One of the pleasures of visiting the Amalfi Coast in the winter is the rare chance to visit some of the most beautiful spots without having to wonder how many tourist photograph albums you might have ended up  in around the world. Sunny winter afternoons are one of my favorite times to stroll through Ravello and enjoy the views from the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone.  This coming summer when the gardens are in full bloom I promise I’ll take you all on a proper tour through the Villa Cimbrone. But in the meantime, grab your cameras, wrap a scarf around your neck, and let’s head down the Avenue of Immensity . . .

 

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At the end of the long pathway is a beautiful building with a statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest. At sunset the view is absolutely striking. 

 

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Ceres watches over the steeply terraced land surrounding Ravello where grape vines and lemon groves bask in the warm sun.

 

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Just steps beyond Ceres is one of the most spectacular views you’ll find on the Amalfi Coast. This terrace is very appropriately named the Terrace of Infinity. And it really feels like you can see forever . . .

 

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Returning back in the gardens, you’ll soon find this charming Temple of Bacchus.

 

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While the gardens in January pale in comparison to their splendor during the spring and summer months, there were still a few bursts of color dotting the landscape.

 

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Little reminders that spring is coming soon to the Amalfi Coast!

 

 

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12 Comments
  • Laura

    Thank you, thank you. Your blog brings a peaceful breath of hope to my spirit. Lovely walk you took us on.

    January 31, 2010
  • LindyLouMac

    Oh how I wish I could be there in person and not just in spirit.

    Grazie x

    January 31, 2010
  • Chef Chuck

    That would be a nice Sunday stroll! Thanks for sharing.

    January 31, 2010
  • Sara

    I love those views from the Terrace of Infinity! How blessed you are to live in such a gorgeous place. I hope you will keep on sharing its loveliness with us for a long time; I enjoy coming to visit you here.

    January 31, 2010
  • Annika

    We sat for a while next to Ceres. I was so moved by that place, the statue, the atmosphere. There is something so ancient yet so timeless about it, and it's most spiritual.

    January 31, 2010
  • Lucia

    Now I have hope, thanks for the beautiful post. Hurry up Spring I can't wait!One day I hope to visit the Amalfi Coast in the Spring,that would be a dream come true.

    February 1, 2010
  • likeschocolate

    Stunning photos!

    February 6, 2010
  • Laura

    Many thanks to all of your for your lovely comments!

    Laura, your words inspire me to share more of my experiences here on my blog. Thanks!

    LindyLouMac, I hope you can be here in person soon! There is something about the Amalfi Coast that just lingers in the spirit, no mater how far you go! 🙂

    Ciao Chuck! It would be a lovely Sunday stroll for sure. 🙂

    Sara, thank you for your kind words and for stopping by here to visit!

    Annika, I have my spots where very similar emotions run through me in the Villa Cimbrone. I love the photos of your son there!

    Lucia, hurry… spring has arrived on the Amalfi Coast! 🙂

    Likeschocolate, thanks so much!

    May 3, 2010

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