Ravello - just saying the word sounds sultry and languorous. And that’s a perfect description of this hilltop village that hangs high above Amalfi and the whole, gorgeous, Amalfi coastline. It has, arguably, the finest views of the area, and ones from which you will find it hard to drag yourself away. And if you feel it looks like a film-set, it will come as no surprise to learn that John Huston set his film, ‘Beat the Devil’, here. The best places to stay in Ravello make the most of the views although anywhere here has all the ingredients for a relaxing, hideaway holiday (if you're looking for self catering, check out the range with our online partner booking.com)
All daily life seems to happen in the main square, the Piazza del Duomo where it’s quite easy to spend a whole morning with a cappuccino watching the world go by. The richly decorated, 11th-century Duomo has some magnificent bronze doors and pulpits encrusted with glittering mosaics.
Apart from the church and the charms of its little cobbled alleys, Ravello’s other star attractions are its gardens. Villa Rufolo, itself a charming ruin, lies amongst lush gardens with stunning views down over the coast, dizzying feet below. The German composer Wagner was inspired to write some of his opera, Parsifal, here.
A little further out of town, Villa Cimbrone’s gardens are equally gorgeous, and dotted with statues and temples and a belvedere overlooking the town of Atrani.
Villa Rufolo is the main venue for the town’s prestigious, open-air, classical music and arts festival from June until October and held in various venues across town. However, Villa Rufolo’s own concert programme starts earlier in the year in March. Naturally, accommodation is in heavy demand during these months and the best places to stay in Ravello can get snapped up early - so get organised and plan well ahead.
Set into the rugged Amalfi coastline with a ladder leading directly into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Mediterranean style rooms have nautical palettes and traditional blue and white tiled floors, local artworks and private balconies. There is a sunny terrace where lots of local fish and breakfast is served.
Cosy and comfortable 16th century property provides sun-drenched outdoor terraces where guests can sit back and relax. Rooms are simple with lots of natural light. A homemade Italian breakfast is included. Open from end of March to first week of October annually, A refreshingly relaxed hotel.
Castiglione di Ravello
Rustic romance with spectacular views. Simple elegant rooms and apartments painted in pastels with sea-facing private balconies. Wonderful lemon groves and a vine-shaded breakfast terrace. Great for families, groups and romantic holidays without too many frills.
An oasis of peace with spectacular views. The piece de resistance is the glorious dining terrace with vistas of the mountains sweeping down to a glittering sea. Fantastic food and cookery lessons using the same home-grown produce. A delightful spot for foodies and romantics.
This beautiful former monastery and has hosted a number of historical figures and celebrities - from Truman Capote to Rod Stewart. Modern rooms with antique architecture and designer furnishings. Breathtaking views of the bay from the terrace. Old world charm in a stunning location.
Ravello (Ravello, Salernes (Campania))
A regal and romantic complex with out of this world views. The villa has beautifully manicured botanical gardens that sprawl towards the cliff face. Bedrooms ooze understated elegance, and there's a fantastic Michelin starred Mediterranean restaurant. Renowned as the ultimate wedding destination.
Film star luxury meets 1930s Italian glamour in classical Ravello. Spectacularly perched on the cliffs overlooking fishing villages below. Michelin star restaurant, stunning suites, sprawling terraces and lounge areas. Five Star in every aspect.
With former guests including Greta Garbo and Jackie Kennedy you know you are in the lap of luxury. The infinity pool, suspended between sea and sky, is straight from the movies as is the al-fresco, restaurant. Hollywood glamour continues in the bedrooms with chandeliers, mosaic tiles and balconies.