Ravello arose approximately between the 4th and 6th centuries of our era, as evidenced by sarcophagi, urns and tombstones found on its territory. The first official mention of the city dates back to the 9th century, when the city became part Amalfi Sea Republic.
The city is obliged by its name amalfitans, who at one time tried to take him "under his wing" from the guardianship of the Normans, but the city fiercely resisted the new owners, rebelled, and for this he was called "rebello", that is, "rebellious." After some time, the name gradually transformed into Ravello.
In the eleventh century, the Ravellians tried to free themselves from their connection with Amalfi: the city was surrounded by walls, and the patrician families began to build luxurious mansions, choosing their own duke. In 1137 republic of pisa Ravello ravaged within three days: despite this, experienced traders continued their activities and even conquered the Arab market.
Through perseverance, commercial and trading activities, Ravello reached economic stability by the 13th century. The city remained a thriving religious and cultural center for another two centuries, and then the richest and most influential families of the city began to move to Naples, taking with them the whole backbone of the creative intelligentsia. In Ravello, ordinary citizens remained, having nothing for their souls, except, in fact, souls. The city was left without financial support and gradually began to fade. In the 17th century, the city survived the plague epidemic, which mowed almost the entire population. Decline continued until the end of the 18th century. And in the 19th century, Ravello was reborn again, thanks to the same creative intelligentsia, which saw great potential in him, inspired by landscapes and architecture.
And they were absolutely right - in the city the very authentic and the cathedral, and several churches, as well as ancient Roman villas, were perfectly preserved. Thanks to the numerous conquests and influence of the Normans and Byzantium, both Gothic and Arabic style can be traced in architecture.
Main Cathedral Ravello, for example, was founded in 1086 by the bishop of the city. What are only the bronze gates brought from Constantinople a century later. The scenes of the torment of Christ, saints and apostles, griffins and lions adorn this work of art, divided into thematic fifty-four parts, each with its own plot. The Cathedral has its own saint - Saint Panteleimon. Under the cathedral, on the "ground" floor, is a museum. Here are the first sarcophagiby which archaeologists have determined the approximate date of the city of Ravello.
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The story of the heyday and decline of the town of Ravello in Italy
The first settlement on the site of the current Ravello was founded in the 5th century. the Romans. The colonists did not accidentally choose this place. During the sunset of the Western Roman Empire, the aristocracy strove for a quiet and peaceful life, and the place of the new settlement was inaccessible to the barbarians sailing by sea, who raided the cities of the Empire with enviable regularity.
A few centuries later, in the IX century. AD the heyday of Ravello began. Then the city was part of the Principality of Salerno and the Amalfi Sea Republic, but at the same time had a special, independent status. The city grew and expanded continuously, gaining ever greater significance and importance. In 1086, the bishops made Ravello their residence, and by the 12th century. the city’s population reached a record 25 thousand inhabitants in its history.
In its history, Ravello experienced periods of prosperity and decline.
The formation of the modern look of the city dates back to this time. The rich and noble people invited the most famous Arab architects to the building. So there were luxurious palaces in oriental style, serving as villas of local nobility.
But, as has always happened in the history of almost any city or state, Ravello's heyday in Italy gave way to decline. After the city was actually destroyed by the Pisans in the middle of the 12th century, 90% of its population left the mortally wounded commune. Most of the inhabitants moved to Naples, and since then Ravello has not been able to restore its former greatness. For many centuries, the population decreased by 10 times (to 2500 people), and remains so to this day.
Attractions and attractions in Ravello
Like almost the rest of Italy, Ravello is famous for its amazing examples of ancient architecture. The history and specifics of the development, heyday and decline of the town are firmly imprinted in the architectural ensemble. There are mixed styles of Arab, Byzantine, Norman and Lombard cultures. Especially popular attractions of Ravello are numerous medieval villas and churches.
Ravello is literally awash with vivid examples of ancient architecture, but in the center of all this splendor is Villa Rufolo built in the 13th century. - the most picturesque villa Ravello and part-time the main symbol of the city.
