With its jagged coastline and crystal-clear waters, the Amalfi Coast is a true paradise with the houses teetering above the sea of Positano and the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi. However, Ravello, with its magnificent flora, its stunning panoramic location and its remarkable historical villas, probably represents the most refined and elegant side of the Coast.
The incomparable atmosphere of Ravello | Photo: philwild, via Pixabay
There are many events held in the city during the summer season, but this annual appointment with the music offered by the Festival of Ravello, in its 66th Edition this year, is a must-see event. With an international character, it is held from 30 June to 25 August 2018 and offers a jam-packed program of classical, jazz and contemporary music and includes many original, never-before-seen productions.
The Festival which, over time, has earned Ravello the nickname of the City of Music, has also hosted some of the most prestigious names in the world of music, both on the national and international level. It is also a unique must-see opportunity for guests of the Hotel Mediterraneo. Sorrento is only an hour and a half by car from Ravello (for info on connections, just ask at the hotel’s reception desk).
La Scala Concert | Courtesy of Ravello Festival | Photo: Roberto Vuilleumier
As always, the Festival is held at Villa Rufolo. Richard Wagner is the star of the opening and closing ceremonies with an exhibition of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Esa Pekka Salonen with Tristan and Iseult on 30 June, and with the concert of Donald Runnicles with the Deutsche Oper of Berlin on 25 August.
There is also a fascinating event on 11 August: a concert at sunrise, at around 4:50 in the morning, with the Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana Giuseppe Verdi directed by the young American orchestra director, Ryan McAdams. The event will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Edvard Grieg.
Ravello, Concert at dawn | Courtesy of Ravello Festival | Photo: Roberto-Vuilleumier
Ravello, Villa Cimbrone | Photo: SalvatoreMonetti, via Pixabay
Inside the key church of this coastal city, there is the Museo dell’Opera and the Pinacoteca of Medieval and Modern Art. Among the other important Churches are Santa Maria delle Grazie, la Chiesa dell’Annunziata and the Church of San Martino in its medieval style.
Author: Fabio Pariante - © 2018 ARTE.it for Nozio Business