Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Travel Guide: Ravello, Italy

La Reveche swimsuit, similar and more affordable here

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! I'm finally back with my second travel guide from our trip to the Amalfi Coast (you can find my Travel Guide for Positano HERE). 

From Positano, we traveled to Ravello. Ravello is known for it's blooming gardens and luxury hotels. The thing we loved most about it (aside from its beauty), is that it's less touristy than some of the other cities on the Amalfi Coast. We felt like we were really getting an authentic taste of Italy. The town is also very quiet and peaceful and is the perfect place to truly relax for a few days!

 Alexis dress // Carrson sandals (mine are last year) // Chanel Bag, similar and more affordable here // MAC lipstick in "impassioned"

HOW TO GET TO RAVELLO
While most of the cities along the Amalfi Coast are sea-level, Ravello is situated high in the hills above Amalfi. In order to get there, you have to drive up a mountain (I recommend hiring a taxi driver, since it's a spine-tingling drive up the Valle del Dragone). It took about an hour and a half total for our taxi to drive from Positano to Ravello. If you're heading straight to Ravello from Rome, the easiest route would be to take a fast train from Rome to Salerno, and then a taxi from Salerno to Ravello. Once you're there, you won't be able to believe your eyes!


The pool at Palazzo Åvino
Marysia Swim triangle top // Marysia Swim bottoms // similar hat

WHERE TO STAY IN RAVELLO
There are some VRBOs available in Ravello, however I would highly recommend staying in a hotel for the experience alone. The hotels in Ravello were some of the most luxurious hotels I'd ever seen in my life (all with spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast). Another plus is that the hotels are all walking distance from the gardens and the center of town (a 5-minute walk), so we never had to worry about transportation during our stay.

Palazzo Avino: We stayed at Palazzo Avino for two nights in Ravello. Everything about this hotel was spectacular. We opted for the Junior Suite with sea view since we were traveling with three people (the suite has room for an extra bed). It was GORGEOUS. Our room had lots of windows, three separate balconies and the prettiest view of the coast, along with very comfortable beds, an all-marble bathroom and a sitting area. In the bathroom there were plush robes and slippers for all three of us, and a staff member brought up a complimentary bottle of prosecco right after we checked into our hotel. The grounds of Palazzo Avino are also beautiful - there are two hot tubs on the roof, a pool spa, outdoor gym and many outdoor seating areas. The reception was extremely helpful in showing us around and also booking a dinner reservation for us.

The pool at Belmond Hotel Caruso
 Showpo cover-up maxi, I also love THIS ONE & THIS ONE
handmade sandals, similar HERE // David Yurman bracelet

Belmond Hotel Caruso: We ventured over to the Belmond Hotel Caruso for lunch one day and were blown away by the beauty of this hotel. This former 11th century palace is located at the peak of the hill with views of both sides of the Amalfi Coast. The hotel has a jaw-dropping infinity pool, as well as a garden area with several terraces and seating areas. It's honestly so hard to describe the beauty in words! We ate lunch at the pool bar one day and all agreed their pizza was some of the best we'd had on our trip, with outstanding service. Both the Belmond Hotel Caruso and Palazzo Avino are within the top two prettiest hotels I've seen in my life.

Faithfull the Brand jumpsuit, also comes in a dresstop and shorts version
Fendi sunglasses // Brixton straw hat, similar HERE // Carrson sandals (mine are last year)
Chanel mini flap bag, similar but way less HERE
 cuff bracelet // MAC lipstick in "impassioned"

WHERE TO EAT IN RAVELLO
Breakfast/Lunch
  • For breakfast, enjoy the complimentary buffet provided by your hotel. 
  • Belmond Caruso pool cafe: Definitely check out the pool bar, you can dine right beside the infinity pool for lunch. Order the pizza and any dessert you can get your hands on.
  • Palazzo Avino: We shared a bunch of appetizers at Palazzo Avino's cafe for lunch on our first day. They all tasted like they came straight from the garden - fresh and delicious. 

Drinks
  • Palazzo Avino Terrace: The Palazzo Avino serves a mean spritz (a wine-based cocktail) which you have to try while you're in Italy. Enjoy a view of the coastline while you're sipping and enjoying countless Castelvetrano Olives.
  • Luigi's Bar: A great little hidden bar only a few steps away from Palazzo Avino. This is a great casual place for pre-dinner cocktails! 

Dinner
  • Mimi's Pizzeria: This is a very casual pizzeria located in Ravello. It wasn't touristy at all and the pizza and drinks were incredibly affordable. We all shared two different pizzas. One of the pizzas had mozzarella-stuffed crust! 
  • Cumpa' Cosimo: Get the pasta sampler, which includes 5 to 6 of their most popular dishes. Both the bolognese and lasagna are said to be legendary.
  • Rossellinis: If you're feeling fancy, opt for Rossellinis, the Michelin Star restaurant at Palazzo Avino, and try the 7-course tasting menu. 

straw tote (sold out in my color), similar & less expensive here // handmade sandals, similar HERE 
MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau" // straw hat

