Without having done much research on the town of Amalfi itself, our family took the ferry from Positano to Amalfi and just started wandering around soaking in the atmosphere of this quaint village by the sea. The Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea was the only big attraction I had heard of so we headed towards the very visible bell tower and walked right into the Piazza Duomo which was as pleasant a piazza as any we had seen in Italy. The centerpiece of the square is the Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea. It costs a few euro to get in but it is definitely worth it.
The outside of the Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea is beautiful. Definitely get a picture on the iconic steps of the church. We sat there and enjoyed a drink and some gelato. We saw a cruise tour group hurriedly gather on the steps, snap a group picture, and then hustle off. Definitely NOT the way to enjoy this place, I thought to myself.
They do offer a guided tour but the self-guided tour of the church follows a one way path and is simple to do yourself. When you first enter you walk into a peaceful garden called the Cloister of Paradise. Paradise may be overrating it a bit, but it's nice nonetheless. The real payoff comes when you enter the church and the tomb of St. Andrew itself. Inside are incredible displays of ancient relics--crowns, chalices, etc. This was a very pleasant surprise. We were told the style of the church is Byzantine. The tomb of St. Andrews itself is just stunning. Pictures don't do it justice because it is very dimly lit, but the atmosphere of actually being there is just amazing. You truly feel like you have been transported back in time. The frescoes and arches on the ceiling are fantastic as well. For families, there is a bathroom to the left side of the entranceway when you go up the steps.
Don't miss the Piazza Duomo and the Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea when visiting Amalfi. It was one of my favorite churches in Italy.
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