Travel Tuesday: Minori to Ravello Hike [Amalfi Coast, no. 3]
On our third day in the Amalfi Coast during our 2017 anniversary trip, we felt rested enough for a little hiking adventure. I had heard about the steps that led from the village we were staying at (Minori) all the way up to the breathtaking clifftop village of Ravello, which is known for two jawdropping villas open to the public for a small fee (Villa Rufalo and Villa Cimbrone). After research, which comprised of google photos to help me decide which one was prettier (scholarly research, I know, haha), I decided on Villa Cimbrone, and Greg didn't mind since he was more interested in the hiking aspect of the day.
We set out in the mid-morning from Minori, which is at sea level. We walked through the winding streets of the village, ascending a hill until we found this sign. This is not a typical hike; it's basically just climbing roughly 1,600 steps. But the view of the azure blue waters of the Amalfi Coast, the scent of lemon trees and other crops on the staggered cliffside gardens, and the overall serenity of such a peaceful atmosphere made it a hike we will never forget.
It was not a strenuous hike, especially since it was easy to stop and rest in the several areas where the steps led to some flat areas. I was dressed in a airy dress I could easily move in and comfortable sandals. We were there in October and the weather got up to mid-80s by the afternoon. For summer travelers, it would be best to do the hike in the early morning to avoid the heat. It took us under an hour, and that was with a few breaks to enjoy the view and catch my breath, as well as getting a little lost once we got to the top. There was a few signs during the climbing, but once we got to the end of the stairs, we must have missed the sign (if there was any) leading to Villa Cimbrone. We eventually found our way after turning around a few minutes later.
There was a delightful terrace overlooking the cliffside where we ordered a drink and enjoyed the view for a little while.
We stopped once more in the tiny village at the halfway point and watched the sunset before finishing our walk to Minori.
To see photos from the rest of our 2017 trip through France and Italy, click here