Do consider staying here, preferably in the junior suite. Why? The staff and the owner are such warm hearted and pleasant people, it's not too big, and the views are beautiful, and the food from their own organic garden overlooked by the open air restaurant mostly has a rare fresh and healthy quality. All the great gardens and hotels, and the shops, are in easy walking distance for you to sample as you wish. Villa cimbrone hotel and gardens just around the corner are a must in the early morning and evening. Gore Vidal's house also is a must see and as villa Maria's owner also owns it, you can ask for a guided tour. Wonderful walks, especially the path of the gods, and do ask if Vincenzo can guide you, for an exceptional experience. Catch the ferry back from Positano. Torre de Zirro walk and on to Amalfi and back up if you are fit, or by bus, is special also. At the nearby church of the poor Clare's, you can hear the nuns sing a mass. The cooking class also run by Vincenzo is a must, even for non cooks, because he is passionate and enthusiastic. Watch out for the home made lemoncello! It is three star and not five star, and so there are some quirky aspects, but this hotel has a heart. And if the owner's friend Eddie Oliva is visiting, you will enjoy a superb guitar serenade! Pompeii and Herculaneum can be visited in a day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the historic centre between the Clarisse nunnery and S. Francis Convent, in a restful aristocratic area so much as to be chosen, the only hotel in the area, by the French guide-book "Relais du Silence" as an oasis of peace and by the Italian "Charme e Relax" as Ravello's pearl. Villa Maria assures his guests in addition to maximum tranquillity also the most services including the parking of nearby Hotel Giordano (of the same property) where it is possible to park for free the car and take advantage of free luggage handling and of the swimming pool. Rich and interesting is the history of this villa which was roman noble Marquis de Cinque family's manor, an history which blends with Ravello's and the Amalfi Coast's. The structure, while preserving the elegant forms of a lordly mansion, in the years has undergone noteworthy redecorations which have fashioned its actual splendour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Maria