2 days in Ravello
*Disclaimer: the gorgeous sunny photo wasn’t taken during our recent stay in Ravello. Unfortunately, we didn’t get lucky and literally didn’t see an inch of blue sky during our two days there. The photos I took don’t do it justice so I chose instead one that we took the first time we came there, almost three years ago, on a glorious sunny day.
Let’s be honest, Ravello without the sun wasn’t as exciting and breathtaking but we managed to have a great time and still made the most of our wet couple of days.
Where to stay
For this first stay in Ravello, we found a lovely affordable guesthouse a little out of the town called Al Borgo Torello. The positive side was the free parking and quietness. A seriously sporty hike separates it from the town centre. It doesn’t take long, but you’ll definitely feel like you have deserved your pizza when you make it to the top. So it's also a positive side in a way.
Our room was simple yet offered all the necessary amenities and the owner Roberto was discreet and helpful. The WiFi doesn’t really work, which didn’t matter to us as we were on a digital detox. On a sunny day, breakfast is served in the garden with the view over the Amalfi coastline - a treat.
If you know the weather will be sunny during your stay in Ravello - which is the case most of the time in fairness - a swimming-pool might come in handy as it is a bit of a trek to get to the beach, but as I mentioned, we didn't need it.
Where to eat
When we arrived in Ravello, we took shelter in Enotavola, the unpretentious restaurant hosted in the Palazzo della Marra, for a lovely lunch comprising of bruschetta, homemade lasagna and fresh ravioli.
We were offered some deep fried pizza as appetiser, which we had never tried before and that we thoroughly enjoyed. If they are available, don’t miss out on the delicious tiramisu and the cherry pie, which is more like a flan with a few cherries than a proper pie but so tasty.
One of the best pizza we have had during our whole Italian trip was served to us by Mimi pizza. We sat on the heated and covered patio and ordered a pizza with aubergine and another one with parma ham and rocket, both absolutely delightful.
The dough was perfectly chewy like a real Neapolitan pizza, and the tomato sauce and the toppings were just insane.
We had a lovely dinner in Pizzeria Vittoria, a popular place among the locals that you need to book in advance.
The pizza was okay, (we weren't crazy with the topping but it was probably down to a bad choice on the menu) however, we didn't leave a spoon of the wonderful seafood pasta.
For a quick lunch/drink, all the cafes located on the main square, the piazza Duomo, offer similar menus and prices and can make for a nice spot especially if the sun is out.
Expect cheap sandwiches, fresh salads, mini pizzas and sweet treats. The Bar Klingsor makes gorgeous ice-cream and a delicious caprese salad.
What to do
If you want to write a book, start a meditation retreat, read 15 books in a week or just forget about the rest of the world, Ravello is the place you are looking for. It is not burstling with activities but its rich medieval history and incredible landscape can't bore the eye. You will enjoy strolling its paved streets, visiting the gardens of the Villa Rufuola, shopping for ceramics or imagining the wedding of your dreams - which we did, more on that topic later, possibly...