Some places leave a mark on you. Simply thinking about your time there can alter your mood, take you back in time and leave you longing to recreate those memories. Realistically, you’re probably planning your next trip before you even leave.
Ravello was that place for us.
After five amazing days along the Amalfi Coast — shopping in Positano, day tripping to Capri, and boating off the coast of Praiano — I thought it couldn’t get any better. Boy was I wrong!
Nothing beat Ravello’s charm. Though we technically stayed in the town of Amalfi, we couldn’t stay away from Ravello.
Here’s why we fell in love.
Set a top the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, 365 meters above the sea, the views from Ravello are second-to-none. From the edge of town you see nothing but crystal blue water and classic Italian boats jumping from port to port. But what truly makes Ravello unique is the view from the center of the piazza, where you can experience the true spirit of Italy — the local neighborhoods forever engraved in the cliffside.
Tourists, artists and writers alike have come to Ravello to be inspired by these views and we could see why.
Though Ravello is primarily a tourist town, it’s held on to its culture remarkably well.
Probably the most notable of Ravello’s cultural landmarks is the duomo. Built in the 11th century, the cathedral still features bronze doors gifted to them in 1179. The structure is breathtaking and full of history.
My favorite attraction by far was the Villa Rufolo. Between the rustic ruins, gorgeous gardens and sea views, it was easy to lose ourselves as we wandered around the grounds.
Ravello is littered with quaint, local artisan shops. I spent hours navigating into and out of the stores lining the cobblestone streets. Like most towns along Amalfi Coast you can find everything you want — food, clothes, souvenirs and much more.
I did not have a bad bite of food in Ravello (or Italy for that matter) but my favorite meal by far was at Mimi Bar Pizzeria. Even without the views Ravello is known for, it has earned the number one spot on TripAdvisor while remaining casual and relatively inexpensive. All I can say is the pizza was everything.
In Ravello, the wine tastes sweeter, the views look clearer and your problems seem smaller. How many more reasons could you need to love Ravello?