Ravello

Ravello - Amalfi Coast - view from the top
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Ravello is a charming little town built along the Amalfi Coast, offering a scenic beauty that has fascinated visitors for centuries. As such, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Founded in the 5th century, Ravello was originally a refuge for those escaping the vicious barbarian invaders that ultimately toppled the Roman Empire. Within a few centuries, the town became an important maritime port that traded wool, grains, and other mainland goods. In the 12th century, Ravello was sacked and destroyed by Pisa, causing a massive decline and forcing much of the remaining population to move elsewhere. The town did not begin to recover until the 19th century, when it was rediscovered by artists, intellectuals and aristocrats. Today, Ravello is a popular tourist destination that offers a rich culture and many beautiful sights.

Things to see

Of these sights, the Duomo of Ravello is decidedly one of the best. This 11th century cathedral, dedicated to Saint Maria Assunta, has a gorgeous marble pulpit made by the sculptor Nicola di Bartolomeo. Also worth visiting is the Villa Rufolo, built by the powerful family of the same name in the 13th century. This villa has lush gardens offering a breathtaking view of the coast, and is well known for having hosted the composer Richard Wagner in the 19th century. Also found in Ravello is the 11th century Villa Cimbrone, once owned and renovated by the baron Ernest William Beckett and his family. It is most famous for its spectacular belvedere called Terrazzo dell’lnfinito (“Terrace of Infinity”), offering an amazing view of the sea.

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Ravello

Ravello - Amalfi Coast - view from the top
Ravello - Villa Cimbrone - statueRavello - Amalfi Coast - view from the topRavello - view from the topRavello - Villa CimbroneRavello - panoramaRavello - day view

Ravello is a charming little town built along the Amalfi Coast, offering a scenic beauty that has fascinated visitors for centuries. As such, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Founded in the 5th century, Ravello was originally a refuge for those escaping the vicious barbarian invaders that ultimately toppled the Roman Empire. Within a few centuries, the town became an important maritime port that traded wool, grains, and other mainland goods. In the 12th century, Ravello was sacked and destroyed by Pisa, causing a massive decline and forcing much of the remaining population to move elsewhere. The town did not begin to recover until the 19th century, when it was rediscovered by artists, intellectuals and aristocrats. Today, Ravello is a popular tourist destination that offers a rich culture and many beautiful sights.

Things to see

Of these sights, the Duomo of Ravello is decidedly one of the best. This 11th century cathedral, dedicated to Saint Maria Assunta, has a gorgeous marble pulpit made by the sculptor Nicola di Bartolomeo. Also worth visiting is the Villa Rufolo, built by the powerful family of the same name in the 13th century. This villa has lush gardens offering a breathtaking view of the coast, and is well known for having hosted the composer Richard Wagner in the 19th century. Also found in Ravello is the 11th century Villa Cimbrone, once owned and renovated by the baron Ernest William Beckett and his family. It is most famous for its spectacular belvedere called Terrazzo dell’lnfinito (“Terrace of Infinity”), offering an amazing view of the sea.

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