Every so often,with the emphasis on often,we stay in sumptuous luxury befitting seasoned travels. Such was our discovery this magnificent casa with knock-your-breath-away views. Panorama is easy to use as throw-a-way lines,but this hotel's is the p[erfect panorama,which makes its situation in Ravello a perfect place.
Serenely seated on the terrace, 1000 ft above the town,the whole Amalfi coastline with its sweeping views of mountains and the sea appear almost as if frozen in time... or maybe our receptors are frozen, for the hypnotic allure of this view above the bluest -blue is addiction,at its best.
This picture is framed by purple-glowing bougainvillaea and a fire of geraniums that broker a nexis between the sky and the ocean. The list of guests that have stayed here,makes you treasure the writings of D.H. Lawrance and Andre Gide and the music of Grieg and Wagner were inspired by the town at our feet.
The heart of the place is the historic Palazzo Confalone,where the rooms are opulently and classically furnished with majolica floors and antiques that subsequent owners have collected since the 17th century. the new Casa Palumbo provide a stimulating contrast. Here the rooms are furnished in modern style with fabulous fabrics and designer furniture.
If you can afford it ,or are lucky enough to book a much sought-after room with a balcony or verenda or just a sea view,your rewards will be substantial. Our view came from the restaurant terrace where we we sat in the front row and gazed at the immaculate views of ravello... and in each other's eyes ,naturalment !.
We lunched here but found the dinner pricing to be out of our budgetary consideration. There are so many choices,in town...more then you can shake a culinary stick at
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel still preserves reminiscences of the medieval structure of the original Palazzo Confalone built in the 12th Century. Other architectural and decorative elements were added in the 17th Century. The architecture of the building is in itself a mosaic of time. Consisting of five different levels, which have nothing in common with modern-concept storeys, the building has an irregular vertical structure - very similar to the original one - with added wings, a tower-like extra storey, and a maze of unpredictable openings, corners and corridors. A small flag-like sign hangs discreetly above the main door of Palazzo Confalone. Built in the 12th Century, in a suggestive spot of one of Ravello's little alleyways, the building protrudes on the street with a tower-like structure forming an arch, dotted with tiny loop-holes which were used as lookouts and defence posts in bygone - not very safe - days. A mixture of Moresque arches and ogives from the East. Precious, ancient Greek and Roman marble columns from Paestum and the Amalfi Coast. The Vuilleumiers' refined taste is particularly evident in the interiors of bedrooms and communal living rooms: each individual piece of furniture and decoration accessory belongs to the family home and all rooms and communal areas have multicolour ceramic floorings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. If glasses could speak, they would tell you about those timeless moments when one feels like sitting at the bar to look for lightness and extemporary peace. This ritual has also accompanied the stays of the many celebrities who sojourned at Hotel Palumbo. In 125 years, the "Don Pasquale" bar has "sipped" stories from the movies world, confessions from stars in the show-business, as well as melancholies of love, dreams of freedom, ideas for tales, and inscrutable silences. The architecture and colour scheme of the bar offer an original mix of the many atmospheres of Ravello. The hotel is named after Pasquale Palumbo, who, together with his Bern-born wife, opened the first Hotel Palumbo in Ravello in the middle of the 19th century. The building that housed the hotel was called Episcopio because it had been an Episcopal dwelling in the distant past. Since the early days, the hotel lodged illustrious guests from every corner of Europe. They were indeed attracted by the beauty of the surroundings but also by the fame Mrs. Palumbo, Elisabetta Von Wartburg, enjoyed in international circles of the time. Wagner himself came to Ravello because he had heard about this lady and left a signed thank you note for the hospitality received. Jessy Palumbo, daughter of Pasquale Palumbo and Elisabetta Von Wartburg, got married with Edwin Vuilleumier and the couple continued the family tradition by taking over the Hotel. Pasquale Vuilleumier was a man of Swiss origins but with the typical inflection of Neapolitan gentlemen. From his grandfather, on his mother's side, he had inherited the spirit of enterprise; from his father's side of the family he had absorbed a stern commitment to work. His clientele, won over by his congenial ways and unpretentious, elegant style, used to come back to Ravello to visit him as a friend, just like the illustrious guests of the early days had done with his predecessors. "This was his home. The hotel was his life: why not keep my father Pasqual's dream...My family's dream...My own dream alive? It was written that in the end my home and my hotel would become one and the same thing". Marco Vuilleumier ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palumbo Hotel Ravello