Atrani is a quiet, relaxing fishing village on Italy’s Amalfi coast, which offers visitors a tranquil and relaxing seaside escape from the city, and a true taste of the dolce vita in the heart of Campania. The surrounding cliffs are studded with pretty little traditional buildings, and there is nothing more satisfying than sitting on your Atrani villa’s balcony and watching the sunset over the picturesque bay.
The area around Atrani offers holidaymakers the best of both worlds – close enough to the coast for a summer beachside holiday, while at the same time providing enough activities for an adrenaline-fuelled winter break.
Visitors should spend some time when they first arrive in Atrani in the medieval heart of the village, exploring the area around the Piazza Umberto I. The small cafes around the square are the ideal place to grab a fresh Italian coffee and soak up the laid-back Atrani vibe. There are various events held here during the summer, with possibly the largest Atrani Festival being the Festival of Maria Maddalena in July, featuring a procession and fireworks.
Down at the nearby beach is another perfect place to engage in some rest and relaxation, and there are plenty opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and diving to keep the kids (or fidgety adults) entertained.
Along the coast and in the countryside surrounding Atrani there are also plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, hiking, horse riding and mountain biking, which can be enjoyed year-round. Other water sports are also available at certain times of the year, with sailing and windsurfing particularly popular.
Having your own Atrani villa gives you the chance to choose between dining out in the evenings at the local restaurants in Atrani, or enjoying dinner on your own terrace. The small local shops are a great place to pick up fresh local produce, as well as a bottle or two of local wine.
Amalfi Town is only a short walk from Atrani, along a picturesque coastal path. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a more popular destination than Atrani, so is more crowded in the summer months, but is worth at least a day-trip for the fantastic architecture of the Duomo and surrounding buildings.
Atrani has a beautiful Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers ideal for a beach holiday, and milder winters which lend themselves to exploring the surrounding area and participating in the many outdoor activities on offer.
Naples International Airport (NAP) is the most convenient gateway to the Amalfi region, around 76km from Atrani. This is a very popular airport and receives flights from the UK on a daily basis from both British Airways and several budget operators including easyJet and Thomson. Car hire may be picked up from the airport and is a definite benefit during your stay in Atrani given the rural location.