Things to do in Ravello
Sitting on a verdant hill in the hinterland of the beautiful Amalfi Coast, Ravello is dramatic resort town set 1,150 feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea. Founded in the 5th century as a shelter against Barbarian invasions, this wonderfully aristocratic cousin of Positano boasts of thousands of years of history, enchanting cliffside gardens and far-reaching views of the sea.
Ravello is, in fact, the idyllic place to stay for those who are looking for a quieter experience away from the hustle and bustle of Amalfi coast. Having captivated countless souls and filled hearts with passion, Ravello offers a rich fusion of culture, great Mediterranean food and deep, seaside relaxation.
While there is a plethora of historical buildings in Ravello, it is the Cathedral that captures the eye with its impressive, triple arched marble portal and splendid bronze door. Dating back to 1086, the Ravello Cathedral is more than worthy of a visit thanks its Opera Museum and the Gallery of medieval and modern arts, which features most brilliant artworks from the 13th century.
As you continue with your sightseeing tour, you will come across the heart and soul of Ravello— The Villa Rufolo. Build in 1270 by the wealthy Rufolo family; this magnificent cliff edged villa contributes to an evergreen scenic beauty, thanks to its vibrant gardens that bloom with colourful flowers all year long. In fact, the villa’s iconic terrace, nestled directly above the sea, lays testimony to the world-renowned Annual Wagner Festival.
Just beyond the Villa Rufolo, you will find another jewel erected by the Ravello Famlily — Annunziata Building. Boasting of two acoustically-sound recital halls, this venue hosts an annual series of concerts by the Ravello Concert Society, continuing all year round from March to December.
To put a memorable end to the exploration of Ravello, you can pay a visit to the iconic Villa Cimbrone that is famous for its belvedere known as Terrace of Infinity. The 15-acre botanical gardens, dating to the 11th century, are one of the most significant examples of English landscape design and botanic culture in Southern Europe.