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Walking Tour: Ravello On The Amalfi Coast, Italy (4K)

The Italian village of Ravello is one of the quietest along the Amalfi Coast, set a bit away from the seaside and the busy beaches. Though equally lovely, Ravello is never as crowded as Positano or Amalfi, especially in the evening when most of the day-trippers have left and the streets are refreshingly empty.

Known as the “City of Music”, Ravello has always been a favorite retreat for artists and intellectuals looking for inspiration from the sweeping vistas far from the bustle of the coastline.

Over the past two centuries, musicians and composers like Wagner, Grieg, Rostropovich, Toscanini, and Bernstein have taken refuge here, as have artists like Escher, Turner, and Mirò and writers from Lawrence and Forster to Virginia Wolf.

It comes as no surprise that this sleepy village hosts important cultural events like the Ravello Festival and chamber concerts organized by the Ravello Concert Society.

Walking Tours: Ravello On The Amalfi Coast, Italy

Ravello has been named the City of Music and is home to the Villa CimbroneVilla Rufolo, the striking Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium and a vibrant cultural scene: Ravello FestivalRavello Concert Society.

Thousands of years of history, an enchanting mountaintop setting on Italy’s most beautiful coastline and views that have captivated countless souls, inspired artists and filled hearts with passion. Yet it’s just the beginning of what you will find in this charming village on the Amalfi Coast. There are still stories to be uncovered along its medieval streets, garden villas and ancient stone pathways.

Amalfi Coast Tour: A 16th-Century Saracen Tower

Set into a rock dropping sheer down to the sea, this ancient 16th-century Saracen Tower is located in Maiori, one of the most exclusive areas of the Amalfi Coast.

This is truly a unique object standing between sky and sea, in a panoramic, high position less than a kilometer from the town center of Maiori, protected by a majestic chain of mountains: from here the view sweeps from the mountains to the charming town below, to then get lost in the infinite blue of the sea, offering one of the most picturesque views of the entire Amalfi Coast.

Built as a watchtower to defend this stretch of coast from invasions by the Saracens and pirates, who in past times attacked it by sea, this property has helped preserve the wonders of the Amalfi Coast, of which it is a splendid example. Developed on the panoramic road from the coast to the sea, with exclusive access to a wonderful private platform with sun loungers, this estate is part of a natural setting of incomparable beauty, characterized by dense Mediterranean scrub.

A true maze of paths crosses the 6,500-sqm park, arranged in terraces, along which the various living areas are located, including the Belvedere, the Canonica and the Saracen Tower.

Village Walks: Capalbio In Grosseto, Western Italy

Capalbio, in the province of Grosseto, is called the small Athens, due to its position and the historical and artistic importance assumed in the Renaissance era. Located in the south of Tuscany, Capalbio stands on a hill covered by the typical Maremma scrub. The municipality was awarded with the 5 sails and it is in first place in the Blue Guide for the reception and quality of its area.

Video Timeline: 0:00 – [Drone intro] 3:00 – [Walking tour begins / Start at Piazza Giordano⛲] 4:50 – [Porta Senese (Siena Gate)☀️🏰] 6:20 – [History of Capalbio…more later…at 11:10] 9:34 – [Piazza Magenta⛲] 11:00 – [Panorama and tour around the walls👣] 11:10 – [📋𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆📋] 14:50 – [Via delle Campane (Bells’ Alley)] 20:30 – [Piazza della Chiesa (Church Square)] 21:40 – [Aldobrandini Castle / Collacchioni Palace🏰] 22:10 – [Church of St.Nicola – *tour inside*☀️⛪] 26:10 – [D’Annunzio’s poem of Capalbio🎼] 27:50 – [Northern Gate🏰] 28:35 – […touring the narrow medieval alleys of Capalbio…👣] 53:20 – [Walking along the walls – history of the walls☀️🏰] 1:01:00 – [☕️…some relax after this beautiful walk!…minutes of Ambient Sounds☕️]

Its history is closely connected to the Tre Fontane Castle of Rome, which today dominates the valley below. The different and characteristic neighboring hamlets make the village very famous. All small and characteristic, some of the hamlets are also known for the wonderful beaches, which offer numerous services and are suitable for families with children and for young people looking for fun.

Walking Tour: Livoro In Western Tuscany, Italy

Livorno is an Italian port city on the west coast of Tuscany. It’s known for its seafood, Renaissance-era fortifications and modern harbor with a cruise ship port. Its central Terrazza Mascagni, a waterside promenade with checkerboard paving, is the city’s main gathering place. The bastions of the 16th-century Fortezza Vecchia face the harbor and open onto Livorno’s canal-laced Venezia Nuova quarter.

Views: The Cinematic Soul Of Portofino, Italy (4K)

Delve into the cinematic legacy of Portofino. This year Belmond were thrilled to team up with the Italian Riviera Film Festival to celebrate Portofino’s silver screen heritage, producing a heartfelt short film presented by beloved actor Alessandro Gassmann. Commissioned by Belmond from local production company Flying Donkeys, the film honours legendary actor, director, screenwriter and Splendido guest, Vittorio Gassmann – Alessandro’s father.

Village Walks: Pitigliano In Tuscany, Italy (4K)

A breathtaking town carved into the Tufo rock, in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, Pitigliano is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Also known as Little Jerusalem, thanks to the large Jewish community it hosted within its walls in the 16th century, Pitigliano is definitely one for the bucket list next time you’re in Tuscany.

Perched on a cliff of local stone known as ‘tufo’, the town stands majestically at the crossroads of the valleys of the Lente, Meleta and Prochio, with a wonderful view of the wild and unspoiled Tuscan Maremma countryside.

Village Walks: Blera In Lazio, Western Italy (4K)

Blera is a small town and comune in the northern Lazio region of Italy. It was known during the Middle Ages as Bieda, an evolved form of its ancient name, which was restored in the twentieth century. It is the birthplace of Pope Sabinian; Pope Paschal II was also originally thought to be from here.

Village Walks: Positano On Amalfi Coast, Italy (4K)

Positano is a cliffside village on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It’s a well-known holiday destination with a pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes. Its Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta features a majolica-tiled dome and a 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary. The Sentiero degli Dei hiking trail links Positano to other coastal towns. 

Views: Landscapes Of Tuscany In Italy (4K)

Tuscany is a region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.