Ravello – Amalfi Coast, Italy – May 2015

During our stay in Atrani, we took a hike up a mountain which took us to the Path of Gods. This path led us directly to what we now refer to as “our little heaven spot on earth”. It’s a small village perched up on a mountain, called Ravello.  (When you click on the Ravello link, click on the category, “attractions” and then click on “virtual tour”, photos & music”.  These photos will speak for themselves about this beautiful place.

The Path of Gods is basically a trail that runs along the mountain ridge which overlooks the sea below. Parts of the trail connect the Amalfi coastal towns by going up or down steep staircases. We started our hike up from Atrani and eventually, it connected us to the Path of Gods. We followed this path and it eventually brought us directly to Ravello. Just be careful as a small portion of this path is on the road and therefore cars and motorcycles are coming through at a pretty fast pace. If you take your time there should be no issues. You can also get to Ravello by car, bus or taxi.

Hiking up the Path of Gods.

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Village of Atrani on the Amalfi Coast, Italy – May 2015

From Florence, we took a train to Salerno.

Once at Salerno, we took a ferry to the town of Amalfi. The ferries follow the Amalfi coastline so the scenery is pretty nice. These ferries are convenient as they run often and are usually right on time (in comparison to local buses as sometimes they are full by the time they get to your stop). If your travels permit, we recommend travelling the coast by ferry.


Arrival by ferry to Amalfi town

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Monastero Santa Rosa, Hotel & Spa – Amalfi Coast, Italy – May 2015

When we were looking for accommodations on the Amalfi Coast we kept coming back to an article we read about an amazing hotel perched upon a cliff in the village of Conca Dei Marini. The photos on their website were beautiful.

Here’s an excerpt from that article: “A most extraordinary new luxury resort. Bianca Sharma is an extraordinary woman. She is the sole owner of Europe’s most extraordinary hotel to open this century, Monastero Santa Rosa Bianca acts on impulse. She is a former schoolteacher who has always defined herself as a wife and mother of two sons. Married to Texas-born Ken Sharma, co-founder of the software company i2 Technologies, he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1997. He passed away in 1999.  That same year the soft-spoken Bianca and her two teenage sons went for a visit to the Amalfi coast, staying with longtime friends.  During a boat trip along the coast, she looked up at an imposing ruined building, an old monastery 1,000 ft up a near-vertical cliff. Back in the 1600’s a nun by the name of, Rosa Pandolfi, a descendant of a noble family had founded the convent. The monastery, as it became known (not because monks lived here, but because it was the home of a secluded religious order) closed its doors in the mid-1800s. In 1924, it reopened as a hotel but by the end of the 20th century that establishment had shut its doors as well, and the convent once again stood silent, in danger of falling into ruin. When Bianca saw it hanging on the cliff she said, I HAVE A DREAM as she envisioned a 20-room luxury hotel.”

Her dream took many years to form but the hotel finally opened in 2012.

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