Villa Rufolo : Michelin's recommendations
This is a rich and old family house (Boccaccio mentions it in the Decameron), which was built in the 13C. It is opposite the cathedral. Many Popes stayed there, Charles of Anjou imitated it and Richard Wagner, in search of inspiration for his Parsifal, took refuge there in 1880. How could it be otherwise? An attractive shady alley leads to a Gothic tower providing access to the "Moorish courtyard" with sharp arcatures in the Sicilian-Norman style. It is in fact an old 11C cloister. A new tower then takes you to the gardens, well decked with flowers from which you can see the architecture and yet lose touch with the villa. For down below, at your feet, you can see the sea, an unparalleled blue, and then the cropped summits as far as the Gulf of Salerno with, in the foreground, the domes of the church of the Annunziata. It is breathtaking! In front is a scene which looks down into the deep. Dreams are inspired by hearing the summer concerts put on here, especially in August under nights of shimmering stars: music from nightfall to daybreak...
Opening hours :
- 9am-8pm (except high season 9am-1hr before dusk)