06 June 2014

Ravishing Ravello

Time to say arrivederci Roma and head south, first by train 
to Naples and then by van to the beautiful 
hilltop town of Ravello.

With a permanent population of just 2,500 inhabitants, Ravello has long been a holiday haven for discerning travellers, including many musicians and composers such as Richard Wagner and writers such as DH Lawrence who wrote part of Lady Chatterley's Lover here and Gore Vidal who stayed for 30 years and declared the panoramic view as "the best in the world".

I liked the numbered tiles for each building

The entrance to our pretty hotel

The view from my room across the Bay of Salerno!

Ravello is located at an elevation of 350 metres and its pretty terraced streets are made even more appealing with no cars or bikes to disturb pleasant strolls.

Libby and Andrea head down the hill

Ravello is well known for its ceramics ...

... and the luscious lemons that thrive in this Mediterranean climate

Both real ...

... and the ceramic versions

Even the delightful Majolica tiles on the cupolas represent 
the yellow and green of lemons.

Libby suggested I try this scrumptuous lemon cake 
and oh my, one mouthful and you're hooked!

(For my embroiderer friends - note the pale yellow bullion roses 
and buds on the tablecloth)

And when life gives you lemons in Ravello, you make limoncello!

I was intrigued by these signs around town, but did not enquire "what drugs exactly?"

On a healthier note, the tomatoes are full of flavour and taste 
like you remember a tomato used to taste!

 Wedding parties mingled with the friendly tourists

Strolling minstrels led the bride to the church

We enjoyed the relaxed local dining ...

Nette Bottone - the matriarch at "Cumpa Cosima"

Libby introduced us to the legendary apron clad Mama who owns the always packed, old school trattoria, "Cumpa Cosima" which has been in her family for over 70 years.
Nette is definitely the star turn and to add to the theatrics,
 she calculates the bill in her head at the end of your meal.
 To name just a couple of names, 
Humphrey Bogart and Jackie Onassis liked to eat here.
It's noisy and fun and the assorted pasta house plate 
was tasty and well priced. 

Another memorable night for us all.

We thought this little shop looked so attractive and all managed 
to spend quite a few euros here.

The Panama Hat Brigade 
- note to self - 
try and find a step to stand on when next with long legged ladies!

We spent a pleasant afternoon touring Villa Cimbrone which is now a luxury hotel, but formerly the home of the English politician, Ernest Beckett (later Lord Grimthorpe). 
He restored the villa and created the beautiful gardens which were admired by many famous visitors such as Winston Churchill, TS Eliot, Vita Sackville West, Virginia Woolf, Henry Moore, Greta Garbo and so many more. 

 Libby at the entrance of Villa Cimbrone

Enjoying the panoramic view of the Amalfi coast

Ciao for now!

1 comment:

  1. what a wonderful post Jo
    must catch up when you are back love to know more