Sitting high in the hills above Amalfi, Ravello is a refined, polished town almost entirely dedicated to tourism. Boasting impeccable bohemian credentials – Wagner, DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf all spent time here – it’s today known for its ravishing gardens and stupendous views, the best in the world according to former resident Gore Vidal.
Most people visit on a day trip from Amalfi – a nerve-tingling 7km drive up the Valle del Dragone – although to best enjoy Ravello’s romantic otherworldly atmosphere you’ll need to stay overnight.
The tourist office (089 85 70 96; www.ravellotime.it; Via Roma 18bis; 9am-8pm Apr-Oct, 9am-5pm Nov-Mar) provides a colour pamphlet, Ravello The City of Music, with a map, historical background and suggested walking itineraries.
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