How to drive there
You can get to Ravello by two roads.
One is the most famous, and it's the coastal road that leads yu there starting from Sorrento or from Salerno. if you come to Salerno, just before Amalfi turn to the right and you'll climb to Ravello in about 10 minutes. If you come from Sorrento you have to turn to the left just after Amalfi.
There's another, less known, road to Ravello, through the Valico (passo) di Chiunzi. From the Salerno plain you will go up a mountain range, through a pass and descend on Ravello.
To take this road, take the Salerno-Napoli motorway and exit in Angri. After the exit turn to the left and go on for about 2 Ks. Then you have to turn to the right. There's a road sign to warn you. Then just follow the road up to the pass. At the pass there is another crossroads: if you go straight on you'll descend to Maiori, if you turn to the right you'll arrive to Ravello
While the coastal road gives you wonderful views over the sea, the mountain road has a different character but offers you an interesting view over the rural area.
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Winding road by bus up to Ravello
The road up to Ravello from Amalfi or Atrani is in good condition but its very winding - winding its way up to get higher and higher to the towns and villages high up in the hills above the coastline.
The buses from Amalfi leave about every 20 to 30 minutes and take about 20 minutes to get up to Ravello so you need to buy a one hour ticket. Which was some small amount between 1 and 2 euro!
If you are staying up there for a while and not walking back down you will need to buy a second ticket for the return trip. It wouldnt hurt to buy tickets in advance to keep in your wallet in case you need one afterall as they are used on the bus on an amount of time basis and dont commence until you are on the bus.
There is a bus stop up near the entrance to the main square of Ravello and Villa Rufolo. An excellent introduction from this bus stop of the fantastic views from both the two major tourist attractions up here - Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone.
As in the Amalfi tips tickets for the bus are available from the back of a cafe shop in town on the main street - any of the locals or shopkeepers will direct you to the right shop.
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Access To Ravello
Perched atop a mountain overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea, there are but two ways to get here and both involve the steep curvy road in the image. The whole trip is no more than 4 km. from the turnoff located on the shore road just east of Amalfi center. The fainthearted can catch the bus at the Amalfi SITA bus station. For the brave and/or foolhardy, like myself, one can drive and enjoy real excitement. Getting there can be half the fun. Despite all the posts about the difficulty of driving on the Amalfi peninsula, this is the only real challenge we encountered. And even with that, the road is well-paved and, except for one short stretch, wide enough for two vehicles to pass easily.
A Hairy Ride
Most people will reach Ravello by bus from Amalfi -an hourly service. Tickets must be bought in advance - various cafe and shop outlets - and validated on the bus by stamping in a ticket machine. Tickets are cheap and can be bought according to length of journey - for example on a 1 Euro ticket you can travel anywhere for up to an hours journey. The journey only takes about 30 minutes and its an amazing hairpin bend rollercoaster of a ride, clinging to the cliff edges, with fabulous views - worth it for the ride alone but not for the faint hearted!
One journey the bus was crammed packed - must be worse in high season - and people could not get to the ticket stamper at the front of the bus. The driver threw a wobbler and stopped the bus until people handed tickets up and down the line of people to get them stamped!
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Blue "Sita" Bus to Ravello
With Sorrento as our home base, we took a day trip south through the Amalfi Coast to Ravello. From Ravello we returned down to Amalfi before heading back to Sorrento in time for dinner. This is one incredibly beautiful bus ride. We made sure we sat on the right side of the bus to get the best views of the Mediterranean from the road on a cliff, 5oo feet above the water. Those on the other side of the bus really missed out!
We bought our tickets at the Tobacco shop at the Sorrento train station and boarded the blue "Sita" bus right in front. If I'm not mistaken, the buses come twice an hour all day. After reaching Amalfi, we took a short and very curvy bus ride up to the town of Ravello.
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