Gabriella & Christopher

Ravello, Italia
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Till We Celebrate

The Couple

Gabriella Addonisio

  • Georgia peach.
  • Product manager.
  • Amateur sommelier.
  • World traveler.
  • Runs to the gate.
  • Hand-talker.
  • Hooked on phonics.
  • Compulsive list-maker.

Christopher Pardy

  • Haligonian.
  • Software developer.
  • Beer snob.
  • Eagle scout.
  • Shows up 2 hours before the flight.
  • Mumbler extraordinaire.
  • Cat rescuer.
  • Hopeless romantic.

Together as One

It all started in 2012 when two coworkers took a business trip to the Netherlands to launch a product. She was the product owner and he was the lead developer. Getting on the airplane they were mistaken for a couple - clearly a sign of things to come. While exploring Amsterdam together, they started talking and realized that they shared a love of food, cooking, company, and exploring old European cities. After coming back home they stayed friends, and even hosted a few dinner parties. Finally 6 months later Chris got up the nerve to tell Gabriella how he felt and send her an email. After 2 weeks without a response Chris couldn't help but feel disappointed not realizing that Gabriella was in Italy and completely detached from the web. On her first day back in the office there was a painfully awkward meeting (well, for him; she still hadn't checked her email). Finally that night she read the momentous email and later that week they had dinner, drinks, and laughs. On one of their first dates, after dinner, they went out to the Esplanade and sitting on a park bench overlooking the Charles River and watching the sail boats they decided to make it official.

After about 540 nights of having dinner together Chris knew he wanted to keep doing so for the rest of their lives. He asked her dad, picked out a ring, and then concocted an elaborate plan complete with a pretend startup called Platinum Vermillion that provided "bespoke adventures". Clues were texted to the couple throughout the night which they had to decode to see how their adventure would unfold. After decoding a book cipher they were lead to dinner and drinks. The next clue was a map of the Esplanade that pointed them to the very same park bench where they started dating. There in the freezing cold, with Gabriella huddled like an Eskimo, Chris got down on one knee and popped the question.

Of course she said yes, and now the couple can't wait to take all their family and friends to Italy, the country of amore to celebrate their union.

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto.

Eat well, laugh often, love a lot.

Anonymous

Festivities

Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.

Fanny Burney

Getting There

Wish you could teleport across the Atlantic? Us, too. Here are the next best options.

Napoli Airport Capodichino (NAP)

Napoli is the closest airport. Or let la dolce vita find you as you explore first. Flying into Roma's airport, Aeroporto Internazionale Leonardo da Vinci (FCO), will give you a chance to see the City of the Seven Hills. From there it is about 2 hours by train or car to reach Napoli.

Linea a Monte del Vesuvio

Trenitalia offers connections between all the major cities in Italy. To get to Ravello via public transportation take the Itercity or Regionale (40 minutes) train from the Naples Centrale Station to Salerno. From Salerno the SITA bus will take you to Ravello, but you will need to switch lines in Amalfi. Alternatively see information below for cab services from Salerno to Ravello.

Bus tickets have to be bought in advance and can be found at caffè bars and Tabacchi. Schedules are available online from Trenitalia and SITA SUD.

Strada Statale 163

You can pick up a rental car at any airport and the highways in Italia are easy enough. However, driving the Amalfi coast while beautiful is narrow and terrifying. Also the towns on the coast are mostly car free; parking is limited and can only be found on the outskirts of town. We advise that you avoid driving the coast and ditch the car in Napoli if possible.

If you want to splurge, a car service from Napoli to Ravello is €100-150 each way. We recommend Jack the Driver or Positano Car Service.

Traghetti e Aliscafi

The closest ferry port to Ravello is in Amalfi. From there you can get a ferry to Capri, Positano, Sorrento, Salerno, or Ischia. Sorrento and Salerno also have connections on to Napoli and other cities. Ferries come less frequently than buses, but we understand if you cannot resist the call of the sea.

You can find Amalfi Coast ferry schedules online at capri.com, further information can be found here

Napoli is a beautiful woman in a dirty dress.

Anonymous

Rest Your Head

We will be staying in Ravello (exact location tbd and to be updated here)- we recommend you do too. Buses and ferries can be used to get to other towns on the coast for visits. There are no shortage of places to stay in Ravello, however we recommend you book early. Ravello consists of two parts: main Ravello on the mountain and Ravello by the sea. We would not recommend staying in Ravello by the sea unless you want to climb 700 + very steep steps, or walk 7km to the wedding venue. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

Graal Hotel

Very near to the center of town, Graal Hotel offers excellent hillside views from their rooms and pool. About a 5 minute walk to the church and an 15 minute walk to the reception venue Graal Hotel offers convince that is lost with the hotels outside of town. Book directly and mention Gabriella and Chris' wedding to receive 10% off 3+ nights stay.

Villa Piedimonte

A bit further away, but more spacious, Villa Piedimonte still offers spectacular views, great amenities, and a relaxing pool. An excellent choice but not for those who dislike uphill walks, it's about 15 minutes to the center of town and 25 minutes to the reception.

Belmond Hotel Caruso

The site of our reception, Hotel Caruso, for those looking to splurge on a once in a lifetime experience. Formally an 11th century palace, the hotel is run by the Belmond hotel chain, known for their opulent retreats. Number 1 rated on TripAdvisor, you'll defiantly be wowed.

Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are the most affordable option on the coast, great for groups, and come in a variety of options like cozy apartments or large villas with a pool. TripAdvisor (we swear Gabriella doesn't get a cut!) and Airbnb have the most options in the area. Beware the that the terrain is hilly and the map deceptive. Places are further away in distance and elevation than they look! Many homes are 10+ flights of stairs from the main road. We recommend asking before booking.

Il mistero di Ravello


Su nude rupi
erte sopra il mare
ti nascondi, Ravello
come nido di numi
o paese di fiabe.

Le tue bianche case
le tue mirabili chiese
non vantan pretese
al turista

venuto quassù
sol per vedere
quel che nascondi
nei cieli lontani
nei mari profondi

dove, tra il pulviscolo
d'oro dello spazio,
il mistero dell'infinito
vive........

Piero Molesini
1974

Why Ravello

The Amalfi coast is not far from where Gabriella's parents met and married. For Gabriella it represents fond childhood memories from family vacations there, for Chris it was love at first visit. Ravello, official music town of the Amalfi Coast has, more than other towns on the Amalfi Coast, offered escape throughout history. Be it Romans fleeing barbarian invasions or those seeking inspiration like artist M.C Escher or composer Richard Wagner. It's peaceful atmosphere, fascinating streets with small alleys and little squares, and ancient noble villas all greatly kept make Ravello the jewel of the Amalfi coast.

Here are a few of our favorite things...

Anni, amori, e bicchieri di vino; nun se contano mai.

Years, lovers, and glasses of wine; these things must not be counted.

Anthony Capella

Registry

What we want most for our wedding is to have all of our friends and family there to celebrate the occasion with us, and so, more than anything we would simply enjoy your presence. (We mean it!)

That being said, if you do want to get us a little something we've created a wedding registry on amazon.