Villa Porta Azzurra is a charming villa overlooking one of the most exquisite views in Italy. It is situated at the ancient gateway to Ravello, on the side of the lofty hill which slopes steeply away from the town towards the shimmering, navy blue Bay of Salerno. From the villa you can see the cliffs and coastline dotted with towns and villages that date back to the Romans, interspersed with chestnut, olive and lemon trees, vines and rambling roses. The oldest part of the villa is a 12th-century watchtower, built when Ravello was part of the Republic of Amalfi.
Ravello is an excellent choice for both short and long breaks, having for decades inspired writers and musicians who came to work, actors and politicians who came to rest, or anyone on a European tour who felt they shouldn’t miss this special, romantic place. Smaller, quieter and more refined than its rowdy neighbours on the coast, Ravello enfolds you in its cultural heritage in the form of monuments, churches, palazzos and gardens. The annual festival of music and drama lasts most of the summer and makes good use of all the town’s landmark buildings. Ravello is full of marvels, such as its houses built in Arabic/Sicilian style, the prestigious 12th-century cathedral, the spectacular 13th-century Villa Rufolo. In summer the Ravello Festival takes place on the terrace at Villa Rufolo: a garden that inspired Richard Wagner when he was writing Parsifal.
Villa Porta Azzurra is like a lovely, relaxed family home, and is ideal for private parties: it accommodates up to 10 people in five bedrooms (two of them are in the old tower) and also has five bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and a large dining and living space. The best way to eat during summer, however, is “al fresco” in the garden, surrounded by rampaging, vibrant bougainvillaea and other flowers and shrubs. Beside the swimming pool there is an outside kitchen and traditional Neapolitan barbecue, to make this even easier. Modern amenities include satellite TV and internet access.
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