The entire Amalfi Coast is spectacular and easily reachable from Rome, so if you’re considering a visit don’t be fooled into thinking you must stay in Positano or Amalfi. The beauty of this coastline is that a little walk or passeggiata from village to village is part of the experience. House Oliver is a perfect base for tourist snobs who want to feel as though they are a part of Amalfitani life rather than a part of the package tour. It can be rented for just two people or opened up completely to sleep four.
Hidden from the street but with views extending out to the sea and the adjacent towns of Maiori and Minori, this is the type of place where you walk inside, drop your bags, look at your travel companion and sigh: “Let’s never leave.” It’s filled with light and the decor and finishings are all tasteful and high quality. There’s a small kitchen so it’s possible to cook and enjoy meals out on the terrace overlooking the bay, however, the nearby town of Atrani is full of great little restaurants that can serve you up authentic seafood dishes for prices you would never find in Positano. Above all, there is a tranquility here that is magical. Yet you are a close to Amalfi, beaches, a quaint little supermarket/bar and a bus stop in case you’re feeling lazy. This stretch of coast is right below Ravello and if you are fit I highly recommend the walk up through lemon groves and bright-coloured villas to this chic and breathtaking hilltop town.
I’ve stayed in all parts from Salerno down to Positano and this stretch of the coast is one of my favourites: villas built into the cliffs, the intoxicating scent of lemons and sea salt, the honking of Vespas and crazy local buses as they glide round the curves, bougainvillea cascading from balconies, idyllic pebbled beaches with turquoise water and endearing locals. Speaking of which, the House Oliver offers high privacy, however, anything you need (and I mean ANYTHING) can be organised, advised or resolved by Oliver or Piero, who live just next door and are beyond kind in ensuring you fall madly, deeply in love with la costiera amalfitana.
Via Carusiello 41/B – Ravello (SA)
How to get there:
3 hours by car from Rome centre
2 hours by Freccia Rossa train from Termini to Salerno; then either SITA bus (leaves right outside the station) straight to the door or the ferry from the port, which is a 2-minute walk from station. The ferry takes less time, delivers you to Amalfi and is the better option if you get bus sick with the winding coastline.