If you are planning an Amalfi coast yacht charter, be sure to add the hillside town of Ravello to your itinerary. With its stunning gardens and incredible views of the Gulf of Salerno, the allure of this medieval town is hard to beat.
The Amalfi Coast offers some of the most spectacular vistas in the Mediterranean, and there is no better way to experience this corner of Italy than on a crewed yacht charter.
The small clifftop town of Ravello is one of the jewels of this region, famous for its spectacular views over the Tyrrhenian Sea, its exquisite gardens and its long-running music festival, which is held here every summer.
If you are visiting this beautiful stretch of the Italian coast, make sure you spare some time to experience this very special place. Below are just a few ideas for things to see and do while you are in Ravello.
Listen to music at the Ravello Festival
The little town is transformed each summer when it plays host to the Ravello Festival, which attracts some of the best musicians and orchestras from around the world.
Also known as the Wagner Festival in honour of the German composer who spent time here in 1880, the festival was launched in 1956. Today, visitors can enjoy a variety of music; from classical orchestral concerts at the breathtaking outdoor auditorium, to jazz concerts, ballet renditions and contemporary dance.
Performances begin in early April and continue until October, so there are plenty of opportunities to experience this magical event while on your Italy yacht charter vacation.
Enjoy the gardens of Villa Rufolo
One of the undoubted highlights of the Amalfi Coast, Villa Rufolo enchants visitors with its cascading gardens laid out with artfully designed flowerbeds, terraces and a riot of colourful blooms.
Framed by the green foliage of cypress and palm trees and with the dazzlingly blue Gulf of Salerno as a backdrop, it is one of Italy's most picturesque and photogenic locations, and it is easy to see why the gardens attract so many visitors.
The villa itself dates back to the 13th century, while the museum, which displays local archaeological finds, is also worth exploring.
Explore the famous ceramics shops
Ravello is famous for its ceramics shops. The intricate items are created by hand and delicately painted, creating beautiful gifts or memorable souvenirs that truly reflect the timeless elegance of Italy.
One particular favourite in Ravello is Ceramiche d'Arte, which has attracted numerous celebrities and high-profile individuals over the years. The shop's popular selection of plates, ornaments, tiles and tableware are totally customizable, making each of these artworks unique.
Soak up the scenery at Villa Cimbrone
Today home to a luxury hotel, Villa Cimbrone is an impressive, palatial building with origins dating back to the 11th century.
The Villa Cimbrone gardens are one of the most scenic spots along this most beautiful stretch of coastline, and the views over the Mediterranean from the Terrazza dell' Infinito - the Terrace of Infinity - are truly spectacular.
Another big draw for those visiting the area on a private yacht charter vacation is the hotel's Michelin-Star restaurant, Il Flauto di Pan, where diners will enjoy contemporary Mediterranean cuisine along with a wide choice of excellent wines from the hotel's extensive cellars.
Dine and unwind at Palazzo Avino
For a light lunch while visiting Ravello, Palazzo Avino's Terrazza Belvedere offers a charming terrace overlooking the sea, with a menu of fresh pasta, salads and seafood.
And if you are looking to unwind, the hotel's wellness centre is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a variety of spa treatments.
Facilities here include a sauna, hydro pool and Turkish steam bath, while the rooftop heated swimming pool and solarium offer breathtaking views over the Mediterranean.