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Ravello was an important city of the maritime Republic of Amalfi, an important commercial center in the Mediterranean between 839 and 1200. Ravello was also a diocese from 1086 to 1603, then the bishop was moved in Scala.

ravelloDominating the sea from more than 300 meters height, from the top of the valley of the dragons, this place became the destination of many tourists and the seat of the "Ravello festival" each year in summer (created in 1953 in the honor of Richard Wagner). The beauty of this village-garden, inspired from immemorials times freedom to its inhabitants, visitors, travellers, intellectuals and artists of all nationalities like Boccaccio or Wagner.

rue de ravelloRavello was in the beginning a vacation resort of the Roman patriarchs, and like Amalfi, the city known its greater splendour between the X and the XIIIth century thanks to an intense maritime trade and with the production of fabrics (wool and cotton). Its decline started with the Norman ones of Roger II, but intensified especially with the invasion of Pisans in 1337 which withdrew at all the Coast its political and economic independence

Ravello contains merries like the Cimbrone Villa, built around the XIth century, and clearing at the beginning of the XXth by an English gentleman, Lord Grimthorpe, with the assistance of Nicola Mansi. The garden of Cimbrone is still today a rare example of grace and joke. The family Rufolo, the richest of Ravello, built in the 13th century the villa of the same name on a rock projection whose point remains still today in the memories of thousands of visitors. Nicola Rufolo, a member of this family, founded the pulpit of the cathedral in 1272: masterpieces of mosaic arabo-Byzantine.



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