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Visiting the Amalfi Coast: Why Ravello should be on your list

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While I’ve written previously about the Amalfi coast (what to do in Positano, how to get to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay), I only touched briefly on the beautiful town of Ravello. Because it doesn’t have access to the beach, many people skip over Ravello and head only to Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento. I think that for this very reason (a slightly smaller number of tourists) you should check out Ravello on your next trip to the Amalfi Coast. Here are some of my reasons why to visit Ravello when you're going to the Amalfi Coast. ravello

The trip up

The trip up the mountain from Amalfi to Ravello isn’t an easy one. When I went with my friend, we tried to wait for one of the regional buses but it never came and we ended up hailing a private tour bus as it drove past us, which I wouldn’t recommend. But if you take your time and stop for the view along the way, it can actually be quite enjoyable. Our B&B owner also told us that there’s a nice walk up a small path (vs. the main road) that takes you through private land and vineyards. I’ll definitely take this way up next time, but be prepared for somewhat of a hike as those stairs are killers. Otherwise, you can always call a taxi.

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The view

While all of the Amalfi Coast has gorgeous views, Ravello is another story. It sits high up on a mountain and overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and the other towns along the coast. I didn’t get a good look at it during the day but at night it was amazing. All of the lights are visible along the entire coast and you can see absolutely everything. Go for the quick climb and stunning photos.

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Full of boutiques and artisan shops

Ravello, and the Amalfi Coast in general, is well known for their artisan products. This small town was full of ceramic shops, art galleries and stores with beautiful handmade products. It’s so nice to walk around and shop before lunch or dinner and you can find a great souvenier for your trip.

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Delicious restaurants and aperitivo spots

Ravello has some fantastic restaurants and cafes. Walking around, we saw so many different locations and almost all of them had outdoor seating. I had a real treat yo’ self moment with my girlfriend and had a fabulous dinner on the very top balcony of Hotel Palumbo. It really stood out in terms of location, atmosphere and quality of food, but there are so many options that it’s hard to choose a bad spot to eat.

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More so than even the town of Amalfi itself, Ravello is a great stop along an Amalfi Coast tour and something that I wouldn't miss. Its higher elevation gives it a special feel and makes you feel like you're a million miles away from the real world. Perfect for anyone on vacation or just wishing to get away for a bit...

For more info about the Amalfi Cast, check out my other posts here:

Where to Stay in Amalfi: B&B Punta Civita

Things to Do in Positano (in a day)

How to Get to the Amalfi Coast (from Rome)

Things to do in Positano (In a Day)

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positano When people imagine the Italian coast, they think of gorgeous scenery, mountainside towns, and little houses painted in rainbow colors. Positano is all this and more. This small town on the Amalfi Coast sits between Sorrento and Amalfi and has been a popular tourist destination for ages. Celebrity sightings are common and during the height of summer, accommodations are booked, restaurants are full,  and there's barely enough room to move around.

However, Positano is a classic beach destination for a reason; it's definitely worth a trip if you're staying near Rome or Naples and have a couple of free days. After taking a trip of my own to the Amalfi Coast and Positano earlier this month, I've created a list of things to do in Positano in a day.

  • Go shopping

Shopping is an important activity in Positano, which is visible from the overwhelming number of shops that line the streets. Everywhere you turn, there is a clothing, food, or homeware store waiting for you. The regional products that Positano and the Amalfi Coast in general are known for are handmade ceramics (featuring coastal scenes, fish, and lemons), linen clothing, made-for-you leather sandals, and speciality lemon products. Whether you're shopping for family, friends, or just for yourself, it needs to be on your list.

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  • Sample limoncello

The lemons surrounding Positano, Amalfi, and Capri are said to be some of the best in the world. Locals make entire meals featuring lemons and offer many portable alternatives for travelers, the most notable being limoncello. Specifically from this region of Italy, limoncello is a well-known Italian after-dinner drink, which Italians use to digest after a large meal. The store that we bought limoncello from was I Sapori e Profumi di Positano. They claim to have been making limoncello from a family recipe since 1986, which are good enough credentials for me.

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  • Have a picnic on the beach

Going to the beach is a nice way to break up a day of shopping and the view from Positano's beach is stunning. The view from the water isn't to be missed, which is why I recommend taking a ferry or  boat ride at some point during your stay. Because we were still full from dinner the night before, we decided to have a light lunch on the beach. We picked up sandwiches from the butcher's shop, filled with regional meat and cheese (always) and some drinks/fresh fruit from the market next door. Our panini were really filling and delicious and we were finally able to relax after days of train and bus travel. If you time your visit right, it might also coincide with the hundreds of American study abroad students who come to Amalfi with tour groups and you too can hear the fascinating conversations about study abroad life that I did!

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  • Hike the "Path of the Gods" (Sentiero degli Dei)

This famous hike takes you from one part of the Amalfi Coast to another, with breathtaking views of the mountains and sea. While the total distance is 6 km, you can also shorten the trek to include only a portion of the path. Most people recommend walking west to east, starting in Bomerano and ending in Nocelle/Positano. If you have time during your trip, the views and experience are said to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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  • Have a seafood lunch with a view

The coast of Italy has some amazing fresh seafood that I always try to take advantage of when I make my way over. Seafood spaghetti, plates of mussels and clams, fried anchovies and many other delicious dishes are served daily for lunch. Many of the restaurants in Positano are perched on the cliffside, serving lunch with Pinterest-perfect views.

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  • Try a lemon granita

No trip would be complete without a lemon sorbet or granita. The crushed ice with lemon syrup that I tried was so flavorful and better than any other that I've tried. After lunch, shopping, and the beach, a granita is the perfect way to end your day.

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Have you been to Positano or the Amalfi Coast? Let me know about your experience or recommendations down below!

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How to Get to the Amalfi Coast (from Rome)

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