The moment I saw this dress I knew two things: 1) I had to have it because it was the perfect summer travel dress, and 2) It would look amazing in front of Amalfi’s stunning striped duomo. Despite being the namesake for one of Italy’s most famous regions, the city of Amalfi is one of the less-visited cities along the infamous Amalfi Coast. The region was once a important Medieval maritime power, but by the twelfth century, the Republic of Amalfi had lost its dominance over Mediterranean trade to the Pisans and the Normans. Not, however, before making their mark on Medieval trade, culture, and maritime knowledge. The city and region made great advancements in law, mathematics, and medicine, thanks to their trade and contact with the east.
Despite being overshadowed by its neighbors, Positano, Sorrento, and Capri, the city of Amalfi is well worth a visit. And it is an easy and delightful day trip from Positano or Sorrento. Like other towns perched along the coastal cliffs, Amalfi beautifully cascades down into bright blue waters. In the center of town is a stunning striped Byzantine cathedral, which proudly displays the great Medieval wealth and culture of the city. After gazing at the stunning duomo (Italian for Cathedral), I highly recommend refueling with a local delicacy — lemon and shrimp risotto — at Trattoria da Gemma. Basically, you should try lemon everything while in Amalfi. After you admire the cathedral and eat your body weight in lemon flavored everything, I suggest strolling the quaint streets, people watching with a coffee in the main square, or admiring the view of the city from the pier.