Set in a 12th-century pink fairy-tale palazzo that looks like it’d make a prime setting for a Wes Anderson film, the 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 as well as charming details like stained-glass windows and Vietri tile floors, while soothing white guest rooms, many with gorgeous coastal views, feature 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, casual alfresco lunch on a panoramic terrace, and lobster paired with champagne or a choice of 100 different martinis at the Lobster & Martini Bar.
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A Perfect Amalfi Coast Wedding
The breathtaking view from Palazzo Avino (formerly 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 as 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 that will forever be some of the best meals we may ever enjoy. 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 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. He lived here for decades in his own palazzo. But you 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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