View from Villa Rufolo, Ravello, © Can Stock / LianeM
Visit Amalfi Coast – Ravello
Ravello is about 15 minutes from Amalfi. Unlike the other small towns when you visit the Amalfi Coast, Ravello is 1,000 feet above the sea. The village of Ravello is a series of gardens hovering over the coast line. Visit San Pantaleone Church. Directly beside the church are the grounds of the Villa Rufolo and a classic view over the town and the Mediterranean Sea. Next, enjoy the views at Villa Cimbrone.
The outdoor Ravello Festival is held each August beside the Ravello Cathedral at the Villa Rufolo. The Ravello Concert plays the music of Wagner while the audience also enjoys a view of the orchestra against a back drop of the Amalfi Coast below.
Amalfi Cathedral, © Can Stock / LianeM
Amalfi Coast Weather
The best Amalfi Coast weather happens in July. The Amalfi Coast weather in summer is also the height of the tourist season. Expect highs of 27 C (80 F) and lows of 15 C (60 F). Temperatures are even higher in August and the tourist trade continues at its peak. The rainy season reaches its wettest levels in November when rainfall can average 8 times that of the summer. Tourism drops off in the rainy weather. Average highs in November are about 18 C (65 F) and lows of 8 C (45 F).
Furore Fjiord, © Can Stock / francovolpato
Get to the Amalfi Coast
You can get to the Amalfi Coast easily by train or bus from Naples. You can also get to the Amalfi Coast by ferry from the island of Capri. There are no major airports for you when you visit the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento is a common home base for touring the Amalfi Coast. From Sorrento you can take an exciting bus ride along the steep twists and turns of the coast line. The buildings and the roads cling to the cliff sides.
Town of Amalfi, © Can Stock / berliner
It may be worthwhile to either rent a car or hire a private driver, so that you can enjoy the Amalfi Coast at your own pace. You can also arrange boat excursions along the coast and its small harbors. For those in a hurry, you can travel one way from Sorrento to Amalfi in just over an hour. Allow 2 hours travel time from Sorrento to Solerno, but without stopping, you will miss the essence of the Amalfi Coast.