If you visit Ravello in Italy, you’re following in the footsteps of some of the world’s most influential artists and writers – great names such as Virginia Woolf, Gore Vidal and André Gide have spent time here, helping to cultivate its reputation as a creative getaway. But whether you’re working on your masterpiece or not, Ravello holidays offer a luxurious stay.
Nestled among beautiful hills and full of terraced gardens with fantastic views, the town is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Its unique architecture includes the 13th-century Villa Rufolo with its gorgeous Moorish lines, and the Villa Cimbrone, known for its spectacular ‘Terrazza dell’lnfinito’ (Terrace of Infinity), which is an unmissable place to take in the views. Around the town, there are more than two dozen hiking trails, making holidays to Ravello perfect for clearing your mind and seeking creative inspiration. With a glamorous reputation, fantastic views, beautiful architecture and a calendar of events steeped in its rich cultural history, Ravello is a standout destination on the Amalfi Coast.
Check out the buildings
Visit the Villa Rufolo, which was built by a wealthy family in the 13th century and inspired famed German opera composer Richard Wagner when he stayed there in 1880.
Go to Ravello Festival
Begun in 1953 as a celebration of Richard Wagner’s music, this annual festival now encompasses all sorts of music and arts from April to October.
Raise a glass
Vineyards on the picturesque hills near Ravello produce several distinctive wines, and many of the grapes have ancient lineages dating back to Roman times. Local wineries offer tastings and tours of their production facilities.