Start your tour of Ravello gardens by visiting the 13th-century Villa Rufolo, close to the town’s cathedral. If you’re in Ravello from July to September you’ll be able to enjoy its music festival, as Villa Rufolo is one of the many places around the town that’s used as a concert venue during the event. Created in 1853 by a visiting Scot, Scott Neville Reid, these cascading gardens are remarkable.
Just south of the cathedral head to the Villa Cimbrone, also famous for its gardens, though the 11th-century villa here has been converted to a contemporary upmarket hotel. The walk in the villa’s gardens will give you an unbelievable view of the sea. If you follow the trail starting at the cloisters and ending at the Hortensia Gardens you’ll spot some extraordinary botanical species, grand statues and superb examples of horticultural design.
Get a taste for Ravello in its restaurants
From down to earth affordable prices to the more upscale classic Italian eateries, holidays in Ravello have restaurants to cater for all budgets and tastes. As Ravello is so close to the sea, you’re going to encounter a range of diverse seafood dishes.
If you’re looking for a genuine celebration of food then the menu at Il Flauto di Pan will always please, after all this establishment does have a Michelin star. Ravello also has a range of first class pizzerias and small family-run restaurants where quality and quantity is guaranteed. Most restaurants come complete with a fantastic view over the sea, and are also perfect venues to fit in some people watching.
A festival with a difference
The annual Ravello music festival runs from July to September, so if you’re spending your holiday here over the summer you’ll be able to take part in the fun. Expect to hear a lot of Wagner among the concerts given by some of the best orchestras in the world, as well as seeing some high class dance displays.
You’ll also be able to unwind with jazz, folk or rock as well as some innovative new musical productions. With a different programme every year, it’s well worth coinciding your visit with this musical extravaganza.
Shop until you drop
For some, shopping is a hobby, for others it’s more akin to an Olympic event such is the energy that they devote to this exercise. Whatever your approach to retail therapy, Ravello has shopping opportunities for all. The weekly market in the square outside the cathedral is an excellent venue for designer clothes as well as some good quality olive oil and regional cheeses.
Italy is justifiably famous for its beautiful ceramics and if you want to buy something out of the ordinary, then a visit to Ceramiche d’Arte is in order. Here you’ll be able to find hand-painted unique items, and if your bargaining skills are up to the job you might be able to get a decent discount.
Enjoy the outdoors
Not only is Ravello close to two national parks but you can enjoy some invigorating exercise wherever you take a walk in this region. It’s very hilly, but the views will soon help you forget your aching limbs.
Only an hour’s drive away is the stunning Vallone dei Mulini abandoned valley. It’s famous for its waterfalls, extraordinary views and rare flora and fauna, as well as its derelict paper mills and ruins.