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Villa Rufolo, Ravello

Must see · Architectural Building · Historic Site
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. PutVilla 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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  • The Villa Rufolo was built in the XIII. century by the wealthy and powerful Rufolo family. One of the members of the family, Landolfo Rufolo, is even mentioned in Boccaccio's Decameron. During the...  more »
  • I had an amazing tour at Villa Rufolo with a certified guide called Zia Lucy. The Villa is one of the best examples of Architecture and gardens on the Amalfi Coast. Gardeners take care of every plant....  more »
  • This is the 2nd time we have visited Villa Rufolo and it is even more beautiful and enchanting than we had remembered. Would highly recommend, the views are amazing, the gardens very well kept, and...  more »
  • Didn't seem a lot to see for 6 EUR. Pretty but small.
  • This is nice place to visit while in Ravello, with amazing viewpoints (photo below) and cool gardens. However, it is rather small and the entrance fee is almost the same one for Vila Cimbrione. If you have to choose one of them, I would recommend the latter.
  • Nice way to spend a few hot hours in the shade.
  • The main problem with Italy, is that everywhere you see is beautiful. I'm pretty sure only a small percentage has been dug out, and still that little percentage offers so much to think about. So the villa Rufolo, perched on the top of Ravello is just another reminder of the beauty of these numerous buildings. Of course, nature helps, and the amazing setting of the coast, from the top of the hill is the perfect case for the creation of these almost unknown architects. Anyway, since you made it so far, villa Rufolo is a good place to spend 2 hours, and there are good restaurants, overlooking the coast (A bit overpriced) that are also worth to pay a visit.
  • It might just have been now during the corona but seriously this place is not in anyway worth the 6€ entrance fee. PLEASE save your money and go to amazing Villa Cimbrone instead.

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