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Casa Ulysses

Ravello, Salerno

Shopping and Dining: Just under a mile above the villa is Ravello with restaurants, cafes, shops and small grocers. Along the route, 500 yards away, is a butcher shop. For more dining and shopping options, Minori is reached in 10 minutes by car and Amalfi or Maiori are in 15 minutes.

Not To Be Missed:
- The 11th century ruins of Villa Rufolo with an exquisite botanical garden that inspired the composer, Wagner. From June through September, there are scheduled music performances as part of Ravello's annual Music Festival.

- Villa Cimbrone, a 14th century estate, now a hotel that offers one of the most scenic views over the coast from its botantical gardens. As a private residence, Greta Garbo and Tennessee Williams were among the many noted guests.

- Ravello's Duomo dates to the 11th century and houses a pulpit crafted in 1272 with intricate mosaics and spiral columns built atop white marble lions.

- In Minori, the archaeological site, Villa Romana Antiquarium houses the well preserved frescoes, mosaic tiled floors and the ancient sauna of a 1st century Roman villa that was buried by the Regina Minor river. A small museum houses the artifacts from the excavation including coins and pottery.

Public Transportation: In Ravello, about a mile away, buses run every half hour and hourly after 5 pm to Amalfi with 25 minute service. In Amalfi, a change is required to head either east toward Minori, Maiori and Salerno or west toward Grotta Smeraldo, Praiano, Positano and Sorrento. From Amalfi, service runs almost hourly with more buses during the weekday commuter hours. By bus, it takes just over an hour to reach Positano and two hours to reach Sorrento. The last buses return from Positano and Sorrento around 11 pm.

Seasonal Ferry Service: Amalfi, a 15 minute drive away, operates water ferries starting in June to Positano (ends Oct 31) and to Capri (ends Sept 30). There are 3-4 trips in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. The ferry to Positano takes 25 minutes and the last returning ferry from Positano is around 6:30 pm. The hydrofoil to Capri takes 50 minutes and the last one returning from Capri is 7 pm. The closest port with year round service is Sorrento.

Beaches: Minori, a 10 minute drive, has a pay per use, pebbly cove beach. The next town over Maiori, a 15 mintue drive, has a larger, pay per use sandy beach.

Open Air Markets: In Ravello's Piazza Duomo on Tuesday mornings, in Amalfi on Wednesdays and in Maiori on Fridays.

Annual Festivals:
In Ravello:
- July 26 & 27 is the feast of St. Anna & St. Pantaleone with food stands, an outdoor concert and fireworks from Piazza Duomo.
- August 15, the Feast of the Assumption is celebrated with fireworks along the coast that are seen from Casa Ulysses.
- September 19 is the Torello Festival (a section of Ravello) with fireworks that are seen from Casa Ulysses.

In Amalfi:
- June 27 is the feast of St. Andrea with a procession leading to the sea and fireworks.
- August 31 is Capodanno Bizantino (Byzantine New Years) with medieval re-enactments, parades, competitions, pageantry.

In Praiano, August 1-4 is the feast of San Domenico with a Lumnaria competition during which all the town's buildings are decorated with lights.

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