Villa Rufolo, Ravello

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Renowned for its moonlight concerts, Villa Rufolo was built in the 13th century for a wealthy local family. The villa is famed for its cascading gardens, which were created in 1853 by Francis Neville Reid, a Scotsman who bought the property and not only took care of its restoration, but also designed the current layout. The gardens are known for their luxurious flower beds, which blossom in bursts of exotic colors throughout the year, as well as for offering panoramic views of the world-famous Amalfi Coast. German composer Richard Wagner visited the villa in 1880 and was so overcome by the attractiveness of the location that he later used it as a setting in of one of his operas. Check the official website for an accurate list of all upcoming concerts and other events at this site. Put Villa Rufolo into our Ravello online route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A pleasure to explore it, beautiful gardens with best view... You should visit it without excuses dedicandole a couple of hours...!
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  • This place should you experience when there is not a throng of tourists, for peace, the scents and the prospects are great, when you can get them a little for himself!
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  • A huge disappointment, had recommended me to visit. Only the views and gardens is worthwhile. Very expensive just to see that. Construction is destroyed, has no furniture or anything interesting inside. I do not recommend it.
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  • Super experience made even more special by the carefully selected music playing in the background. An excellent film showing the life of the Villa from 1932 can be viewed at leisure . Some wonderful images. Gardens very well presented and the most outstanding views over Salerno Bay. A must see venue at the reasonable admission fee of €7. Highly recommend a visit
  • I would totally recommend to visit this villa! It’s ~10min walking distance from the main city square through lovely narrow streets. We went there in the afternoon so it was quite quiet. The villa is well taken care off, gardens are lovely, and the views are spectacular. We spent approx. 1hour there with a short coffee brake, but would suggest to reserve more time to fully enjoy it.
  • Villa Rufolo has a fantastic view, Garden and a museum. The museum located in the 30 meter high tower from around 1100 and oldest part of the current buildings. The current exhibition was great with videos on the wall filling out old ruin parts. The interior with its glass and metal stairs make the trip to the top enjoyable. At the top they have installed a glass only fence. Amazing. But it was not totally clean and should be better maintained. The height of the glass was too high. The garden and the surrounding trees are just stunning and give u an experience for life. Even Lonley planet print the view on their South Italy edition
  • A beautiful ancient building which has been lovingly restored during different periods in history. The villa and gardens are cleverly highlighted using sound, music, video, film, reflections and fountains & gardens. It holds a music & arts festival in August and has one of the most coveted views in the world over the Amalfi coast.
  • You'll have to pay about 7 Euros for entry, but worth the stroll around the gardens inside. Take advantage of the views. We were lucky that foot traffic was minimal when we went (we try to arrive at most places in Italy very early). Your ticket includes entry to a small "museum." It's quite warm and doesn't have too many interesting things (for us). There is a panoramic view at the top, but it's all glassed off so it's hard to take a picture unless you want to risk dropping your phone trying to hold it over your head. We decided to eat at Babel afterwards!
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