It is the people that make small businesses successful and I cannot sing enough praises to the staff of the Villa Lara.
We arrived late on a Saturday night. The doors of the lift opened and we met Alfonso. With a smile and wonderfully Italian presence, he had us checked in and suggested a local restaurant right up the street for a nice meal. It was delicious and a perfect way to spend our first night. The next morning we met the incomprable Nello and Luca. Every morning of our our weeklong stay, which was our anniversary and serving as our honeymoon as well, we looked forward to the lovely fresh breakfast of fresh juices, fresh sliced salami and cheese along with great coffee and a bit of conversation to accompany the breathtaking views over Amalfi and the sea. As we only had a week, we kept fairly local and found plenty to do by visiting the neighboring towns with a couple of day trips to Positano, Sorrento and Capri.
On Nello's recomendation, we even hiked up to Ravello. If Nello suggests this to you, be warned that 1500 steps is a lot. He will downplay this, but on a hot day take a big bottle of water and take your time and it will be a highlight to your trip. There are some amazing views and its well worth it if your up to the challenge. It was one of my favorite days for sure.
As for the hotel itself, the rooms were kept very clean and their hospitality extended to giving us an upgrade on our last night. The tarraces are lovely for sitting and reading and being just outside of the town was perfect in exchange for the unbelivable views. The hotel has the best of everything. Simple heartfelt service with a perfect location was perfectly executed. We couldn't have asked for anything more. If we are ever in that part of the world again, you better believe we will stay at the Villa Lara in a heartbeat! Thanks to Nello, Luca and Alfonso!!
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