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Ravello

Written by sunland,
Friday, October 16, 2009 4:30:40 PM

Founded by a colony of noble patricians in the VI century A.D., Ravello was known to Boccaccio who narrated the beauty of art and landscape in the fourth story of the second day of the Decameron, giving immortal fame to Landolfo Rufolo.
Ravello is one of the most popular destinations of the Amalfi Coast. Situated on a rocky promontory at 350 meters above sea level, in panoramic position, the town is a real jewel of art and culture, where a strong sense of hospitality lives in harmony with an atmosphere of rare tranquility, all surrounded by architectural wonders and memories of the past.
Starting from Villa Rufolo, of the XIII century built on an existing Roman structure, with its 30 meter high tower, that overlooks Piazza Duomo. With clear arabesque influences (for example: the famous Moorish cloister), the Villa features three floors, flanked by a central structure composed of a chapel with a barrel vault ceiling and a large dining room. The main feature of the complex is the superb terrace garden overlooking the sea, that the composer Richard Wagner called "The magic garden of Klingsor". Here, every year in July, the famous Wagner Symphonic Music festival takes place.
The Cathedral of San Pantaleone, of the XI century, is mentioned in the list of Italian National Monuments. Most in Romanesque style, the façade is embellished with a main door with fine bronze panels, produced in Constantinople by the artist Barisano from Trani. Inside there is a wonderful fusion of Baroque, Arab and Byzantine elements: sarcophagi, oil paintings, an elegant marble pulpit of the XIII century, an ambo with mosaics of the XII century and a cruet where the blood of the patron saint is preserved.
The monumental complex of San Francesco was founded, according to tradition, by the same Saint of Assisi, during his trip to Amalfi to venerate the relics of St. Andrew. It was originally built in Gothic style and subsequently submitted Baroque refurbishments.
Not to miss: the Church and the Monastery of Santa Chiara, in Romanesque style (XIII century), the Church of San Giovanni del Toro, (X century) with a valuable pulpit of the XII century, the Church of Santa Maria a Gradillo, that has a clear Moorish imprint, Villa Cimbrone, an eclectic building famous for its gardens and the famous panorama over the whole Coastline known as Belvedere dell'Infinito, Villa la Rondinaia (residence, until a few years ago, of the American writer Gore Vidal), clinging to the rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, Palazzo Sasso with its Moorish style and Palazzo Confalone, dating from the XIII century.
After World War II, Ravello, has had the privilege to host important International artists and scholars, such as the writer Gore Vidal, and politicians like President Mitterrand and President J. F. Kennedy. This tradition of distinguished visitors, artists, musicians, actors still continues. The list: V. Woolf, J. M. Keynes, A. Gide, E. Grieg, D. H. Lawrence, M. C. Escher, P. Valery, L. Stokowsky, G. Garbo, I. Strawinsky, G. Greene, E. de Filippo, T. Capote, J. Huston, H. Bogart, G. Sanders, M. Rostand, C. Malaparte, W. Churchill, Ingrid Bergman, R. Rossellini, E. Vedova, Totò, F. Fellini, V. Gassman, R. Schneider, C. Alvaro, B. Streisand, U. Ughi, L. Bernstein, G. Spadolini, D. Rea, Z. Metha, P. O'Toole.

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Hotel Palazzo Avino

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:11:41 PM

This prestigious 5* hotel has an enviable cliff top location in the heart of Medieval Ravello with some of the most breathtaking views of the gorgeous Neapolitan Riviera. Dating back to the 12th century, Palazzo Avino has been exquisitely furnished with a fresh blend of whites, greens and ultramarines. The sumptuous accommodation, of a deluxe standard, is wonderfully complimented by an interesting collection of contemporary art and sculptures. In addition to preparing haute cuisine of the highest standard, the elegant 2* Michelin-rated Restaurant Rossellinis also has a terrace overlooking the coastline,...

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Hotel Palumbo

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Monday, November 17, 2014 11:33:20 AM

Set in the historic building of Palazzo Confalone, the Palumbo is a hotel since 1875. Palazzo Confalone dates back to 12th century and still preserves the mediaeval features together with some architectural features added in 17th century. Palazzo Confalone is rich in antiques: in its lounges, guestrooms and common areas you will find beautiful antiques, real masterpieces, ancient majolica and high vaulted painted ceilings; among all the "San Giovanni" painting by Guido Reni, displayed in the restaurant. The garden is very beautiful and offers splendid sea view and a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

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Hotel Bonadies

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:13:54 PM

The accommodating Hotel Bonadies is located approximately a 10 minute stroll from the centre of Ravello. Its owner, Signor Carrano, who guarantees a warm and friendly welcome, personally runs this small, charming hotel. Guestrooms with sea or mountain views are comfortably furnished, and a number of public rooms, including a lounge, have hundreds of drawings and paintings on display. The Hotel Bonadies also has the advantage of a rooftop terrace and a small but lovely swimming pool with magnificent views of the coastline. The hotel leads out onto Piazza Fontana, where guests can sit back and watch...

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 6:35:01 PM

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Hotel Giordano

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:16:12 PM

Hotel Giordano, located only few steps away from Ravello's Duomo Square and the famous Villa Rufolo, offers both a central position and an uncommon privacy. The original building dating back 1700 was composed by central nucleus that in times has been enlarged and refurbished. The hotel is fancy without being glitzy, luxurious enough but not prohibitive and with a very intimate atmosphere. In the common areas there are antique furnishings and important paintings. It develops on 5 floors, characterized by stately vaulting with arched roofs or sail roof which harmonize all floors. The Hotel Giordano...