Villa Rufolo has long been a distinctive symbol of the city
You can get to the villa from the side of Piazza Vescovado. To the right of the entrance is the Moorish gallery - it is worth a look first. The central building and the rest of the buildings are surrounded by dazzling beauty gardens that seem to soar above the Amalfi coast. At one time they struck the greatest Wagner to the core. Torre Maggiore rises above the park - a Moorish-style tower 30 meters high.
The main attraction of Villa Rufolo in Ravello - luxurious gardens
Another symbol of the city that is described in any guidebook is Villa Cimbrone. It is located very close to Villa Rufolo, but in itself is much younger. Built in the XIX century. on the initiative of the English lord, Villa Cimbrone very harmoniously entered Ravello's architectural composition through a combination of Romanesque and Arabic styles.
Another "piece of paradise" in Ravello - Villa Cimbrone immersed in greenery
Here you are also waiting for indescribable beauty gardens with endless alleys, where you can walk for hours. The culmination of the walk will be the "Terrace of Infinity" - from the contemplation of the panorama that opens from the terrace, even the most experienced travelers have a sinking heart.
St. Panteleimon Cathedral
Another must-see place in Ravello is the Cathedral of St. Panteleimon. The building of the cathedral is located on the central square of the city and bears the name of the patron saint of the commune.
The cathedral of St. Panteleimon attracts the attention of tourists and numerous pilgrims
The cathedral was built in 1068 by order of one of the bishops who had settled in Ravello at that time. A century later, bronze gates made in Constantinople were added to its architectural appearance. On 54 parts of the gate are the faces of the saints, vultures, lions and scenes of the torment of Christ.
The “internal” attraction of the cathedral is the capsule with the blood of the Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon. Every year, during the patronal feast, on July 27, caked blood in the capsule becomes liquid for one day. This regular event attracts a lot of pilgrims to Ravello, which, in general, is not surprising.
Church of San Giovanni del Toro
Anyone who is not indifferent to medieval architecture while staying in Ravello in Italy should definitely look into the church of San Giovanni del Toro. The building was built in the 13th century. located on Mount Toro, which gave the name of the church.
The treasures of the seemingly unremarkable church of San Giovanni del Toro are kept inside
The vaults of the church are a separate work of art thanks to stunning frescoes with scenes of the most significant biblical events. The famous Gospel pulpit once again recalls how significant the influence of Arab culture on the appearance of Ravello turned out to be.
I must say that with its more than modest size, Ravello is a real city of churches. The churches of St. Francis, the Holy Virgin Annunziata, St. Martin, St. Chiara - there are about a hundred of them in the city!
Still, if you are in Ravello, look at the Episcopal villa, the monastery of St. Tryphon and the palace d'Aflito. Actually, Ravello has sights at every turn, and the town is really small, so you can easily get around it all in one day.
Ceramics without exaggeration can be called another attraction of Ravello. Ceramics have been produced in the city since antiquity and over the course of several centuries have achieved a certain skill.
Ceramics - Ravello's main souvenir, they can be found everywhere
Pottery can be found everywhere: decorations and signboards on houses, pedestrian signs are laid out in small mosaics, you can find ceramic tiles and utensils in any souvenir shop. Most often, these small plates, which are an integral souvenir of Ravello, are decorated with juicy yellow lemons with saturated greens around. Still, the urban landscape leaves its mark.
Ravello - the city of music
For more than 40 years, from year to year in the Italian Ravello, in the territory of Villa Rufolo, the International Open-Air Music Festival has been held during the summer. This is a very significant event on a global scale related to the names of legendary composers and performers. The festival is so strongly associated with the city that it can be confidently considered a peculiar landmark of Ravello.
The idea of holding the festival is rooted in the past when Richard Wagner often came to Ravello. In the dazzling beauty of the gardens of Villa Rufolo, the great composer sought inspiration. And he found - it was here that the opera Parsifal was written.
On the 70th anniversary of the death of Wagner, a concert was held here for the first time in memory of the famous creator. Then, thanks to the efforts of Girolamo Botillieri and Paolo Caruso, the musical event became an annual event and quickly gained worldwide significance. Every summer there are brilliant masterpieces performed by the best musicians of the world.
