nighttime adventure? If so, you're in luck, because the town of Amalfi comes alive after dark. From enjoying an Aperol Spritz on a cliff to rubbing elbows with the locals in the Piazza Duomo, there's an energy that runs through the city's beautiful streets, and below, I'll tell you about the best plans.
1. Relax in a spa at sunset
What better proposal for when night falls than to book a spa experience in Amalfi, a relaxing activity, lasting about 2 hours, in which you can enjoy:
- Hydromassage bathtub.
- Relaxation areas.
- Footbath with regenerating salts.
- Showers with water games.
- Steam bath.
- Argillarium experience.
- 30-minute massage performed by professional physiotherapists.
An unforgettable spa session ideal for couples and lovers of body wellness treatments. In addition, the session is designed so that no couple shares treatment with another.
2. Take a night boat ride in Amalfi
As the sun sets over the stunning Amalfi Coast, the coastline awakens with a vibrant energy that invites visitors to explore the surroundings from its mysterious and enchanting nightlife. One of the most memorable ways to do this is with a boat tour of Amalfi from the Coppola Marina.
This breathtaking experience allows you to take in the cliffs and caves of the coast like never before. In particular, the popular Li Galli Islands, with their load of mysticism at the best time of the day. This archipelago is one of the five most curious islands in the Mediterranean.
Another reason to do this night boat trip in Amalfi are the extra services that are usually included, such as dinners in exclusive restaurants, open bar with wine and limoncello, among others. Immerse yourself in the experience and enjoy all that Amalfi has to offer as night falls.
3. Have a drink on a terrace overlooking the sea
Nightlife in Amalfi is quite active. The recipe for a perfect vacation includes: food, drink, interesting places and partying, and Amalfi is the kind of place where you find all of that. There are many terraces and restaurants to choose from and celebrate La dolce vita.
From breathtaking views of the cliffs, to delicious cocktails, these bars offer a memorable nightlife experience. Just to mention a few examples:
- Baglio Amalfi Italian Bistro Cucina, wine & drinks: For a personalized Amalfi experience on a terrace where the owners take their time to cater to customers with exceptional service: food, music and incredible panoramas.
- Hotel Santa Caterina: If you feel like visiting a 5 star place with signature cocktails and gourmet snacks, this is your place. Since 1904 it offers an exclusive service.
- G.A.S. Bar: If dance floors are not your thing and you prefer to enjoy a quiet atmosphere, excellent local wine, tapas, good service and incredible views at affordable prices, this bar has an extensive wine list and its seafood is really tasty. Ideal to enjoy as a couple in Amalfi with the coast as a backdrop.
4. Explore Amalfi's Piazza del Duomo
This lively square is bustling with activity, music and laughter as locals and tourists alike gather to eat, drink and socialize. The Piazza del Duomo is where the glamour of this seaside town is concentrated, where the night comes alive with bars, restaurants and ice cream parlors. Try some local delicacies such as:
- The sfogliatella: a puff pastry filled with ricotta and orange.
- Limoncello: a sweet lemon liqueur typical of the region.
You can also choose to see the Crypt of St. Andrew or sit around the "Village Fountain", i.e. the Fountain of St. Andrew, and enjoy your gelato in a more romantic setting, under the stars.
And if you feel like exploring an Amalfi square with less crowded corners, just 400 meters away, you find the beautiful Piazza dello Spirito Santo, surrounded by stores and restaurants. In the center is a small fountain to which newborn babies are often brought. In fact, among the most popular nativity scenes in Amalfi is the one that is placed here every year. I recommend you stop by especially if you are planning your activities in Amalfi during December.
5. Stroll along the Amalfi pier
Looking for ideas on how to spend an authentic evening like the Amalfitans do? Then you should consider visiting a "Pennello", or pier.
The central pier, the Marina Grande Pier, is where the ferries dock in Amalfi. This place not only fills up with boats, but also with people, as it is very popular with both locals and tourists. It is divided into two parts, a lower one for docking and an upper one for walking and taking the best panoramic pictures of the town.
When night falls, the pier fills up with people of all ages to stroll, chat with friends, have an ice cream or just let the sea breeze shake them. If in the daytime the combination of pastel shades of the Amalfi houses impress, wait until night comes and the lights bring this nativity scene to life. This is an enchanting experience not to be missed when visiting Amalfi.
6. Explore the old town of Amalfi
If you are looking for one of the things to do and see in Amalfi at night that will allow you to get to know this ancient World Heritage Site, exploring the old town is an experience not to be missed. The narrow alleys, ancient stairways and tunnels that have witnessed thousands of historical events will make you feel like you are traveling back in time.
