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Ravello is one of the Amalfi Coast’s most celebrated towns, occupying a breathtakingly precarious position overlooking the sea. With a great position comes a great reward: the views from here are superb. This historic town, an enchanting combination of herb-scented public gardens, exquisite sea-view dining and masterpieces of Moorish-Mediterranean architecture, has long been a favourite with the rich and famous, with past visitors including Greta Garbo and Tennessee Williams. Today, you can wander along perfumed pathways and explore the town’s many attractions, including the iconic Villa Cimbrone, which boasts tranquil gardens and the awe-inspiring ‘Terrace of Infinity’.
Ravello also boasts an impressive history that may not be immediately obvious. Originally founded in the 5th century, the town has managed to maintain a number of historic buildings, including the remarkable 11th-century duomo, which features a classical campanile and ornate bronze doors, and the elegant Villa Rufolo, set in the ancient heart of the town. The atmospheric surroundings make for great dining too, with a few dozen good eateries and bars to be found in and around the town.
The closest airport to Ravello is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Ravello. Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Ravello is a summer destination with the season generally running from April to October, although some hotels are open in March. Early or late summer is the best time to explore this mountain town with cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. Many people visit for Ravello's famous festival, which runs from June to September.
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