Photo courtesy of Palazzo Avino
Set in a 12th-century pink fairy-tale palace that looks like it’d make a prime setting for a Wes Anderson film, Palazzo Avino is skirted in flower-filled gardens terraced across a cliffside in Ravello. Interiors are as decadent as the storybook architecture, filled with antiques and plenty of marble, and features charming details such as stained-glass windows and Vietri tile floors. Soothing white guest rooms, many with gorgeous coastal views, are trimmed with colorful accents by way of Hermès textiles and antique carpets. The views here are almost hard to believe, especially from the sunbathing lawns that surround the pool. Picturesque is an understatement for these panoramic vistas of the sea and rugged green coast. Even the fitness facilities take advantage of the views: Cardio machines are set in cabanas right in the gardens, making for arguably the most scenic spinning sessions ever. And being right in the center of town, guests can walk to several restaurants and bars, though the hotel’s own dining options are top-notch and include the Michelin-starred Rossellinis, a casual alfresco lunch on a panoramic terrace, and lobster paired with champagne, or a choice of 100 different martinis, at the Lobster & Martini Bar.
By Aleksandra Hogendorf, AFAR Contributor
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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.
By Dan Fogarty
Via S. Giovanni del Toro, 28, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy
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