Villa Scarpariello Relais is a romantic waterfront villa set into the rocks that tumbles down from the Amalfi Coast road to the sea below.
This stunning property features views to fie for, a private access to the sea and a sea watered swimming pool.
It is situated in the coastal part of Ravello and at less than one mile from Amalfi.
The presence of the twelfth-century Tower, antique artifacts, marble statues and of the tasteful decorated interiors, testify the history of this charming place.
Among the many, it has hosted the last sovereigns of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena, and guests such as Jacqueline Kennedy.
It's a festival of colours with flowers and plants, the sky above and the sea that is just a few meters away.
Stepping in the relais, one dips in an ocean of peace and beauty.
Amalfi is a stroll away and from there ferries and hydrofoils connect it efficiently with Positano, Sorrento, Capri and Naples.
Buses are cheap and easy to use with a stop situated at the gates of the villa.
If one decides to rent a car, a large free parking is available on site.
The villa is rented exclusively for at least six nights from June to September and four/five nights in April, May and October. It's closed during the winter.
Rates include parking, air conditioning/heating, mid week-cleaning and the final one, usage of the pool (open weather permitting) and of the platform over the sea (both shared with the other guests of the villa) linens and towels, taxes, electricity and concierge service 24h are included in the price. Paying an extra charge, it’s possible to have contiental or American breakfast and extra cleanings.
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I love the Amalfi Coast and the Campania.. all I want is to share with other interested people the magic of these areas.
Many places in some other areas are just beautiful, this villa has a particular charm and it's in a unique position.
We're located in the coastal part (oceanfront) of Ravello and its center is five kilometres far from us, situated three hundred and fifty meters above the sea. Amalfi is one kilometre and a half away.
At only nine hundred metres far from Villa Scarpariello Relais, there is Atrani, a small fishermen – away from the crowd village, with some nice restaurants where you can taste the freshest products of the coast. Within walking distance, at only five hundred meters, there is the Hotel Villa San Michele with its family run restaurant.
The Campania region is particularly rich in history and culture and the tailor made excursions that I personally arrange are a good chance to explore it in the best way.
To not be missed are Ravello, where the very famous chamber music festival takes place and Positano with its characteristic small roads and steps. These two villages, together with Amalfi, are the most famous localities of my area.
Amalfi, and its particular coast, is considered perhaps the most beautiful part of Italy. It is a quiet and picturesque seaside resort with a temperate climate and incomparable natural beauties.
Amalfi, originally Roman, was the first Sea Republic of Italy. After the fall of the Roman Empire, it was the first city to re-establish relationship between East and West by transporting and introducing into Italy exotic merchandise such as carpets, coffee and paper.
Amalfi had its own coin (The Tarì) and was the home of Flavio Gioia, the inventor of the compass, and gave the navigators the famous maritime law known as 'Tabula de Amalpha'.
Below follow some suggestions about the places to visit:
The Duomo, built about the 6th century and dedicated to St.Andrew the Apostle whose remains are kept in the crypt;
• The Cloister of Paradise, set beside the Duomo, that was built the 13th century in Arabian style;
• The Paper Museum, where we can see the tools used over the centuries for making paper by hand;
• The Emerald Grotto, a fantastic green temple full of figures, caryatids and bas-reliefs formed by dripping water from the vaulted ceiling, over the thousand of years. An interesting feature: the underwater pottery crib.
Ravello is a small city of ancient origin, which faces a range of hills overlooking the clear blue sea of the Gulf of Salerno, like a balcony. Under this balcony the other wonders of this coast are unequalled. The beauty of this area has inspired poets, painters and musicians in the course of its millenarian history. It was here that Wagner stayed and was inspired by the magical beauties of the Villa Rufolo, its gardens and architectural works of the Cloisters to exclaim the 'Garden of Klingsor' is found.
Boccaccio, a long time before him, spoke of Ravello, a town rich in monuments, in the stories of Decameron dedicated to the 'merchant' for Ravello, Landolfo Rufolo and his travels around the world.
Ravello with its arches and antique towers, the splendid scenery of the clear skies and sea, such as that of the beautiful view from the Villa Cimbrone, is very protective towards its treasure of art. For example, the 11th Century Bronze Doors of Barisano da Trani, the precious pulpit ornate with mosaic lions conserved in the cathedral in which you can admire the other precious treasures.?
The wine that is produced in Ravello is one of the better wines as is the climate and character of its people.
Villa Cimbrone was originally built for the aristocratic Accongiagioco family in the 19th century. By pure chance, it was discovered by an Englishman whose servant, Nicola Mansi, was born in Ravello.
The land contained a very modest dwelling when Ernest William Beckett, later Lord Grimthorpe, acquired it in 1904. The enthusiasm of the Mansis (made resident custodians by Beckett), and the love of Italian classicism by the Englishman, soon transformed the property into a delightful folly. Inspired by the daughter of Lord Grimthorpe, another charming Villetta was constructed on the cliff edge with incomparable views over the whole coast and surrounding area. Villa Rufolo reached the height of its glory in the reign of Charles 1 of Angio, King of Naples from 1266 to 1285.
At this time the Rufolo family had within its ranks a Bishop, John James and Matthew - Royal bankers, and Lawrence, a governor in Abruzzo.
During the last century a Scotsman and botanist, Francis Neville Reid, bought the property and restored it. Subsequently the Villa has been acquired by the Provincial Tourist Board and the Wagner Commemorative concerts are held here each summer.
Positano? is one of the pearls of the Amalfi Coast. It rises on rocks, which characterise the whole area and make the landscape particulary suggestive thanks to the various forms that nature has created.?
The town lies on terraced land, immersed in a green landscape and looking out on a particulary blue sea.?Its picturesque position, mild climate and natural beauty have made this town a very well known tourist spot.?
When you visit Positano do not miss the colourful boutiques with the well – known 'Positano Mode'. High above Positano stands the little village of Montepertuso (hole mountain). The houses. Set among olive groves, filbert trees and terraced vineyards, grasp at footholds on the steep flanks of the mountain. Bedside the town a deep ravine plunges to the sea. Across the ravine looms a sheer brown shoulder of rock.
Plunged so cleanly through it that it seem artificial, a natural arch in the rock lets through a semi circle of improbable blue sky.
On the 2nd July the towns people celebrate the festival of the mountain, the miraculous result, they say, of a contest between the Holy virgin and the devil.