Villa Cimbrone lies at the end of Ravello. Hidden behind its imposing walls and large wooded doors lie wonderful gardens and a large villa. The property is a well kept secret as I meet lots of people that go to Ravello and never even visit the villa. This is a travesty as it is the must see for anyone who goes to visit this lovely town. Ravello is less famous than its neighboring towns Positano and Sorrento. I think this may have something to do with the fact that the town is not on the seaside but up on the hills overlooking the sea. This affords Ravello with some of the most impressive panoramas of the Amalfi coast.
Even if you aren’t getting married at the villa or haven’t hired the villa for your wedding reception you can still visit it and buy a ticket to enter its grounds and benefit from the many photographic opportunities on offer. There are some conditions to be aware of; for instance if there’s another event taking place they won’t let you in and there are opening and closing times so it is a good idea to check these before hand. It takes about a 10 minute walk to get there and you don want to arrive to find you can’t get in.
My last visit to Ravello was to photograph a very small intimate wedding at the town hall. After the wedding and some drinks at a 5 star hotel called Palazzo Sasso we went for some photos.
Here are two photos from the terrace in the clouds at Villa Cimbrone.