Ravello is situated on a cliff 1,200 ft above sea level, reached by a narrow road with hairpin bends from Amalfi. In its heyday Ravello had a population of 36,000. Proof of its past splendour is the cathedral with its valuable bronze doors and beautiful pulpits. The arabesque style Villa Rufolo, where Richard Wagner composed the Second Act of Parsifal, and Villa Cimbrone with reproductions of classic statues and a panoramic terrace, are both worth a visit. Ravello can be combined with Positano and Amalfi.
The "Amalfi Drive" is said to be one of the most spectacular roads in Europe and from Sorrento there are breathtaking views from every bend. Amalfi, now a thriving holiday resort, was once a powerful and prosperous marine republic, and homeland of Flavio Gioia, who perfected the compass. The beautiful cathedral, with its ornate façade, situated at the top of steps leading up from the main square, houses the remains of the patron saint of Amalfi, Saint Andrew. There is free time for lunch. You can also visit the shipyards where the long galleys were built, and the Emerald Grotto which can be reached from Amalfi port. From Amalfi we visit the hilltop village of Ravello, which nestles eleven hundred feet above the sea. We visit the Cathedral and Villa Rufolo, which gave the musician Richard Wagner the inspiration to compose one of his most famous operas, Parsifal. There are concerts in the garden every year.
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