delightful hillside town above Amalfi coast with villas
Caters to Five-Star Tourists
Tiny but expensive.
Pride of place on the town piazza is taken by the Duomo, the town cathedral, dedicated to patron San Pantaleone and founded in 1086 by Orso Papiro, the first bishop of Ravello. Rebuilt in the 12th and 17th centuries though completely restored in 1973, the Duomo retains traces of medieval frescoes in the transept, an original mullioned window, a...more
In the seventh anniversary of his death, Ravello mentioned the figure of 'unforgettable Father Andrea Sorrentino. "Franciscan exemplary, loving, humble teacher, who set an everyday living example, which he could saturate with prayer and exhortation. A true angel of the nation, last among the latest, simplest of the simple, humble to the point of...more
District of the town of Scala, Pontone was part of the territory of the town of Amalfi until the early XX century. A picturesque hillside village, appreciated since the Middle Ages for its relaxed atmosphere, which explains why the clergy and nobility of the Duchy of Amalfi preferred this village as a place to stay and relax. The town is dominated...more
Every second picture of Ravello seems to include the roof of this church, mainly because it sits right beneath the balcony of Villa Rufolo.It makes a lovely addition to any panorama, providing a contrast to the countryside and sea below.There is a path that takes you right beside it that you can choose to walk on the way down if you like. The...more
This is one of the less well known chuches on the hill - the facts are as follows:"On the upper area of Ravello, knows as ‘Pendolo’, stands the chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, originally called San Matteo del Pendolo. The basilica built around the 12th century, has a square plant without transepts, divided into three naves by a double colonnade...more
In via Roma, near the medieval Castle, stands the elegant church built during the 11th century. The parish venue presents a three naves structure with an elevated transept and three semi-circular apses, result of the cultural contact with the East. Here the Byzantine world and the classical one fuse harmonically together in the central nave,...more
A mosaic welcoming visitors to Ravello proclaims it to be the City of Music. In general, there are musical events at least four times per month in this small town, normally featuring classical music. For more information I suggest phoning the Ravello Festival or clicking the link below to the calendar of events.more
10 -15 minute walk from the main square of Ravello - right of the far edge is the superb Villa Cimbrone. It was built for an English gentleman William Berckett and during the golden years was the abode of the English Grand Travellers - Winston Churchill , Greta Garbo and her lover ,the composer Stokowsky, Jacqueline Kennedy, Humphrey Bogart , to...more
Villa Cimbrone is a historic building dating from the eleventh century AD, although little of the original structure is now visible. The building was much altered and extended, using a motley collection of salvaged architectural elements from other parts of Italy and elsewhere, by Ernest William Beckett (later Lord Grimthorpe), an English...more
Villa Rufolo is the masterwork in Ravello's extensive repetoire of historical showpieces. It bears the name of the family which built it in the 13th century. The buildings in Villa Rufolo are in Arabian-Normal style. Here every year, Wagner's concerts are celebrated as a momento to Richard Wagner's stay at Villa Rufolo where he composed his opera...more
If you are in Ravello try to go to this one night....I am not a classical music fan....but the setting is breath taking. If you can afford it at least go for an hour. One tip we sneaked out a little before the end since it was 11:00 and we had not had dinner...pissed a few people off I'm sure....we ate next door. No one was in there but when the...more
We stayed here for few nights last September and it was amazing. The staff are friendly and...more
Via Carusiello 2, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, 84010, Italy
Good for: Families
Piazza San Giovanni Del Torro 2, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, 84010, Italy
Good for: Solo
We stopped here for something to eat on our way over the mountains after our drive along the Amalfi coast. The restaraunt and hotel are quite lovely and the view from the restaraunt and veranda are amazing. we chose from the Snack menu and had a glass of wine, small salad and a local speciality of cheese pancakes for 13 Euros per person. It would...more
We were recommended to this restaurant by a local we befriended. Not only is the food sensational and reasonably priced, but we spent two highly entertaining afternoons just watching the "goings-on" in the restaurant, particularly the "godmother" who buzzed around spreading charm, good food, and merriment. Unfortunately, we could not try everything...more
