Travel

Reaching heights in Ravello

The Amalfi coast has so many beautiful towns and villages. You could easily spend weeks here, moving from one place to another. Sadly, I only had one week so I visited the standard ‘must-see’ places, including Ravello, which can be reached by bus from Amalfi.

Amalfi has a very different vibe to Positano and is a lot more buzzing, particularly as it’s not pedestrianised. It’s quite small and you can easily explore the town in a couple of hours, unless you want to spend some time on the beach. If you have time for just one thing in Amalfi, I would recommend visiting Amalfi’s Duomo. The architecture is stunning and the crypt is beautiful.

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Approaching Amalfi via ferry

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Amalfi’s Duomo

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Moorish vibes inside the Duomo

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Coming across all sorts in the streets of Amalfi!

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Mixed Seafood from C.I.C.A – so good!

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Beautiful cliffs of Amalfi

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The beach

Once we finished exploring Amalfi, we headed to Ravello via bus – you can get tickets from the tourist office near the ferry port. Tickets cost around €1.20 and within half an hour, you’re high up in the hills. You can see why people rave about Ravello. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, with panoramic views around every corner. We first popped in to the Duomo which was a lot smaller and simpler in style in comparison to the Amalfi Duomo. If you’re short on time, you can miss this off the list.

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Piazza Centrale, Ravello

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The Duomo in Ravello

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Ravello’s stunning views
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After eating some well-earned gelato, we made our way to Villa Cimbrone, an 11th century manor overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Although it’s now a hotel, the gardens are open to the public and I am so glad – it was absolutely stunning!

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Near the villa entrance

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Fairy tale turret? No, it’s Villa Cimbrone

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The perfect background for a photo-op πŸ˜›

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Statue of Ceres “goddess of the harvests”

I have to talk about the Terrace of Infinity, in the grounds of Villa Cimbrone. Words can’t describe how beautiful the views were and my pictures really don’t do it justice! It was a true spectacle with the sea stretching out for miles and the view of tiny, colourful houses clinging to the hill sides. The 18th century marble busts dotted along the balcony added to the atmosphere – I envy them their daily view!

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Nature at its best

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Terrace of infinity – absolutely breathtaking
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img_5826After Villa Cimbrone, we headed to Villa Rufolo, a 13th century manor that is also now a hotel. The gardens of the villa are beautiful and, as expected, the views aren’t too shabby either!

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Moorish inspired cloisters inside Villa Rufolo

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Gardens in full bloom
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Views from Villa Rufolo’s gardens
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Pretty happy right about now (except for the crazy hair!)
If you couldn’t tell already, I’m more or less obsessed with Ravello!

Have you been? Would love to hear what you thought!

Outfit details: Dorothy Perkins top, Zara jeans, H&M sunnies, Top Shop white trainers

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