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Interesting Facts about Ravello

1. Richard Wagner visited Ravello in 1880 and used the beautiful gardens of the Villa Rufolo as the inspiration for the Magical Gardens of Klingsor in his opera Parsifal.

2. Fun fact: Ravello does in fact have a beach. It's located in the hamlet of Castiglione between Amalfi and Minori.

3. D.H. Lawrence wrote part of Lady Chatterly's Lover while staying at the Hotel Rufolo.

4. The bronze doors of the Duomo date from 1179 and were designed by Barisano di Trani and was created in Constantinople.

5. Interesting fact: Ravello is home to a work of modern architecture with its new auditorium designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

6. The annual feast days for Ravello's patron saint and protector San Pantaleone falls on July 27th.

7. Graham Greene wrote The Third Man while staying at the Ravello's Hotel Caruso.

8. The artist M.C. Escher visited Ravello on several occasions, staying at the Hotel Toro where he met his wife Jetta.

9. Weird fact: In 1938, Greta Garbo hid out in Ravello at the Hotel Caruso and Villa Cimbrone with her lover, the conductor Leopold Stokowski.

10. The 1953 movie "Beat the Devil" with Humphrey Bogart and Gina Lollobrigida was filmed in Ravello.

11. Random fact: For many years the American writer Gore Vidal owned the beautiful Villa Rondinaia situated on a dramatic spot below the Villa Cimbrone.

12. Every summer the Ravello Festival stages concerts at dawn with breathtaking views overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

Things to See in Ravello

  1. Downtown

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