THE EVENING AFTER SEA AND MOUNTAINS LET YOURSELF BE PAMPERED BY THE RAVELLO FESTIVAL
music concerts performances
The idea of the festival, born in 1953 with the contribution of the Provincial Tourist Board of Salerno (then chaired by Girolamo Bottiglieri), is due to Paolo Caruso, who, in the wake of previous musical events dedicated to Richard Wagner, thought at an event specially designed for lovers of the German composer's music. The first edition, held in two evenings with the music of the San Carlo Theater Orchestra of Naples, under the direction of Hermann Scherchen and William Steinberg, fell, among other things, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wagner's death.
Since 2003, the Ravello Foundation has been involved in the creation of the Ravello Festival; also in the same year the so-called leitmotiv was introduced, that is the central theme around which all the events of the festival revolve.
During the various editions, many international orchestras have performed at the festival, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Kirov Theater of St. Petersburg, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the Orchester national de France and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Contrary to what is said, Wagner never stayed in Ravello; he stayed in Naples for a few months and at that time he took a three day trip to Amalfi. During one afternoon he went up to Ravello where he stayed about three hours, visited Villa Rufolo, drank a lemonade, and was surprised to find Klingsor's garden inside the villa as he had imagined it and whose music he had already written.
On March 19, 2014, the official newspaper of the Ravello Festival was registered at the Court of Salerno: the Ravello Magazine.
TOWER OF DREAM' AND SURROUNDINGS TO VISIT
it is a suggestion for guests who, thanks to Ravello's strategic geographical position, would like to enrich their stay and visit the other "jewels" of the Campania Region. We suggest some 'absolutely' excursions to do in some tourist, cultural and gastronomic centers of Campania. WHY NOT
'Torre del Sogno' and surroundings to visit
piazza Fontana Moresca
From Torre del Sogno going down via San Martino, after 98 steps you arrive in via Lacco. Here at number 27 there is a minimarket: Langella phone: +39 089 857409. Continuing to go downhill you will arrive in Piazza Fontana Moresca. The fountain, from 1700, has a circular basin with a double umbrella structure in the center from which water gushes. The artistic element of interest was constituted by the statues depicting the ox and the lion (symbol of the evangelists) that decorated the two water mouths. They came from the ciborium of the former Cathedral and were stolen in the 1970s.
Now it is possible to admire the copies, works by the Catania author, placed to replace the stolen originals.
In the square: Bellavista restaurant on the sea and Sisina's Lounge Bar
villa RUFOLO, Ravello Cathedral
Villa Rufolo is a building in the historic center of Ravello, a town in the province of Salerno, which faces the Duomo in the Piazza del Vescovado and whose initial layout dates back to the thirteenth century, with extensive nineteenth-century alterations.
Originally belonging to the powerful and wealthy Rufolo family who excelled in trade (a Landolfo Rufolo is the protagonist of a novel in Boccaccio's Decamerone), it later passed by succession to other owners such as the Confalone, the Muscettola and the d'Afflitto families.
the monumental complex represents an admirable example of the Arab-Norman style clearly legible in the Cloister, which has a double order of columns with characteristic Arab-Sicilian decorations; medieval elements are present everywhere starting from the entrance tower which houses four statues symbolizing Charity and Hospitality and the barrel vault of the chapel in the main building.
From the outside you can see the Torre Maggiore, about 30 meters high, which for centuries has represented the testimony of the economic and social power of the Rufolo family and which since 2017, thanks to an impressive restoration and enhancement, has housed the Vertical Museum of Villa Rufolo. Visitors, after an ascent of about 100 steps, can access one of the most evocative viewpoints on the historic center of Ravello and on the Amalfi Coast.
The villa is accessed through an ogival opening in the entrance tower; after a short avenue you reach an open space on which the Torre Maggiore rises: the latter faces the bell tower of the Ravello cathedral and dominates the terraces (upper and lower) overlooking the Amalfi coast and the Gulf of Salerno which host extraordinary gardens flowered for most of the year.
Furthermore, among the rooms of the villa, the upper rooms, also recently restored, overlook the gardens and often host exhibitions and events.
stroll through Ravello from 'Torre del Sogno' to villa Cimbrone
The whole route is 1.8 km with stairs.
From Palazzo Benigno Torre del Sogno apartment, go down to the left on via San Martino. It is a characteristic street of Ravello with steps and stone wall. Glimpses of the panorama.
You arrive in piazza Andrea Mansi where taking via Lacco you arrive in piazza Fontana (in via Lacco 27, going down on the right, you will find the food shop Davide Langella).
In piazza Fontana I suggest taking in addition to a good coffee at Sisina's Bar, via Gioacchino d'Anna (it is a little uphill ... but it's worth it to see and visit the most popular street in Ravello) to reach piazza San Giovanni del Toro (visit the church chosen by many to celebrate their wedding rite). The small square and the small street that follows is full of refined shops as well as 5-star hotels. The street that follows the square is called via San Giovanni del Toro where on your left and just before the seat of the Municipality of Ravello there are the 'Giardini Principessa di Piemonte' ... show within show (almost like from Torre del Sogno).
Leaving to your right Palazzo Tolla (11th century) seat of the Municipality of Ravello, you always go down the stairs to reach Piazza Vescovado, seat of the Cathedral and center of Ravello. In addition to the Duomo (founded in 1086) I highly recommend visiting Villa Rufolo (13th century). Continuing from piazza Vescovado and to the right of villa Rufolo you enter a narrow street called via dei Rufolo which leads via a long staircase to villa Cimbrone, also founded around the 11th century. Particular are its gardens, spectacular the view overlooking the sea.
OTHER JEWELS REGION CAMPANIA:
the cliffs, the Blue Grotto, its Little Square, Via Krupp, Villa Jovis: the illustrious and magnificent imperial residence of the Roman emperor Tiberius, from which the 16 ac 37 d.c. dominated and empire of the ancient world ( Romans away from the plots ).
The site of Pompeii , which in this last decade has been constantly visited by over two million people a year , in 2014 was found to be the second Italian site for number of visitors surpassed only by the museum system that includes the Colosseum , Roman Forum and Palatine.
There are many possibilities to organize an excursion to Pompeii: cms.palazzo-torre-del-sogno.webnode.it/why-not-1/pompei/
il sentiero degli dei: the path of the gods
mountain trail with one of the most impressive landscapes in the world: an incomparable view ranging from Cilento to the island of Capri.
Valley of the ironworks