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Aug 27th, 2012, 06:25 AM
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How best to get from Positano to Gardens in Ravello?

I am staying in Positano in mid-Sept. and want to visit the gardens at Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone in Ravello.
What are my options for getting to and from Ravello from Positano? I will not have a car. What will be the approx. cost of each option?
Thanks for any help that you can offer!
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Aug 27th, 2012, 06:56 AM
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Hi allysone! No doubts you will have a great trip.September is really good in the a.C.
Positano to Ravello: a) you can hire a private car ; I don't know the cost.
b)You can take the Sita bus Positano to Amalfi; and on the very same little square in the sea front in Amalfi you go to another Sita bus doing amalfi Ravello or take the tourist bus(open top)that will also go to Ravello.
Once in Ravello you are very close to Villa Ruffolo; and must walk to Villa Cimbrionne; both of them are a "must do".If interested, you can see my report about the week we spent in the amalfi coast. Enjoy your trip!!
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Aug 27th, 2012, 07:35 AM
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I walked from Amalfi up to Ravello and back down and those two walks or hikes were fantastic. From amalfi there is a little trail that goes thru orchards and vineyards in the back of Amalfi town and then steeply up - a concrete path with some stairs right to Ravello - overlooking a lush valley below. did not seem that strenuous.

returning to Amalfi I walked down thru the vineyards under Ravello - paths that zigzagged on paved lanes thru the vineyards with the deep-blue sea glimmering the whole time in front of me. So if having time and enjoy walking those are two options.
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Aug 27th, 2012, 07:43 AM
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Thank you, both.
I realize that I should have mentioned that much difficult.walking is out of the question.
I can walk on flat terrain for about 4 hours, and on a gently sloping grade ( e.g. The hills towns in Tuscany), but lots of steps are out of the question. So, once in Ravello, what is the walk to Villa Rufolo like in terms of time and terrain?
Finally, how much time should/could one spend, ideally, visiting Amalfi town and the town area in Ravello?
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Aug 27th, 2012, 08:35 AM
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Ferry or bus to Amalfi---bus up the hill to Ravello There are 2 options--one is a tourist bus with top views that leaves from the corner at the main driving circle.

Here are the images from both Villas---and more:

http://www.slowphotos.com/photo/show...y.php?cat=4481
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Aug 27th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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Allysone:
From the bus stop 2 or 3 minutes walk to villa Ruffolo; and some 20 minutes to villa Cimbrionne, including some 10 metres of a very steep street; but very doable I think.You can visit Ravello in a morning or afternoon;the same is valid to take a look at amalfi;but Amalfi is bigger and you can spend more time if you like(visit the town, have lunch or coffe,enjoy gelato, visit the church, walk sea side,or even walk to Atrani).
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Aug 27th, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Allysone,

I just did the trip from position to ravello yesterday. We took the ferry from positano to amalfi. I think it was 18 euro each roundtrip and we took the open deck bus to ravello and it was 6 euro round trip. I agree it will be very doable for you to walk. Be kind to yourself and just enjoy the beauty. Stopped slot if necessary. I am still in the area if you have other questions. Please be sure to have dinner at il riviono in montepertusso. They have a shuttle that will pick you up and return you. Wonderful view and delicious. La tagliatell has a wonderful view and just ok food, very touristy and kind of cheesy!
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Aug 27th, 2012, 10:01 AM
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..."much difficult.walking is out of the question.
I can walk on flat terrain for about 4 hours, and on a gently sloping grade ( e.g. The hills towns in Tuscany), but lots of steps are out of the question."


Possibly off-topic but I have to point out:

You mention your difficulty walking and then...of all the towns along the Amalfi Coast, you chose Positano, the steepest of all the towns and the one with the most steps. Positano is practically ALL steps. Google some photos.

You might consider staying somewhere else along the coast and visiting Positano as a day trip with no stair climbing involved. You can take a bus there which drops you off at the top of the town. From there, you can leisurely wind your way DOWN to the waterfront and catch a ferry back to your hotel.
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Aug 27th, 2012, 07:00 PM
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Camelotdb...how kind of you to offer to answer more questions. i would very much appreciate that. Do I ask them here, or email you? Thank you so much!