How to get to Ravello
To get to Ravello, as well as other resort towns of the Amalfi coast, the easiest way is from Naples, where the nearest international airport is located.
Then you will have to travel 65 km by bus or transfer: train + bus, bus + ferry, train + ferry. Ravello is just 13 km from Amalfi. In a previous post about the town of Amalfi, we talked in detail about all the possible ways to get there. The path to Ravello will be identical. We recommend that you study this material.
The road along the coast is very picturesque. Beyond every turn of the mountain serpentine, breathtaking panoramas open onto the cliff-ridden coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
You can also make a trip from Rome, though the path will not be close. The distance between cities is 280 km. From Rome, the easiest way is to get to Salerno by train (from Termini station comfortable high-speed trains Frecciabianca and Frecciarossa, tickets for which can be found here), and from Salerno to Ravello and other resorts of the coast can be reached by the SITA Sud bus, which we already mentioned here.
Above, we talked about the villas of Ravello, as about the bright sights of the city. You will be surprised, but you can even live in many of these attractions! Most of the palaces and villas of Ravello survived, despite all the vicissitudes of fate, and was subsequently converted into fashionable hotels.
The best hotel villas are the five-star Hotel Palazzo Sasso (now Palazzo Avino) and Belmond hotel Caruso. Even in Villa Cimbrone, some of the rooms are allocated for a chic five-star hotel. And very close to the stunning gardens of Villa Rufolo is the four-star hotel of the same name.
By the way, world famous celebrities often stop at Palazzo Sasso, as the hotel is considered one of the best in all of Italy.
In addition to luxury accommodation options, Ravello has plenty of places to stay with a much more modest budget, including the bed-and-breakfast format. You can find the best housing at the link below.
Festival in Ravello
The 63rd Ravello Music Festival opened on June 20 with Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolda ballet featuring the stars of the Paris National Opera Dorothea Gilbert and Mathieu Gagno. Ravello, which is called the “city of music”, in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, will host more than 50 musical events of the highest level: opera, symphony, chamber music, jazz and pop music, as well as theater and literary performances. The festival finale, which ends September 5, 2015, will feature the opera Parsifal by Richard Wagner.
The Ravello festival, one of the most important events in world music, was first held in 1953 as a tribute to Richard Wagner, who visited Ravello in 1880 with the artist Zhukovsky, who designed the costumes and sets for his Parsifal. The orchestra of the Neapolitan Theater "San Carlo", conducted by Herman Scherchen and William Steinberg, performed his works for two nights.
Auditorium di Ravello
Speaking about the city of music, one cannot but mention its magnificent concert hall. It is called the Auditorium di Ravello (Auditorium) and was designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
After its construction, the concert season in the city does not stop even in winter. Entrance to the hall is from an oval square, from which you can admire the dynamic architectural forms of the structure. The auditorium of the Auditorium was built using the natural terrain. The foyer and the orchestra zone actually hang in the air, like the scene of Rudolfo’s villa, but without additional supports. The bends of the building resemble the mandolin deck, and magnificent views are opened from the glassed entrance and windows behind the musicians. The back side of the building, when viewed from the outside, resembles the helmet of a medieval knight. The square - it is also an observation deck - in front of the hall is of great value in itself and a good example of a spatial solution: it has become a favorite meeting place for tourists and local residents.
Montalto Castle (or Trivento), from which only ruins overgrown with weeds today remained, stood on the border of Ravello and Tramonti lands. In written sources it was first mentioned back in 1131. The fortress had a rectangular plan, the main tower was located on the south side, and a tank lined with shards on the east side (partially collapsed). The castle was located at a strategically important point, both from the point of view (from here you can see the Skala Mayor castle) and from the point of view of control over the roads (at the base of the rock on which he stood there was an ancient road connecting the lands of Tramonti and Ravello) . Apparently, materials for construction were taken directly from here: in the surrounding rocks, traces of cut-off rock can be seen.
