Ravello - Amalfi Coast

Perchedon a rockybuttress, at 365 meters from the sea, Ravello is a medival village situated in the center of the Amalfi Coast and majestically hugs the entire Salerno Gulf. It is surely one of best known places of the Divine Coast, for its irrisistible charm and fame that has made it famous the world over, so perfectly in sync with art and music that it has been recognised by the UNESCO patrimony, besides being nominated “The City of Music.” Today, Ravello is one of the most famous places to visit on an international scale, but also, and above all, a place for the soul for intellectuals and those passionate aboutart and culture. In as much as having a magnificent medieval setting, with its narrow, winding city streets and picturesque landscapes, Ravello is always animated by numerous cultural activities, offering an extraordinary calender of events. The climax is surely the prestigious Ravello Festival, the versatile fair that animates the historical parts of the city essentially throughout the year. Back in the 1400’s, even the famous Italian author, Giovanni Boccaccio, remained intrigued by Ravello, during his stay in the Naples area, so much as to praise it in his collection of novellas, THE DECAMERONE. This city’s historical origins are remote and uncertain, even if many masterful scholars supposedly link it to the Classic Roman period, in conjunction with the presence of some ruins of Roman villas on the coast. According to the official historiagraphy, its name should be derived from “res-bella” or “rebellum,” almost to mark the spirit of its inhabitants’ proud independence, as compared with the supremacy of the Amalfi Repubblic. And finally, during WWII, Ravello dominated the news for having been the place in which King Vittorio Emanuele, escaping from Rome towards Brindisi, abdicated his throne, in favour of his son, Crown Prince Umberto. In the early 20th century, Ravello’s tourism got a strongboost, with the arrival of British botonist Francis Neville Reid and Ernest William Becket, 2° Lord of Grimthorpe, who began working on the realization of Villa Cimbrone. From this moment on, and for all of the 1990’s, there was a rediscovery of Ravello by tourists, more or less famous, looking for a quiet, beautiful place to spend their vacations. Among well-known celebrities who visited Ravello were Andrè Gide, Edward Norgan Forster, D.H. Lawrence, Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy, Gore Vidal (also owner for many years of Villa La Rondinaia,) Totò’, Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollabrigida, just to name a few. In the last two centuries, its parterre of honour boasts well-known names in the field of music, suchas Wagner, Grieg, Rostropovich, Toscanini, Bernstein, and in the field of drawing and painting, Escher, Turner, Mirò as well as important writers from the likes of D.H Lawrence to Forster, even up to Virginia Wolf. It’s not by chance that today this unique place in the Amalfi Coast holds important festivals and cultural events, such as the Ravello Festival and chamber music concerts organized by the Ravello Concert Society. Among the most breath taking panoramas of Ravello are thefollowing:
Il Belvedere della Principessa di Piemonte. (Princess of Piedmont Belvedere)
La Terrazza dell'Infinito di Villa Cimbrone. (Terrace of Infinity)
Le terrazze di Villa Rufolo. (Villa Rufolo Terrace)

HOW TO REACH RAVELLO

Arriving by car
Fastest itinerary
From Caserta Sud follow the A30,indicated as Salerno-Reggio Calabria. Exit at Pagani-Nocera. Follow the indication sfor “Valico di Chiunzi” and “Costiera Amalfitana”, reaching Ravello through the border crossing.
Slower, but more scenicitinerary
At Caserta Sud, take the A30 and continue towards Salerno until reaching the “Vietri sul mare” exit. Follow the indications for the “Costiera Amalfitana” and “Ravello,”passing Cetara, Maiori and Minori. This very scenic street almost always has a lot of traffic, above all during the weekends and holidays. From Amalfi there are land and sea connections to/from the leading touristic sights of the Campania region.
Arriving by train
Reach the Salerno train station and continue by SITA bus lines for Amalfi.
From Amalfi: SITA bus lines for Ravello
Airport Transfer – Ravello
It’s possible to reach Ravello very easily and comfortably from the airport, both from Neaple’s Capodichino or Rome’s Fiumicino or Ciampino airports.
We can organize your transfer service. Just contact us for our conditions and prices.