Meet the majestic 11th century Cathedral, one of the oldest religious buildings in Italy. If you don't know where to start, start with the stairs on via Lorenzo D'Amalfi, right in the heart of Amalfi, then make your way through the tunnels under the stairs of the Cathedral of St. Andrew the Apostle and explore the old town on your own until you reach via Pietro Capuano.
Along the way you will find stores and small workshops where you can buy handicrafts such as handmade sandals, savor the aroma and taste of Sfusato Amalfitano and delicious limoncello.
7. Watch the sunset from the Torre dello Ziro
The coast comes alive with all kinds of activities that will make your nights here unforgettable. And if you want the perfect place to watch the sunset, head to Torre dello Ziro, the first stop on Italy's most beautiful balcony.
The path is suitable for the whole family and winds its way from the foot of Monte Pontone to the top, where you can enjoy the best panoramic views of the city as you walk along this fortification whose history dates back to 1151. From here, you'll watch the sun slowly dip into the sea, painting the sky in shades of orange and pink from one of the Amalfi Coast's strategic vantage points. And this is just the beginning of your night adventure.
In tales and fables we hear many stories of princesses locked in towers and, although historians do not agree on the past of this tower, many agree that Joan of Aragon, after being widowed by the nephew of Pope Pius III, tried to rebuild her life in secret with his butler, Antonio Beccadelli, but the love story was short-lived because Beccadeli was banished and she was locked up. Does it ring a bell? Yes, it is Joan the Mad and the supposed point of origin of the legend, so every space of this fortification is steeped in mystery.
8. Get closer to Piazza dei Dogi
If you're looking for a place to relax, there's no better option than the Piazza dei Dogi in Amalfi at night. This popular square is lined with cafes and restaurants, making it the perfect place to sit and enjoy a refreshing Aperol Spritz while soaking up the lively atmosphere of the town.
However, the real magic begins when the sun goes down. The stunning Piazza dei Dogi is the perfect place to admire the remains of the old Arsenal of the Republic at the Compass Museum and the Maritime Duchy and shipyard. Another point that deserves your attention just 50 meters from the square, is the beautiful Fountain of St. Andrew Amalfi, which in the past was the heart of village life.
In addition, the square has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. From enjoying some tapas to fun attractions to share with the family. With its lively atmosphere, historical beauty and wide selection of cafes and restaurants, it is well worth your stroll!
9. Go wine tasting in Amalfi
As you can see, there are numerous things to see and do in Amalfi at night. And one of them is to taste some of Italy's most exceptional wines. And, to discover them, the best thing to do is to sign up for a wine tasting. Savor a variety of regional wines while learning about their history, production methods and best pairings.
As you sip a glass of refreshing white wine or a full-bodied red, take in the sweeping views of the Amalfi Coast and nearby cliffs, dotted with lemon trees and the illuminated villas, it's a visual spectacle. To do your wine tasting you have several options:
- Enoteca & Gastronomia Il Protontino, which is very close to the Amalfi Cathedral and offers an experience with charm and tradition.
- Casa Vinicola Ettore Sammarco s.n.c., which is located 1.5 kilometers from the Cathedral of Amalfi. In this winery its variety of house wines offers an unparalleled sensory experience.
- If you feel like participating in one of the best excursions from Amalfi, you can take the opportunity to visit the wineries in nearby villages such as Furore, where several of the coast's most famous vineyards are located.
But this type of experience in Amalfi goes beyond wine. It is an opportunity to connect with the Amalfitans, who will be happy to recommend the best restaurants and nightspots in the area. By the end of the evening, you will have tasted one of the products of local pride accompanied by tapas, cheese boards and specialties of each house. Without a doubt, you will have enjoyed an unforgettable evening in an idyllic setting.
10. Participate in a local cooking class in Amalfi
If you are looking for an authentic and fun culinary experience in Amalfi, participating in a local cooking class is one of the best options you can choose. During this type of class, you will learn how to prepare some of the most iconic and delicious dishes of Italian cuisine, such as tiramisu and fresh mozzarella, as well as a pasta-based dish like gnocchis.
The best cooking classes in Amalfi are usually held on terraces, even farmhouses with panoramic views, which adds a privileged setting to the experience. Often, the class is conducted by an experienced chef who will teach you step-by-step how to make mozzarella, the making of a classic dessert and the secrets of the best sauces of the Amalfi Coast. You'll also enjoy a delicious local wine to accompany your dinner, as well as a refreshing limoncello to cleanse your palate.
Whether you're an experienced or amateur cook, this is the perfect kind of experience to close the day with a succulent dinner, a few glasses of wine and new culinary skills and techniques. Don't miss it!