The Duomo cathedral complex consists of the main church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which houses a relic of St. Panteleimon, patron, Ravello, the Church of the Body of Christ (Chiesa del Corpo di Cristo), now adapted as an art gallery, and the Duomo museum, which occupied the ancient crypt, where it is collected the most outstanding works of art, both from the Duomo itself, and from other churches, both former and active.It’s worth visiting this complex not only to feel the spirit of local religiosity, which is expressed in the cult of the great martyr Panteleimon, the intercessor of local residents before God, especially in difficult times, but also for the sake of acquaintance with the artistic influence that, due to numerous contacts, had on the local art is the world of the East. Also of interest is the opportunity to admire the canvases that adorned other Ravello churches, as well as the most important masterpieces in the history of Italian art - for example, the so-called bust of Sigilguide Rufolo.
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Chalatelli with seafood
Shortest way: Drive along the A4 motorway and take the Caserta-Sud exit to the A30 motorway. Take her off to Nocera Pagani and follow the signs for “Valico di Ciunzi” and “Costier-Amalfitana”. You will be taken to Ravello from the pass.
Road with beautiful views: From Caserta-Sud, take the A30 motorway towards Salerno to the Vetri sul Mare exit. Then follow the signs for “Costier-Amalfitana” and “Ravello”, passing Chetaru, Majori and Minori. Although this road is very beautiful, it is heavily loaded with transport, especially on holidays and weekends.
Take the A3 motorway to Naples - Pompeii - Salerno. Congress Angri-Sud. Continue following the signs for “Valico di Ciunzi” and “Costier-Amalfitana”. You will be taken to Ravello from the pass.
The motorway exit at Salerno. Drive to Vetri, then 25 kilometers along the road along the Amalfi Coast to a turn on Ravello.
The stations closest to Ravello are Naples (56 km) or Salerno (30 km). Next take a taxi or Sita buses.
By ferry or hydrofoil boat
Ships from Naples, Salerno, Positano, Sorrento, Capri, Ischia go to the port of Amalfi. The sea offers magnificent views of one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. The distance from Amalfi to Ravello is 7 km, which can be taken by taxi or Sita bus.
As befits any Italian city, Ravello boasts a medieval cathedral, traditionally called the duomo on the Apennines. Being the spiritual center of the town, the cathedral, as in previous centuries, gathers under its roof local residents who have come to Mass. The Duomo Ravello is dedicated to Saint Pantaleone, who is considered the patron saint of the city.
The temple was laid in the 11th century, but during its existence, he had to go through many repairs and restorations. The first major restructuring took place in the 13th century, when a bell tower was added to the duomo. It was erected under the clear influence of the Moorish traditions, then dominant in architecture in this part of the world. The last restoration took place in the 30s. The twentieth century, and the church acquired a modern look with distinct features of both Baroque and Romanesque style.
The cathedral deserves special attention, supported by six spiral columns. They are made of marble and are based on the figures of stone lions. On the opposite side of the nave, magnificent medieval mosaics have been preserved. In the chapel of the saint, in whose honor the duomo was consecrated, a vessel with Pantaleone’s blood is kept boiling whenever it comes on July 27th. On this day, the saint received martyrdom.
Those entering the duomo via Via Richard Wagner find themselves in the small Ravello Museum. In its halls you can see several sculptures and paintings belonging to authors not too well-known to the general public. Despite the lack of big names in the collection, the museum’s exposition is very pretty and can please art lovers.
Among the other exhibits exhibited at the museum at the duomo, there is a marble bust of a woman, whose image is controversial among historians and art historians. Some believe that Sigilait Rufolo, the wife of an influential citizen and merchant from Ravello, posed for the sculptor. He acted as a philanthropist and donated funds for the construction of the cathedral. Others believe that the bust depicts the Queen of Naples, Joanna. Still others are sure that they see the Madonna in front of them.
La chiesa di santa maria a gradillo
The old church, consecrated in honor of St. Mary, appeared at about the same time as the temple of San Giovanni del Toro. It was erected on the ruins of an earlier building, traces of which are noticeable upon careful examination of the arch of the central nave. In the Middle Ages, the Church of St. Mary played an important role in Ravello. The governors took the oath in it, and for some time the parliament of the Amalfi Republic even sat in the temple.
In the XVIII century. La chiesa di Santa Maria a Gradillo was rebuilt somewhat, giving it baroque features, and in the middle of the last century, another attempt was made to a global restoration, as a result of which it was possible to restore the destroyed dome.
