I have been dying to travel to Ravello for as long as I could remember. If you’ve visited, I am sure you can agree with me that any picture, video, or even the words I am writing in this blog post can’t do it justice. Ravello is absolutely stunning. There is simply no other way to put it. Our stay there was way too short and I honestly wish we spent more time. Ravello’s beauty attracts a crowd of people with elegance but still some sort of casualty. Given that it is so luxurious, the prices are surprisingly more laid back and reasonable. Ravello is flooded with so much culture, churches, gardens, cobblestone streets and the most breath taking views of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss some of our favorite spots when you visit- and trust me, you’re going to want to visit ASAP!
Villa Cimbrone. Probably Ravello’s most googled location; this massive lush garden is an open space with fountains, architecture, and views overlooking the sea. When I stepped foot on the premises my mouth immediately dropped. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been to and left me speechless. The villa is opened to the public (if you’re not residing there) for just a small fee. I don’t remember the exact price but I believe it was about 7-10 euro per person. With a day pass, you have access to the grounds and can spend hours getting lost in all its beauty. If you want to feel even more luxurious, grab a negroni or cocktail of your choice in the villa’s hotel bar overlooking the sea!
Belmond Hotel Caruso. Again, another place flooding your feed when searching Ravello... The Belmond Caruso is a five star luxurious hotel with the most epic infinity pool. This is the hotel I would do anything to stay in and is on my list of places to be before I die (LOL). Every inch, every detail is covered in beauty. My fiancé and I couldn’t afford to spend a night as the room rates start anywhere from 1,000 euro/per night BUT we did discover the hotel bar. Every night when we were done touring the city or just about to go to dinner, we would come here to sip on cocktails for aperitivo. Starting at 4pm, the piano bar serves aperitivo with live music overlooking the sea. Once you order a drink (which will cost you approximately 16-22 euro per cocktail) you are given a spread of different “bites” that can be refilled. In Italy, aperitivio is generally what the public does to unwind before a late dinner. At the Belmond Caruso, aperitivo is an experience and one that is worth spending the higher price tag for.
Lunch or Dinner at Trattoria Da Cumpa' Cosimo. Mixed reviews on trip advisor left me hesitant to try this place, but if you can’t tell we are big foodies and decided to just give it a go. I was not disappointed and we even came back for a second visit! This trattoria is tucked away in the cobblestone streets of Ravello, only a short walk from the city piazza. The prices are reasonable and you get a ton of food. The best part of the atmosphere is that it is a family run business. Mama Netta, the nonna who has been running the place for years, is the sweetest, going around to each table to make sure that a) they are eating and b) they are enjoying themselves.
Stay tuned for the final part of this travel post… Positano!