Amalfi is the coast’s largest town, but Ravello is the undisputed aristocrat of the Amalfi Coast. Ravello is an enchanting stretch of paradise, perched 1500 feet above the Gulf of Salerno on a high cliff above the town of Amalfi. It commands awe-inspiring views of the coastline, citrus groves and vineyards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYenddABq8Q&feature=related. Visit the cathedral, the beautiful gardens of Villa Ruffalo and Villa Cimbrone pictured in this post.
The impressive Duomo ( Chiesa de San Giovanni del Toro) was founded in 1086 and has the relics of St. Barbara (www.chiesaravello.com). The 12th century Santa Maria a Gradillo church is also noteworthy.
Richard Wagner was inspired to compose classical music in Ravello. The town hosts a spectacular annual summer music festival. Classical music concerts are held in July in the gardens of Villa Ruffalo.
Wealthy residents of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi made a fortune trading with Sicily, Spain, Asia and Africa. These wealthy merchants built palatial estates and villas in Ravello with prime scenic vantage points.
Villa Cimbrone was built by Lord Grimthorpe and has been converted into a luxuriously appointed hotel. Hadrian IV’s Villa Ruffalo’s belvedere offers a great view of the Moorish cupolas of Annuziata’s Church founded in 1281. Piazzo Vescovado is the hub of most of Ravello’s attractions. The Villa Ruffolo was built in the 13th century and was the residence of several popes. In Ravello, you can attend Mamma Agata’s Cooking School. She cooked for Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor. Learn how to make the fabulous lemon cake. (www.mammaagata.com)
Here are some UNESCO photos of the Amalfi Coast: http://www.ourplaceworldheritage.com/custom.cfm?&action=site®ionid=9&site_country=ITALY&site_name=Costiera Amalfitana&siteid=332
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