Founded in the 5th century as a shelter from attacking barbarians, Ravello is unique amongst the Amalfi Coast towns for its hilltop rather than coastal location. Following centuries of prosperity, the 12th century saw economic decline and much of its population moving to neighbouring Naples. Fortunately, this didn't rob it of its charm, and it remains one of the most beautiful towns in the area.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ravello is home to legendary history, spectacular natural landscapes and stunning architecture, including some of the original palazzos of the Medieval nobility. A favourite retreat and source of inspiration for Richard Wagner, DH Lawrence and Gore Vidal, Ravello will doubtless capture your heart too.
What to see in Ravello?
The best way to get to know Ravello is to lose yourself in its picturesque streets, strolling peacefully and let your senses guide you. Hopefully you'll bump into the following highlights on the way:
- Piazza Centrale: Ravello's main square is its heart and soul, and a great starting point to explore the town. It is home to the Duomo, an ancient tower, and any number of lively cafes and bars to stop for a drink.
- Il Duomo: Ravello's Cathedral dates back to 1086, although it has undergone a number of restorations since then. Of its generally modest architecture, the pulpit stands out for its extravagant design including marble lions and mosaics of peacocks.
- Villa Rufolo: just south of the cathedral, this 14th century tower marks the entrance to a grand stately home with beautiful gardens offering stunning views of Ravello.
- Via Roma: the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs from your trip. Locally made limoncello, wine, pasta and much more!
- Villa Cimbrone: this historic mansion, dating back to the 11th century, has been converted into a luxury hotel offering incredible views from its magnificent gardens.
How to get to Ravello from Naples?
Ravello is located 38 miles (60 km) southeast of Naples. While there is a bus connection from Naples to nearby Amalfi, it takes two hours and there are only a couple of departures each day, so it's much easier to rent a car and drive or to book an excursion with transport included.
The easiest and most comfortable way to visit Ravello from Naples is to reserve an excursion which includes hotel pick up and drop off, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the stunning views of the Amalfi Coast.
Our day trips usually combine tours of Ravello with visits to other destinations on and around the Amalfi Coast like Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento or Pompeii. Take a look at the different options via the following links:
Rent a car
If you don't mind driving and would prefer to explore at your own pace, the next best option is to hire a car and drive along the Amalfi Coast. The journey between Naples and Ravello takes around an hour and a half, passing beautiful views of the sea and of Vesuvius. Get an idea for car rental prices here and bear in mind that many of Italy's roads are toll roads!