Wonderfully aristocratic, breathtakingly beautiful, Ravello sits above the Amalfi Coast's seaside fishing villages, perched on a great spur of rock, some 350 meters above the Mediterranean Sea.
Constructed on the site of a settlement believed to have been built by a Roman colony fleeing from the barbarian invasions, Ravello became the elected refuge of a group of noble families from Amalfi who had rebelled against the authority of the Doge in the 9th century.
Ravello soon prospered thanks to the production of the town's "Celendra" wool and, in the 11th century, attempted to dissolve its ties with the Maritime Republic of Amalfi by nominating its own Duke.
The town's decline coincided with the Norman conquest and over the ensuing centuries the population of Ravello, which in the 12th century had been circa 25,000, diminished to such an extent that in 1800 the town was aggregated with the diocese of Amalfi.
However drastic, its change in fortunes failed to impair the town's charm and, if anything, conserved it, making Ravello the chosen destination of inspiration-seeking intellectuals, artists, and celebrities from every corner of the globe.
- Seduced by Ravello:
- Greta Garbo
- Gore Vidal
- Richard Wagner
- Winston Churchill
- Virginia Woolf