Ravello sits high on the cliffs on the Amalfi Coast. Getting there is nearly impossible, but the views from the top make the twisty, slow drive completely worth it. When you look towards the water, you can see the same gorgeous view you saw as you climbed the cliffs from the shoreline of the coast. But as you arrive in Ravello, the lush vegetable and grape vines capture your attention as their green becomes your new favorite color.
While Ravello is a location in the 1,000 Places book, that is not why Thomas and I traveled there. My Italian cousin, Francesca, picked the quaint coastal town as the backdrop for her wedding to Sebastian (my new German cousin!) and Thomas and I were thrilled to be invited to share that special day with them.
Our welcome to Ravello was an intense storm the likes of which they hadn't seen in a long time. Our hotel flooded as the rain poured down in sheets, and the nearby town of Amalfi had a wave of water wash away cars. Despite all that, the rustic feel of the town was comforting and I immediately felt like I was at home.
Our first day in town, Francesca's father, Egidio, took my aunt, Thomas and I on a tour to Villa Cimbrone. As we wandered through the narrow, uneven streets, Thomas and I fell behind, stopping to take pictures of everything. There was nothing our eyes landed on that was not the classic Italian picture. The Villa is famous for its Infinity Terrace that looks out over the Mediterranean and you can see both ends of the Amalfi Coast and many of the coastal towns. We thought we had seen a gorgeous view from our hotel room, but nothing compared to the view from the terrace. Edigo told us that it was Francesca's favorite spot, and he assumed that is why she picked Ravello to get married.
On our second day, we wandered around Ravello on our own and actually attempted to get lost on the streets, just following the beauty around town.
When it came time to leave Ravello for our next destination, Thomas and I didn't want to go. We both felt so relaxed and comfortable there, I felt we could have just moved in and stayed forever.
Despite the hard journey getting to Ravello, I have every intention of visiting again, but this time, I want to stay much longer.