Ravello - Beautiful Town Caught Between the Sea and Sky

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Beautiful town between sea & sky

 

Ravello - Beautiful Town Caught Between the Sea and Sky

 

Perched on a cliff 350 meters above the sea, Ravello commands the ultimate vista over the Amalfi Coast. It's a magical location that the French poet, André Gide, evocatively described as "nearer to the sky than to the shore." This unique landscape has inspired the likes of composers Richard Wagner and Edward Grieg, painters William Turner and Miro, and authors D.H. Lawrence and Tennessee Williams.

 

Many say that Ravello is the ideal travel destination for lovers "where nature, art, poetry and culture are part of the very air you breathe.

Villa Cimbrone's gorgeous terrace
" This Kansas kid has been fortunate to visit many lovely places; yet, I find myself agreeing with Gore Vidal, a former longtime resident, who described Ravello’s panorama as "the most beautiful in the world."

 

In the center of Ravello, there's the intricate 11th century Cathedral. Every July since the early 1950s, the town has hosted the celebrated Wagnerian Music Festival on Villa Rufolo's grounds. The Festival commemorates the composer's love for Ravello and the inspiration he derived from Villa Rufolo for the second act of Parsifal. Villa Rufolo houses a magnificent medieval castle surrounded by extensive gardens. The exotic oriental plants and fountains frame an excellent view over the jagged peaks and the Mediterranean Sea.

 

One day, I hope to leave my beloved United States and move to Ravello, the "beautiful town caught between the sea and sky."   

Glamour88 says:
Reading this has brought back many brilliant memories!
Posted on: Jun 05, 2010
sylviandavid says:
What a lovely posting, Mark. I enjoyed reading it. sylvia
Posted on: Feb 26, 2010
Africancrab says:
Interesting information Mark, love the photos, refreshing they are. Great memories
Posted on: Feb 26, 2010
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Beautiful town between sea & sky
Beautiful town between sea & sky
Villa Cimbrones gorgeous terrace
Villa Cimbrone's gorgeous terrace
Villa Rufolo, once Popes residence
Villa Rufolo, once Popes' residence
Villa Rufolo Gardens
Villa Rufolo Gardens
View from Villa Rufolo balcony
View from Villa Rufolo balcony
Villa Rufolo Tower
Villa Rufolo Tower
Campanile della Chiesa
Campanile della Chiesa
View looking down from Ravello
View looking down from Ravello
Ravellos town square
Ravello's town square
World famous Cameo factory
World famous Cameo factory
Cameo owner, pal of Pope John Paul
Cameo owner, pal of Pope John Paul
Villa Ravello resort
Villa Ravello resort
Lunch at Hotel Villa Cimbrone
Lunch at Hotel Villa Cimbrone
Mansion built in 12th century
Mansion built in 12th century
Gore Vidal-Worlds best panorama
Gore Vidal-"World's best panorama"
Unusual delay on road to Pompeii
Unusual delay on road to Pompeii
Ravello
photo by: travelman727