Today, we went out exploring a few of the different towns along the Amalfi Coast, with a walk in the morning and another one in the afternoon. After driving through the winding cliffside road that connects the many seaside towns and villages, we started off in the town of Amalfi. Like Positano, Amalfi is very elegant. The main square is centered around the ornate Amalfi Cathedral, which is surrounded by ceramic shops, pastel-painted buildings and awning-covered eateries at every turn. The town is tiny, and locals have taken advantage of every possible inch, with covered alleyways extending in a maze away from the town center.
Our Tour Director led us through one of these tunnels over to the nearby village of Atrani. Atrani is even smaller than Amalfi and many of its original buildings are left intact.
Location: Through the city streets and the coastal road that connects Amalfi to Atrani.
Length: Round trip, the walk was about 1 mile.
Time: All together, this walk only took about 40 minutes, including time in Atrani to stroll around and admire the scenery.
Terrain: This walk was on paved coastal streets, so it was easy and relaxing!
Best view: I loved the look of the sun-washed linens out to dry against the old buildings in Atrani. So charming and Italian.
Favorite moment: During our downtime in Atrani, I went down to the tiny beach and put my feet in the Mediterranean. It was chilly but I couldn’t resist!
After some free time in Amalfi, we traveled up the mountains to the town of Ravello, which has been nicknamed “The place that touches heaven.” Ravello is a cultural hub in Amalfi and each year it hosts the annual Ravello Festival where a who’s who of the art world gathers up for a celebration of music and art. In Ravello, our Tour Director led us on walks around two villas. The first was Villa Rufolo, which hosts a big gala during the festival where an orchestra plays while suspended on a platform over the cliff. The second was Villa Cimbrone, which was purchased by the English aristocrat Ernest Beckett in 1904 and transformed into its modern-day masterpiece. The sprawling grounds are filled with gardens, statues and private pathways, the villa hosted several famous guests, including Virginia Woolf and Winston Churchill.
Ravello Villa Walk
Location: We walked the grounds of Villa Rufolo and then over to Villa Cimbrone, which we explored as well.
Length: The villas were roughly 1 mile apart from each other.
Time: We spent 2 hours exploring the villas, but it was more of a leisurely stroll than a difficult walk.
Terrain: Gardens, manicured terraces and well-maintained paths made most of the terrain. Like this morning’s walk, this walk was not challenging compared to the others on the trip. We were able to stroll slowly and take time to sit down and enjoy the beautiful villa scenery.
Best view: I couldn’t get over Villa Cimbrone—it was definitely my favorite of the two. At the far end of the grounds, there is a large terrace right at the edge of a cliff and you can look straight down to the water below.
Favorite moment: After the entrance onto the grounds of Villa Cimbrone, you cross under this covered walkway where hanging wisteria dangles overhead. It looked like something out of a movie.
Katie is making her way around the Amalfi Coast on foot. Follow along as she blogs about her tour!