Ravello Travel Summary

Ravello is a charming, hidden gem perched high on the cliffs above the beautiful Amalfi Coast and is famous for its views and its gardens.   If you are looking a base that boasts sublime views, peace, tranquillity and the opportunity to discover the beautiful Amalfi Coast then you will be in for a treat.

The Ravello Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Ravello:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!


1. An introduction and brief history to this town:

The views from Ravello are some of  best views of the famous coastline with sweeping views towards to the sea and breathtaking scenery.  For centuries, Ravello has attracted the world’s greatest artists including world famous musicians Wagner, Grieg, Rostropovich, Toscanini, Bernstein; world famous painters Escher, Turner and Mirò; and world famous writers the calibre of D.H Lawrence, Forster and Virginia Wolf have enjoyed the allure of Ravello.

Ravello is built on a series of terraces above steep cliffs high above the Amalfi coast line with narrow streets gradually winding their way up towards Piazza Duomo, where the town’s cathedral takes centre stage in the town square.

The chief attractions in Ravello are the beautiful terraces of Villa Rufolo and Cimbrone from which you can admire a breathtaking view.  Ravello is also a peaceful destination to base yourself for exploring the wonders of the Amalfi Coast from Positano, Amalfi and boat trips out to Capri.

2. What to See:

Villa Rufolo

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Villa Rufolo is a beautiful villa and boasts beautiful cascading gardens with panoramic views across the Amalfi Coast
  • There is 13th-century Torre Maggiore (Main Tower) that houses a museum charting the history of the villa including art and ceramics
  • The views from the viewing platform at the top of tower also offer fantastic views over the Amalfi Coast


Villa Cimbrone

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Villa Cimbrone offers fantastic views and the panoramic views from the Terrace of Infinity and its previous guests have included Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill, DH Lawrence and Salvador Dalí
  • Dating from the 11th century the villa and its gardens were renovated by Lord Grimthorpe in the early 20th century
  • The Terrace of Infinity (Terrazza dell’Infinito) is lined by a series of marble monuments and offers panoramic views over the Amalfi Coast – cameras at the ready
  • The Villa also boast beautiful gardens and owing to its unique position is a very popular destination for weddings


The Duomo

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Situated in a pretty square in the centre of Ravello the Duomo dates from the 11th century and its architecture has Baroque and Romanesque influences
  • Check out the details of the bronze door which is a rarity in Italy nowadays
  • The Duomo also has a small museum which houses a number of impressive sculptures


Hike the Path of the Gods

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Path of the Gods, or “Sentiero degli Dei” in Italian, is a clifftop trail running between Bomerano (in Agerola) and Nocelle (near Positano) along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Situated halfway up Mount Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi, the trail averages at about 1640 feet (500m) above sea level
  • It is often referred to as the best hike in the world for its breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Capri
  • The trail once acted as the only means of communication between the Amalfi Coast’s villages

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