Ravello is easy to visit during your stay in Amalfi
Amalfi is a wonderfully central location for your holiday on the Amalfi Coast. Not only is there so much history and charm to discover right in Amalfi, but there’s also easy access to beautiful hikes on the Amalfi Coast, simply stunning beaches and the other villages on the Amalfi Coast. Located high in the mountains above Amalfi, the village of Ravello is a popular spot. If you’re staying at the Hotel Aurora, it’s easy to take the bus to explore Ravello in one day. Here are some of the top things to see and do in Ravello!
Enjoy a break in Ravello’s charming piazza
Once you arrive in Ravello, walk to the main piazza where you will find the beautiful Duomo of Ravello overlooking the pretty square surrounded by bars with outdoor seating. The Duomo is dedicated to San Pantaleone and the village’s main celebration of the year is for the festival day for this saint on July 27th. The church is very often open so you can simply walk in to find a moment of calm in the peaceful setting. Along the central nave look for the large ambone from the 13th century decorated with elaborate mosaic work and ornate spiral columns resting on the backs of lions. Opposite is the smaller but much older ambone from the 11th-12th centuries featuring a mosaic representation of Jonah and the Whale. For more history, visit the the Museo del Duomo below the church.
Back out in the piazza, turn left from the church entrance and look for a tower. This is the entrance to the Villa Rufolo, a historic villa from the 13th century that was once the home of the Rufolo family. Today you can visit the grounds, explore the gardens and enjoy the marvelous views.
Panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast from the Villa Rufolo
And what views they are! You’ll enjoy a gorgeous view of the Amalfi Coast with the villages of Minori and Maiori and across the Bay of Salerno. During the summer months many concerts and events take place against the backdrop of the Villa Rufolo during the Ravello Festival.
After strolling through the Villa Rufolo, enjoy exploring the charming streets of Ravello lined with tempting shops. Many display local ceramics, which are one of the traditional crafts of the Amalfi Coast.
Beautiful ceramics on display in Ravello
Follow the signs pointing to the Villa Cimbrone located at the very tip of the promontory where Ravello is located overlooking the sea. The expansive gardens at the Villa Cimbrone date back to the 11th century, although much of the design of the gardens today dates from when the villa was owned by Ernest William Beckett, Second Lord Grimthorpe, who bought the massive estate in 1904. The romantic gardens lead to the Terrace of Infinity, a large terrace with dramatic views overlooking the the Amalfi Coast.
Walk out to the Terrace of Infinity at the Villa Cimbrone
Strolling through beautiful gardens, discovering the quiet walkways through the village, tempting shops and marvelous views all come together to create a fun and memorable day in Ravello!
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