9 Best Things to do in Ravello Italy
Last Updated on January 27, 2023 by Dana Berez
Things to do in Ravello Italy
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If you ever wondered if a visit to Ravello Italy should be on your Amalfi Coast bucket list, the short answer: Ravello definitely should be!
I explored the stunning beauty of Ravello Italy, nestled high in the mountains, and it was filled with charm, incredible views, and a quiet escape from the hustle of other towns on the Amalfi Coast.
Plus, Ravello Italy makes a great day trip destination from other towns along the Amalfi Coast.
Here are the best things to do while visiting the stunning beauty of Ravello Italy.
Where is Ravello Italy?
What makes Ravello so interesting, is the location. Ravello Italy is one of the Amalfi Coast towns that is NOT located on the sea. Instead, it’s nestled high in the mountains, above other towns near Amalfi and Atrani.
Because of the location, it’s more of an effort to get to Ravello. However, once you are there the views and charming streets make up for it. Plus, this small town isn’t as busy as others.
See below how to get to Ravello
Is Ravello Italy Worth Visiting?
Ravello Italy is a small charming town that offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of more popular destinations along the Amalfi Coast. It’s known for its stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and its rich history.
Ravello is definitely worth visiting for its beauty and quaintness.
Can you do Ravello Italy in one day?
Ravello is a tiny town, and you can easily see the main attractions within a day. These include the Villa Rufolo, the Duomo di Ravello, and the Villa Cimbrone Gardens. You can also spend some time walking around the town, admiring the views and sampling the local cuisine.
For this reason, Ravello is a popular day trip destination along the Amalfi Coast, but if you want more time taking in the area, wandering the streets, and looking at the incredible views, I would recommend staying overnight for 2 nights.
Once the day trippers leave in the late afternoon, you’ll have this stunning village to yourself basically, and it’s really magical.
How to get to Ravello Italy
The easiest way to reach Ravello Italy is by car, but this is the Amalfi Coast- and I don’t recommend anyone driving for lack of parking and extremely difficult roads.
And because Ravello is not located on the sea, you cannot take a ferry to Ravello.
Instead, you can reach Ravello by public transport busses (SITA Bus) from all of the major towns along the Amalfi Coast, or by private taxi.
How to get to Ravello Italy From Positano
Getting to Ravello from Positano involves taking the SITA bus to Amalfi, with a transfer to a new bus route in Amalfi to Ravello.
Buy bus tickets in advance at a Tabacci store in Positano that costs a few euros. Pro tip: buy a few bus tickets so you don’t have to scramble on your return journey.
Take the frequent SITA bus service in Positano, there are a few bus locations along the main road like Positano Sita Bus Sponda or Positano Sita Bus Stop Chiesa Nuova. Just wait for the bus outside these stops and get off in Amalfi.
Once in Amalfi, you’ll have to transfer to a new bus route, located here that goes to Ravello.
It does seem confusing as I write this, but it really wasn’t that hard to figure out. But be sure to check the return times so you don’t miss the last busses which stop around 8PM or 9PM)
This whole journey one way took me around an hour and a half during the summer.
How to get to Ravello Italy From Amalfi
From Amalfi, getting to Ravello just takes one SITA bus ride to the top of the mountain. The route you want to take is Amalfi-Ravello-Scala, which will take you right up to the main part of Ravello.
The bus stop location is here, right next to the Piazza Flavio Gioia.
During the summertime high season, this bus can get incredibly crowded- so some patience is key!
Tickets should be purchased before you get on the bus, and are sold at Tabacchis which are located near the bus stop.
Things to do in Ravello, Italy
If you’re visiting Ravello Italy on a day trip, you can absolutely get the feel of the town and check off the must see’s which include: Villa Rufalo, Villa Cimbrone, and seeing the Duomo di Ravello in the town square.
Plus you’ll have time to wander the stone streets and have time for lunch, and perhaps an aperitivo.
One of the top things to do in Ravello is to visit the Villa Rufolo. This beautiful 13th-century villa was once home to the wealthy Rufolo family and was one of the most expensive villas on the Amalfi Coast.
The architecture features Arabic, Sicilian, and Norman throughout the property- and it gives major Game of Thrones vibes.
The villa’s gardens are particularly stunning, with breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding mountains.
Plus you’ll see the most iconic view from Villa Rufalo with the domes of the churches and trees overlooking the water.
During the summer, the villa also hosts the annual Ravello Festival Concert series, which features classical music concerts and other cultural events outside with the most incredible view.
Entrance Fee: 7 euros per person
Hours: 9 am – 8 pm (last entrance at 7:30)
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
The Villa Cimbrone gardens are a must-visit when in Ravello. Located a short walk from the square, Villa Cimbrone, a 12th-century residence is now a luxury hotel. Next to the hotel are the Villa Cimbrone Gardens, which is a must-see in Ravello.
These gardens are filled with beautiful avenues, hedges, sculptures, and rose gardens.