Pay attention to the ancient mosaics on the floor in the central nave, made of stone in different shades.
International Music Festival
Paolo Caruso and Girolamo Botillieri, being passionate fans of Wagner, came up with an amazing tradition. On their initiative, 70 years after the composer's death, Villa Rufalo hosted the first festival, called the “Wagner Concert in Klingsor Gardens”.
The first concerts usually begin in March and continue throughout the year until late autumn. If you are lucky enough to visit Ravello and see the performances of the festival participants, you will understand why this resort is so popular with musicians and connoisseurs of classics.
The luxurious venue for performances on the green terraces of Villa Rufalo creates a special atmosphere, and Wagner festivals rightfully occupy a worthy place in Ravello's list of attractions.
They say that even a person with the gift of unprecedented eloquence, who has appeared on Terrazzo dell’lnfinito, cannot express in words the emotions that gripped him. The Infinity Terrace at Villa Cimbrone is a place that is difficult to describe. The Belvedere, decorated with marble busts, is like an auditorium in front of which a magnificent performance unfolds. The sea merges on the horizon with the sky, turning with it into a single space of all shades of turquoise. The views of the Amalfi Coast from here are the most spectacular, and therefore, once in Ravello, be sure to come to Villa Chimbrone to look at one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.
Perfect photos with a special soft light are taken at Terrazzo dell’lnfinito at sunset.
The Amalfi Coast is famous for its craft traditions. Among other skills of local residents - coral carving, moreover, it was Ravello who was famous in the Middle Ages as a center for jewelry using sea treasures. It is not surprising that today there is a Coral Museum in the resort, and next to it is the Kamo workshop, where, as in previous times, carvers work.
The founder of the museum is Giorgio Filocamo, who arrived in Ravello in 1955 and opened his own business. Over the decades, he has collected many unique corals and things masterly carved from it by fellow craftsmen in different years and eras.
Among the most interesting exhibits are the coral crucifix and sculpture of the Madonna.
Valle delle Ferriere
The unique ecosystem of the Valle delle Ferriere National Park, located on the Amalfi Riviera near Ravello, is a good reason to spend the whole day outdoors. In the park, colonies of plants survived that survived for many millennia flowing around evolution without any changes. In Valle delle Ferriere you will see giant ferns that appeared in the pre-Ice Age, and predator plants that feed on insects.
The hiking trails of the reserve are laid out so that visitors, even on the hottest day, do not suffer too much from the heat: there are many streams and waterfalls in the park that form beautiful cascades.
A city flying on a cloud of bliss
Ravello is located high in the mountains, you can get there by bus from Amalfi, the trip takes about 15 minutes. From the little Minori you can climb the stone stairs, but only the locals are capable of such a “feat”. When you get into Ravello, it seems that the city is floating in the air. Below is the beauty of the sea and lush vegetation. The city has one square with the Cathedral of St. Panteleimon, a vessel with its blood is in the cathedral. When you stand in the square, there is a feeling of flying on a cloud. The whole town covers an area of 7 km².
In addition to the square, in Ravello there are many narrow streets that pass through arches, churches, small tunnels. Villas Ravello attract with its beauty and well-groomed. Villa Rufolo was built in the 13th century, Bocaccio in his Decameron wrote about it and its owner. You can wander around the villa for hours. Around are luxurious gardens with manicured flower beds, unusual sculptures, buildings of different styles and eras. Richard Wagner at the age of 67 was so amazed by the beauty that he stayed there for a long time and completed the second act of his opera Parsifal.
In Ravello, wealthy Europeans and celebrities love to celebrate weddings. Here are great views for wedding photos. Ravello is not suitable for a beach holiday, since you need to go down to the beach by car or on foot (2000 steps). Below, on the sea coast, there are beautiful beach resorts of Minori, Maiori, Amalfi. And Ravello must be seen in order to feel the bliss of being under the clouds.
Prices in Ravello are the same as in the cities of the Amalfi Coast. Lunch for two from 15 euros, dinner 25 euros, wine - a bottle from 3 euros. The hotel room per day from 100 euros to 500, depending on the class of the hotel.
