I really enjoyed my week on the Amalfi Coast but the absolute highlight happened to be one of the little villages that people tend to forget about or miss. Even though I only spent a few hours in Ravello it left a lasting impression.
From Sorrento we took a bus to Amalfi Town. From my previous post A week in Amalfi Coast you will know that the bus system often let us down, left us stranded and was completely and utterly unreliable so we had to brave it again to get to beautiful Ravello, but thankfully it was worth it.
The journey from Sorrento to Amalfi Town was 1 hour and 50 minutes and from there you catch another much smaller bus for a further 20 minutes up a huge hill (so it would be tricky to walk it).
Straight away it became my favourite village on the Amalfi Coast. Firstly, there was hardly any people and after braving the crowds in Positano, Naples, Vesuvius and Pompeii it was a welcome break. What also struck me was the lack of tourist shops which was so nice. There were art shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and lots of open space. It was completely different to all of the other villages.
We visited Villa Cimbrone which was through the winding streets of Ravello perched right on the edge of a cliff. It was the best €7 we spent as it was the most perfect place to spend a couple of hours.
The grounds were perfectly manicured and so beautiful. As it was spring time there were plenty of flowers blooming around us including wisteria and there was also an onsite vineyard (of course).
There were little pagodas and large pots dotted around the walking route and after a big of googling we found out that it is indeed a wedding venue and I thought just how beautiful it would be. What made it really special was the surrounding mountains (seen in above photo). We were completely surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Italy that were in shapes and colours.
The most breathtaking part of Villa Cimbrone was the balcony that overlooked the whole Amalfi Coast and nearby villages. The villa itself is set atop a cliff and is a private estate that opens to the public during the day time.
“The villa’s belvedere, Terrazza dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity), is lined by a series of marble busts that on clear days sparkle against the blue sky above and the azure waters of the Mediterranean below.”
The terrace which is 365m above the twinkling Mediterranean was a genuine highlight of the whole two week trip and it was just a truly magical place to be on a sunny spring day in Italy.
Once we finished walking around the villa we stopped in for a drink and some snacks at the bar nearest the bus stop so we could see when our bus arrived. It of course was an hour so we sat back, enjoyed the view, drank some wine and just drank it all in.
Have you been to Ravello?