Once inside the beautiful gardens, do not miss the Infinity Terrace (Terrazaa Dell’Infinito). This terrace is filled with stone busts and offers a stunning panoramic view of the Amalfi Coast.
This terrace is also a great spot to take photos!
Price: 10 Euros per ticket
Hours: Open every day from 9 AM to Sunset
Duomo Di Ravello
The Duomo di Ravello, also known as the Cathedral of San Pantaleone is a beautiful church, which dates back to the 11th century, is known for its stunning mosaics and intricate carvings.
This church is the centerpiece of the Piazza Duomo, which is a perfect place to linger and people-watch.
During the summertime, you may see a wedding as it’s a popular place to say “I Do”.
Linger in the Piazza Duomo
The Piazza Duomo is the center of Ravello, with the Duomo di Ravello as it’s centerpiece. Along the square, you’ll find restaurants with outdoor tables which is a perfect place to relax and take in the scenery.
Wander the streets of Ravello
After you take in the Piazza, definitely wander the streets of Ravello.
This town is quite small, and it can be discovered on a day trip. You’ll be surprised as the streets wind through the hills, and you’ll be able to catch glimpses of the stunning views.
Hike Down to Amalfi
Ravello Italy has great hiking trails. And if you’re up for the challenge, you can hike from Ravello to Amalfi (and skip the bus down)
The 2-mile hike is completely downhill with many steps and takes around 2 hours. You’ll get plenty of nature and a great workout!
Be sure to wear proper shoes if you plan to hike.
Shop for Ceramics
Ravello is another great place on the Amalfi Coast to shop for ceramics. You’ll notice quickly that the streets are covered with ceramic shops and clothing shops great for souvenirs.
Mama Agata Cooking Class
If you’re staying overnight, you must consider taking the Mama Agata cooking class. This 3.5-hour class starts at 10 am and it might be hard to make it if you’re not staying in Ravello.
Learn to cook traditional Italian cuisine in a relaxing environment where you learn and will be able to taste all of the delicious things you cook!
More Things to do on Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Day Trip Tour from Sorrento: If you’re still planning your Amalfi Coast Itinerary, you can do a guided tour from Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast day trip tour that covers Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello- the highlights of the Amalfi Coast.
Amalfi Day Trip Tour from Naples: This 8-hour tour takes you from Naples to see the best sights on the Amalfi coast including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello plus lunch!
Hotels in Ravello Italy
While you can visit Ravello in one day, I do recommend staying overnight for at least 2 nights to really capture what this magical small medieval town has to offer. Here’s where to stay in Ravello Italy:
Ravello Italy has its share of luxury and stunning hotels that start around $500 per night. These hotels are usually in historic palaces and offer incredible views, gardens, and a luxurious place to relax.
Some notable luxury hotels include Palazzo Avino, Belmond Caruso, and Hotel Villa Cimbrone.
Hotel Bonadies Ravello
A cute dog named Camila will be the first employee you see walking into Hotel Bonadies. Located a short walk to the town center (just under 5 minutes), the location offers a real local vibe of Ravello with of course incredible views.
This budget-friendly family-run hotel features comfortable rooms, some with private terraces. But what’s the showstopper of the hotel are the 3 shared large outdoor terraces and pool perfect for taking in the sun and view.
We enjoyed spending sunny afternoons on our private terrace that led to the shared terrace that offered an incredible view (the same view as the 5-star hotels down the street for a fraction of the price)
Restaurants in Ravello Italy
Ravello is also known for its delicious cuisine, and there are many restaurants and cafes in the town where you can sample the local specialties. Be sure to try the seafood, which is freshly caught from the Mediterranean, as well as the famous limoncello liqueur, made from the town’s abundant lemon groves.
Mimi’s Pizzeria was hands down my favorite pizza spot on the Amalfi Coast! They use the freshest ingredients that are in season, and they have a few tables in the outside garden filled with lemon trees. If you’re on a day trip, I highly recommend eating here for lunch!
I would make a reservation just to guarantee your table as well.
Trattoria Cumpá Cosimo
We came here from a personal recommendation, and it was such a memorable dining experience.
The restaurant has been around for 300 years, and the family that owns it now has owned it for 75 years, and they are still serving the tables. A woman named Anetta will serve you and will give you samplings from her garden to make dishes that are fresh.
We enjoyed the pasta here and loved the cozy ambiance.
Looking for something sweet? Be sure to put Baffone Gelato on your list of things to do in Ravello. Baffone Gelato has the best ratings and wide selections, and I frequented it more than once during my short time in Ravello.
Best Time to Visit Ravello Italy
The best time to visit Ravello Italy would be right before the high season which starts in June and through August. The crowds and the heat make for a sweaty, sometimes unpleasant time.
Consider visiting in late spring or early fall: April-May, or September-October. The weather and crowds should be more pleasant, but the chance of rain is much higher in April & May.
Winter season should be avoided as restaurants and some things to do close for the season.
I hope you enjoyed these things to do in Ravello. Ravello offers that relaxing escape with incredible views. If you have not been to Ravello Italy, save this post to your Pinterest Boards so you can refer back later!
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