Da fare e da vedere

Villa Rufolo

Una splendida villa,che contribuisce a creare una bellezza senza tempo che ha avuto modo di stregare praticamente chiunque sia passato da queste parti. È questo il luogo che lascio d’incanto Wagner, che lo fece rifugio di meditazione.

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Ristoranti

Dove mangiare in Costiera Amalfitana? La costa offre ai turisti una scelta variegata, sono tantissimi i locali che sono ubicati nei principali centri della Divina e che permettono di gustare i migliori piatti della cucina tradizionale del territorio.

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Il Duomo

Tra le diverse costruzioni storiche che insistono nell’area di Ravello, il Duomo non può che rivestire un’importanza fondamentale. È una delle (ex) cattedrali più antiche d’Italia e la sua prima costruzione risale addirittura al 1086.

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Il Ravello Festival

Da 65 anni Ravello diventa teatro di uno dei festival musicali più importanti di tutta Italia. Per tutto il mese di Luglio, con una serie di concerti di musica classica di assoluto prestigio, organizzati nei locali della splendida Villa Rufolo .

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Villa Cimbrone

Oggi occupata da un hotel a 5 stelle, uno dei più conosciuti di tutta la Costiera, può essere comunque visitata nella parte del giardino da tutti, durante tutto l’anno.

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Il museo del Corallo

Un grandissimo omaggio a quella che era la merce più preziosa che passava da Ravello. Un museo a testimonianza dell’importanza strategica di Ravello durante le epoche passate.

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La terrazza sull’Infinito

Un terrazzo sospeso a 400 metri che permette di godere di una vista incredibile, sia verso la montagna sia verso il mare. Uno dei migliori belvedere di tutta la Costiera. La vista copre dalla costa cilentana fino all’inizio della Costiera Amalfitana.

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Il borgo di Ravello

Ravello è borgo sottoposto alla tutela UNESCO. Perdersi nelle strade, nei meandri di viuzze, nelle botteghe degli artigiani è forse il meglio che possiamo vivere a Ravello. Perché perdersi nel paradiso è l’esperienza più dolce.

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AMALFI COAST

Amalfi

Amalfi is the small town which gives its name to the entire coast, besides being one of the most famous touristic areas in the world. Its thousand year old history, importance of its monuments and splendid natural setting have all contributed to its being part of the UNESCO Patrimony. In the town crest, one can cite “Descendit ex patribus Romanorum” and effectively, the origins of Amalfi seem to date back to the Roman period, as certified by the discovery of a nymph statue belonging to a villa most likely built during the times of Emperor Tiberius. Even its name has Latin origins. Either it derives from either Melfi, the Lucan sea village abbandoned by the Roman people in the IV century B.C. city in which its refugees docked on the Amalfi coast, founding the city, or by the Roman “gens Amarfi,” who lived in the 1 century B.C. Legend says that the name comes from Amalfi, the name of a nymph with which Hercules was in love. Already Episcopal seat in 596, in 839, it became an independent Republic (the first of the Maritime Republics in Italy,) governed first by annually elected Counts, then by the Prefects and finally, by the Dukes, who transformed it into a sort of Ducal Monarchy. From this moment on, the Amalfi supremacy in commercial trading began with the Orient and, in general, in the management of commercial traffic in the entire Mediterranean basin, through an intense network of settlements in the main ports. The timber-loaded Amalfi mercantile ships set sail towards the north-African, Sirian, Palestine and Bisantium coasts, exchanging such merchandise with gold, spices, precious stones and fabric. In a short time, Amalfi traders became very wealthy, so much as to draw the attention and hostility of new and emerging rivals in places like Pisa and Genova. Of the Amalfi seafaring history remain the stone work arsenal, used for the construction of the floating hulls for combat, maritime code laws, called “Tabula de Amalpha,” and the tradition of the compass created by Flavio Gioia are all still used today. The history of Amalfi tourism coincides with the arrival of travelers from Northern Europe during the period of GrandTourism when, in the 19th century, it evolved into a tourist destination, with the construction of a state road built by Ferdinand, the Bourbon King of Naples. Still today, Amalfi and, in general, its coast, continues being discovered by famous people and non, as an ideal place to pass a beautiful vacation.

