While Ravello is not directly located along the Amalfitana, it is still one of the most noteworthy places to visit on the Amalfi Coast. Half a day in the picturesque village in the mountains surrounded by crystal clear air and a fresh sea breeze and you will be able to recharge your batteries! I’ll show you the most important sights in Ravello and will give you a few recommendations for a nice day trip to Ravello!
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From the Amalfitana to the mountain village of Ravello
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Hey, I’m Tatiana, a German-Brazilian living in Berlin & the author behind The Happy Jetlagger. I’ve been writing about my travels since 2014. In addition to my job as a flight attendant, this blog is my passion project!
If you are on the Amalfi Coast by car, you will probably be used to the windy roads, once you’re on the way to Ravello. But the road up to Ravello is so much more adventurous. It’s narrow, with many curves and even more big tour buses on it, also heading for the secluded mountain village. But somehow we made it, and once up in Ravello, peace, relaxation and lots of music awaited us!
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most gorgeous areas in Italy: check out also my Positano Guide and my Tips for a successful road trip across the Amalfitana!
Duomo & Piazza Duomo
The Duomo of Ravello and the Piazza Duomo in front of it are the heart of this romantic town. The surrounding restaurants rather seemed to me to be tourist traps. However, the location is too beautiful not to treat yourself to an Aperol Spritz or a cappucino and enjoy the fantastic mountain panorama all around.
From the Piazza Duomo, you can also start a short walk through the small old town. Here you will find studios, galleries and small stores with handicrafts: I am particularly fond of the colorful plates!
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Villa Rufolo is one of the most beautiful sights in Ravello, and you really shouldn’t miss it! The residence of the wealthy aristocratic family Rufolo was built in the 13th century and has one of the most stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. The garden is beautifully arranged and is such a feast for the eyes that it is a popular location for wedding photoshoots.
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From the Torre Maggiore you’ll have an even better view, but for security reasons glass screens are installed here. If you want to take pictures of the view, it’s better to do it from the garden side. In the tower itself there is an interesting exhibition about the history of Ravello and Villa Rufolo.
Richard Wagner & the Villa Rufolo
You will soon notice the classical music that softly plays in the gardens of Villa Rufolo. Even if you are not a fan of classical music: It is fitting perfectly here. In a surprising way, the music blends with the magnificent view, the view of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea and the clear mountain air. To me, Ravello was one of the most relaxing places on the Amalfi Coast.
Since ages, Ravello has attracted not only ancient Italian aristocratic families, but also artists! The composer Richard Wagner is said to have been inspired by the gardens of Villa Rufolo for the set of the Klingsor Gardens in his opera Parsifal.
A music festival is in fact dedicated to him, and is held every year at Villa Rufolo: The Ravello Festival extends over two months every summer and features many musical concerts and events spread throughout the town.
Also worth a visit: the gardens of Villa Cimbrone. Just like Villa Rufolo, there is an entrance fee here, and you may prefer to choose just one of the two gardens.
But if you want to dive deeper into the atmosphere of Ravello and fully absorb the elegance of this special village, you can even stay there over night in style:
Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium
Rather something for architecture fans, but with my personal connection to Brasília, where Oscar Niemeyer’s work is present at all times, I was fascinated by the Oscar Niemeyer auditorium. With its clear lines and modern design, the auditorium built specifically for the numerous events in 2010 nestles perfectly into the Mediterranean scenery. Great photo spot.
(Oscar Niemeyer was a visionary throughout his entire life, and his style and perspective on the world were really quite impressive! If you are more interested, I recommend you to see this documentary*.)
Ravello & the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is full of great places and sights. So it’s hard to make a decision. But I would really recommend you to visit Ravello! It is very touristy there (which can not be avoided in this area), but it is a nice contrast to the other popular spots! A day trip is enough, but if you like the atmosphere here, you can also consider a stopover if you are on the coast for several days. It is certainly very relaxing in Ravello!
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