RAVELLO!!! The road less travelled and a true jewel on the Amalfi Coast.
This hidden gem wasn't originally on our must-see list but our Positano hostess, Barbara, suggested we give it a try and what a treat! Here are some reasons to visit Ravello:
No stifling crowds: The Amalfi coast can become incredibly congested with tourists. Cities like Positano, Amalfi, Capri etc. are picture-postcard-perfect (that is if you can find parking or a place to sit in the crowded streetside cafés.)
Ravello, however, is much quieter and out of the way...it's clifftop location makes it a harder to get to but oh boy - when you do get there, it is totally worth it!
Orange Blossoms and Jasmine: We parked our little rental far outside the centre of town, and it is quite a walk back up. Then you enter the town square.
It is a sensory overload with the scent of orange blossoms and jasmine floating on the cool breeze, tables and chairs lazily draped for lunch and shops with colourful ceramic offerings.
Villa Rufolo: After lunch we headed to Villa Rufolo, a beautiful 13th century villa that was built by the Rufolo family. Views from the villa are spectacular and concerts are held on the cliff overlooking the ocean in summer. (And who can get tired of hydrangea-filled gardens?!)
The Aubergine Parmiggiano at Hotel Villa Maria: I got kind of obsessed with the aubergine parmiggiano in Italy and tried it at a few different places...but oh my golly gosh - not sure if it was because of the dizzying altitude, the gorgeous vino or views but Villa Maria's beat them all to a parmesan-topped pulp!
Mango-flavoured Gelato on the square: Not many gelaterias have mango flavour so when I saw it in Ravello (and the heat had really set in!) I couldn't resist. There are really not many things in life that is better on sitting on the steps of a cathedral, licking ice-cream that is melting all over a sugar cone and your fingers...