RAVELLO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY

Before this June, I knew very little about Ravello and Amalfi Coast. All of my past trips in Italy revolved around Florence and Milan, and my visit to Ravello was purely from a friend’s suggestion that was raised in Amalfi Coast. Online reading described Ravello as a town situated above Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno, Campania, southern Italy. It’s also known for its scenic beauty overlooking Amalfi Coast, making it a popular tourist destination. I was nervous at first, mostly from the anticipation of exploring new territories. Instead of taking the ferry from Naples, my friend advised it was easier taking the Intercity TrenItalia (about €10) to Salerno, then the public SITA bus located just outside Salerno Station to Amalfi (about €3), and finally a quick transfer to Ravello (about €2). The bus system, simple and tourist-driven, consists of a small group of bus lines that goes to popular destinations such as Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, and Sorrento. Besides that, practically everyone spoke English so it’s difficult to not get lost. The trip was easy, extremely affordable, and you get one of the most beautiful views of Amalfi Coast. But one precaution, the road along Amalfi Coast is known for its two-way hairpin bends, some with sharp narrow turns, and the ride can be very upsetting for riders prone to seasickness.
While I enjoy the idea of relaxing by the beach, I’ve always preferred the visual stimulation of exploring new destinations. I wasted no time upon arrival and made plans to explore Ravello, followed by Amalfi Coast and a short stop at Positano for the following two to three days. I was traveling alone, which made dinners quite lonely but also a crucial time for self-reflection, independence, “slowing down”, and sharpening my attention to detail. Coming from bustling city like NYC, I’ve accustomed myself to block out many “noises”, but when I travel alone, all of my senses are constantly heightened and I’m eager to observe and learn the culture and sub-cultures of my surroundings. To that end, my trip to Ravello and Amalfi Coast was absolutely breath taking. Yes, there were several moments when I wished I could’ve shared it with someone, but I know I will make my way back again and explore something new within Amalfi Coast.

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Villa Cimbrone Gardens
There are no words for the brilliant garden and sea views that the Villa Cimbrome Garden offers. A must see if you're in Ravello!
Website: http://www.villacimbrone.com
Address: Via Santa Chiara, 26, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy

Villa Cimbrone @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Villa Cimbrone @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Villa Cimbrone @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Villa Cimbrone @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Positano
I took a short trip to Positano as the bus ride from Amalfi to Positano takes about an hour and I went shortly after the Atrani Walk. Positano is absolutely beautiful and filled with colors and people, but difficult to enjoy due to the crowded streets and beaches. I would consider visiting again but during non-peak seasons.

Positano @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Positano, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Positano, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Positano, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Valle delle Ferriere
Most visitors seem to be unaware of the fact that there is a nature reserve known as Valle delle Ferriere just above the city of Amalfi. I thought I had to take a bus there, but as you walk towards the mountains from Amalfi city, through lemon groves and vineyards, then deeper into the valley passing by torn structures, you’ll find a series of rivers and waterfalls. My only regret was not properly preparing for a longer hike, as I would’ve l loved to see what magical views lies higher above.
Website: http://www.valledelleferriere.it
Address: Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Atrani Walk
One morning, I decided to walk from Ravello to Amalfi and found myself embarking the Atrani Walk. It was about 4km (2.5 miles) from the hotel to Amalfi and little did I know how much stairs was involved. The Atrani walk takes you through multiple trails and rocky stairways, to open sun-drenched roads, and then bypassing a labyrinth of villages, staircases, narrow passaggi, and shaded alleyways. I was lost many times but finally reached my destination when I found myself walking through a long tunnel for pedestrians dug out of the mountainside of Amafi located next to a parking garage, leading to Piazza Municipio in Amalfi.

Atrani Walk @ Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Atrani Walk @ Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Atrani Walk @ Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Atrani Walk @ Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Atrani Walk @ Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Atrani Walk @ Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Atrani Walk @ Amalfi, Italy - June 2016

Villa Piedmonte
I stayed with Villa Piedmonte during my trip to Ravello and one of the best features was its new and modern room/facilities. It took a while to find the hotel as it’s behind a gated driveway with no signs. The staffs are very friendly and courteous as well. It was a shame that the pool was under construction during my stay, but it was nice to be surrounded by nature’s serenity and the sound of birds and roosters in the morning. I made it a point to wake up at 6:00am each morning to witness the sunrise from my balcony. Full breakfast is included but make sure you get there early for the scrambled eggs before it's gone.
Website: http://www.villapiedimonte.com
Address: Via della Repubblica, 1, 84010 Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Villa Piedmonte @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Villa Piedmonte @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Villa Piedmonte @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Villa Piedmonte @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Villa Piedmonte @ Ravello, Amalfi, Italy - June 2015

Other places visited:
  • Pasticceria Pansa
  • Based on a suggestion of a friend, I stopped by for Cappuccino and Pasticciotto, which is a type of custard dessert filled with pastry cream. However, since Amalfi is known for its production of Limoncello liqueur and cultivator of lemons, the dessert is filled with lemon cream.
  • Website: http://www.pasticceriapansa.it
  • Address: Via Duca Mansone I, 40, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
  • Mimi Bar Pizzeria
  • I didn’t get a chance to dine out much since I was traveling solo but I found myself at this restaurant twice. Great pizza dishes!
  • Website: http://www.mimiravello.com
  • Address: Via San Francesco 12, 84010 Ravello, Italy