If there is still some remembrance of the lost Paradise among us, that is Ravello, suspended between sky and sea and full of poetry that nature and art provided for the joy of men." - Gino Tani, Messaggero, 1959
The road to Ravello is full of beauty and grandeur, the place itself is something to truly behold. As our driver weaved and winded up the infamous mountains of the Amalfi coastline I was filled with nervousness (hoping we don't crash into a car and fly off the road), anticipation (seriously the roads are so narrow and the cars whip around the corner!) and sheer astonishment at the beauty that surrounded me. It didn't matter how far our like car climbed along, I felt completely engulfed by the vast picturesque mountains
We stayed at La Moresca and it was absolutely perfect. We were upgraded to a double balcony room on the top floor that was spacious with stunning views; on one side we could see all the way down to Amalfi beach and the other, mountains on mountain on mountains. Our continental breakfast was served on their rooftop terrace and it was the perfect way to start the day. Our first day was spent exploring. Ravello is a perfect example of Italy's eminence in balancing architecture, nature, colour.
Our next day we had a private cooking class scheduled. We walked into the town to the tour office where we met Vincenzino- witty, charming and spirited Vincenzino. We strolled over to the market whiling discussing what we wanted to create for lunch. He was curious to know what we were interested in making and happy when we said we wanted to learn classic Mediterranean dishes. My favourite was fish market; the fishermen bring everything in early in the morning so everything is very fresh.
We went back to Vincenzino's restaurant where we had his whole kitchen to ourselves for the lesson. Instead of us trying to write everything down which would interrupt cooking, he took our iPhone's and filmed us cooking. In fact, he had us talk into the camera describing all the steps in the process like we were on a cooking show - it was so funny! After we enjoyed our meal on the terrace above the gardens surrounded by mountains. We both agree that the experience was the highlight of our trip!
I can't review Ravello without mentioning our visit to Villa Cimbrone, a stunning hotel with the most enchanting gardens and views. The gardens are filled with wisteria, statuary and temples to give it a classical feel. The main walkway is wrapped in greenery and dripping with vines. But the most spectacular element is the villa’s 'belvedere', or Terrazza dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity) that is lined by a series of marble busts. Richard Wagner himself said "The view from there, for me, is the most beautiful of all." I would have to agree completely.