Ravello Favorite Tips by iandsmith
Ravello General: 15 reviews and 24 photos
The ceiling of the Turkish bath
Favorite thing: The architecture is characterized by the Entrance Tower with the straw-yellow surface, probably obtained from the powdered ceramic glazes; the Moorish cloister with small columns supporting pointed arches; the Main tower; the 18th century Garden; the Well; the Turkish bath with Balnea and Theatre; the Dining rooms and Chapel that today hosts art exhibitions and events.
Fondest memory: If you're in any way interested in architecture you won't fail to notice the different influences throughout the villa. I found it intriguing to see how they'd preserved things such as the Moorish arch (see pic 5) and the turkish bath whose roof attracted me.
Panorama from the balcony towards Minora
Favorite thing: There are times when touring that you arrive at places and, perhaps because you've seen the image a hundred times before, the gloss is taken off.
Villa Rufolo is not one of those places! No matter how many times you see images it does not fail to enchant.
The first time I visited the dreaded Eurohaze (as we photographers call it) hung about the coast but the next time it was a near perfect day and we felt blessed to be in such a spot on such a day.
Fondest memory: I hope the pictures reflect that sentiment. The flowers in bloom making tracks between historic buildings is something I find enchanting and I'm sure many others feel exactly the same way.
Nice place for a festival
Favorite thing: Villa Rufolo takes its name from an ancient family of Ravello, rich and powerful in the times of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi.
The villa suffered through carelessness and degradation until 1851 when the Scottish Francis Neville Reid bought it and brought it and revived its ancient splendor.
In 1880 Wagner, who stayed in the Villa for some time, remained astonished by the extraordinary glamour of the place and it was here he found the inspiration to compose the second act of the "Parsifal". From that time, the Villa continued to attract visitors and artists and personages as Jacqueline Kennedy and Hillary Clinton.
Fondest memory: The gardens of the villa set the scenery for the Ravello Festival. Performances of classic music and ballets of the highest level take place at night, with the orchestra playing on a stage hanging between the sky and the sea.
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