Explore the iconic town of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. This guide covers everything you need to see and do during your stay here.
Ravello, the shining jewel of the Amalfi Coast is a destination that is not for the faint of heart. Set upon a rocky cliff that overlooks the shimmering sea, this quaint town that neighbors Positano is the perfect place to marvel at the world’s most picturesque coastline.
From villas to lush groves and vineyards, Ravello is truly a slice of heaven on earth. Whether it’s a week or just a day trip to this beautiful town, there are numerous things to see and do.
If you are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, here’s your all-encompassing guide to the best things to do in Ravello.
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The Best Things To Do In Ravello
Ravello is one of the best island getaways in Italy and is a place frequented by movie stars. If you are planning a trip to this gorgeous destination, we recommend spending a couple of days here to soak up everything this coastal town has to offer.
Here are the top spots to see during your time in Ravello.
1. Villa Cimbrone
One of the best sights in Ravello is the terrace gardens that offer incredible views of the Amalfi Coast and beyond. One of the two most famous gardens in the town is Villa Cimbrone. This garden known for its elegance and opulence holds a striking resemblance to the century-old palaces that are commonplace in cities like Vienna and Paris.
Villa Cimborne offers a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of Italy’s larger cities like Florence and Rome. One can spend hours roaming the expansive gardens that overlook the serene blue sea and the coastline.
The most famous spot at Villa Cimbrone is the Terrace of Infinity lined with Romanesque statues. As you stand atop the iconic terrace, you get to see deep-sea beneath you and the stone houses that dot the Amalfi cliffs. Villa Cimbrone has seen many famous visitors through the years including T.S Eliot and Virginia Wolf.
2. Villa Rufolo
Villa Rufolo rivals Villa Cimbrone in magnificence and beauty but is visual contrast to its neighboring garden. While Cimbrone offers views of the aquatic landscape, Rufolo exhibits Ravello’s floral beauty. Visitors can feel one with nature as they stroll through Villa Rufolo’s stunning gardens.
The Villa dates back all the way to the 13th century and is exemplary of the stunning architecture that Amalfi is known for. The famous composer Richard Wagner is said to have found his inspiration for the opera, Parsifal during a visit to the gardens.
Villa Rufolo is a must-see on a trip to the Italian island for jaw-dropping views of the Gulf of Salerno. In addition to the garden, there is a tower and a museum on the ground that’s worth visiting. The entrance to the Rufolo is located in Ravello’s main town square, Piazza Vescovado.
3. Town Square- Piazza Vescovado
After a stroll through Ravello’s picturesque Villa takes a break at the town’s main square- Piazza Vescovado. This is a great place to people-watch and grab a bite to eat or drink. You can even get some shopping done at the Piazza. Locally made ceramics, canvas paintings and cloth handbags make for great souvenirs from Ravello.
The main square offers gorgeous views of the mountains that surround the region and serve as a backdrop to the ocean. The piazza is also home to Ravello’s Cathedral which was designed in Romanesque architecture and is definitely worth a visit.
4. Duomo di Ravello
Another famous spot in Ravello is the Duomo di Ravello, an impressive cathedral located in the town center that dates all the way back to the year 1087. The Duomo is known for its large bronze doors that turn inward and feature a carving of Christ surrounded by saints.
The doors are typical of Romanesque architecture and were designed by Barisano da Trani in 1179. The interiors of the church include mosaic carvings and medieval architecture with Christian symbols. The small museum inside the church is worth a visit as well. The cathedral is open every day from 9 AM to noon and 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.
5. Path of Gods
A great way to explore the coastline that surrounds Ravello is on a hike through the Path of Gods. This 7 km path stretches from Bomerano to Nocelle (with many small towns in between) and offers some incredible views of the Amalfi Coast. The hiking trail is just a short drive from Ravello and totally worth the trip.
In order to beat the crowds and enjoy some solitary views at the top of the cliff, plan your time to begin your hike at 7 AM. The trail will take you across stone houses, wildflowers and forests. You can even catch a glimpse of growing vines that line the hillside.
However, the real treat lies at the end of the hike where you get to experience Amalfi from the clouds. Stand atop the highest cliff and watch the deep blue ocean beneath you surrounded by the hillside homes that Amalfi is known for. The Path of Gods hike is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience.
6. Cruise along the Amalfi coast
A trip to Ravello is not complete without a cruise along the stunning Amalfi Coast. This coastal region is one of the famous places in the world and is a popular summer destination among celebrities.
