Ravello is one of my favorite Amalfi Coast towns. Even when crowded, it offers a peaceful charm with plenty of traffic-free stone paths and elegant gardens to wander through. The town has much to offer visitors who want to experience more than just sandy beaches and glistening blue sea. Here are just a few of my favorite things to do in Ravello:
1. Visit Ravello's cathedral (pictured above) in the town's main square. The church was erected in 1086. Inside, the cathedral's museum displays a splendid marble bust of Sigligaida Rufolo, considered to be one of the most beautiful works of 13th-century art.
2. Explore Villa Rufolo, one of the architectural masterpieces constructed in the latter half of the 13th century. I never tire of the beautiful gardens and coastal views.
3. Stroll through Villa Cimbrone, the farmhouse transformed into a splendid estate with luxuriant gardens, statues, fountains, temples and the infamous Infinity Terrace with one of the most beautiful views of the area.
4. Admire the magnificent coral displays at the Coral Museum. The museum documents the techniques and tools used in turning coral into art. There are hundreds of pieces on display including a beautiful coral crucifix and Madonna. Everything is handmade from coral, pearls or shells, ranging from Roman times to the 20th century.
5. Take a cooking class with Mamma Agata who as a girl cooked in Ravello villas for Elizabeth Taylor and Humphrey Bogart.
6. Take a leisurely walk through the lemon groves and down many steps to Minori. Just make sure you go down, not up. There are somewhere around 1,700 steps down (I lost count!).
7. Take in a concert under the stars. During the summer months, Ravello's gardens, villas and churches set the stage for a series of chamber music, orchestra and soloist concerts offered by the Ravello Concert Society. Molto romantico!
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