Bob's World Travels

Amalfi and Ravello

June 14, 2008

Amalfi and Ravello



We rode in the bus on the beautiful Amalfi Coast road, high above the Bay of Salerno to the town of Amalfi. Amalfi is another beautiful town rising steeply from the sea into a valley below vertical limestone cliffs. The town has softly colorful, layered buildings and a large multi-patterned duomo with two towers. We walked up the wooded valley among abandoned, old stone papermills which had operated using the flow of the stream we followed. Then while others hiked far above, we took the bus to Ravello. Ravello is perched high above Amalfi on the point of a ridge. Since I wasn’t hiking, I had time to walk out to the Villa Cambrione on the point of the ridge, where there was a view of the Amalfi coast far below. I particularly enjoyed the beautiful serenity of Ravello with its outstanding ceramic shops and would gladly spend time there, hiking on the trails above it.

The next day, Karen, Susan and I took a ferry from Sorrento to Amalfi and saw the beautiful Amalfi coast from the water. We got off at Amalfi and spent a couple of hours on the beach swimming and sunbathing in the hot Mediterranean sun. I wish I could take a picture floating on my back in the sea looking back at Amalfi. It was quite a view.