Villa Rufolo

Price guide: Mid-range

Piazza del Duomo, Ravello, 84010

Price guide: Mid-range

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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Chilling out, Education, History, Live entertainment

Best for Culture - Expert review of Villa Rufolo

Music maestro…

When Scotsman, Frances Reid, bought Villa Rufolo in 1851, it was almost completely derelict. In spite of being famous enough to be mentioned in Bocaccio's Decameron, the 13th-century villa with its 14th-century tower had fallen into disrepair, but once renovated it is said that Wagner thought he'd found his Klingsor (the magical garden location of his famous Parsifal). Appropriately enough, the Villa is the location for the world famous annual Ravello Festival (thought to be the oldest music festival in the world). It runs from March through to November and features mainly chamber music played in open-air concerts at the Villa. Many concerts were expected to be performed at the new auditorium designed by Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, but, as yet, the stage hasn't been used, a full year after the auditorium's inauguration. There may be photographic or art exhibitions on at the Villa, which is included in the admission fee. 

Price advice: 

Entrance to the villa costs 5 euros but concert prices vary. Some are free but tickets can cost up to around 60 euros. 

Expert tips: 
Book early for the concerts.

More information on Villa Rufolo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Historic site
Address:
Piazza del Duomo, Ravello, 84010
Telephone:
089 857096
Website:
http://www.ravellofestival.com
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9am-8pm (closes 5pm on concert days).
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
Musical concerts, garden design

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