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Villa Rina Country House Amalfi
Ranked #11 of 42 Amalfi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Miami, Florida
2 reviews
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“arrive as a guest, leave as family”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

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.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

My wife and I stayed at Villa Rina on our trip to the Amalfi Coast. One of the best ways to soak in the destination is to stay with the locals. Rina’s place has every bit of Amalfi flavour– the lemon orchards, views of dramatic cliffs, coastal scenery and of course freshly prepared meals.

Villa Rina is easily accessible by the local buses that ply along the Amalfi coast. Rina told us where to get down and it was a 5-minute walk to the steps that lead to the villa. Perched halfway up a cliff, the steep climb is not for the faint hearted. If you have mobility problems, the approach to the villa would definitely be a challenge. Also, if the idea is to explore the local sights, this may be a problem since you will have to climb up and down, every time you want to go sightseeing. We stayed only a night here and it was mostly spent soaking in the views and eating gorgeous freshly prepared meals by Rina.
Rina is a wonderful host who makes you feel at home from the word go. We were welcomed with fresh lemonade which revived our energies after the tough climb.

The rooms are extremely clean and well maintained. It is free from any sort of external noise as it is located halfway up a cliff. Our room was the economy room with a shared bathroom down a flight of stairs. Our room had a huge balcony with unending views of the coast.

One of the highlights at Villa Rina is Rina’s cooking. All meals are made from fresh ingredients, most of them sourced from her orchard. She even makes wine, limoncello and preserves which are served to guests. Breakfast is included – eggs to order, fruit preserves, and freshly baked breads.

Room Tip: Travel light, because you have to lug your bags several steps. Rina does send help, in case required...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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York, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights on our honeymoon, earlier this month, and it was simply excellent! Signora Rina made us feel completely at home from the moment we set foot in her house, greeting us with freshly squeezed lemonade (from her own lemon groves no less!) which was well received after the epic climb up from the road below.
We stayed for dinner on the first night, and intended to eat in town the following 3 nights. We went out for dinner the following night, and it didn't even come close to the meals we had at Rina's place, so we decided to stay there for dinner on our remaining nights. The food in Amalfi is ok, but I don't think we could have eaten better in town for the same price as we paid to eat at Villa Rina.
The room (we stayed in the Atrani room) was great and the bathroom was lovely and clean (with a really deep bath!) but the thing which really stole the show was the view from the balcony: Absolutely breathtaking!

Villa Rina may not be the cheapest place, and there's a hell of a lot of stairs to climb to get there (500 exactly, from the town centre... we counted!) but it's worth every penny, and every step. We will certainly be going back.

Room Tip: They all face out to the sea- you can't go wrong with any of them.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

Our five day visit to the Amalfi Coast was the highlight of our month long trip in Europe. Although Villa Rina was located above the town, every step was worth it. The view from Rina's terrace was unbelievable. Rina was the greatest hostess. Her culinary abilities were Michelin quality. We dined in every night and each meal was prepared with fresh and local produce. We experienced authentic italian food, which was fantastic. Rina was very helpful in suggesting sightseeing locations around the Amalfi Coast. We will recommend with place to everyone wanting to stay in the Amalfi Coast. Thank you Rina. We will miss you!!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

My stay at Villa Rina's was absolutely magical. The fresh lemons and fresh produce from her garden that she would prepare the meals with was absolutely delicious. The Villa was perfect for my family. Amazing food, breathtaking views, and Rina is lovely. I would highly recommend staying at Villa Rina's.

Room Tip: There is hundreds of steps to get up to the Villa, so pack light. Also not ideal if anyone you are t...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

My wife and I recently visited the towns of the Amalfi Coast in October. Everyone who travels comes back home with fond memories. Ours was the town of Amalfi due in part to the time we spent at the Villa Rina. Yes, the walk up and down might seem long to some, but for us, it was a walk of beauty and the Villa Rina was worth it. It's hard to explain the beauty and the views afforded by the Villa Rina but we could have sat there all day and soaked in it's treasure. All the rooms were outstanding and all offered views of the sea and landscape. We were amazed at the property full of groves that offered fruit and vegetables that Rina included in her delicious meals. We fell in love with Rina whose warmth and charm only enhanced our stay. My wife and I are already talking about our return. We left feeling that Rina was a part of our family and our experience at the Villa Rina was our fondest memory.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

I want to preface this review by saying that I am 57 years old today. I stayed in Villa Rina on 20th of September 2013 for two days.

To get to Villa Rina, you have to climb 269 steps, and yes they are steep. It takes 15 to 20 mins depending on your level of fitness. If you want a hotel and have physical impediments, you probably should stay elsewhere. If you are a middle aged couple, with some lung capacity left, the steps are an excellent way to stay fit.

Once you get to the top, at the Villa, you have an amazing view. What you see is a view of the whole of the Amalfi coast from way up, above Amalfi, looking towards Ravello. Since this is a very old home, it is surrounded by lemon groves, and night the place just lights up. The home has been renovated to exceptional standards, I know as I have a similar home in an Umbrian hill town, and I know quality when I see it. All materials are authentic.

I do love authentic places, and Rina has done an amazing job restoring this house. The rooms were spotless, and we had a beautiful bathroom, so I did not have the experience of a hall bathroom. I have to say that the domed roof and bathroom of the room we stayed in were truly of exquisite taste. Please understand that EVERYTHING in this home had to be brought in on a man's or donkey's back. This is why the place is so beautiful. It has NO road.... But the view from the room and terrace where one eats are just beautiful.

Rina cooks fresh food from the garden. You might wish to tell her if you have any allergies, but in reality she is a brilliant cook, and although she has help, she supervises every detail. Our meals were excellent. Fresh fish, which of course she picks up each morning in the market, and vegetables from her own garden. All cooked simply to perfection.

In short this is perhaps the highlight of our stay in Amalfi. Please note that Amalfi and teh whole coast are best reached by boat and public transport. You cannot use a car, as the road is chock a block with traffic. All the places you may want to visit can be reached in foot, and by public transport.

Summary: This is NOT A CRUISE SHIP holiday, it is the opposite. Thank the lord places like this exist, thanks to the hard work of Rina.


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Room Tip: Rooms facing the valley have a balcony and a view to die for,
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Rina Country House Amalfi
Address: Via Maestra dei Villaggi, 84011, Amalfi, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Amalfi
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #11 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Amalfi
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Number of rooms: 4
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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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