exploring ravello, the amalfi coast hidden gem

Ahh, Ravello — you are the best kept secret of the Amalfi Coast. Located high in the hills, Ravello is the most charming hilltop town with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Quiet & largely untouched by tourists, the trek to Ravello is well worth the visit.

As we only had three days on the Amalfi Coast, were were initially going to skip Ravello as it is quite difficult to reach. But, after hearing from so many friends that Ravello is the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast, we just knew we had to see it for ourselves & let me tell you, we are so glad we did!

There is so much to see & do in Ravello — Villa Cimbrone & the Terrace of Infinity, the gardens of Villa Rufolo, & quite simply, getting lost & enjoying an aperol spritz. Here are the highlights from our afternoon in Ravello!

Villa Cimbrone & the Terrace of Infinity
Villa Cimbrone is located on a rocky outcrop, known as “Cimbronium,” overlooking the dramatic coastline of the Amalfi Coast. The villa dates back to the 11th century, owned by a noble Italian family. Throughout the years, the villa was passed through various families, & by the 20th century, William Ernest Beckett of England purchased the property, building a garden on the cliff’s edge — an eccentric mix of formal, English rose beds, Moorish tea houses, picturesque grotto & classical Italian temples. Today, the magnificent gardens are open to the public.

As you make your way through Villa Cimbrone, you come to the Terrace of Infinity — 1,200 feet above the Mediterranean. The views of the Amalfi Coast are unparalleled. If you’re looking for a perfect afternoon treat, stop at the cafe just below the Terrace of Infinity. We were lucky to have an outdoor balcony to ourselves!

The cloisters of Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone

Terrace of Infinity

Enjoying aperol spritzes at the Terrace of Infinity

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Terrace of the Infinity

Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone

Get Lost in Ravello
Ravello is a small town located high above the Amalfi Coast, making this the perfect destination for anyone seeking refuge from the crowds of Positano & Amalfi Town. The town is extremely walkable, & at every corner, you seem to discover new treasures. From spectacular churches to magnificent villas & gardens, Ravello is the perfect afternoon day trip to relax & soak in Italian culture.

Wishing I could travel back in time and swim in this pool!

Kittens everywhere!

Getting lost in Ravello

Wandering the streets of Ravello

So many gardens with fresh vegetables

Wine Tasting at Palazzo Confalone
Wine tasting at Palazzo Confalone was the highlight of our trip to Ravello! Palazzo Confalone is steeped in history — it was once the house of a noble Italian family, & today, the hotel preserves the original medieval structure of the 12th century. The owners of the winery (Casa Vinicola Ettore Sammarco) are currently renovating the property, with the hotel set to open early Spring 2020.

We arrived at Palazzo Confalone just before an afternoon thunderstorm — the perfect time to drink some wine! We were given a tour of the hotel, which is absolutely breathtaking — large ogival arches, Greek & Roman marble columns, & a beautiful courtyard overlooking the Mediterranean, followed by a private wine tasting experience. We sampled whites, reds & rosés, & as the clouds cleared & a rainbow appeared, we moved to one of the hotel’s balconies. To be completely honest, this was a total pinch-me moment — I have never seen anything more beautiful in my life.

Palazzo Confalone

Wine tasting at Palazzo Confalone

Views at Palazzo Confalone

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The most amazing view of the Amalfi Coast

Logistics
…How to Get to Ravello: From Amalfi Town, take the SITA or Hop-On, Hop-Off bus to Ravello. You can buy tickets for the SITA bus at any tobacco shop. The Hop-On, Hop-Off bus is a bit more expensive, but there is a free audio guide that provides some history of Ravello. We ended up taking the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus to Ravello because the SITA bus was a 90 minute wait. Make sure to check out the bus schedule before visiting!

…How to Schedule a Wine Tasting: Casa Vinicolo Ettore Sammarco offers three different locations for wine tasting — at the winery, at Palazzo Confalone, & at Sea Waves Bar in Amalfi Town. I reached out to the winery via Facebook, and they were so responsive and helpful! Price depend on wine tasting location.