Escaping to Ravello
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

After picking up my friend from Salerno and driving up Valle del Dragone, Ravello was our first stop on our road trip along the Amalfi Coast. In contrast to the larger coastal towns of Amalfi and Positano, Ravello is a small town perched high on the hills above Amalfi. Dotted with verdant gardens and spectacular views, I had a slight regret of not spending a night in this town. Richard Wagner even got inspired to write the second act of his final opera, Parsifal.

We explored Ravello by foot, and walked through many ancient stone pathways and staircases while admiring the view below. Unfortunately, we arrived in the late afternoon, so we didn't get a chance to explore the gardens of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. We did pause to admire the cathedral in the main square. 

While walking through one of the many pathways, we stumbled upon the Villa Maria Restaurant. The restaurant wasn't open for dinner yet, but they let us sit for drinks. We noticed the restaurant had a few tables with an open view of the coast, so we asked the staff if there were any tables available for dinner. Although the tables with the view were reservation only, we managed to convince the manager to give us one of the tables. (A great life lesson: Everything is negotiable.)