Visiting Atrani – the Smallest Village on the Amalfi Coast

The tiny village of Atrani is one of the Amalfi Coast’s most picturesque sights. Nestled in a mountain valley just next to Amalfi, the village isn’t just small. It’s the smallest village by surface size in all of Italy! Measuring only .05 square miles, it holds a lot of charm in a very small place. Although its neighbor Amalfi gets much more attention, Atrani is becoming more and more popular and is often the backdrop for those Instagram photos that gets everyone’s travel dreams flowing. Since it’s one of our favorite spots on the Amalfi Coast, we wanted to show you what we love about Atrani and why you shouldn’t miss it on your next trip to the Amalfi Coast.

Atrani on the Amalfi Coast
A bird’s-eye view of Atrani

Atrani is scenically set in the Valle del Dragone between Amalfi to the west and below the mountains that reach up to Ravello to the east. From the sea you can spot the Villa Cimbrone and its famous Terrace of Infinity above Atrani to the right. The town is enchanting from every angle, but for us the most captivating view is from the sea. That’s the best way to see the way the Amalfi Coast Road was quite dramatically built over the front of the town in the 19th century. You can also see the way it wraps around the base of the town’s largest church, the Collegiata di Santa Maria Maddalena. You’ll spot it easily with its multi-level bell tower and colorful majolica tiled dome.

Beautiful Atrani on the Amalfi Coast

The church is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene and is absolutely striking in its position. The village celebrates their patron saint on July 22nd with a procession through the streets of the town and down to the beach. After dark there is a spectacular fireworks display over the sea. The festival is one of the best summer experiences on the Amalfi Coast. From the small piazza in front of the church, you have a perfectly framed view of the Amalfi Coast that you won’t want to miss.

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Set behind the arches of the Amalfi Coast Road bridge over the village, the main Piazza Umberto I of Atrani has many cute cafes and is a peaceful choice for an aperitivo. It has such charm that it is often used for filming movies and commercials. You’ll spot many angles of Atrani in the 2004 movie “A Good Woman,” which was filmed on the Amalfi Coast. Atrani’s main piazza even appears in the trailer for the movie!

Also in Piazza Umberto I, you will find a pretty staircase leading up to another church. This is the church of San Salvatore de Birecto, which was founded in the 10th century. In the Middle Ages, when Amalfi was a powerful sea republic, this church was where the Doges of Amalfi were crowned. You can visit inside the church today for a small fee to see the stunning bronze doors from 1087 and architectural elements from many different moments in the church’s history.

Of course the beach in Atrani is a must and you’ll find plenty of options with the beach clubs or at the free beach area below the Collegiata di Santa Maria Maddalena. Just east of Atrani is another beautiful beach called Castiglione. This beach is accessible via a long flight of zigzagging steps, about 200, which makes it a nice and more secluded beach experience.

If you’re planning a holiday in Atrani, don’t forget to book a private Amalfi Coast boat excursion during your stay. Contact us to find out more!

 

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