Bardo1...The hotel at which we are staying has a shuttle that runs into town, and back to the hotel throughout the day. I am staying in Positano because a dear friend, with whom I am traveling, wanted to stay there; my travel agent of 32 years ( perfect trips, every time) recommended it, also.
i am interested in knowing, however, what is required to get from the center of town to the ferry? Is this an easy walk?
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Aug 27th, 2012, 07:18 PM
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You will have to ask your hotel where their shuttle drops you. Positano is on the side of a cliff and the businesses zig-zag down (a lot of steps). I guess it's possible they go down to the beach area. The Sita buses do not.

Ferries don't run often so it will probably be more convenient to catch the bus.
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Aug 29th, 2012, 06:54 AM
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Dear KYbourbon.....thank you. Now I am concerned. I had hoped to take the ferry as often as possible. I was assuming that it was a faster and more pleasant way to travel, although more expensive. I have read that from town to the beach one has to climb down 300 steps. Do the ferries leave from the beach? Would I then have to climb up and down 300 steps to use a ferry??

I read often that the buses are extremely crowded and, although air conditioned, hot, due to the number of people. I have read that it is possible that it might be necessary to stand the entire way and a friend said that sometimes buses returning from the end of the Amalfi Drive don't always stop in Positano because they are full. Has this been your experience?
I'm grateful for your advice.
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Aug 29th, 2012, 09:12 AM
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Aug 29th, 2012, 09:13 AM
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Aug 29th, 2012, 01:05 PM
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Agree - if you have trouble with lots of steps, please re-think Positano. There is a small dock at the beach for the ferries. The SITA bus stop is at the very top of the town. Thousands and thousands of steps.

Amalfi is more charming and interesting and historic. Most of the town lies within a reasonaly flat valley, so very few steps.

Amalfi is also the transit hub for the coast, so you can take a bus directly to Ravello.

The Villa Cimbrone is spectacular.
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Aug 29th, 2012, 01:21 PM
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Dear Robertino...Would you help me orient myself to Positano. If I am staying at Villa Franca ( at the very top of Positano) and they have a shuttle bus that goes into town every half hour, how far away is the ferry dock from town and what is required to get there ( how many steps, how much time, etc.). Our reservations are confirmed and the dear friend with whom I am traveling has her heart set on Positano. I would like to make this work, if possible.
Many thanks for your help.
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Aug 29th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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allysone, someone who has actually been there can confirm, but Villa Franca site says there is a shuttle and I quote:

"The Hotel enjoys an ideal position compared to other hotels of the area: the structure raises on a hill overlooking the entire bay, in the midst of an haven of peace few meters away from the city centre and from the two main beaches in Positano (Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo), that can be easily reached on foot or by shuttle bus."

That doesn't clarify where ferry lands. Good luck!
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Aug 29th, 2012, 02:16 PM
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If the hotel has a shuttle bus that goes "into town", it likely stops at one of the churches, which is where the pedestrian walkway down to the beach starts. It is a "major" intersection for Pos is one of the places the buses stop. BTW there is a fabulous gelato place across the main road from the church.

It is a gradual sloping walkway from the intersection down to the main Duomo, then there are about 15 stairs down to another walkway, which you take down to the beach area, and finally another 15 stairs down to the beach. A total walking time of around 15 minutes.

Once you get down to the beach, you will see the cement "dock" for the ferry to the far right, where you will also see the wooden "huts" where you buy the tickets.

The ferry to Amalfi/Salerno run about every hour, starting at 10:00 (I think). When I was there in June I only used the ferries - never got on the bus, except to get up to Ravello from Amalfi.

Any other questions, just ask!
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Aug 29th, 2012, 06:24 PM
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Dear EKC...Many thanks! This is just the information that I have been seeking. 30 steps is fine; I'm relieved.
I do have another question: we will have a car and driver for one day and I want to spend that time seeing places/ sites that would otherwise be difficult to reach by public transportation. Other than Ravello, what would you recommend? Could the Amalfi Coast drive be done in a day with time left over for lunch and a visit to Villas Cimbrone and Rufolo? I've seen a video of Atrani and surrounding towns, all of which look lovely and perhaps worth of a visit. have you seen these towns?
Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
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