Ravello: For an Unforgettable Experience

Outdoor concert stage in the gardens of Villa Rufolo
Outdoor concert stage in the gardens of Villa Rufolo

These experiences will turn an incredible adventure, into an unforgettable experience on the Amalfi Coast. Nestled high up on a cliffside midway through the Amalfi Coast, Ravello appears like an oasis of calm, akin to a modern paradise with soaring views in a very ancient part of the world.

Most famous for the annual music festival, Ravello is an endearing town that captivates visitors by offering a sublime cultural experience in quiet surroundings and a vantage point from which some of the most stunning views anywhere in the country can be found. Warm hospitality and small town appeal still hold true, and, along with several unique attractions, these experiences will turn an incredible adventure, into an unforgettable experience on the Amalfi Coast.

The rise of Ravello

Long standing relics and the precarious location of Ravello, are a reminder for the long role the town has played in these parts, and the times when it was a frequent target for the marauding 5th Century Barbarians. Much importance was placed on the area during the more prosperous trading years that followed, but then many years of strife would ensue, and then later consume what were once peaceful, cobblestone streets.

Baroque and Romanesque in appearance, the 13th century Duomo Cathedral lies at the very heart of the town and sits proudly upon Piazza Vescovado, the main square in Ravello. Piazza Vescovado is charming company for the bright Cathedral which is almost symbolic for how Ravello has somehow managed to endure some troublesome times, and then rise like a phoenix from the flames. Where hard times once forced people to leave there homes, many relaxing café’s and fine dining restaurants now fill in the gaps while the old style architecture illuminates the atmosphere which was often absent throughout the history of the town.

Iconic view from Villa Rufolo of the Church of the Annunziata
Iconic view from Villa Rufolo of the Church of the Annunziata

Exploring the authentic side of the Amalfi Coast

Ravello is also the perfect place to explore on foot, with hidden charm and elegant surroundings at every turn. Walking away from the main square, a myriad of narrow streets move between old buildings, down beaten steps and beneath stone archways, while the smell of a creamy pasta sauce seems to hang endlessly in the air. Smiling locals go about their daily chores and small children disappear down enchanting alleyways – it is only then, in the old town of Ravello, that the true authentic side of the Amalfi Coast comes out.

Soaring heights and serenading strings

Above the quaint and beautiful old town are soaring views across the Mediterranean. Many variations of this incredible sight can be found from different vantage points and none more so than in Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. The latter of these two is an extensive villa which was transformed into a modern 5 star hotel over the years, and the location of the atmospheric gardens that surround this elegant accommodation, is one of the many reasons it is now such a favorite for weddings and honeymoons alike.

Villa Rufolo on the other hand, is castle like in appearance and this 13th century masterpiece was once the home of several popes, although it has come to have a very different role in more recent times. For Villa Rufolo, is where one can find the Ravello classical music festival to accompany the most magnificent panoramas that reach out for the horizon. World renowned and entirely unique, there is simply no music festival on the planet which can rival the location of Ravello and as synths, strings and keys seem to float into the sky above, an evening at Villa Rufolo will linger for long.

Belvedere of the Villa Cimbrone; also known as Terrazza dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity)
Belvedere of the Villa Cimbrone; also known as Terrazza dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity)

A visit to the Amalfi Coast is an opportunity to travel the most idyllic and scenic hillsides in all of Italy, to drive winding coastal roads with unrivalled panoramas and explore romantic historic attractions which bring meaning to the locals in the area. Italian cuisine is at the fore, and hospitality is always present, but it is only upon arrival to Ravello that one can truly understand the local experience and small town appeal of this alluring coastline.
For an incredible adventure visit the Amalfi Coast, for an unforgettable experience, visit Ravello.

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