The original road is known as the SS 163. It is a 30 mile long stretch which hugs the Amalfi coastline that runs from Sorrento to Salerno or vice-versa, dramatically linking all coastal towns along the way. The road was commissioned by Bourbon King Ferdinand II and was completed in 1853. Although the road is only a 30 mile stretch, what they don’t tell you is how long it actually takes when you factor in buses, windy roads, and tourists.
The coastal road is an awe-inspiring feat and consequently a severe test of driving skill and courage. Poor Cammy ended up with a fresh scratch on her right passenger side door when we got corned by a bus down on the road a couple of weeks back. It probably wasn’t the best idea to bring my Toyota Camry, an American size car on that road knowing how tight it gets in some places.
Instead of starting at one end we decided to wind up and come into Amalfi from the hills of Ravello instead of driving the entire route. I chose this path because Ravello is a beautiful town that overlooks the coast from above and is definitely worth a stop.
Remember Morgan and Jess from my last post? Well they’d been in Italy for only 2 days at this point and I decided the Amalfi Coast was a must for them to explore while they were visiting.
After a very late night at the Dining Out the night before, we woke up early, packed just a couple of small bags, grabbed some bottled water, and hit the road. We wanted to get to Ravello just in time for lunch. Looking at the map above^ if you see all of those squiggles in the green area just before you reach your destination? That’s where you are winding up and up and up towards the town.
Tasting lemon cello, buying lemon cello, we decided to drive all the way down to Amalfi for lunch because we weren’t quite hungry just yet.
The porcelain of the Amalfi coast is most talked about with regards to the town of Vietri. Recently I’ve heard word that some people perfer Ravello porcelain over Vietri. For those of you that have been, which do you think is better? It’s a very valid question when dealing with really nice porcelain.
Leaving Ravello with a parking ticket (I don’t plan to ever pay) and hungry bellies, we started to wind our way down to the coast and got our first taste of the coastal road. Stopping for over 10 minutes we waited as cars wound their way up a long stretch of one lane road. As we waited, Italians on this stretch knew each other and chatted between cars. Soon it was a Greenlight for go and we were off.
Coming down into the town we found a restaurant right by the water at Amalfi’s small port, and settled in for seafood and pizza.
After arriving at our hotel up on the cliffs, we settled in, stopped by the pool for a little bit of sun, then it was time to get ready for the evening. Winding down a set of steps to the beach, we enjoyed the last few hours of light.
Walking by Chez Black, we decided on the small bar by the beach for cocktails. I, of course went with the gin and tonic and then afterwards we walked over to Rada Restaurant for our dinner reservation.
Just down the steps from Rada is a club called Music on the Rocks which is very fun and by the time the evening rolls around there is a huge line and cover fee to get it. If you choose to have dinner at Rada you can enjoy your evening with wrist bands at the end to get into the club. Just walk down the steps and you’re there. Hello! Best of both worlds in an amazing place in Italy.
Plus if you are visiting Positano and get a nice place to stay on the hill wouldn’t you want to splurge a little on dinner and sitting with a view of the water. I’d think so.
RADA/MUSIC ON THE ROCKS
After a couple more drinks and a chat with an American couple from California, we decided to call our evening early because we were planning the Path of the Gods hike for the next morning and we wanted to get on the road early.
Next Up: Path of the Gods Hike!
This article appeared first on The Cassey Excursion.