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Villa Rufolo, Ravello

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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. Plan your Villa Rufolo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ravello using our Ravello vacation planner.
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  • Music and record seem at first sight not quite to go together. The composer Wagner was the first one at the invitation of the owner vand eze Villa a composition wrote hence there every year a festival is organized in the garden. The garden is well maintained and a large part of the flower blooms even now. Framed by the music of Wagner, the garden is well worth a visit.
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  • Villa Rufolo is a pleasant gardens with some stunning views, but for us, way too crowded so not comparable to the gardens at Villa Cimbrone which is just a short (up hill) walk away, The entrance to V...  read more »
  • This is more convenient to visit than Villa Cimbrone, (but not as good), and clearly has historical value. The best bit was the 'film show' which brings the place into context as a musical venue. 
  • I highly recommend visiting this villa! It's one of the top destinations in Ravelo that our airbnb host told us about. It offers a great look into the classical architecture of Italy. In addition, the gardens are vast and beautiful. Finally, there are plenty of photo opportunities throughout.
  • Originally belonging to the powerful and wealthy Rufolo family who excelled in commerce (a Landolfo Rufolo has been immortalized by Boccaccio in the Decameron), it then passed by inheritance to other owners such as the Confalone, Muscettola and d'Afflitto. Around the middle of the nineteenth century it was sold to the Scotsman Francis Neville Reid who took care of a general restoration, resulting in today's layout. The villa is entered through an opening in the arched entrance tower, and after a short street a clearing is dominated by the Torre Maggiore: the latter facing the bell tower of the cathedral in Ravello, overlooking the terraces (upper and lower) as well as overlooking the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Salerno with flower gardens that are in bloom most of the year. Of particular interest among the rooms of the villa is a large courtyard elevated like a cloister and some rooms forming a small museum. The German opera composer Richard Wagner visited the villa in 1880. He was so overcome by the beauty of the location that he imagined the setting as the garden of Klingsor in the second act of Parsifal. In commemoration, every year the lower garden of Villa Rufolo hosts a Wagnerian concert.
  • Stunning views, mountains and sea together, beautiful landscapes, visiting vila Rufolo and vila Cimbrone is a must!
  • Good local restaurant serving very good pizza with stunning views of the Amalfi coast.
  • It's nice for a quick walk but Villa Cimbrone is much more atmospheric.
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