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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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  • Visited Ravello for a short time on day trip along coast from Sorrento, so time was fairly short. My family chose not to pay to visit the villa and gardens but I was so glad I went in; I only wish I'd...  more »
  • Beautiful view of the gardens with the sea and the Amalfi coast in the background. The gardens are lush with flowers and the walk becomes very romantic. The villa in it even at the time has no great interest. You want to attend a concert here at the nightfall.
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  • Not much to see for 7 euros, we preferred the visit of villa cimbrone, the Park is much larger and the magical terrace. Here, everything is a bit disappointing, the garden and its flower beds are masked by the stands of the festival, almost nothing in the House, there might be one photo... another... exhibition and development in glass at the top of the Tower prevents all beautiful yet magnificent 360-degree panorama photos. In a small room under the Tower, d projection a movie solely dedicated to the promotion of Ravello. In summary, go there if you have the time and 14 euros to lose but the walk the streets of Ravello has also nice views and visit the villa Cimbrone.
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  • This is a nice quaint Villa along the freeway.. good to explore the architecture and for a couple of great viewpoints. There are lots of great places to eat around here
  • The only good thing is the view I have to be honest, I don't think it was worth the 5 Euro admission. I was there in the winter (in January) and everyone said it would be an amazing experience. While it was neat, and obviously the view is stunning - the view is stunning from the rest of the town too...so what's so special about this villa? Well, apparently there is a garden there. I didn't discover any gardens while touring this place. Wrong season? Perhaps. The other thing I noticed while there that I didn't like was that a lot of the sections were off limits do to maintenance. I didn't think that was right or fair considering you still have to pay full admission. The lady that I bought the ticket from though was very friendly, and there's a room they have dedicated to explaining the history with a slideshow of photos and film, sort of like a museum in a way. The grounds were nice, and I was there on a really beautiful day so it's not the fault of the weather - just didn't move me in any way. I would still recommend it if you happen to be in this quaint little village, as it might be worth seeing during the spring or summer. It's small though and I saw everything in less than 20 minutes.
  • We saw two weddings at the same day in this lovely place. Beautiful church just outside villa, after ceremony they went into villa and taking some photos. Great view from villa❤️
  • Lovely grounds and gardens with a spectacular view. Not much beyond that in the winter months
  • The view is awesome, the garden is kept. The entrance and parking fee I think is too much. The bathroom needs a renewal.

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Where to stay in Ravello

Most accommodations in Ravello remain small but cozy bed and breakfasts housed in buildings typical of the area. Almost every street in town abounds with options, although the absolute heart of town--around Duomo Ravello--represents the most popular place to stay. If you want to enjoy Ravello's iconic seaside views and don't mind a steep uphill walk to get to the center of town, stay at one of the hotels lining the zigzagging Via Giovanni Boccaccio.
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