When I arrived in the Amalfi Coast, it was pouring rain and hail and also super windy. I had to keep my hood on and my head down but I still thought everything was beautiful. Then a couple days later, on a hike to the hilltop town of Ravello, the sun finally came out redefining the word beautiful to the max.
The hike to Ravello, the second hike of the week on my tour of the Amalfi Coast with G Adventures, was a little more challenging and longer than the hike the day before, but as with all the hikes of the week reaching the end would be worth it.
After breakfast at our agriturismo in Furore, we had private vans drive us down to the town of Amalfi where we started our hike. Instead of going straight through the town of Amalfi like we did the day before, we walked along the port and up to the streets of the small coastal village of Atrani.
On this part of the hike, there were lots of steps going up narrow streets. I felt like we were in a maze and I certainly would not have been able to find my way without our tour guide Elisabetta. I wonder what all the people living in those homes must have been thinking as this single-file line of 14 hikers passed through their town. I would love to live in that village though if only for a little while just to have the peace and quiet and the scenic views.
As we kept climbing stairs up and up, my heart rate was rising and the sun was warming us up so much so that we all started taking off our layers which was a nice change from the day before when we had to shield ourselves from cold and wind. And of course, the views of the water and the coastline came into perfect view as we ascended. I could now see what made the Amalfi Coast so beautiful – the varying shades of blue ocean, the sun reflecting off the water, the clouds, the greenery, the white houses. I wish this was my view everyday!
After a while, we were all due for a rest and Elisabetta brought us to this plateau where we took pictures and drank water, and looked out to the sea and coast line. I kind of fell in love with this lamp post and its shadow. I always have my eye out for just the right photo opportunity.
Once we left the town of Atrani, we kept hiking further up along windy roads making sure to stay close to the sides so we wouldn’t get run over by the cars. The scenery changed from the blue ocean and stone steps to dirt and gravel roads and tall cliffs on either side of us and lots of greenery.
One of my fellow hikers, Donna, had really bad knees and was falling behind. We would stop here and there to wait for her to catch up which we didn’t mind because it gave us a chance to catch our breaths and sip water but she felt bad about making us wait for her. Donna reminded me how lucky I am to have strong arms and legs and a heart that beats and lungs that let me breath. I saw it as a blessing to be healthy and to be able to go on these hikes and enjoy everything around me.
It took us about three hours to get to Ravello, including our rest stops, and it felt good to reach the top. I thought I would be starving and ready for some pizza and gelato but my tour mates and I wanted to explore the town first. Like Amalfi, Ravello is small with lots of restaurants, cafes, and shops but it being perched high about the sea I could see why it was such a popular place back in the day for artists, writers, and musicians to get inspired.
I was on such a high after accomplishing another hike. We did of course indulge in pizza and gelato but not before we visited the gorgeous Villa Cimbrone but I’ll share those photos in another post.
*I paid for my own way on the “Local Living Italy – Amalfi Coast” tour with G Adventures and all thoughts and opinions are my own.