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This family-friendly Ravello hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Trofimena Cathedral, Roman Villa and Villa Rufolo. Cathedral of Amalfi ...
This family-friendly Positano bed & breakfast is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Positano Town Hall and Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Fornillo Beach ...
The Villa Rufolo is easy to get to from wherever you’re staying on the Amalfi Coast. But surround the country mansion and its gardens are in the town of Ravello is a collection of four-star hotels with pools and terraces that look out across the sea. There are also several comfortable three-star B&Bs, hotels and villas in the hilltop town.
If you’re looking for five-star luxury, search for a place to stay in Ravello’s Piazza Duomo. You could also search in nearby Amalfi or the coastal town on Minori, a couple of miles away, where you’ll find cool, quintessentially Mediterranean rooms with pools, spas and in-house restaurants.
Villa Rufolo is one of the greatest treasures of the Amalfi coast and the villa has inspired many artists who have fallen for its magic down the centuries. The unique architecture of the 13th-century building helped composer Richard Wagner to finish an opera he’d been working on for decades, and the poet Bocaccio, at the forefront of early Italian Renaissance, wrote about the villa and its owner in Decameron.
Time your visit to Villa Rufolo for summer when it has a series of concerts to celebrate its artistic legacy, with the sea and the Amalfi coast as its impressive backdrop.
The Moorish influence on the building has led some to compare Villa Rufolo to Alhambra in Spain. Take in the Torre Maggiore, the tallest tower in the villa, and stroll beneath the intricately detailed cloisters in the courtyard beneath it. Villa Rufolo also has Turkish baths, an art-filled chapel and a vaulted dining room near the gardens for you to explore.
Make sure you take plenty of time to enjoy the tranquillity of Villa Rufolo’s garden – the Garden of the Soul – which spreads across two levels. Wander around the geometric flower beds, and head to a high point to appreciate the layout and the impressive views of the gardens. The elevated villa has views down the Amalfi coast and of the towns across the hillsides.