Fodor's Expert Review Palazzo Avino
Via San Giovanni del Toro 28, Ravello, Campania, 84010, Italy
Once home to the aristocratic Sasso family, this 12th-century palazzo—replete with a marble lobby (the former chapel), rooftop hot tubs, and a waterfall—once hosted a Parsifal-absorbed Wagner and was a 1950s hideaway for Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini. Formerly part of the adjacent Hotel Palumbo, the property was opened in 1997 as Palazzo Sasso by Sir Richard Branson—the first guests were Placido Domingo and his entourage. Traditionalists might find this much glitz in quaint Ravello an affront, but no one will complain about immaculately furnished guest rooms, with the latest computer-operated lighting and air-cooling systems. With its Clubhouse by the Sea, Palazzo Avino offers what no other hotel in Ravello can: those gorgeous clifftop views along with private sea access, a swimming pool, and seaside dining.
- pure luxury and impeccable service
- stunning pool and terraces
- a serene retreat dripping in history
- out of most travelers' price range
- some rooms tiny
- overrated restaurant and overpriced food
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar.
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