- Belmond Caruso: I had been dreaming about staying at this hotel ever since I visited Ravello last year. I’m not kidding when I say that it’s my favorite hotel in the ENTIRE WORLD. Chris and I are already planning an anniversary trip back because we loved it so much! I want to cry when I think about this hotel, THAT is how much I loved it. It’s like stepping into a beautiful castle where you are King and Queen and everyone treats you just like that! Chris and I opted for our own private suite with balcony while we were at this hotel. The room had a beautiful tile floor and an AMAZING balcony with lush pink flowers all around. We had an all-marble bathroom with a large tub and even a little outdoor shower! We loooooved the food at the Belmond, too. We ordered lots of pasta from the room service menu, and the (complimentary) breakfast spread every morning is out of this world. There is an entire breakfast room filled with pastries, cheese, yogurts, fruits (and basically any vegetable item you can think of), you fill up your plate and then sit down in the dining room/balcony with a spectacular birds eye view of the entire Amalfi Coast. The breakfast is also served on beautiful Italian china – and the COFFEE. Oh my GOSH the coffee is so good! When you’re ready to relax, head out to the infinity pool with – again – the prettiest view of the Amalfi Coast. We were served rose by the pool and then had the best pizza at the poolside cafe. Honestly, this entire hotel provides one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had in my life!
- Palazzo Avino: Last year when I visited the Amalfi Coast, 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. Although I really liked Palazzo Avino, I do think that the Belmond was even a step further in luxury. Both are amazing, though!
Although we loved the food in Greece, Chris and I both agreed that the food in Ravello was even better (we don’t even know how that is possible!). We stuffed ourselves on cheese, pasta, pizza with cheese-filled crust, tomatoes, bread with olive oil and balsamic, and gelato. And more. We ate and ate and ate, and loved every minute of it. 🙂
- 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. They all tasted like they came straight from the garden – fresh and delicious.
- Belmond Caruso Terrace: The prettiest view everrrrrr!!
- 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 the Belmond and Palazzo Avino. This is a great casual place for pre-dinner cocktails!
- Mimi’s Pizzeria: We had the best pizza of our entire trip in this restaurant! This is a very casual pizzeria located in Ravello. It wasn’t touristy at all and the pizza and drinks were incredibly affordable. We had made reservations ahead of time, but we ended up having to wait a little bit for our table, so they gave us complimentary champagne to make up for it (which was fine with us). Chris and I ordered a gnocchi dish and a pizza with ricotta-stuffed crust and woooooow. I will remember that pizza for the rest of my life!
- Cumpa’ Cosimo: This was one of mine and Chris’s favorite restaurants from our entire honeymoon! This is a really small and very authentic restaurant in Ravello, and we walked in and immediately felt at home. Chris and I each ordered the pasta sampler, which includes three or four of their best pasta dishes – and it was AMAZING. Also, we got a bottle of Chianti here and it was also our favorite wine that we had on the trip! After we ate, the owner came up to us and gave us apricots from her garden for dessert.
- Rossellinis: If you’re feeling fancy, opt for Rossellinis, the Michelin Star restaurant at Palazzo Avino, and try the 7-course tasting menu.
- 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. We spent the morning at Villa Rufolo and it was beautiful to see all of the flowers! Plus there’s a little museum where you can learn about the history the gardens.
- Take a day-trip! The Belmond offers FREE day trips to both Amalfi and Positano. We took a day trip to Positano and it was so fun to show Chris. We ate lunch at Chez Black on the beach (I ordered a heart-shaped pizza), then walked up to Hotel Poseidon for gelato and a glass of wine. Next we headed to le Sirenuse for a drink on their patio. It was suuuuuch a pretty hotel and made me wish that we had booked a couple of nights there, too! I tried their signature champagne cocktail but I can’t remember what it is called.
- 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. The plaza is really cute, too, and you can also enter the church and read about the history!
- 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 the Belmond’s award-winning spa (I got the “muscle melt” massage) or simply spend the afternoon laying by the pool, reading.
WHAT TO WEAR IN RAVELLO
It’s a little cooler in Ravello because it’s on top of a mountain – and we loved that!! Our hotel had a dress code for breakfast, and everything in Ravello seemed SUPER fancy, so I would definitely recommend bringing nice dress clothes (both men and women). Chris wore his loafers here and he didn’t wear them any other time on our trip. Sundresses are nice, as well as long, flowy maxi dresses and maxi skirts. Definitely bring a pair of heels or wedges for dinner, but be sure you can walk in them!
Let me know if you have any questions about Ravello!!! xoxo