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Art of Romance

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Asking someone to marry you is one of the most important questions of your life. You’ll always remember where you were when you decided to share a life together, so finding the right location is important. It should be memorably beautiful but also intimate enough to make the moment truly your own. And where better to learn about the Art of Romance than at Hotel Caruso, set high above enchanting Ravello on the lemon-scented Amalfi Coast?

It’s here you can discover how to win a lady’s heart — and it’s not simply with flowers, chocolates and a candlelit dinner. For Dr Michele Fiorentino, known in Ravello as “the most charming man around town”, matters of amore take time. His “Art of Romance” classes, lasting one or two days, offer personal tuition on everything from the right body language to how to pay a compliment.

Never hunch your shoulders or stare at your feet, advises Michele, a sun-tanned medical doctor with a reputation for loving the finer things in life. And when kissing a lady’s hand, never touch it with your lips but caress it delicately with your breath.

And no romantic overture in Italy would be complete without a serenade, so Michele’s lessons include the art of Neapolitan love songs with celebrated local singer and musician Piero Flauto. How could anyone resist as you sing to your beloved underneath her balcony or beside the hotel’s open-air infinity pool with evocative medieval ruins on one side and a breathtaking horizon of blue ocean on the other?

Michele’s classes (book through the hotel, subject to availability) are huge fun and Hotel Caruso’s 17th-century Belvedere garden, with its scent of roses, orange blossom and jasmine, is the perfect classroom for romance. You can’t help but be inspired by the views of the coast and charming Ravello with its winding streets, romantic cloisters and striking villas. No wonder so many couples have not only married or honeymooned here but also renewed their vows.

After Michele has schooled you in his seductive arts, and you’ve experienced Ravello with the one you love — Caruso’s concierge can easily arrange a sunset cruise or a helicopter trip to add to the occasion — you’ll agree with Dean Martin that “when the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore!”  

Please contact our Concierge for further information and to book.


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