Ravello is a small town, located in the province of Salerno and, more precisely, on the Amalfi Coast. It is worthy of note – and a visit – among all, for the incomparable gardens overlooking the cliffs.
Although it is not a metropolitan or large city, it offers countless points of interest, which are worth visiting. Here is a short guide / idea for a small day tour in Ravello.
What to see in Ravello
Villa Rufolo: It is a historical building, located in the heart of the city. Its origins date back to the XII century and it was erected by the family whose name it bears: the Rufolo family. The point of greatest interest is certainly the outside: the garden offers breathtaking views and is often concerts and festivals – including the famous Ravello summer festival.
The Duomo: A magnificent religious building that stands in front of Villa Rufolo. The construction period is to be placed around the first decades of the 11th century. It is a well-known church because it has the honor of hosting the ampoule containing the blood of Pantaleone, saint and patron of the city.
The Oscar Niemeyer auditorium: Originally designed to extend the musical season, this auditorium was erected between 2008 and 2010. Two curiosities about this place concern the designer and the inaugural concert: the architect Niemeyer, from São Paulo (Brazil) he never visited Ravello and designed the auditorium completely “blindly”; the inaugural show, which took place on the evening of January 31, 2010, was opened by Lucio Dalla, singer to whom this land was very dear.
If you have a lot of time, or if you just want to browse other monuments from the car, it is good to know that Ravello offers much more. Starting from the historic buildings, we remember:
- Palazzo della Marra, built on the ruins of a medieval palace.
- Villa Episcopo, the famous residence of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy, and the place where the deed of lieutenancy was signed in favor of Umberto I.
- Palazzo Tolla, ancient medieval building, now the town hall.
As for religious sites, we mention:
- The church of San Francesco, dating back to the Gothic period and later renovated, now the church of the Franciscan friars who live in the nearby convent.
- The chapel of Santa Maria della Rotonda, a church of Byzantine origins, with precious Baroque decorations inside.