Palazzo Avino

Via San Giovanni del Toro

Set in a 12th-century palace that looks like the setting for a Wes Anderson film, Palazzo Avino is skirted in flower-filled gardens terraced across a cliffside in Ravello. Interiors are as opulent as the storybook architecture, filled with antiques and marble and featuring charming details such as stained-glass windows, Hermès textiles, and antique carpets. Picturesque is an understatement for the panoramas that extend from the sunbathing lawns that surround the pool area. Even the fitness facilities take advantage of the vistas: Cardio machines are set in cabanas in the gardens, making for arguably the world’s most scenic spinning sessions. Since you’re right in the center of town, guests can walk to several restaurants and bars or stay put at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Rossellinis, an alfresco lunch spot known for its lobster and champagne pairings; if you’re looking for something more spirited, opt for one of the 100 different martinis on the menu at the Lobster & Martini Bar.

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A Perfect Amalfi Coast Wedding

The breathtaking view from Palazzo Avino (formerly the Palazzo Sasso) in Ravello, Italy, was the perfect backdrop for our wedding in 2012. We’d been fortunate to do a good deal of traveling over the years, but nothing comes close to the overwhelming beauty and luxury we experienced in Ravello. The hotel, built in a 12th-century villa high above the Amalfi Coast, opened in 1997 and is rated one of the finest hotels in the world. The hotel’s two-star Michelin-rated restaurant offers creative and authentic Italian food, sourced from the region, and will forever be some of the best meals we’ve ever enjoyed. The experience, however, goes well beyond simple details about hotel history and food. The mountain and coastal views, private seaside swimming area, walkways through centuries-old buildings, the town square filled with locals and those lucky enough to visit, and the realization that life is best when slowed down a bit—all make it feel as if you’ll never want to return to your normal life. It’s truly the kind of place you’ll start planning a return trip to before you’ve even left.

Gore Vidal Had It Right

Ravello is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The writer Gore Vidal lived here for decades in his own palazzo. But you too can have your own at Palazzo Avino, thousand of feet above the Amalfi Coast, with incredible food, nice thread count, and spectacular views.

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