Discover the enchanting hidden gem just minutes away from Amalfi
Amalfi is one of Italy’s top coastal destinations for a posh seaside vacation in a spellbinding setting and for an especially romantic escape. And for good reason! Historic cathedrals, the finest fresh seafood, and, of course, stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea are all at your fingertips. But did you know there’s a hidden gem just minutes away from Amalfi?
Just down the coast from Amalfi, Atrani is the smallest (but most charming!) town in all of Italy. At just under 30 acres and with a population of less than 1,000 people, this tiny fishing village is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. That’s because it’s easy to miss (many people actually mistake it as being part of Amalfi). Here, you’ll find a much quieter and peaceful way of life.
How can you get there? It’s simple! If you’re coming from Amalfi, it’s just a 5-minute bus or taxi ride away. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can take a 10-minute walk through a pedestrian tunnel that’s like a secret passageway to Atrani.
How to Find the Tunnel
In Amalfi, head to Dejavu Cafè & Drinks to find the entrance to the tunnel. It’s not located on the main road, so it may be a little difficult to spot, but just make your way toward the alley that’s located next to the popular café and you’ll get there. You may be hesitant to enter because of traffic, but don’t fret: This tunnel is exclusively for pedestrians making the journey to Atrani.
After you emerge from the tunnel, you’ll cross the street and make your way toward Ristorante Da Zaccaria, situated on a steep bluff with panoramic views of the sea. (Fun fact: It’s technically located in both towns! The hall is in Amalfi and the kitchen is in Atrani.) Here, you’ll have the option to take the next tunnel or walk right through the restaurant. For this portion of the trip, we suggest the latter; while it is possible to walk through the second tunnel, you’ll have to navigate oncoming traffic here. If you choose to go through the restaurant, just make your way to the back and down the steps to enjoy a scenic walk with beautiful views of the ocean. After a few minutes, you’ll arrive at the town of Atrani!
What To Do in Atrani
While Atrani is a small town, there’s still so much to see and enjoy. Make sure to visit the town’s main square, Piazza Umberto I. It teems with street vendors, restaurants, and coffee shops, giving you a glimpse into the lively culture. Then head to Spiaggi di Atrani, a beach that’s nestled between rocky white cliffs towering over the ocean. With its secluded location, you’ll feel like the only one soaking up the sun’s rays in this magical place.
And you can’t forget about the food! Make a reservation at A’Paranza for the freshest catch of the day. You can enjoy their seafood bounty in the form of pastas, risottos, and fish entrees (especially if you opt for the chef’s seafood tasting menu), along with excellent antipasti and an extensive local wine selection—all of which earned this restaurant a recommendation from the Michelin Guide.