Getting to Ravello
Ravello is located in the mountains about 7 km (4 miles) above Amalfi, 29 km (18 miles) west of Salerno and 66 km (41 miles) southeast of Naples. There are many options for how to arrive in Ravello, but it can be a little complicated for first time visitors. Knowing the options and making your travel plans in advance will start your trip to Ravello off on the right foot.
The Naples Capodichino International Airport (NAP) is the nearest airport to the Amalfi Coast, and it offers national and international arrivals and departures (http://www.gesac.it/en/
). The following airline carriers offer flights to the Capodichino airport:
Air France (http://www.airfrance.com/
British Airways (http://www.ba.com/
Easy Jet (http://www.easyjet.com/
Hapag-Lloyd Express (http://www.hlx.com/
Iberworld Airlines ( http://www.iberworld.com/
My Travel (http://www.mytravel.com/
Sky Europe (http://www.skyeurope.com/in.php/
From the Airport
Ravello is about an hour drive from the Naples Capodichino airport. The easiest (and least stressful!) way to reach any destination on the Amalfi Coast from the Naples airport or train station is to hire a taxi for a private transfer. While it might seem an extravagant expense, the advantages far outweigh the cost. Driving in the Naples area and on the Amalfi Coast road is highly stressful at best. Since public transportation on the Amalfi Coast is easy to use and affordable and parking is expensive and very limited, renting a car is not recommended in general. However, taking public transportation from Naples to Ravello can be complicated for first time visitors. Arranging for a private transfer reduces the stress of arriving on the Amalfi Coast, and eliminates the expenses and difficulties of driving in the area.
The train stations in Naples and Salerno are the closest to Ravello. If you're continuing to Ravello by public transportation, the Salerno station is recommended. Public SITA buses to Amalfi stop regularly right outside the train station. The bus ride is about an hour and the final stop is Amalfi. Or, it is a short walk to the Porto Turistico near Piazza della Concordia where you can catch a ferry service to Amalfi. If you arrive in the Naples train station and wish to continue to Amalfi via public transportation, transfer to the Circumvesuviana train line to Sorrento. Outside the Sorrento train station SITA buses regularly depart for Amalfi. The ride is nearly and hour and a half, but the bonus is that you'll get a good view of the Amalfi Coast along the way. (Sit on the right side for the best views!) Once you arrive in Amalfi, you will need to transfer to another bus to Ravello. The ride is about 20 minutes from Amalfi to Ravello along one of the narrowest stretches of roads on the Amalfi Coast.
If you plan on traveling by boat, Amalfi is the nearest port to Ravello. You can find ferry and jet connections to Amalfi from Naples, Sorrento and Salerno. If you are traveling off season, especially during the winter months, be aware that boat services are extremely limited. From Amalfi you will need to take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Ravello.
There are two options for reaching Ravello by car. If you would like to experience the drive along the Amalfi Coast to Ravello, take the A3 autostrada south out of Naples toward Salerno and exit at Vietri sul Mare. Follow the signs for SS163, which is the Amalfi Coast Road. Follow the winding road along the coast until just past the town of Minori, where you will be to watch for the road to Ravello on the right. (If you reach Amalfi you have missed the road to Ravello and will need to turn around.) It is approximately a 6 km (4 miles) to Ravello. From the Naples area, the most convenient way to reach Ravello is via the Chiunzi Pass. Take the A3 autostrada south out of Naples toward Salerno and exit at Angri. Follow the signs to Ravello and the Costiera Amalfitana. The road winds up the mountains and offers a great view of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius at the top before continuing to Ravello.
Getting Around Ravello
Ravello is a small town and the best way to navigate its narrow alleys and maze of steps is on foot. You'll want to pack comfortable shoes for climbing the stairs and walking on the cobblestone streets! It's hard to get lost in Ravello since most paths lead to or from the main piazzas or streets. However, stop by the local tourist office for maps and visitor information for the Amalfi Coast. The office is located at Via Roma, 18 (Tel. 089 857096 or http://www.ravellotime.it
The local buses on the Amalfi Coast are operated by SITA, and Ravello is well connected to Amalfi, which is the main transfer point on the coastline. Buses to Sorrento, Salerno and to Ravello/ Scala and other destinations depart from Amalfi's Piazza Flavio Gioia. You will need a Unico Costiera ticket before boarding the bus. Tickets are not sold on the bus, so it can be handy to purchase your return ticket before departing. Tickets are sold at any tabacchi shop in the following time increments: 45 minutes €2.40, 90 minutes €3.60, 24 hours €7.20, 3 days €18.00. When you get on the bus, be sure to validate your ticket by sticking it in the machine behind the driver that stamps it with a date and time.
Taxis can be hired just outside the tunnel leading to Piazza Duomo on the Via della Repubblica if you need transportation to another destination on the Amalfi Coast. (Tel. 089 857917)
Driving in Ravello is limited to the road leading from Scala and Amalfi below and the one arriving from the Chiunzi Pass. For public parking, follow the signs to the parking area below Piazza Duomo. While you're staying in Ravello you won't need to use a car to explore the town, so be sure to check at your hotel or bed & breakfast about parking availability and costs if you plan to arrive with a car. Driving on the Amalfi Coast road to other towns is recommended for experienced and confident drivers only. The narrow and twisty roads, large tourist buses and bold local drivers (and sometimes herds of sheep and goats!) can make the experience stressful for visitors. Yet, it is surely one of Europe's most beautiful drives, so if you're up for a truly Italian adventure, go for it!