Ravello sits like a natural balcony overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, from where you can peer down over Amalfi and the nearby towns of Minori and Maiori.
The seven km drive from Amalfi along the 'Valle del Dragone, passes through the soaring mountains and deep ravines that characterise the area - watch the hairpin turns.
You can continue inland across the mountains and down to Angri to link with the A3 to Naples, Nocera and Salerno and the A30 for Caserta and Rome.
Things to see
Cathedral San Pantaleone (Piazza Vescovado)
The Cathedral dates back to the 11th century and features an impressive marble pulpit with six lions carved at its base. There is a small museum in the crypt containing religious artifacts and marbles from Villa Rufolo.
Villa Rufolo is comprised of a cluster of buildings in the Arab-Sicilian style. For centuries writers and composers have been inspired by the villa: Boccaccio set episodes of the Decameron here and Wagner wrote the third act of his Parsifal whilst residing in the villa.
Built in the 13th century for the wealthy Rufolo family, the villa has been the home of several popes, as well as Charles I of Anjou. From the terraces there is a magnificent view over the bay.
The villa's gardens are the setting for the Festival Musicale di Ravello each June.
Open daily from 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. and from 03:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.(free entrance)
Villa Cimbrone was built at the beginning of last century in medieval style. It includes a building with two towers, a courtyard and an open vaulted terrace-room called Cripta. An avenue through the lush gardens leads to the incredibly panoramic Belvedere Cimbrone.
Open daily from 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. and from 03:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.