By te time you reach Il Melograno in the small village of Raito, you are almost touching the sky over the gates of the rocky, steep and beautiful Amalfi Coast. In keeping with the spirit of Raito, Il Melograno is rustic, authentic, subtly elegant in its simplicity, with an off-the-beaten-path allure. The home is perched on the side of the mountain, almost invisible with its stone walls, surrounded by a well-tended garden with a wisteria-covered trellis. The apartment we stayed in is very spacious and clean, and with a small terrace where you run the risk of remaining stuck for the rest of your stay, given the breathtaking view of Salerno, Vietri and the rolling hills degrading to the sea. Yes, there are stairs to get there, but way less than those you'll need to climb toreach the Duomo in Amalfi, and after all, that's what La Costiera is all about--vertical Paradise. At night the air was often filled with live classical and jazz music floating up from Villa Guariglia, a beautiful mansion hosting cultural events all summer long.
Rosa and Marco, the owners and hosts, will welcome you with a sincere hospitality, a true Italian grace that in their case goes way above and beyond the call of mere hosting duties. Besides their day profession, they run Il Melograno out of passion, as an extension of their life philosophy of outreach for people all over the world. My kids loved picking organic tomatos at dawn with Rosa -do wear mosquito repellent though!!- from their incredibly fertile garden (did I mention snacking on apricots right off their tree?), and we loved a night walk with them through Raito's steep, white-walled roads where Marco pointed at unique architectural features, while Rosa took us to Villa Guariglia for a night of Chopin concertos. At the end of the week, we left with freshly picked vegetables from their garden and said 'til next time' to our newly found friends.
On the practical side, at request, you can use the kitchenette and if you need internet access, do mention it ahead and Marco will equip your computer with remote access. Pets are welcome, they have a gorgeous,well behaved large Maremmano dog,
I am born and raised in Southern Italy but live in the US. In an era where the most cherished Italian values - the kindness, the artistic sensitivity, the love and nurturing of culture, the gioviality, the pride in the freshest and simple food - seems to be fading, replaced by a more consumistic and shallow mentality, Il Melograno in Raito run by Rosa and Marco is a place that I am proud of calling home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The basic stone building originates in XVII century structure. It offers a splendid view to Salerno’s gulf and faces Amalfi Coast in the east.The two independent apartments at guest’s disposition are carefully furnished. The first has got 4 beds on two levels and a private bathroom. The second one is equipped with two rooms and shares bathroom with others. Both are furnished with kitchenette, garden and/or terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Melograno In Costa D'Amalfi Amalfi Coast/Vietri Sul Mare, Italy