WHAT TO DO IN RAVELLO
  • Visit the gardens. Ravello is home to two gardens, both of which are a quick walk from the hotels: Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. Tickets are only a few euro each, and you can purchase upon entry and then explore. 
  • Give yourself a self-guided tour of town. There are a few dozen super cute shops to poke in and out of. Spend the day window shopping, eating gelato and tasting limoncello.
  • Celebrate happy hour on the plaza - any of the al fresco dining options will make you a perfect spritz. 
  • Take a cooking class. We wanted to sign up for Mama Agata's cooking class but didn't have time - we've heard it's a must-do in Ravello. The cooking class starts at 10 a.m. and is a full affair so be prepared to stay all day and leave fully satisfied.
  • Relax! Ravello was practically built for relaxation. Book a spa appointment at Palazzo Avino's award-winning spa or simply spend the afternoon laying by the pool, reading. At Palazzo Avino's pool there are baskets filled with books for you to borrow and read.
The view from our balcony at Palazzo Avino
Short Pajamas Set // MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau"

Check out my YouTube video on my Ravello Travel Diary, below, for a peek into our hotel in Ravello. I apologize for the shorter video - since we were only in Ravello two nights, I wasn't able to get as much content as I wanted!

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If you've been to Ravello before and have any recommendations or suggestions, please let us all know in the comments!
xoxo

36 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous pictures. I'll definitely be adding Ravello to my list of places to visit next time I'm in Italy.

    Arum Lilea

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  2. Looks absolutely stunning! Definitely on my list of places to visit. Your outfits look amazing too! Hope you had a brilliant time <3

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  3. Looks like a great trip! I loved reading your recommendations and seeing your photos!

    Ashley // MyWellDressedLife.com

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  4. Everything about this trip looks absolutely gorgeous! Who takes your photos while you are away? Glad you were able to relax and enjoy your trip.
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  5. I loved these photos from this part of your trip!! My mom and I didn't get a chance to visit this part of Italy when we were there earlier this year, so I got to live vicariously through all of your blog posts and Instagram pictures from the Amalfi Coast! How BEAUTIFUL!! :-)

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  6. Ravello is now at the top of my travel bucket list! Thank you for sharing Caitlin, I love your perspective & recommendations!

    xoxo Elizabeth
    http://alilbitoflovely.com

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  7. SO SO SO jealous of your pizzas, mmmm, those looked amazing! Also, the sights everywhere were astonishing! What an amazing nature?! You looked so cute and girly too, loved your outfits!

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  8. Great guide ;)

    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  9. These photos look lovely, the outfits too. My fave is the cover up maxi.

    www.underaytedray.co.uk

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  10. I love your style so much! This is truly one of the most beautiful swimsuits I've ever seen :)
    ♡Kristina
    TheKontemporary

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  11. Ravello looks amazing! I've been to so many places in Italy but never Ravello, it's now on my list!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  12. Girl! That one piece is breathtaking! You are really making me want a trip to Italy

    Erin Schabo
    Top Knots & Sweatpants

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  13. Loved your video and these photos!!

    xo - Marianne
    www.thematimes.com

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  14. Loving all your outfits! Hope you had a fun trip!

    xoxo
    Sharan
    www.MyGoldenBeauty.com

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  15. amazing pictures!
    xoxo Michele
    http://michelescreativemind.blogspot.de/

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  16. Love that bathing suit in the first post. You take the best pictures.

    <3

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  17. Everything is so pretty! Love the swimsuit and the the dress in 2nd pic <3

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  18. Your style is so cute! And you sound so sweet :)

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  19. Such a gorgeous place! Really enjoyed the vlog :)
    XO Janina
    www.janinafran.com

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  20. Love your post! Did you have problems with language barriers?

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  21. Ravello is so stunning oh my goodness!!!!
    xx,
    Areli's April // On Bloglovin

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  22. So fun! Loving all of your outfits!!

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  23. So stunning that it almost doesn't look real!! :)

    Allie
    www.champagne-tuesdays.com

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  24. Omg I can't get over how amazing it looks there and your outfits were stunning! Thanks for sharing this travel. Going to come in handy because we are planning our Italy vacation!

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  25. I love that one piece you are wearing in the first picture! Thank you so much for sharing this travel guide!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

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  26. I desperately need to visit Ravello, it looks like such a serene place!

    I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

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  27. Ravello such a lovely place, and you look amazing in every picture, I hope you enjoyed the each time in Ravello.

    Kim | http://www.condorny.com

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous! And I love all of your outfits and the video!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!!
    :) Rebecca
    www.caravansonnet.com

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  29. Loving your blog posts for Amalfi coast! We are headed there in a week and taking notes :)

    Jen ~ escapetothis.wordpress.com

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  30. Loving your blog posts for Amalfi coast! We are headed there in a week and taking notes :)

    Jen ~ escapetothis.wordpress.com

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  31. I'd love your advice on traveling with hair styling tools (straightener, curling iron, etc). Thanks!

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  32. The pictures are so cute and all your outfits as well. Makes me want to pack and leave.

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  33. I heard about this place! It looks like such an amazing spot <3
    The Fernweh Wolf / Travel & Lifestyle Blog
    xx

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  34. These photos are unreal, what an unbelievable setting!

    obsessedandoverdressed.com

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  35. I was married in Ravello last October at the Santa Maria church followed by a reception at The Belmond(dinner in the garden, dancing upstairs at that infinity pool). We stayed at the Belmond as well as the Palazzo Avino.
    Ravello is a true gem with only 3500 people calling it home. Your blog takes me back to that magical day.
    One other recommendation is to hike down to amalfi beach, it's a good workout with stunning views. you can hire a taxi back after having some ice cold beers at a little shop on the beach.

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  36. Ravello looks gorgeous! I've never heard of it before but it is definitely on my travel bucket list now haha!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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