From Maiori via Ravello to Amalfi or Pogerola
The starting point of the walk is the staircase that leads up from the pedestrian zone on the right, past the church, towards the old part of Minori:
Once at the top (waypoint 1), we follow the Via Vena closely along the houses towards Minori. This section of the trail is also called "Via dei Limoni" (Way of the Lemons) The varied trail leads past many viewpoints in about an hour to the neighbouring town of Minori, which is a lot more picturesque than Maiori and is suitable for a first coffee break.
On the boardwalk after this bend, a staircase leads upwards on the left in direct extension of a zebra crossing (waypoint 2). After a few metres, we cross a road and follow the stairs on the opposite side up to the cemetery. Behind the cemetery, a longer climb with many stairs begins (waypoint 3), recognisable by the sign "Ravello". We pass the "Chiesa di S. Michele" and reach a road, where we either take the stairs straight ahead or choose the more panoramic option (waypoint 4). This leads more leisurely upwards on the left and towards the church of San Pietro alla Costa (waypoint 5). Once there, we turn sharply right again and then come back to the steeper stairway variant (waypoint 6).
The path continues along the road above the "Auditorio Oscar Niedermeyer", 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 frequented.
We leave the Piazza del Duomo to the south and follow the signs towards "Villa Cimbrone", a park on the cliff top of Ravello that can be visited for an entrance fee. However, our path turns right just before the archway labelled "Villa Cimbrone" (waypoint 8). As of May 2016, this path was officially closed (orange plastic barrier) due to construction work that began in 2014, but apart from a few steps in need of repair, it could be passed without any problems or danger. After a few minutes, we turn left onto a flat path (signpost towards Amalfi, waypoint 9) that circles the rocky peak of "Villa Cimbrone" to the south.
Facts about stage 2
to Amalfi: 500m ascent/ 500m descent
to Pogerola: 800m ascent/ 500m descent
Duration: 3:30h to Amalfi / 4:30h to Pogerola (without breaks)
See also Elevation profile in detail.
GPS route download for stage 2
Refreshment stops between Maiori and Amalfi or Pogerola
There are numerous places to stop along the way: Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Atrani, Amalfi and Pogerola each have bars, grocery shops and restaurants.
From Ravello to Amalfi
Soon a stairway leads down to the right (waypoint 10) towards Amalfi with wonderful views of the coast. We cross a road 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 you reach the church (Waypoint 12), turn right and after a few steps you reach the coastal road, which you can recognise by the distinctive arches of the bridge. Here, however, we turn right before the coastal road and follow the wide steps further down, 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 quieter and more relaxed than in the neighbouring town of Amalfi.
We cross the square and leave it through the archway to the right of the red letterbox: the passage towards Amalfi is hidden here. After about 15 minutes we reach Amalfi. The main sight, which is easy to miss, is the cathedral with its unique mosaic façade.
Detour to Pogerola
A good, panoramic and quiet alternative to an overnight stay in Amalfi itself is the village of Pogerola, 300 metres above Amalfi. To get there, we follow the village road from Amalfi a few hundred metres inland until, shortly after a wide archway, the road "Via Casamare" turns left to the "Carabinieri" (waypoint 14). At the end of the dead-end street, our path leads upwards via steps and a paved hiking trail. After an hour we reach the small village of Pogerola with some restaurants, bars and worthwhile bed & breakfast accommodation.