A cruise along the coastline will take you across the region’s famous towns like Ravello and Positano. It’s the best way to get a bird’s eye view of the coastal towns and capture those coveted seaside cliff pictures.
After sailing the Amalfi coastline, you can end your day with a hearty Italian meal at Ravello or one of the neighboring towns. There are also a number of bars along the coast that offer some incredible sunset views. Check out GetYourGuide to choose from various Amalfi cruise options.
7. Visit the undiscovered Atrani Village
Just a short trip away from Ravello is the hidden yet beautiful fishing village of Atrani. The island features homes stacked on top of each other, leaving this town isolated from its more famous neighbors.
If you are looking to catch a break from the crowds of Positano and Ravello, Atrani is well worth your time. The highlight of this fishing town is the hike that takes you across the entire village and the seaside cliffs. You can even take a walking tour of Amalfi and Atrani.
The pathway is a descending trail that offers a view of the sea on one side and several houses hidden with stonewalls on the other. Atrani is situated on a cliff that juts out into the ocean which serves as the perfect viewpoint of the entire coast. End your day at the beach and enjoy some seafood at one of the many local eateries.
8. Experience a cooking class
Italian food is without a doubt, the heart of the Italian culture and one of the best experiences for visitors in Ravello is a cooking class. The class isn’t just about learning how to make a good meal but you also get to enjoy an unforgettable dinner experience in a real Ravello home.
Mamma Agata’s cooking class is a must-try on a trip to Ravello. You will learn how to make a full course meal during the class including starters, the main course and dessert. The students can even visit the garden at Mamma Agata’s home to pick some vegetables for the meal.
The class ends with a beautiful lunch on Mamma Agata’s terrace where you get to enjoy your meal with a view of the Mediterranean Sea. You can visit Mamma Agata’s website to learn more about the cooking class.
9. Minori Walk
One of the best ways to explore Minori and its surrounding regions is on foot. If you fancy a hike, consider taking the stairs to Minori from Ravello. The path begins at Villa Rufolo where a descending staircase at the archway will take all the way to the town of Minori.
The hike is pretty easy and you just need to follow the signs to avoid any paths that take you upward (the hike is a declining path). The road to Minori offers breathtaking views of terraces, vineyards, gardens and the Amalfi coastline.
Like Atrani, Minori is a village that is secluded and does not see too many tourists so you can kick back and enjoy the sun and sea. The two major highlights in the town are Villa Romana and the Basilica of Santa Trofimena. You can end the day at one of the many restaurants on the promenade and enjoy an authentic Campania dish.
10. Grab a bite to eat
After a day of hiking and sightseeing, grab a bite at one of the many restaurants in Ravello. Since the town isn’t too big, it’s not too hard to find the best places to eat. Each meal ends with a complimentary limoncello (Ravello is known for lemons). Here are the best places to eat in Ravello:
Mimi Bar Pizzeria
One of the best pizza spots in Ravello and maybe even Amalfi- Mimi Bar Pizzeria has a wide variety of pizzas to choose from. If you visit Ravello in the summer, you can even enjoy your meal at the outdoor terrace. Mimi Bar also gives visitors a complimentary limoncello with their order.
For an authentic Italian meal head to Campa Cusimo, a four-generation family-owned restaurant in Ravello. Cumpa Cosimo doesn’t have a fixed menu and the dishes change by the season. The fettuccine and Bolognese are great choices and for dessert, you can feast on a Lemon Delight cake. The restaurant is a hotspot among the rich and famous like Jackie Osborne.
If you are looking to splurge on a meal, check out Rossellini’s in Palazzo Avino. The restaurant combines food and art to prepare a meal that is visually appealing. The menu includes a nine-course meal including three courses of dessert.
Some of the dishes on the tasting menu include Ahi tuna, a rack of lamb, ricotta and fruit mousse topped with fresh fruits. An in-house sommelier will help you pick the best wine to pair with your food. A meal a Rossellini’s is a true treat for your senses and one of the best things to do in Ravello.
Ravello is the perfect getaway on a trip to Italy. It is often referred to as the jewel of the Amalfi Coast and rightfully so. From scenic hikes that take you across the coast and cruises that offer breathtaking views of the Amalfi coastline, Ravello has so much to offer.
The town offers a more relaxed vibe to Italy’s bigger cities like Rome and Milan. Kickback and enjoy this slice of heaven on earth while you feast on some tasty Italian food and a glass of Limoncello. We hope this guide to the best things to do in Ravello can help you plan the perfect trip.
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