Ravello is one of the most fascinating attractions of the Amalfi Coast. It is located on the cliffs above Amalfi and overlooks the Mediterranean, this is why Ravello seems to have the best panorama on the Costline. The town was once part of the Republic of […]
Ravello is one of the most fascinating attractions of the Amalfi Coast. It is located on the cliffs above Amalfi and overlooks the Mediterranean, this is why Ravello seems to have the best panorama on the Costline. The town was once part of the Republic of Amalfi and it is now a peaceful historic village very popular among tourists and honeymooners. With its magical atmosphere, Ravello is famous for its gardens and its highlights are Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo with their panoramic gardens open to the people who wish to wander through the tropical plants and enjoy the fabulous views of the coastline. Villa Cimbrone offers the most romantic panorama of the Amalfi Coast. In 1904 an English Lord, named William Beckett became the owner of Villa Cimbrone. He was assisted by Nicola Mansi from Ravello to rebuild the Villa (Nicola was neither architect nor engineer). Nicola gave birth to one of the most beautiful and creative places of the coast. A mix of different styles that include ethnic and cultural elements, antiquarian artefacts and memories of his exotic trips. The gardens of Villa Cimbrone with its statues, temples, fountains and grottoes is famous for the spectacular viewpoint of the “Infinite”. Gore Vidal has called it “ the most beautiful panorama in the World”.
Villa Rufolo, the jewel of Ravello, is a mix of architectonic and artistic marvels. It is a place out of time. This Villa was the favourite meeting place for artists, poets and musicians and is considered the pride of Ravello. Villa Rufolo has been declared one of the most beautiful parks in Italy and its gardens inspired Richard Wagner while he was composing Parsifal. The Dome of Ravello, founded in the XI century, is dedicated to Saint Pantaleone and is located in the city center. This dome is a great structure and inside you will find the patron’s remains and the cripta. It is now a museum open to the public. For music lovers, each summer, the famous Ravello Festival offers music and events surrounded by an incomparable setting. Ravello, the dreamers’ village!