This fabled medieval monastery was lauded by such guests as Longfellow and Wagner, and though recent modernization has sacrificed some of its historic charm, it remains an iconic destination. Some relics of the past remain, such as Victorian lecterns, Savonarola chairs, and the celebrated Arab-Sicilian cloister. Once sublimely bare monk cells, guest rooms are now comfy contemporary cocoons, some with wicker settees and beds. The restaurant—long derided as the worst on
the coast—takes dining seriously, serving local specialties with "an international flair." The stunning terrace promenade, more than 1,000 feet long, holds the small yet glorious infinity pool, and time-burnished columns and clouds of bougainvillea frame timeless views of Amalfi's harbor. Nonguests can catch a glimpse at the bar or restaurant.
Via Annunziatella 46, Amalfi, 84011, Italy