Pontone

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Pontone showing a coastal town and general coastal views

Explore the medieval hillside village that overlooks Amalfi and is renowned for its religious, cultural and natural attractions.

The bell towers, buildings and churches of Pontone have changed little over the centuries, and neither has the relaxed atmosphere. This pretty cliff top village between Scala and Amalfi was once a holiday refuge of Amalfi’s powerful clergy and nobility. Today visitors are still seduced by the charm of the views and laidback lifestyle.

Life is unhurried here and many locals pass the time in Pontone’s main square. Do as the locals do and take coffee in one of the square’s cafes.

Explore Pontone on foot. Start at the 12th century Church of John the Baptist, situated on the square. It’s noted for its baroque paintings. One of the most famous paintings here is Aniello Iannicelli's The Circumcision from 1590. Study the wooden altarpiece with its paintings of episodes from the life of John the Baptist. Pause by the tomb of Knight Philip Spina and read the inscription that dates from 1346.

Move on to the Church of San Filippo Neri, a 10th century building originally dedicated to San Matteo Evangelista. Admire the baroque canvases hanging above the altar and the majolica tiled floor. Note the 14th century crucifix made from stucco in the small chapel.

Go to the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine. The church and its bell tower date back to the Middle Ages, but the interior was extensively renovated in the 18th century.

Follow the marked walking trail to Torre dello Zirro. This watchtower is believed to have been built in the 14th or 15th century. It is famous for Giovanna of Aragon, better known as the Duchess of Malfi, whose tragic story has been immortalized by novelists and playwrights. She was accused of having an affair shortly after her husband’s death. To suppress the scandal Giovanna and her children were imprisoned here by her brothers and left to die.

Pontone is three miles (five kilometers) from Amalfi and can be reached by car or SITA bus along the coast road. Alternatively, climb the hundreds of stone stairs that lead up the mountain from Amalfi.

Palazzo San Giovanni
Palazzo San Giovanni
The price is £91 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Beach. Amalfi Cathedral and Maiori Beach are also within 3 miles ...
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"This stay was a highlight on our 1 week trip around Naples, Ischia, and the Amalfi. Lina, our host, welcomed us the morning before our arrival with a call explaining how to get to the remote area of Pontone. Throughout the day, she provided us with helpful information on which bus to take and at ..."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Palazzo San Giovanni
Amalfi view
Amalfi view
via noce 7, Scala, Sa
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Beach. Amalfi Cathedral and Maiori Beach are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
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"Their was a mixup and they had not received the booking when we arrived. They fixed it immediately, though, and we stayed in a lovely flat in the village abput 10 minutes away. Kind people and clean flat. Overall...very happy."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2019

Amalfi view
Casa Annalisa
Casa Annalisa
Via Tuoro 6, Pontone, Scala, SA
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Beach. Amalfi Cathedral is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
APPARTAMENTO PULITO CONFORTEVOLE E NUOVO
"ESPERIENZA POSITIVA, OTTIMA SISTEMAZIONE ED OSPITALITà"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2017

Casa Annalisa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Amalfi view
Amalfi view
via noce 7, Scala, Sa
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Beach. Amalfi Cathedral and Maiori Beach are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Recommend
"Their was a mixup and they had not received the booking when we arrived. They fixed it immediately, though, and we stayed in a lovely flat in the village abput 10 minutes away. Kind people and clean flat. Overall...very happy."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2019

Amalfi view
Casa Annalisa
Casa Annalisa
Via Tuoro 6, Pontone, Scala, SA
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Beach. Amalfi Cathedral is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
APPARTAMENTO PULITO CONFORTEVOLE E NUOVO
"ESPERIENZA POSITIVA, OTTIMA SISTEMAZIONE ED OSPITALITà"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2017

Casa Annalisa
Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
Via Vallee delle Ferriere, 24, Scala, Campania
Situated by the sea, this historic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Beach. Amalfi Cathedral and Maiori Beach are also ...
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Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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