Ravello, a hidden gem in the mountains

Terrace of Infinity Villa Cimbrone Ravello

 

If you read my blog previously, you already know Positano is one of my favorite places on earth & I always hop on a plane a couple of times every summer to spend some days there & visit my aunt & uncle.
We took advantage of a very bad weather day during our last trip there, to visit the nearby town of Ravello, a breathtaking gem hidden into the mountains.

After a quite long bus ride (actually there are not so many km to do, but the costal road is quite narrow & buses often got stuck & honestly taking the bus is an experience in itself…) from Positano to Amalfi & to Amalfi to Ravello, we finally arrived to our destination.

Mains square and the Cathedral in Ravello

To recover from the bus ride, we started with ice-creams in the main square.

ice-cream in Ravello Amalfi Coast
Happily savoring our treats, we wandered the tiny streets…
Exploring Ravello Amalfi Coast
Wandering the little streets in Ravello
Wandering the little streets in Ravello

& with a perfect timing, we arrived at Villa Cimbrone just as we finished our ice-creams 😉

Villa Cimbrone Ravello
Villa Cimbrone is an historical palace in Ravello, mostly known for its fabulous gardens & its amazing belvedere, the Terrace of Infinity.

The palace is now a 5 stars hotel & hosts a restaurant as well, but the gardens are open to the public.

Villa Cimbrone Ravello

Right in front of the ticket office, you’ll find the cloister & the crypt entrance.

Cloister of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
Unfortunately, when we went there the crypt was closed due to a wedding.

Shall we continue through the gardens so?

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
Marveling at the beautiful plants & flowers…
Gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
Villa Cimbrone gardens Ravello

…the many statues…

Villa Cimbrone gardens Ravello
Villa Cimbrone gardens Ravello

We eventually reached the Terrace of Infinity…

The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
& got lost in the blue panorama stretching in front of us…
The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
The Terrace of Infinity, Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

I didn’t want to leave anymore, it’s true that this belvedere is kind of magical, you feel suspended between the sea & the sky.
My pics don’t really do justice to this place…

But there was more to explore, so we eventually took back the road through the gardens…

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Getting lost in the different floors of the never-ending parc

Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Garden of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Walking between the sea & the mountains…
Garden of Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Villa Cimbrone garden, Ravello

& among gardens of different styles, feeling once like in Japan…

Villa Cimbrone gardens, Ravello

& then like in the labyrinth of Alice in the Wonderland 😉

Villa Cimbrone gardens, Ravello

Once we explored every corner of this charming place, we found ourselves back at Villa Cimbrone.

Villa Cimbrone garden, Ravello
We then came back to the main square.

Ravello Cathedral

Where this kind man was sitting in the exact same place than before, only his companion had changed 😉

Main square in Ravello, Amalfi coast, Italy

While going back to the main square, we saw many nice places, most of them with a breathtaking view, where we would have loved to have dinner, but Ravello is up in the mountains so the weather is fresher than in other towns nearby especially when the night is coming & we were kind of cold. So we sadly decided to go back to Positano.

But now you know, so if you plan on going there, bring a jumper with you & you’ll be able to enjoy dinner in one of the nice restaurants overlooking the blue sea 🙂

PS. We went to Villa Cimbrone as I wanted to see the Terrace of Infinity, but there’s also another palace, Villa Rufolo, with equally beautiful gardens, that is a nice visit when in Ravello.

View from Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Amalfi coast

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10 Comments

  1. Yup Amalfi coast is wonderful & surely there is plenty to see!! You should also visit Positano, Amalfi, Capri & spend at least one day renting a boat & exploring the coastline 🙂

  2. What a beautiful place – the terrace of infinity sounds wonderful, what an evocative name and I think I could stare out to that blue forever as well. This is definitely one part of Italy I would love to visit (and the ice cream isn't bad!) Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  3. Ravello was my favorite place on the Amalfi Coast and your day sounds a lot similar to mine. We were in Amalfi in the morning where it rained A LOT but by the time we got to Ravello, the sky cleared up and we started our visit with an ice cream from the exact same place, haha. #citytripping

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