Hi friends, welcome back to my Italy series. After a peaceful hour exploring Villa Cimbrone, Jon and I made our way back to the center of Ravello. It’s a very tiny and quiet town with a main square, souvenir shops, and restaurants lining the streets. It seemed the ratio of pottery stores to residents was 1:1 and we picked out an ornament that safely made it home in one piece.
After meandering around town a bit, it was time for our last stop in Ravello, Villa Rufolo. This villa is located right in the town square and equally as popular as Villa Cimbrone. Tickets here are 7 euros a person and are purchased onsite. Inside the villa there were exhibitions, but we spent most of our time wandering through the beautiful gardens.
The most famous view in Ravello is of this umbrella pine and bell towers.
This gardens beauty inspired the second act of German composer Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal. Ravello is now known as the “City of Music” and every summer there is an annual concert series on a stage built out from gardens.
While we were on the balcony we heard clapping and a guy had just proposed to his girlfriend. I’m sure Jon was relieved to be already married, that would be a hard proposal to top!
After our fill of Villa Rufallo, we found a cab to take us back down to Amalfi. Luckily, we were just in time to catch the next ferry back to Positano. I would’ve liked to explore Amalfi a bit, but we didn’t want to be late for our dinner reservations in Positano. Jon and I enjoyed spending the day in Ravello, but we personally thought it would have been too quiet to stay in. It is also a bit more challenging to get to other cities in the Amalfi because it doesn’t have a ferry port. Ravello was a great day trip to start our time in the Amalfi Coast, stay tuned for some beautiful, sunny days in Positano coming up next.
Posts in this series:
- Where to Stay & Eat
- Piazza Michelangelo & Ponte Vecchio
- Uffizi Gallery
- Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Accademia
- Climbing the Duomo
- Duomo Museum, Bell Tower, & Baptistry
- Palazzo Vecchio & Tuscon Wine Tour
- Where to Stay & Eat
- Churches, Churches, & Churches Oh My!
- Borghese Gallery
- Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, & Pantheon
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Victor Emmanuel Monument & Capitoline Museum
- Forum & Palatine Hill Tour
- Colosseum Tour
- Castel Sant’ Angelo
- Twilight Trastevere Rome Food Tour
- Vatican Museum – Prime Experience
- St. Peters Dome & Square