Steeped in history, Belmond Hotel Caruso is the perfect base from which to explore Ravello, the Amalfi Coast, Positano and beyond.
IT'S A PLACE WHERE, overlooked by our magnificent infinity pool, the cerulean horizon never ends. Pastel-hued houses cling on cliffs and hairpin roads wind through the lush coastal mountains. A world of heritage, culture and beauty awaits.
In 1137 Saint Bernardo da Chiaravalle wrote of Ravello: “As well as being opulent, it is so beautiful that it can easily be numbered among the first and most noble cities.” Today, almost a millennium later, little has changed. Perched on our doorstep, Ravello is all ravishing gardens, medieval architecture and stupendous views. It’s the birthplace of la dolce vita. Once a highlight of the Grand Tour, Wagner, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and Tennessee Williams each famously fell head over heels for the place. It’s easy to see why.
Discover Villa Rufolo, a palatial Moorish-style estate overlooking the Bay of Salerno. It’s here that Ravello Music Festival, the second oldest of its kind in Italy, boasts an array of arts each summer. A short walk away you’ll find Villa Cimbrone. For American author Gore Vidal, these public gardens were the most beautiful place on earth. We’re sure you’ll agree. Don’t miss the duomo, an Arabic-inspired church founded in 1086. Its surrounding Piazza Vescovado holds a lively street market each Tuesday.
Back at the hotel, our concierge pride themselves on making sure you experience the Amalfi Coast at its finest. Gaze at the azure waters from the comfort of your own private helicopter. Make like Jackie Kennedy and wind a convertible Fiat 600 around narrow historic streets. Or, if you’re daring enough, hop on a Vespa. It’s a great opportunity to lose yourself in the romance of the city.
Our guides can lead you to Ravello’s hidden gems during a moonlit stroll, or further afield to the Valley of the Mills. A short ride from central Amalfi, this gloriously zesty lemon grove still follows ancient agricultural methods. Head out with a local fisherman who will cook your catch right there on the boat. Discover the magical underground world of Naples as we lead you through caves, Roman roads, ancient theatres and World War II shelters. Don’t forget to grab an espresso from Caffe Gambrinus, like a true Napoletano.
Finally, no stay would be complete without a visit to Positano via our gozzo—a traditional wooden boat—Ercole. Alternatively opt for a delightful sunset cruise, where prosecco flows as swiftly as chef Mimmo di Raffaele’s exquisite canapes arrive. Paradise found.