Because we were stayed in Maiori, a smaller village on the coast where toursists don’t typically stay, we had a very relaxing visit. We had come into this trip without a ton of planning so we were so thankful to Lelia for all her suggestions on things to do. We knew that hiking would definitely be on our agenda so the suggested Path of the Gods was on our list, though when we had trouble finding the trailhead on a map on Sunday we decided to put that one off for later and started looking for hikes we could do straight from town on Sunday.
That led us to start walking from Maiori, over to Minori where we hike up so many stairs to Ravello.
Outside the very modern looking Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer in Ravello
We didn’t know what Ravello had for us to see at that point so we had a quick lunch looking out over the countryside and got to witness fireworks going off (that happens a lot here) and then continued on our way.
From Ravello we headed to an old convent in the hills. It’s so incredible to think about how these building were all put together on this steep terrain!
I didn’t feel right going inside because my running skirt was above my knees and I didn’t have anything to cover my shoulders so I observed from outside. This hike was a loop that dropped us back into Maori, and it was pretty tough. The many stairs made my bad knee flair, but it was worth it for the views.
Just touring around under vineyards, NBD
On Monday we decided to take a run on the same trail that we had found from Maiori to Minori. Not being an amazing hill or stair climber, this was really tough for me and it felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest after the first couple of sets of stairs. We brought our GoPro along for this one, here’s the video:
The rest of the day was low key. The welcome dinner that Lelia and Devin had invited us to that evening was incredible. It was at a farm house close to Salerno, so they provided a shuttle to pick us up and then get us down these incredibly windy and narrow roads. The set-up was amazing.
View from where we had our appetizers and where they held the tea ceremony for their parents.
This cake was incredible and the second one of the night! Devin had found it in Salerno while they were doing tastings and knew that he had to provide it for us somehow! I should have taken a second slice, but I was so full from all the food that came before it! Monday was 6 course meal (including the appetizers), I’ve never eaten so much in my life! The food was to die for too, it’s what I keep mentioning when people ask us about the food in Italy since John and I weren’t very good at finding great restaurants, we’re so lucky that Devin and Lelia provided insanely delicious meals. It was also quite unique since at this farmhouse every part of the meal came from the farm (the wine, the cheese, the meat!). Literally farm to table in only a couple of steps!
View of balcony where we had appetizers to gorgeous table
We were spoiled! After the huge meal we knew we would need to work off the food, so on Tuesday we got on a bus to Amalfi where we toured around, primarily going into the Amalfi Cathedral which is dedicated to the Apostle St. Andrew.
bling bling! The Angevine mitre (1297) made of 20000 little pearls.
Afterwards we decided to hit up nature and started hiking through the paths where we found the ruins of old paper mills that once was the primary export of Amalfi, this part of the day was really fun and made us feel like we were actually hiking.
trail marker and a waterfall
This trail eventually led us back up to Ravello to explore what we didn’t see the first time, including a unique Villa with beautiful gardens and interesting sculptures and an odd museum of movie paraphernalia.
We realized it was getting a bit late so after the garden we continued along the way all the way back to Maiori and had dinner in our apartment. We did a couple more walking tours, but I’ll save those for my next post. Ciao for now!