Historic Building and Town in Amalfi Coast

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High up in the Lattari mountains lies the romantic village of Ravello, renowned for its exquisite 800-year-old villas and breathtaking views of the region. Just 5.7 km (3.5 miles) inland from the coast, Ravello served as a refuge from Barbarian invaders in the 5th century and has since welcomed numerous world-weary visitors, from great artists like Richard Wagner and DH Lawrence to those simply seeking an escape from the bustling seaside.

Ravello’s charming stone-paved streets lead from its lively main square, Piazza Duomo, to its stunning historic villas, Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. These manors, built over several centuries, are notable for their diverse architectural embellishments and beautifully landscaped gardens with stunning coastal views. Wander through Villa Rufolo’s intricate Moorish courtyards and lose yourself in Villa Cimbrone’s lush rose bushes before stopping at the Terrace of Infinity, where you can gaze down at the Gulf of Naples from an elevation of 365 meters (1198 feet).

Planning tip: Ravello is particularly enchanting in the summer when the gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo are in full bloom, and the Ravello Music Festival is in full swing, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural enrichment.

The Ravello appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Amalfi Coast!

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Visiting Ravello

Duration: 3 hours

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