My friend and I spent 10 nights at Villa Rina, which I now refer to as my 'second home.' We were welcomed by Rina herself with a big hug and fresh squeezed lemonade from her own lemon grove. The country house is incredibly beautiful- Rina saw to all the details herself, from the custom Italian made pottery dishes to the unique light fixture covers. Each room is special with high vaulted ceilings, a balcony and full, breathtaking water views and all have private modern bathrooms. Each room is different but equally beautiful. We stayed in the Amalfi room but got to see all the rooms. All are comfortable and unique but not fancy nor pretentious. At Villa Rina, you can manage with shorts and t-shirts the entire trip. No need to dress up unless you want to.
The FOOD! Literally everything Rina serves comes from her own garden tended by her trusted right hand gardener/ fix it man extraordinaire - Francesco. We had lemons, olives (her olive oil is made from her olives), grapes (wine is made from her grapes), potatoes, arugula, herbs, figs, plums, chilies, etc. etc. This place is the epitome of the Farm to Table experience. Breakfast is wonderful with plenty of coffee/tea, fresh, local fruits, bread and cheese and sometimes eggs from her own chickens. Her mini-pancakes with homemade jam were a real treat. My mouth still waters thinking of them. We enjoyed so much our long, leisurely breakfasts while deciding what to do for the day.
Dinner is a special experience not to be missed. Rina picks up fresh fish/shellfish daily from the marketplace in the Amafli square. We had dinner at Rina's 5 out of the 10 nights we stayed there and probably could/should have stayed there every night. We paid more for dinner in town and received much less. The experience at Rina's is just so special. Her cooking is out of this world and she's always there to chat up the guests and help out with any questions.
The location of Villa Rina is ideal. Amalfi center/square is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Villa. Lots of steps but we loved that aspect to burn off the calories consumed! From the center, you can jump on a bus or ferry to Positano, Capri, or Ravello. Rina is helpful with everything and can also arrange for your trip to Pompeii with an expert guide.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was a cooking class with Rina. That was so much fun and a must do if you like to cook/eat!
What made this trip really magical was Rina and her staff. They were so warm, welcoming, helpful and eager to serve. Carmela and Lupa helped her in the kitchen and with the rooms and were a joy to be around. We also enjoyed the beloved outdoor pets who were always there for some love if you so chose. Bonnie the German Shepherd likes to play fetch with a lemon.
We will be back for sure. This is a great hotel for a buy-out. Next time we are planning to take over the villa for a friends/ couples trip. It's the perfect space for a group event.
I look forward to my next stay at my second home, Villa Rina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Rina was formerly the residence of one of the noblest families of Amalfi. The villa has been fully renovated, and now offers all modern comforts, absolute privacy, a great view, and traditional cuisine. While preserving the character of the original 14th century Amalfi villa. ... more less
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