I am back in Rome, totally smitten. I did not expect too much from the Amalfi Coast since it’s a very touristy region, its famous Path of the Gods was supposed to be crowded and the prices exorbitant, id est, all we do not enjoy even if the landscapes are stunning. However, traveling there in mid-April, on Wednesday appeared to be the bull’s eye. The coast was ours.
The first step of our journey was Salerno and it took us 2 hours to get there by a direct train from Rome. The city was largely destroyed during WWII but its tiny historical center remained intact. We visited its narrow streets and the beautiful Cathedral built in the 11th century, we can find there Saint Matthew’s relics and the tomb of Pope Gregory VII, one of the great reforming popes who rejected German domination on the Holy Roman Empire in 1076. He spent the end of his life in the Salerno’s castel.
MINORI – RAVELLO – ATRANI – AMALFI
We took a bus to Minori and this is where our first hike began. It was challenging really, the whole way up to Ravello was made of stairs but the views were so spectacular that we had a lot of breaks, making the walk less excruciating. It took us all afternoon to get to our finish point.
We were immediately amazed by the first glimpse of the Amalfi Coast. The only beings we met on our way were cats, lizards and birds. The path was covered with lemon and olive trees turned towards the big blue Mediterranean sea. It was a unique scenery. You can quickly understand why the coast is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
I fell in love with Ravello…
…and its Villa Cimbrone with magnificient gardens. The town is located on a hill that offers a splendid panorama on the coast. I could stay there forever.
Another place I loved was Atrani, a very Italian and definitely the most authentic village on the coast. I enjoyed its tiny, white streets and seeing all generations of families on the busy main square.
In the evening we arrived to the beautiful village of Amalfi, the one that gave its name to the whole coast. It is no surprise since the town was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages.
We spent a night in Agerola (Bomerano), situated on the top of the mountain above Amalfi. It was easy to get there by bus even if the road was very windy and the Italian drivers really crazy.
On the next day, we hiked towards Positano taking the famous “Path of the Gods”…
TO BE CONTINUED