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Europe » Italy » Campania » Ravello June 12th 2015

Geo: 40.6493, 14.6115Our intention after a lovely buffet breakfast at the hotel, was to catch the bus up the mountain to Ravello. The tickets are only 1 euro each. However the first bus we saw was packed to the rafters with standing room only so we opted for a taxi. 50 euros but got us there in half the time and in comfort. Ravello is a very pretty town with large open square with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. We walked up to Villa Cimbrone which has vertiginous views over the coast and also has beautiful gardens with many statues around the shaded walk. The bar is set in a pretty area of the garden so did not fail to invite us in!. On the way back to the town we almost passed ... read more
Tiz in Villa Cimbrone
Team in the temple
Peek a boo

Europe » Italy » Campania » Ravello October 7th 2013

We woke to blue skies, FINALLY, and were excited that we'd have clear weather for our visit to Ravello and would be able to appreciate the killer views from there that we'd been reading about. Now all we had to do was get there... After a short wait, the bus came along to the stop right outside the pensione. We could see from a distance that it was packed and our prospects weren't good. But amazingly it stopped and the middle doors opened to reveal an interior crammed with folks, with no obvious room for more. This was a switch! Could we even force our way on? This bus driver obviously believed his bus wasn't yet full, so why should we doubt him...or was he just playing with the tourists?? We jammed ourselves onto the steps ... read more
Spotted on the Streets of Ravello
Vegetable Garden With a View!
Unassuming Entrance to Villa Cimbrone Gardens

Europe » Italy » Campania » Ravello April 11th 2013

The last time we were in Ravello was when we came here a few years ago with Jan and Robert. Ravello sits up very high above the Gulf of Salerno at an elevation of about 1200 feet. Founded in the 5th century and formerly an important wool-producing town, it is chiefly now known as a tourist destination, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is renowned for its beauty and its ceramics. Wagner reportedly used the scenery as inspiration for Parsifal, and local legend has it that Satan chose this location to show Jesus the beauty of the world during his second temptation. Formerly the home of many wealthy Italian families, it contains several large villas that are now tourist destinations. The large pots in our entryway are from Ravello. We drove the 23 km ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Ravello May 11th 2012

The Amalfi coast is legendary. So are the crowds and the narrow, winding coast road clogged with traffic. Mid-week, late April, we anticipated that we might avoid the masses. On leaving Salerno it soon became apparent that we had underestimated the effect of a Fiesta day. Tutti il mondo and his wife had decided to head out to the coast before the influx of tourists when the season started in earnest. Our first glimpse was taken as we headed round a bend, sparkling sea, incredibly large lemons in lemon groves, impossibly constructed villas hanging on for grim death onto the craggy hillside. Steep and craggy, my mother said once on a visit to Switzerland, so many moons ago when as obnoxious teenagers we thought it was such sport to make fun of her. Steep and craggy ... read more
Ravello bride
Ravello vines
Which way to go?




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