what to do, see & eat in ravello.

I’ve started and stopped writing this post about what to do in Ravello about 10 times already. And a Capri travel diary a million times more than that.

When tragic things happen in your life that take you by surprise you feel a little silly, a little guilty {and still really sad} continuing on with life as normal.

It’s a crazy, scary and unpredictable world we live in – nothing in life is guaranteed, things don’t come easy and you have to work hard to continually feel like you are putting all the pieces together.

I’ve enjoyed this little space of mine over the years and who knows if I will continue it once we start a family someday but for now, I choose to. It’s my creative outlet for fashion, design, travel and love.

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What I do know is that for the precious time we have, we need to LOVE each other, show compassion, explore new cultures, TRAVEL, eat really good food, drink really good wine {in moderation}, exercise and spend time with those who inspire us. And hey, if planning your outfits for the next 3 months in advance in your iPhone notes makes you happy {GUILTY as charged} – DO IT!

We need to celebrate the moments that are REALLY good because there are a lot of struggles we all go through whether that’s seen in Instagram highlight reels or not.

…AND this post is about one of those REALLY good times. It’s about TRAVEL and enjoying a beautiful place with someone you love.

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^my person πŸ™‚ happiest people alive at Cumpo Cosimo.

We did our Italy trip as a last hoorah before residency and after all the hard work that Richard put into med school I’d say he really deserved it. Me, maybe? I don’t know. But I enjoyed every damn minute.

WHAT TO DO, SEE & EAT IN RAVELLO

Beautiful, Ravello where do I begin!?

We absolutely ADORED Ravello. Not only because we stayed at the magical Palazzo Avino but because it was such a quiet & authentic town.

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During the day it has a little “hustle and bustle” but by night it’s unbelievably charming & feels like a secret you don’t want to tell anyone about {as I blog about it!!!} Richard actually said, don’t tell too many people because we want it to be our place.

It always will be. I am sure of that. BUT if you are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast I could not recommend it more. Kids running around in the town square, little side streets filled with shops and restaurants… It doesn’t get better.

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^a light pink church!!! yes please.

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WHAT TO DO AND SEE

Villa Rufolo // Villa Rufolo has the most stunning views and gardens. It’s just off the main square, very easy to get to & a MUST in Ravello.

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Villa Cimbrone // also a hotel — gorgeous gardens that I truly got lost in. A little bit of a hike to get to Villa Cimbrone but the journey is the best part. We stopped in some other hotels and walked around {I couldn’t tell you the name of them} — one was setting up for a wedding which you’ll see below.

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Villa Cimbrone was so worth the hike — an insanely vast property and incredible vistas. I’m not totally sure I would want to stay there, it seems very big but like, it wouldn’t suck.

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^taking photos of the entrance of Villa Cimbrone. Stunning!

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You feel on top of the world from the terrace of infinity.

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Ravello Concert Society: Go to the orchestra! Your hotel can book it for you or you can buy online. Since we were there early in the season we saw the orchesta inside but if you go during the later Summer months they hold it outside. It was held in a beautiful old church but being outside would make it that much more amazing.

WHERE TO EAT

Cumpa Cosimo – Hands down our favorite spot in Ravello.

We had the best time the first night we arrived in Ravello having dinner at Cumpa Cosimo. This place is family run by the adorable Mama Netta.

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Her son {I think son? grandson?} Danilo was so much fun — he ordered for us the first night {we ended up going again for dinner our last night because we loved it THAT much} — we had a pasta sampler and it was some of the best Italian I’ve ever had. He kept bringing us more pasta as we ate. Because we needed more. Obviously. SO delicious and homey.

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We left a little over-served after the house wine, limoncello shots & on our way out we were handed champagne and lemon cake because there was a birthday celebration going on in front. We pretty much made best friends with the entire restaurant {if you know Richard you know that’s not very hard to do}.

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A true GEM. I cannot say enough about this place.

If you ever go to Ravello, you gotta go to Cumpa Cosimo.

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^from our second meal there.

Our favorite little bar that we went to before dinners {and many times after} was about 10 steps outside Palazzo Avino & was called Luigi’s Bar. Very casual, cute little tables outside – totally relaxed. I dream of this scene. So content.

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Other amazing meals we had in Ravello include:

The Garden – gorgeous views and you need to get the fish in “crazy water” – some of the best fish of our entire trip.

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Enotavola Wine Bar – another hidden treasure. It was more of a chill night for us and ended up being so lovely. It was a quite little wine bar with delicious food. We sat outside on the back porch and had delicious eggplant parmesan, lasagne and meatloaf.

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I was absolutely ooo-ing and aww-ing at the little lemon biscuits they give you after your meal. I asked for seconds and would have taken a box if I could. I don’t have a pic but they were unbelievable.

We were also lucky enough to have had dinner at Palazzo Avino’s Michelin star restaurant, Rossellinis. I did PA’s Instagram takeover so they treated us to this meal — Richard still says he will write a guest post on this as it was his dream. We LOVE Top Chef and this is definitely the closest we will ever get to feeling like Top Chef judges πŸ™‚ More on that at some point from the Doc.

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THAT IS ALL, for now!!! HAPPY FRIDAY xx

Other Italy Posts: Rome Highlights // Palazzo Doria Pamphilj // La Fontelina Capri // Da Paolino Capri // Amalfi Coast // Le Sirenuse // Bows in Italy

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    great post πŸ™‚

  2. Megan Hagerty says:

    I love Ravello too! I hope you made it to visit Hotel Caruso which is next door to where you were staying. They have the best restaurant, view and infinity pool. We have stayed at both and actually prefer Hotel Caruso to Palazzo Avino. Make sure you put a visit to that hotel on your list for your return trip to Ravello. We also got a full set of pottery that we love to use and remind us of our trip. Ravello is certainly magical!

    • Hi Megan! Isn’t it the best little spot!? We actually didn’t spend any time at Hotel Caruso because we were so in love with our hotel!!! We did stop in to see the infinity pool but NEXT TIME I’m adding it to my list! As I certainly hope there will be a next time πŸ™‚ xx

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