At Ravello’s picture-postcard main square you’ll want to stop for a seafood lunch and glass of wine before exploring both the 11th-Century cathedral and resplendent Villa Cimbrone. Take half a day to roam the legendary gardens of this palatial villa, stopping at the infamous Terrace of Infinity for those often talked about views and admiring the lines of classic statues. Overlooking Piazza Vescovado, the hub of the town, 13th century Villa Rufolo’s cascading gardens and grounds seem to have been plucked from a fairytale. Richard Wagner was inspired to write his final opera here, and to this day, the town is known as “la città della musica“ – the city of music. Time your holiday right and you’ll be able to get tickets to a concert at the Ravello Festival, which takes place every summer in honour of Richard Wagner. Ravello is also an excellent base for a trip to historic Pompeii, which is just 17 miles away.
Where is Ravello
In southern Italy in the region of Campania, Ravello sits high above the Amalfi Coast overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
As a mostly pedestrian-only town, the best way to get around is by foot. There are steep slopes and lots of steps, which is worth bearing in mind if you’re not so physically able. There are a number of scenic walking trails that lead you to other towns, including seaside Minori and Amalfi. A shuttle bus service is also available down to the sea and back again.
Food & drink
Taste some of the best mozzarella in Italy, the sweetest of tomatoes and the creamiest mountain cheeses. Expect spritzers with an Amalfi-style limoncello twist, mouthwatering seafood pizzas and lots of lemon cake. There are restaurants with outstanding sea views, traditional family run trattorias hidden behind the main square and a breathtaking dining experience on the terrace at Belmond Hotel Caruso.
GMT +1 hour
Naples 2¾ hours and then approx. one hour road transfer