The Path of the Gods

For those passionate about hiking or walking in the open air, an absolute “must” during a vacation in the Amalfi Coast is an excursion on the The Path of the Gods. From Agerola to Positano, this path is rather easy, lasting about 5 hours. Anyone who suffers from heights (vertigine) could have some difficulty, and shouldn’t underestimate the situation, but with the necessary precautions, hiking here is possible for all. Immersed in total silence and peacefulness, it is rich in spectacular scenery. Capri, the “island of lovers,” can be seen directly in front of the pathway. From such a height, the sounds of traffic and noise are only distant memories. There are various directions one can take, all of which are picturesque and captivating, where one can admire the typical Mediterranean brush of the Almafi Coast, including Holm Oak trees, caves and deep coves. It’s common to meet sheepherders and farmers, selling their local production of cheese, salami, etc.

Positano

Thanks to the mild climate and stunning beauty of its landscape, Positano has been a vacation resort on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast since the epoch of the Roman Empire, as was certified by the discovery in 2004 of a villa dating back to the 1st century B.C. Typical are the numerous narrow stairs that go from the highest points of the town, down to the beach. Its main beaches are the Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo, both accessible on foot. Others include La Porta, Arienzo and San Pietro Laurito, all reachable mainly by sea. All year, the town is always full of tourists. But if you’re thinking of visiting Positano, it would be best to plan your trip during the spring season. The climate is very mild, almost subtropical. Winters are fairly temperate, with the lowest temperatures rarely going below 6°C, while the summers are long, hot and sunny, yet often with a refreshing sea breeze.

The Natural Reserve of the Valley of the Mills

In the heart of the Amalfi Coast, the Natural Reserve of the Ferriere Valley (or Valley of the Mills) is a wonder of nature protected by the UNESCO and site of community interest. The area extends to the internal part of a deep valley that unites the Mulini and Ferriere valleys. This natural habitat gives life to rare species of plants in Italy, such as the Wood wardiaradicans ferns, a kind of living fossil dating back to Terziary period. This Reserve is also known for the presence of paper factories-the oldest in Europe- where the famous Amalfi paper is produced. Without a doubt, the two still–producing factories, merit a visit, as does the delightful Paper Museum.

furore

An other gem of the Amalfi Coast, Furore, took its name from the expression, “fragore delle onde che nel piano della sottoposta vallata odonsi mugghiare allorché il mare infuria” (the sound of the raging sea pounding against the valley below.) Founded by the Romans, it has always been an inaccessible bastion, due to its particular physical-geographical conformation, even during the Saraceninvasion. The Furore is one of the most picturesque fiords in Italy. It is a deep fissure in the rocky cliff at the junction of an over hanging deep and narrow valley to the sea, where a tiny characteristic hamlet of fishermen was created in the past. This fiordo has always represented a natural harbor, famous for its traditional and ancient industrial plants, such as paper mills and mills. Its nickname is “il paese che non c’e’” (the country that doesn’t exist.) This is because there is no real inhabited center-only isolated houses peaking out against the ridges of the cliffs. The enplein air Art Gallery is unique, made up of more than 100 “muri d’autore,” murals and sculptures which express Furore as a “paese dipinto,” (a painted town.) The municipal territory includes the coastal zone of the fiord, up to Praiano and Conca dei Marini, which reaches an altitude of about 600 meters above sea level, surrounded by the Agerola mountains. The first certain news spoke of the inhabited Furore as a simple country house of the Regia Amalfi city: for this, there was the hypothes is that it was a place for the exiled and outcast of the society, sent to live far away from the city, in an inhospitable place, hardly populated and with no land to cultivate. It was again mentioned in the 1752 land registry. During the 1950’s, Furore was the setting of a passionate and tormented love story between the Italian film director Roberto Rossellini and Italian actress Anna Magnani, the protagonist “Nannarella,” during the shooting of the film “L’Amore.” Among the particular sites and many churches to see in the area, a popular tradition is the Marmeeting Worldwide High-Diving Championship. This takesplace from a suspended bridge 30 meters high, which stretches over the fiord on the first Sunday in July. But the greatest attraction is the Furore’s mighty, wild and extraordinary beauty, framed by breathtaking views: olive orchards, terraced vinyards on the mountainous profiles, the bowers of lemontrees with nets between poles, red rooftops and coloured tiles of small church steeples, brightly coloured flowers of the wild blackberry briars, and the omnipresent blue sea in the background.