Ravello & Villa Cimbrone: Discover These Italian Treasures on the Beautiful Amafli Coast by Fiona Whiley
Crowning the terraced cliffs above the oceanfront town of Amalfi, you will find the refined old village of Ravello. A centrally located piazza sits peacefully skirted by the Duomo di Ravello, along with several cafes.
This part of the UNESCO region of the Amalfi coast is traffic free, as no cars are allowed into the narrow streets of the area. There is one car park at the top and you can walk everywhere you need to go from there. If you are feeling brave, then you can catch a small local bus from Amalfi up the twisting mountain roads to the bus stop outside Ravello, with many sharp bends and sudden stops in between. Be prepared for a crowded trip though as the locals and the tourists all use the bus, which is boarded by a “he-who-pushes-hardest-goes-first method!”
From the main square, a short walk will take you to Villa Cimbrone – an historic building famous for its elegant gardens, and magnificent view of the Amalfi coastline from its scenic belvedere, the Terrazzo dell’Infinito (the Terrace of Infinity). The villa is now a private 5-star hotel, while the gardens are open to the public every day from 9 a.m. till sunset. Magnificent!
Photo: View of Scala Village from Ravello