Ravello is a 10-minute taxi ride or 20-minute local bus ride from Amalfi, and Villa Maria is five minutes' walk from the centre but manages to be quiet and relaxing too. It's handy for the shops, bars and restaurants, and a short walk from Villa Cimbrone.
As with the rest of the villa, bedrooms feature some really gorgeous pieces of furniture, as well as the Vietri hand-painted tiled floors, and all have a balcony or terrace with a sea view. Highlights are the gorgeous tiled bathroom in the suite.
The Art Deco club chairs, tables and stools in the lounge area are stunning, and the breakfast room is delightful, with its black and white tiled floor, delicate chairs, lace clothed tables and huge arch windows that look out over the Dragone valley.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is buffet style and Villa Maria has a very good restaurant.
Though it doesn't have a pool of its own, guests of VM can use the pool of nearby Villa Giordano (also owned by the Palumbo familiy) – a five- or ten-minute walk away. Giordano also has a beauty centre that can be used by guests too. A new addition to the hotel is the introduction of cooking lessons, including at Christmas time (visit www.cookingravello.com).
Excellent. Professional as well as friendly. They are especially helpful if you decide to have your wedding here.
Who stays there
Honeymooners and their guests, couples, families with teenagers.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Gorgeous furniture
- Fabulous views
- Welcoming staff
- Some rooms are small