In the commune, of course, there is no airport and everyone who wants to get here should fly to Naples. The cost of a flight from Moscow to Naples will be from 170 EUR (round-trip). Airline S7, for the same price, operates a direct flight. From Kiev to Naples, tickets will cost about 120 - 150 EUR (round-trip). Flights are organized by Aegean, Ryanair, Wizzair. On the road you will have to spend from 24 to 40 hours. By purchasing tickets for 270 EUR and above, travel time is reduced to 5-8 hours.
It is well known that Mediterranean resorts are famous for their mild and warm climate. Those who come here on vacation will be comfortable in both summer and winter seasons. Although the largest influx of tourists here can be observed from mid-spring to mid-autumn. The average air temperature in these months is within + 20- + 27 degrees, especially since all significant events in the small Italian town also occur at this time.
Sea and beaches
There is no beach in the town itself, as the area around is very mountainous, but near the town there is the village of Marmorata, where the club for privileged persons Sasso by the Sea is located, with an excellent beach, a convenient pool, excellent service and picturesque sea views that open from the windows and terraces. And besides this, a lot of beaches (both pebble and sand) stretch along the mountain foot on the Amalfi coast.
What is the local hotel service like?
The vast majority of magnificent villas and palace complexes, created back in medieval times, and which are, without exaggeration, architectural masterpieces, are nowadays used as hotels with chic rooms. From their windows and loggias, guests have the opportunity to admire the beautiful sunsets and sunrises that paint the coast and surrounding landscapes with incredible colors. For example, the Hotel Caruso Belvedere (Caruso Belvedere 5 *), with a stunning Belvedere garden and a colonnade created in the 11th century.
Or the hotel "Palazzo Sasso" (Hotel Palazzo Sasso 5 *). Earlier, in the 12th century, the aristocratic family of Sasso lived in it, who were the heirs of the founders of the well-known Order of Malta. Architects carried out jewelry work, so that, on the one hand, after reconstruction, the villa becomes modern and comfortable for guests, and on the other, to preserve the architecture and spirit of the Middle Ages. The chic apartments with baroque interiors and antique furnishings transfer their guests to the luxurious atmosphere in which the ancient Italian aristocracy lived. Different celebrities like to stay at this villa. On its territory there is an ancient chapel and the elite institution of Rossellini, widely known in star circles, which has a collection of rare wines of more than 330 varieties in its cellars.
What will treat guests
Ravello is a true paradise for connoisseurs of excellent cuisine and lovers of "culinary" tourism. There is a restaurant on almost every corner where you can try traditional Italian dishes and amazing wines. In some of them, for example, in the institution "Terrace" (La Terrazza), located at the hotel "Marmorata" (Marmorata), in addition to excellent cuisine, a fabulous, romantic atmosphere is created for visitors, with a view of the Amalfi coast.
It is difficult to find a more suitable place in Ravel, for a romantic dinner for two or to make a marriage proposal. The chef in this elite restaurant is a real culinary star, and any of his dishes can be called a work of art. The hallmark of the institution is a dish of red tuna with sesame seeds. Very popular are squids with indau and chicory, risotto with shrimp and lemon and bay leaves with fresh herbs. The staff is very attentive and polite, and the average check for an excellent three-course dinner will be 40-45 EUR per person.
No less popular, but having a different “twist”, the restaurant “Mama Agatha” is located on S. Cosma Square. The institution provides visitors with the opportunity not only to taste national Italian dishes, cooked at home and appreciate the excellent collection of wines, but also to attend culinary lessons held by the owner.
Also worth mentioning is the popular urban trattoria called Filli di papa. It is located in the very center of the town, on Marra Street in a cozy, quiet garden. In addition to traditional dishes typical of Italian restaurants, original dishes such as swordfish are also served here.
How interesting and useful to spend leisure time
This small settlement with its architecture represents a bizarre mixture of several cultural traditions. At the time, the Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, and Lombards influenced the local architects. The town has a lot of rich, amazing with its splendor and luxury, villas created many centuries ago. For example, Villa Rufolo, which is located in the center of the town and considered its symbol. Every year, from the beginning of summer until the fall, right in the open-air garden, a music festival is widely held in cultural circles.
