Although the Path of the Gods is spectacular, our other two hikes were also scenic and fun. From the town of Minori, there are several hikes that lead to other towns. The first day, we walked uphill to Ravello, a lovely town with two wonderful gardens and plenty of narrow and colorful lanes to explore. Another day we walked the path of the lemons to Maiori, the larger town to our south.
The Path to Ravello
For the walk up to Ravello, we chose the shorter path with lots of stairs and great views of the sea below. But there was another walk that went back into the countryside which also looked interesting. As we climbed up towards Ravello, we passed many lemon orchards and gardens with the pleasant scents of lemons, oranges and wisteria in full bloom. We also ran into a few laborers on donkeys, the preferred method of transportation in this area.
Looking South towards Minori &Maiori
Ravello has a modern theatre that sits on a hill below the town. Its ultra-modern design is still controversial, but it looked like a great venue for the frequent concerts that take place in Ravello. The town also hosts a popular summer music festival in the gardens of Villa Rufolo, where the stage sits on a patio with views of the sea behind it. We visited the gardens and had a relaxing walk with the sounds of happy birds for our concert.
The Gardens of Villa Rufolo
Outside the gardens, we found an inviting piazza with several choices for restaurants. We chose to sit outside and have a tasty Caprese salad with a panini at Cafe Klingsor. There are many inviting shops selling everything from limoncello and ceramics to very fashionable clothing. Ravello is probable worth an overnight stay to explore all of its special places.
The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone
The second garden in town, called Villa Cimbrone is not to be missed. This is a much larger garden with a beautiful villa on the grounds. This was the favorite hideaway for Greta Garbo and her famous friends, back in the day. There are many walking paths that take you past lovely gardens, old statuary and then out to more fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. There are plenty of quiet corners to sit in and have a quiet break.
Statuary & Views at Villa Cimbrone
From the Cimbrone Gardens, there are several walks to chose. We decided on the easy walk to the town of Atrani, on the coast, but there’s also a nice walk to Scala or Amalfi. We arrived in Atrani late in the afternoon and had our happy hour on the piazza. With the SITA bus system, we caught a fifteen minute bus ride back to Minori, our lovely base town for the week.