Benvenuti a Ravello. Welcome to Ravello.

Perched on a hilltop more than 1200 feet (~365 meters) above the Mediterranean and far removed from the crowds that flock to the sea towns of Amalfi and Positano, Ravello is the hidden treasure of the Amalfi Coast. Its villas and vistas have enchanted visitors for centuries. Famous actors, authors, composers, and artists have come here for refuge and inspiration. Now it’s your turn to discover Ravello. Come and enjoy the food, the music, and the beauty that make Ravello so very special. continue reading

Celebrities and Ravello

Ravello has star power. For more than seven centuries it has been attracting celebrities. In 1222 St. Francis is believed to have passed through Ravello on his way to venerate the remains of St. Andrew in nearby Amalfi. In the 14th century, Giovanni Boccaccio, one of the earliest rock stars of the Italian Renaissance, raved about Ravello in the Decameron, and Robert the II, one of the great Norman kings of Naples, enjoyed banquets at the Villa Rufolo. continue reading

Ravello's Legends and Lore

As befits a place with such beauty and history, Ravello has its fair share of legends and lore. Some of the legends have to do with St. Pantaleone, the patron saint of healing for whom the Duomo was dedicated. Local children are told that St. Pantaleone’s ghost resides along the coast in the form of a giant that still looks after them today. continue reading

Neapolitan Cuisine at its finest

You have not truly discovered Ravello until you have sampled the cuisine. Except perhaps for the flour and a few other ingredients, virtually everything that is prepared in Ravello comes from the surrounding hills or the sea below. continue reading

The Wines of Ravello

No trip to Ravello would be complete without a tasting of the regional wines, including many of the local grape varieties that are unique to the area. Many of the grapes grown on the Amalfi Coast have ancient lineages that date back to Roman times. Indeed, Falanghina, one of the most popular white wine varieties, is produced from the famed Falernian grapes so favored by the ancient Romans, but the grape is probably of ancient Greek origin. continue reading