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Ravello Italy, the Jewel of the Amalfi Coast
Ravello is situated high above the Amalfi Coast with unrivaled views to delight your heart and soul.
We visited Ravello, the most breath taking town I've ever seen, during our trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. This part of our journey we stayed in stunning Amalfi and Positano and took a day trip to this dreamy village in the clouds, high above the sea. The views from there overlook the coast and villages below and are just a magical sight to behold. Ravello's magnificent gardens and palazzi attracted tourists, artists and musicians from all over.
There are two gardens that tourists often visit in Ravello, one is Villa Ruffolo which is best known as the inspiration for Richard Wagner's opera, Parsifal.
The other, Villa Cimbrone is a famous garden and hotel. Known as the love nest for Greta Garbo and Leopold Stokowski. Ravello is also the home of one of the most beautiful churches on the coast, the Duomo di Ravello.
Walking through the stunning gardens at Villa Cimbrone
Looking out over the village below in Ravello
Travel to Ravello by car unless you plan on hiking over an hour on foot!
There are thousands of steps between Ravello and Amalfi. It would take over an hour to hike up or down the mountain (preferably down!). The terraced gardens along the way of these homes are like something out of a magazine. Even if your not hiking up to Ravello, be sure to venture over to the cliffs edge and walk down a bit and just admire the views as well as way of life in this village. Really has such a whimsical, magical feel to it. Most of the homes along the way are accessible only from the steep steps that you will come across all along the cliffside. The homeowners must really have some strong legs!
Steps to the coast
Gardens along the walkways
A stop in the center of town and all the excitement that abounds
As you enter this mountaint top village via plenty of stairs, you cant miss the large, airy open town center space. You'll be greeted with musicians of all types and if your lucky even dancers. The town is bustling with little shops selling everything from ceramics to ice cream. Everything is very low key here and quiet for the most part which is what made us absolutely fall in love with it. Wandering the beautiful tree lined gardens, cobblestone side streets and awe inspiring views everywhere you turn. Ravello just has the most absolutely stunning scenery around. Clean, refreshing mountain air, great restaurants and good people in a relaxed area. I've heard that Ravello restricts the number of visitors each day, if you're lucky enough to have a chance to visit, don't pass it by...you will not regret it!
From here we departed back to our hotel in Positano but looked forward to the following days boat trip to Capri Island!