Entrance to the villa is from Vescovado Square. Usually, guests start their inspection with a visit to the Moorish gallery. The park ensemble of the villa is decorated with Tore Maggiore, or the notorious Klinsorg Castle, a structure resembling a minaret or castle, created in the Moorish style and rising 30 meters. No less striking are the beautiful gardens, which at one time captivated Wagner’s imagination and seemed to hang over the Amalfi coast.
Another urban attraction is the Villa Chimbrone, adjacent to Rufolo, from where a magnificent panorama of the entire coast opens before the guests. In the 19th century, the villa was built by a wealthy lord from England and its architectural style combined Arab and Roman features. Countless shady alleys with white stone sculptures on their sides, like mythical creatures, lure guests strolling into the very depths of beautiful, mysterious thickets.
At the very end of the boulevard of Villa Cimbrone, a climax comes for visitors: perhaps the most famous and beautiful panorama in the world - the “Terrace of Infinity” - opens up to their eyes.
In addition to these two luxurious villas, it will be interesting for tourists to see the ancient Episcopal villa, which was really once the residence of the Catholic bishop. In addition to its delightful architectural ensemble, it is also interesting because under its roof the king of the united Italy, Victor Emmanuel III, stayed.
The central square of the town is decorated with St. Panteleimon Cathedral, which tourists also like to visit. As you know, it was built in 1068 with the blessing of the first local bishop. And a hundred years later in Constantinople, the famous bronze gates were made for the cathedral, consisting of 54 identical-sized parts, and depicting the passions of Christ and revered Christian saints. They still store a capsule in which the hardened blood of St. Panteleimon is sealed, and annually on July 27 many believers and tourists come to see the wonderful sacrament - the hardened blood again acquires the properties of a liquid for a while.
The bell tower of the cathedral rises to 35 meters. It was erected in the 13th century. Also in the premises located under the cathedral, in its "dungeons", an exhibition of the museum (Museo del Duomo) was created, where ancient Roman sarcophagi and urns used for burials will appear before visitors.
As an amazing monument of medieval architecture in Ravello, another ancient religious building of interest is the church of San Giovanni del Toro. It owes its name to the mountain range, on the top of which it was erected back in the 13th century. In the church crypt you can see two wall murals, amazing in their skill and beauty, with scenes from the Bible depicted on them, and the great influence of the Arabs on the local culture, says the famous Gospel pulpit.
To fully experience and imagine ancient Italy, tourists will be interested in visiting the churches of St. Francis, the Holy Virgin Annunziata, St. Chiara and St. Martin. Take a look at the d'Aflitto palace complex and visit the monastery named after St. Tryphon.
What to bring home?
As a rule, tourists purchase various household items that local craftsmen decorate with intricate mosaics, elegant beautiful vases, figurines, glazed wall or painted ceramic dishes. In the tradition of Italians, to use dishes also as decoration of interiors.
Sweets from Ravello are known far beyond the boundaries of this small town. A wonderful gift for loved ones, loved ones or colleagues will be the candies "Giandiuotti" or chocolate-nut paste with the same name, as well as delicious walnut nougat "Torrone". In addition to the fact that local confectioners use ancient technologies and recipes with such original ingredients as jasmine, rosemary, hot pepper, all such confectionery products are made manually. The fact that local masters know a lot about their business is evidenced by at least the fact that the confectionery factories of the world famous Ferrero brand are located here.
Cheeses from Ravello
The town has a popular cheese shop, which locals are very proud of. And, for good reason! On the shelves there is simply a huge assortment of this product that will satisfy any, even the most demanding, taste of culinary gourmets. Moreover, cheeses are sold not only from local manufacturers, but also the products of world-famous Italian brands. Of course, you have to pay for quality, but it's worth it.
Given that the town has many villas owned by very wealthy and famous people, as well as the level of service in the local hotels (not the cheapest in Italy) and the relatively small population, this resort town is very quiet, calm and safe for tourists.
Holidays in Ravello 2019 gives you the opportunity to touch ancient Italy and enjoy the picturesque views from the heights of the city.