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Laura Thayer always finds something new to discover in this popular Amalfi Coast tourist destination


On a coastline famous for its rugged beaches and pretty harbours, there’s one remarkable town on the Amalfi Coast that sprawls across a promontory jutting out of the mountains high above the sea. This is Ravello. It’s a view that is hard to forget once you’ve seen it. As I write, I gaze across the valley at the town’s unique setting about 1,200 feet above sea level. While it’s one of the most visited towns on the Amalfi Coast, along with Amalfi and Positano, there’s always something slightly more tranquil about Ravello.

If someone could bottle up its tantalizing blend of panoramic Mediterranean views, the sweet scent of flowers from its famous gardens, and charming cobblestones streets, they’d have a hot item. As it is, you must make the journey to discover this place where faith, music and creativity flow. There’s no better way to experience this than on a stroll through town. And, unlike most of the rest of the Amalfi Coast, this doesn’t involve quite as many steps. Although there are still plenty!


The Piazza Duomo sits right in the centre of Ravello and serves as the religious and social heart of town. Everyone passes through this square surrounded by cafés and restaurants – locals, tourists, kids chasing footballs or learning to ride their bikes. Here the Duomo, with its stark white façade, catches the eye.



Piazza Duomo

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Ravello is dotted with churches, but the town’s most impressive is the Duomo located in the central piazza. Inside you’ll find incredible examples of medieval art as well as a small museum below the church. Founded in the 11th century, the church is dedicated to San Pantaleone, the town’s patron saint, who is celebrated with a big festival on the 27th of July.

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About Italia!

Our cover star, Ravello, clings to the cliffs above the panoramic Amalfi Coast and is a perfect starting point for our travels this month. Take a stroll through this vibrant town to discover a place where faith, music and creativity flow.