From Maiori via Ravello and Amalfi to Pogerola
From Maiori via Ravello to Amalfi or Pogerola
The starting point of the hike is the staircase that leads from the pedestrian zone on the right past the church towards the old district of Minori:
Once at the top (waypoint 1), we follow Via Vena closely along the houses towards Minori. This section of the path is also called "Via dei Limoni" (path of the lemons). The varied path leads past many viewpoints in about an hour to the neighboring town of Minori, which is a lot more picturesque than Maiori and is suitable for a first coffee break ,
On the beach promenade after this curve, a staircase leads to the left in the direct extension of a zebra crossing (waypoint 2). After a few meters we cross a street and follow the stairs on the opposite side up to the cemetery. Behind the cemetery begins a long climb with many stairs (waypoint 3), recognizable by the "Ravello" signs. We pass the "Chiesa di S. Michele" and reach a driveway, where we either take the stairs straight or choose the more promising variant (waypoint 4). The left hand leads leisurely upwards and towards the church "San Pietro alla Costa" (waypoint 5). Once there, we turn sharply to the right and then we come across the steeper stairway variant (waypoint 6).
The rest of the way runs along the driveway above the “Auditorio Oscar Niedermeyer”, which is visible from afar, to the viewing platform. Through a short tunnel we reach the main square of Ravello with a view of the cathedral (waypoint 7, from Minori approx. 1: 15 h walking time). The place is very picturesque and accordingly well visited.
We leave the cathedral square to the south and follow the signs in the direction of "Villa Cimbrone", a park on the crag of Ravello, which can be visited against entrance. Our path turns right in front of the arch with the inscription "Villa Cimbrone" to the right (waypoint 8). As of May 2016 was officially closed due to construction work started (orange plastic barrier), but - with the exception of a few stages requiring improvement - it was safe and easy to pass. After a few minutes, we turn left onto a flat path (signposts towards Amalfi, waypoint 2014) that circles the top of the “Villa Cimbrone” to the south.
Facts about the 2 stage
to Amalfi: 500m ascent / 500m descent
to Pogerola: 800m ascent / 500m descent
Duration: 3: 30h to Amalfi / 4: 30h to Pogerola (each calculated without breaks)
See also Elevation profile in detail.
GPS route download to stage 2
Refreshments between Maiori and Amalfi or Pogerola
There are numerous places to stop for refreshments along the way: there are bars, grocery stores and restaurants in Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Atrani, Amalfi and Pogerola.
From Ravello to Amalfi
Soon a staircase leads down to the right (waypoint 10) towards Amalfi with wonderful views of the coast. We cross a driveway and follow the steps of “Via Castiglione”, which we soon leave to the right (waypoint 11, signposted “Amalfi”) to get wonderful views of the church “Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena”.
When we arrive at the church (waypoint 12), we turn right and after a few steps we meet the coastal road, which we can recognize by the striking archways. Here we turn right before the coastal road and continue down the wide steps, where we reach the main square of Atrani after a short passage (waypoint 13, approx. 1 hour from Ravello to Atrani). Here is the first opportunity for lunch - much calmer and more relaxed than in the neighboring town of Amalfi.
We cross the square and leave it through the archway to the right of the red mailbox: the passage in the direction of Amalfi is hidden here. After about 15 minutes we reach Amalfi. The main attraction, which is easy to miss, is the cathedral with its unique mosaic facade.
Detour to Pogerola
A good, promising and quiet alternative to an overnight stay in Amalfi itself is Pogerola, located on 300 m higher than Amalfi. To get there we follow the village street of Amalfi a few hundred meters inland until shortly after a wide archway the street "Via Casamare" turns left to the "Carabinieri" (waypoint 14). At the end of the cul-de-sac, our path leads up stairs and a paved hiking trail. After an hour we reach the small town of Pogerola with some restaurants, bars and worthwhile bed and breakfast accommodations.
Spend the night in Pogerola (above Amalfi)
The place Amalfi is the namesake for the entire coast and an international tourist magnet with correspondingly high overnight prices. For long-distance hikers in good physical condition, we therefore recommend an overnight stay a little above Amalfi in the small town of "Pogerola" (approx. 1 hour additional walk). There are some very nice and comparatively affordable bed & breakfast accommodations and a sufficiently large selection of pizzerias and restaurants. We highly recommend the Bed & Breakfast L'Arabesco, which was newly opened in 2014, with only 3 rooms (see picture above, L'Arabesco Bed & Breakfast) and a lovingly prepared breakfast on the sun terrace. Located directly on the small village square of Pogerola and also highly recommended is the B&B Villa Maria (B&B Villa Maria), which is usually booked out very long in advance.
Spend the night in Amalfi
An overnight stay in Amalfi has its charm in spite of the somewhat higher prices: As soon as all day tourists have left in the late afternoon, it is much easier to guess why Amalfi has become famous. And if you are planning a normal hiking holiday on the Amalfi Coast instead of a long-distance hike, you should stay in Amalfi anyway. Pogerola is not sufficiently connected to the SITA bus lines for this purpose.