This cafe was so cute, and it was just about the only place open because there is some sort of regulation about which restaurants are supposed to be closed on tuesdays in Italy...So, this place was extra busy. Cute little tables inside but we were lucky enough to grab a table outside in the sun Great salad with italian tuna, tomatoes and...more
This charming family-owned restaurant delivered a superb meal - pastas among the best we have ever eaten. Limoncello on the house when we finished. The restaurant is run by "the grandmother" who has been doing so for years. The menu is long and extensive but if she offers you the opportunity to give the menu back and let her pick the meal for you -...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
Camo, a coral and cameo factory in Ravello, sells jewelry from simple to overwrought, crafted from shells and coral. Mr. Camo, the owner, carves the cameos himself. Also check out his collection of judaica. Hillary Rodham Clinton is among those who have dropped by. Behind the shop is the town Museo dei Corallo, with some elaborate and antique coral...more
This shop has some of the most beautiful ceramics that I found anywhere on the coast. The shopkeeper bragged that many US movie stars, including Susan Sarandon and Jim Belushi, had made purchases here. I bought a soap dish, wine stoppers and a jewelry box for my sister. They have many of the designs you would expect including the rooster, lemons...more
This is the best ceramic shop that we encountered in our Italy travels. The shop had an excellent variety of locally handcrafted plates, bowls, cups, pots and vases, to name a few. The ceramics at this shop are not cheap but the quality you’ll get is incomparable. They probably would not like me to say this but a bit of bartering seemed acceptable...more
The terrace gardens where the lemon trees grow on the Amalfi coast are a unique feature of the area.
The lemons that grow here are big and sweet.
This kind of lemon is called pane (bread) because they are so big that they can be cut in slices exactly as you do with a round loaf.
You can eat them as they are or with a bit of sugar, or you can make a salad, adding olive oil, mint leaves and salt.
They are also used to make the ?limoncello?, the traditional lemon liqueur brewed all along the Amalfi and the Sorrento coast.
If you want to buy some, you?ll find many road vendors at the edge of the coastal road. They sell not only lemons but also oranges and citruses. Be prepared to pay about Euro 5 for one kilo. One lemon can weight more than one kilo!
The adjacent image gives a feel for the village of Ravello - steep hills, pedestrian only walkways and streets, and lots of cobblestones and irregular pavement. Walk carefully, bring very comfortable durable shoes. And when you are walking, be sure and enjoy the inviting vistas which surround you. Do note that these steep stairways are predominantly in the western part of Ravello. Further east at and beyond the church, the village is much flatter and more easily walked.
The first time I visited Ravello I walked up the stairs from Amalfi, past the Paper Museum and up to Ravello. It was a lovely walk, took just 40 minutes if I recall, and I returned the same way in less than half an hour.The next time, with Rosemarie in tow, we caught the bus up but I managed to get her to walk down the steps, this time on the...more
While we enjoyed concerts in busy Ravello, we had an enchanting more fragrant stay next door in the authentically restored farmhouse at Monte di Grazia in Tramonti. My wife and I, Californians interested in wine, visited for two days in the Spring and plan to return for an extended stay. The rates are less than half that of any hotel, and the...more
It is a strict enclosure convent built in a magnificent position, not far away from villa Cimbrone. You can only visit the atrium and the entrance where is the gate and the Ruota (wheel) . The gate is used for the rare contacts between the nuns and the outer world, keeping the figure hidden, and the wheel is used to pass goods in and out from the...more
The architecture is characterized by the Entrance Tower with the straw-yellow surface, probably obtained from the powdered ceramic glazes; the Moorish cloister with small columns supporting pointed arches; the Main tower; the 18th century Garden; the Well; the Turkish bath with Balnea and Theatre; the Dining rooms and Chapel that today hosts art...more
There are times when touring that you arrive at places and, perhaps because you've seen the image a hundred times before, the gloss is taken off.Villa Rufolo is not one of those places! No matter how many times you see images it does not fail to enchant.The first time I visited the dreaded Eurohaze (as we photographers call it) hung about the coast...more
Villa Rufolo takes its name from an ancient family of Ravello, rich and powerful in the times of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi. The villa suffered through carelessness and degradation until 1851 when the Scottish Francis Neville Reid bought it and brought it and revived its ancient splendor. In 1880 Wagner, who stayed in the Villa for some time,...more