This walk feels a little like one long, continuous staircase as you lose all your height and descend from Ravello to Amalfi.
As you descend on the stone steps from Ravello to Amalfi, consider what it would be like to live here – great fitness would be required to get anywhere! Lemon groves cascade down to the sea beside you, while secluded beaches of clear water tempt you to get there faster.
It is easy to be confounded by the labyrinthine network of alleys and streets that comprise Atrani. Often it appears a dead-end but then bends to find a way through, which sometimes means heading directly through the middle or under a building, via a covered alleyway. Even with these route notes, getting lost is likely – but then again, that is half the fun! Thankfully it is easy to find your way back on track, by walking generally parallel to the sea, keeping it on your left.
Home-made gelato ice cream is a great way to conclude any hike; thankfully Amalfi has an abundance of stores where this can be arranged! Why not go for a lemon flavour?
There are some exposed and unfenced edges throughout the walk; be careful and keep walking on the path.
There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement. Walk on the left side facing the oncoming traffic, unless there is a verge separated by line-markings that provides space to walk on.
Much of the path is on rocky steps, which are often irregularly spaced. Bear in mind these may be slippery when wet, place your feet with care, and use the handrail where one is provided.
Tips, hints and links
Points of Interest
Ravello Cathedral, looking out over the Piazza Duomo, has several notable attractions; the bronze door dating to 1179, and the ornate, mosaic-decorated pulpit, suspended on 6 spiral columns, each atop a marble-carved lion, which was commissioned by Nicola Rufolo, a famous 13th century merchant. There is also a small museum with several significant pieces of artwork.
More information available here: https://www.ravello.com/attractions/duomo/
Amalfi Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Andrew; steps from the basilica lead to his crypt, with his remains reportedly captured during the crusades in 1206 and brought to Amalfi from Constantinople (now Istanbul). Inside you can visit the Heaven’s Cloister; an Arabic-inspired garden and architecture, built around 1266, and intended to be a cemetery for noble families.
More information available here: https://www.livesalerno.com/amalfi-cathedral
The Rufolo family was the family of Ravello, both economically and politically powerful during the 12th and 13th century. This villa was built, befitting their status, blending Arabic and Byzantine architecture with traditional Italian elements. The real draw of the villa is its gardens, set against a grand backdrop of the coastline and Mediterranean Sea.
More information available here: https://villarufolo.com/
Reference to Villa Cimbrone can be found as early as the 11th Century, a golden age of Ravello. The Villa is a private, 5-star hotel, but you are welcome to enter the gardens. Gore Vidal, an American Author, was once asked of the most beautiful place he had seen in his travels, “and I said the view from the belvedere of the Villa Cimbrone on a bright winter’s day when the sky and the sea were each so vividly blue that it was not possible to tell one from the other.”
More information available here: https://www.ravello.com/attractions/villa-cimbrone/
Food and Drink
There are opportunities throughout this walk to buy food or drink.
Ravello has a variety of restaurants and cafes to suit your desires, and the Piazza Duomo is a lovely place to sit and relax after the climb.
You will pass through Atrani after 2.2 kilometres which offers various places to stop and buy food.
Amalfi has a large variety of restaurants and cafes.
There is a tap to fill your water bottles after 1.9 kilometres.
Sturdy hiking boots and a waterproof/wind-break layer are required. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Make sure you bring enough water. It is recommended to drink 0.75 litres per 1 hour of hiking.