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About Ravello

This small village of perhaps 2500 residents is perched on a cliff overlooking Amalfi and the sea. Founded in the 6th Century by noble families of Amalfi, it was initially a center for spinning wool. As early as the 11th Century it was described as "opulent".It was a featured locale in Boccaccio's Decameron in the 13th Century. As its fortunes declined, the city made the most of its incomparable geography and beautiful buildings and gardens.

Celebrities in Ravello

In 1880 Richard Wagner arrived in Ravello and it was here that "Parsifal" was composed. Later visitors have included Grieg, Toscanini, and Leonard Bernsteirn from the world of music, and Graham Greene, Tennessee Williams, and Gore Vidal from the world of literature. Much of Lady Chatterley's Lover was written here. Politicians include Kennedy and Mitterand. And the famed indiscretions of Roberto Rosselini and Ingrid Bergman centered on the Hotel Lombardy.

Ravello Today

Today Ravello is a tourist mecca, close and yet somewhat difficult of access because of the steep winding access road.Therefore, the village seems relatively peaceful compared to places like Positano, and always immaculate. Visitors come for the villas and gardens, the views, and often for weddings which are a big business in Ravello. Arrangements can be made for traditional weddings in the cathedral of course but also for civil ceremonies. The church is very very busy with weddings - adjacent a wedding party in the main square.

  • Intro Updated Jan 31, 2006
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Nice tips on this town of "famed indiscretions".

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    This is an area we never got to see-and no doubt missing something there. Good showing

    • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
      Jun 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      thanks for visiting ravello with me, as good as it looks. lot more pricy and upscale now. photos do not do the views justice.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Looks a superb town to visit. Were martinis' included with lunch.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Excellent tips Lew. The vista's look amazing. Nice warning tip. It is always good to be prepared to browse such a fabulous place.

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    I'd like to visit this town one day. Ciao!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 4:17 AM

    Hi there! nice to see youre on the Ravello list as well! i had such a great time surrounded by so much beauty, fresh air and lovely or cute architecture on my short trip around the Amalfi coast.nice to see your pics and tips too.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    It's enough to take your breath away! The people who live there must have mongo leg muscles!

  • May 20, 2006 at 7:30 AM

    Those lucky Italians, Gore Vidal sure has an eye for real estate

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2006 at 11:51 AM

    Never hear so much about Ravello - its always Positano but this looks great. Thanks for detail in the tips. Ciao, Carol

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2006 at 11:48 PM

    Ravello really does look beautiful! Thanks for this charming little page!


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