Last updated Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:09:28 AM

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Hotel Graal

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:18:43 PM

Situated high on the cliffs, with a unique setting overlooking vineyards, lemon groves and the sea beyond, this modern hotel is the proud possessor of a splendidly situated and surprisingly large swimming pool. The hotel is built into the hillside on 4 levels so that all Guestrooms and public rooms have splendid views of the coastline. Elegant interiors and attentive service ensure a pleasant stay in one of Italy's most popular tourist destinations.

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 6:51:41 PM

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Hotel Marmorata

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:20:24 PM

Set on the rugged rocks, overlooking the sea, is located the Marmorata Hotel. It was originally a paper-mill owned by the Camera d'Afflitto family. It has been now reconverted into a hotel personally managed by the family. Today, the natural waterfall, that once powered the mill-wheels, flows down the hill on one side of the Hotel. Rooms and facilities are of a high standard with a personal touch of luxury - a heaven of privacy and tranquillity.

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 7:11:46 PM

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Hotel Villa Fraulo

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:02:40 PM

Hotel Villa Fraulo is the result of the refurbishing of a Medieval patrician villa. The villa was purchased in 1908 by Pantaleone Fraulo who refurbished it in liberty style and lived there till the Second World War. Today the hotel still preserves its original appeal: the impressive play of the vaults and the sheen of the marbles entwine in symbiosis with the comforts of modern technology. Villa Fraulo is located in the very centre of Ravello, at a few steps from the Main Square and Ravello town hall. The hotel terrace, the restaurant and all guestrooms, open into a magnificent view over the Amalfi...

Last updated Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:02:40 PM

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Hotel Villa Maria

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:22:17 PM

Hotel Villa Maria is the result of the refurbishing of Marquis de Cinque family's manor. The structure, while preserving the elegant forms of a lordly mansion, in the years has undergone noteworthy redecorations which have fashioned its actual splendour. In all of the premises, halls, staircases and public areas it is still possible to admire the antique marble floors and in the rooms and the bathrooms hand painted Vietrese School majolica tiles.Villa Maria furniture is particularly researched and appropriate to the villa former lifestyle; liberty and art deco is present next to Murano glass chandeliers...

Last updated Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:53:36 AM

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Hotel Parsifal

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Friday, October 22, 2010 11:32:17 AM

Built in an ancient convent, founded in 1288 by Agostinians Monks, this little hotel enjoys superb views of the coastline from its terrace and pretty patio garden. This genuine hotel has been run by a local family for many years and offers all year round comfortable stay and a very good cuisine. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Amalfi Coast from the beautiful terrace, from the cloister and the gardens. Also the pretty restaurant - ideal for small wedding venues - offers a superb sea view.

Last updated Friday, October 22, 2010 12:47:07 PM

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Hotel Toro

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:25:09 PM

The Hotel Toro boasts an ancient tradition: it have been managed by the Schiavo family for four generations. Many famous people during the last century appreciated the services and the hospitality of the Hotel Toro, in fact here there is a book containing the signatures of the composer Edward Grieg and the painter M.C. Escher, too. Set just in the heart of Ravello, next to the Cathedral and the famous Villa Rufolo, the Hotel Toro is a small oasis of tranquillity. The small garden, the airy rooms traditionally furnished and with every comfort, and the welcoming family atmosphere will make your stay...

Last updated Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:23:47 PM

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Hotel Villa San Michele

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:27:01 PM

Villa San Michele is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing holiday relishing the sea, the sun and the views of the Amalfi Coast. A charming refuge from which the most attractive towns of the coast can be easily reached. The hotel - built upon the rocks - is in perfect harmony with nature situated in beautiful garden: from the reception a private path takes to the panoramic restaurant: built with glasses, respecting the surrounding Mediterranean nature and mixing magnificently with it, it offers local specialities and fresh fish. The steps through the gardens then lead to to a separate villa where...

Last updated Monday, October 26, 2009 7:39:20 PM

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Residence Le Villette

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:42:51 PM

Residence Le Villette is located in the centre of Ravello, within a short distance from the Main Square and the famous Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone; it offers a tranquil position and lovely view of the surrounding wooded hillside can be enjoyed from the secluded swimming pool (in use mid may- end sep). Le Villette features 11 apartments in a two-storey building: among the facilities guests may use there is a large swimming pool, solarium, lift, parking space (FREE OF CHARGE, to be requested upon reservation), common washing machines and ironing facilities (fee to be paid locally), communal barbeque....

Last updated Friday, December 19, 2014 2:05:12 PM

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Residence Villa Casale

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:32:31 PM

Villa Casale, located next door to Villa Rufolo and close to the main square, is set in a enchanting garden overlooking the sea of The Amalfi Coast. From it solarium terrace and swimming pool it offers to guests a breathtaking view of one of the most famous panoramas of the world. Villa Casale consists of nine apartments each with patio terrace leading into the beautiful garden, where is set the swimming pool. Swimming pool normally in use from 01.05 to 31.10. Solarium equipped with deck chairs and umbrellas (no extra charge). Being in Ravello pedestrian area Villa Casale has no parking. Nearest...

Last updated Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:31:41 PM

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Villa Scarpariello

Written by sunland,
Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:38:46 PM

The whole Amalfi Coast is studded with spectacular villas and towers, yet even here, La Torre dello Scarpariello stands out for its exceptional architecture and sheer style. The old tower at the heart of the building has been added to by the charming owner, Prince Luigi d'Angerio of Sant'Agata, to create a fairy-tale style construction filled with antiques and valuable collections of paintings and medieval weapons. The owner's eye for detail extends to the Guestrooms, some of which have wrought iron beds and ceiling lights. Breathtaking sea views are around almost every corner, and can be enjoyed...

Last updated Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:27:36 AM

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