Ravello, the City of Music, is an enchanting little town overlooking the Amalfi Coast. With its cobblestone streets, lush gardens, and breathtaking views of Italy’s beautiful coastline – Ravello is a charming town one must definitely visit during their stay in the Amalfi Coast!
How to Get to Ravello from Positano
As Ravello is situated above the Amalfi Coast, it is not easily accessible via ferry like the other towns and villages on the Amalfi Coast, making it a little more challenging to visit. Although one can visit the town using the city’s bus, SITA, we opted for the more scenic and touristy approach – the City Sightseeing open deck tour bus. This was extremely easy to do once we had figured out the details! We figured it would be helpful to share how we got to Ravello if you choose not to use the city’s bus for whatever reason (i.e., the bus does not run as frequent during low season, the buses can get very crowded).
Ferry Ride from Positano to Amalfi
As we stayed in Positano, the first part of our journey began with a quick ferry ride to Amalfi. We were able to book our ferry ride to Amalfi the same morning via Direct Ferries’s website. [Tip: If you are visiting during high season (between June and September), we would recommend booking your ferry rides a little bit more in advance]. You are also able to purchase ferry tickets at the ferry port, as well.
We used Positano Jet for the first ferry at 9:05am which docked the Amalfi port at 9:25am (one-way ticket was EUR 10 per person). Our hotel, Hotel Marincanto, was conveniently situated in the center of Positano which made it a short ten minute walk from our room to the ferry port – and not to mention it was extremely easy to figure out with a direct pathway to the boardwalk where the ferry stands were located. Once on the ferry, we were able to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenic views of the coast – you’ll enjoy the ride and it’ll be over before you know it!
Once on the ferry, we were able to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenic views of the coast – enjoy the ride as it’ll be over before you know it!
Bus Ride to Ravello
Once docked in Amalfi, the stop for the CitySightseeing bus is a very short walk away. Upon exiting the ferry terminal, all you have to do is make a right and walk towards the round-about – taking you less than five minutes to get there.
You will spot a CitySightseeing attendant who will assist you in purchasing your ticket. Tickets can only be purchased onsite and are EUR 5 per person each way (EUR 10 for round-trip). Also important to note, they only accept cash (euros NOT dollars). If you do not have any euros on hand, don’t worry (we didn’t either), an ATM machine is conveniently located across the street.
Once on board, it takes about thirty minutes to get to Ravello. The bus has wifi and they also pass out headphones if you are interested in listening to any history on the drive up.
First Stop: Villa Rufolo
Our first stop in Ravello was Villa Rufolo. The walk from the bus stop to Villa Rufolo is under ten minutes and extremely easy to find. Once you disembark from the bus, you follow the sidewalk with the coastline to your left-hand side until you reach a tunnel. Shortly after passing through the tunnel, the entrance to Villa Rufolo will be on your left hand side.
Villa Rufolo, located in the historic center of Ravello, is a two-story villa which features beautiful gardens. The gardens at Villa Rufolo are known as the “Garden of the Soul”. The best views are from the second floor of the villa where multiple balconies are accessible to visitors.
Admission into Villa Rufolo is EUR 7 per person. Cash (euros) and credit cards are accepted, with the exception of Amex.
Second Stop: Villa Cimbrone
Once you have taken in all the beauty offered by Villa Rufolo, your next stop in Ravello is Villa Cimbrone – which, in our opinion, is even more breathtaking than Villa Rufolo!
Villa Cimbrone is definitely more hidden and it takes a 10 to 15 minute walk from Villa Rufolo to Villa Cimbrone. Several directional signs are located throughout Ravello so you can be sure you’re going in the right direction.
It will be a pleasant walk to your next stop – the path is lined with plenty of shops and a few restaurants in case you’d want to pick up any souvenirs or a quick bite to eat.
After a few minutes of climbing uphill and taking steps downhill you will finally arrive at Villa Cimbrone.
Villa Cimbrone, which sits atop of a promontory, offers spectacular views of the coastline and Mediterranean sea. Villa Cimbrone is actually a private hotel in Ravello but allows guests to visit its beautiful gardens.
Admission into Villa Cimbrone is also EUR 7 per person which is astonishing because we definitely felt that admission should be higher for this garden! Credit cards and cash (euros) are both accepted, as well.
After wandering through the gardens, prepare yourself to have your breath taken away as you approach the Terrace Infinity and become immersed with the views of the Mediterranean sea. It is easily one of the most memorable sights in Amalfi Coast.
Once you have visited both gardens, you can walk towards the city center (near Villa Rufolo) to rest your legs if you wish! Make sure to check the bus return times and coincide it with the ferry schedule so you don’t end up waiting around for a long time for a ferry once you’re back in Amalfi.
Also, if you only have time to visit one garden, we definitely recommend Villa Cimbrone over Villa Rufolo. However, if you have time to visit both gardens we would not dissuade you from doing so – both of these villas offer immense amounts of beauty in their own respect!
Hope you enjoyed this blog post and find it helpful! If you have visited Ravello before or plan to do so, let us know in the comments section! Until next time. Happy and safe travels!