My next trip to the coast was that weekend with my roommate, Massimo, his girlfriend and 4 others. This time we would drive to a town off the coast called Ravello and hike down to Amalfi Town. It was a really pleasant walk through towns, woods and lemon groves, and took us nearly 4 hours. I was really missing my boots/sneakers, which I discarded earlier in my trip, trying to lighten the load and thinking I would no longer need them. Instead I walked the whole way in my TOMS, which are looking pretty rough at this point in my travels. We even got caught in a little tropical thunderstorm where we ran for cover first under a giant fig tree, but eventually needing to retreat to some nearby ruins along the trail. It's amazing that these structures are even here. It seems like every time you turn around there are ancient ruins starring you in the face. It's so normal to Italians that they hardly even notice that we are escaping the rain under a roof that has been standing for hundreds or possibly thousands of years.
The best part of the walk were the many gorgeous waterfalls all along the way. We stopped for some lunch at one, and another we had to veer off the trail and actually walk through the water to reach the really stunning part where water was trickling and falling through moss covered walls and over shallow caves. This is where it is nice to have a local leading the way. You would never find this place on your own. By the time we reached the beach in Amalfi we were all pretty tired, so we grabbed some lemon ice and laid out in the late afternoon sun. As the sun started setting we got a bus to take us back up the cliff to our car.