To many travelers, Ravello on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, is still a hidden gem , as they only visit the bigger towns like Positano, Sorrento, and Amalfi.
The mistake many visitors to the Amalfi Coast make is to go by ferry and then, as they arrive in the bigger towns along the coast, they tend to only explore the parts of town that are near to where the ferry stops. But, if you take the time to stay for a while and explore, you’ll find fabulous places with extravagant views. (I don’t have other words or enough words to describe the views from Ravello. LOL It is simply spectacular.)
Yes, you will be walking a lot and yes you will be climbing stairs like crazy, but it is worth it. Climb to the top, set aside enough time, and be open to new experiences that might not be part of your regular travel guidebook or booklet.
The view from Villa Maria – a bit more on where to stay below…
Ravello is all about small village charm, stunning views, and a combination of town life and nature.
You’ll find yourself walking in beautiful streets with Oleander trees with pink and white flowers, and enjoying hot summer afternoons under shaded trees with sweeping views in beautiful gardens.
Start your day early. This way you’ll avoid the crowds and the tourists that might come in later. This is a travel tip for the whole of the Amalfi Coast, not just Ravello.
I often get the question: What is it with Italians and drinking Cappuccino in the morning? Can I order one? Is it customary, or not allowed at all? My answer is: Yes, you can definitely have a cappuccino in the morning in Italy. In fact, it’s a popular choice for breakfast among Italians. Traditional Italian breakfast typically consists of a pastry (such as a croissant or brioche) and a coffee drink, often a cappuccino. Italians typically enjoy a cappuccino in the morning and switch to espresso or other coffee varieties later in the day. However, it’s worth noting that in Italy, it’s considered less common to order a cappuccino after 11 am, as it’s believed that the combination of milk and coffee can be heavier on the stomach. So, if you’re in Italy, go ahead and savor a delicious cappuccino to start your day!
Explore the ceramic shops. Ceramiche Cosmolena is a beautiful place to stop. Their ceramics are really good quality and they have been in business for more than 60 years. So, it is quality and excellent craftmanship you’ll get.
Buy ceramics to take home. Yes, LOL – I know – my suitcase wouldn’t take everything I would have loved to buy, but at least buy something small. After all, Ravello is known as the “capital of ceramics” and you get the most stunning ceramics here. The options are endless.
For something different, try our Warm Caprese Salad, at home during the winter months.
You can stay in Ravello: Book your accommodation at one of these beautiful places and enjoy the local vibe. It is central enough to be an amazing and peaceful overnight destination. It is off the beaten track, and you can explore the Amalfi Coast during the daytime.
This is the spot: You might have seen many fabulous photos on the internet of Amalfi and wondered “Where was that photo taken?”. Well, come to Ravello and see for yourself.
Stay in 5-Star luxury. It is without a doubt one of the finest hotels you’ll ever stay in.
The Belvedere Restaurant serves traditional Italian specialities and the Pool Grill is the ideal spot for a light lunch and a taste of Italian pizza.
During the summer, the property offers complimentary boat excursions along the coast, as well as a free shuttle to Amalfi and Positano. As a bonus, the hotel is also pet-friendly.
Hotel Villa Maria is beautiful in spring and has a restaurant that offers stunning views. The organic gardens of Villa Maria are also worth visiting in the summertime.
5-Star Accommodation. Speaking English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Centrally located to main attractions.
The Parsifal Hotel features a traditional restaurant, serving Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful setting.
Your home away from home with breathtaking views right from your balcony.
There are several towns near Ravello where you can find hotels to stay. Here are three popular options:
Amalfi: Located just a short distance from Ravello, Amalfi is a vibrant coastal town known for its historic center, stunning architecture, and beautiful beaches. It offers a range of hotels, from luxury resorts to charming boutique accommodations.
Positano: Situated a bit further along the Amalfi Coast, Positano is renowned for its colorful cliffside houses, narrow streets, and stunning views. It is a popular destination for luxury travelers and offers a variety of upscale hotels and resorts.
Maiori: Located to the east of Ravello, Maiori is a picturesque coastal town with a long sandy beach and a pleasant promenade. It is a quieter alternative to the more crowded Amalfi and Positano and offers a selection of hotels, including family-friendly options.
These towns provide convenient bases for exploring the Amalfi Coast while enjoying their unique charm and amenities.
Do note: Many of the hotels are closed during the off-season. Check before you go – book in advance.