Outstanding gardens and spectacular views in Ravello

Serpentine roads take you to the picturesque town of Ravello, which is located on a mountain ledge 350 m above the sea. There, you can enjoy countless gorgeous panorama views of the Amalfi Coast, the sea, and the surrounding vineyards.

Founded in the 5th century as a shelter against Barbarian invasions as the Roman empire fell, Ravello became an important port of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi in the 9th century and remained so until the 12th century, when it began to decline following an attack from Pisa. From those wealthy times, it has maintained a series of palazzibelonging to the families of noble merchants.

Today, Ravello thrives as a tourist destination, offering a mix of culture, seaside relaxation and great Mediterranean food.

As early as the 19th century, Ravello was a popular vacation spot for aristocrats and artists due to its beautiful mountain location and remoteness. Unlike other tourist cities at the Amalfi Coast, the mostly car-free little town has retained its tranquility.

Ravello’s romantic cityscape is characterized by Moorish style elements and is defined by medieval alleyways, stylish villas, and blooming gardens.

The cathedral is consecrated to the city’s patron of the same name. Its beautiful bronze doors were built by Barisanus of Trani from Apulia in 1179.

Not far from the cathedral is Villa Rufolo. Built in the 13th century, the villa is characterized by Byzantine and Arabic elements and attracts many visitors.  In honour of Wagner, the internationally known Ravello Music Festival has been taking place in the Villa Rufolo each year since 1953.

The 11th century Villa Cimbrone stands on a rocky outcrop and is famous for its belvedere known as Terrazza dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity). The villa has been turned into a luxury accommodation, Hotel Villa Cimbrone, one of the most prestigious on the Amalfi Coast, with 19 guestrooms and suites, furnished with exquisite antiques and featuring colorful Vietri ceramic floors and stone and majolica fireplaces. The 15-acre botanical gardens, dating to the Middle Ages, were redesigned at the start of the 20th century and became one of the most important examples of English landscape design and botanic culture in Southern Europe. The gardens are open to the public.

 

 


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