In the late 1970's before my wife and I were married we visited the Amalfi coast and stayed at Hotel Santa Caterina, perhaps the best located hotel on the entire coast. The pool sits down on the water. The hotel hangs on the cliff on the ocean side of the coast road. Our balcony was the largest the hotel offered and it was a memorable stay. We were afraid to come back to Amalfi after that experience. It is something you do not forget.
So it was with great trepidation that we came back to the Amalfi coast. The Villa San Cosma, is high up on the mountain, below the village of Ravello, and looks out at the sea from a wonderful elevation. Margherita, a young woman runs the Villa for her parents who are the current owners. In fact the property was acquired by her grandfather many decades ago. Lemon trees grow everywhere down the cliff to the sea and all of the hillside from up on high down to the sea belongs to them. It is amazing to see the gardens and buildings set along the cliff side. I asked Margherita how long it took to contruct the complex and she responded that it took five years to build the property and grounds. All of the tile throughout was custom made for the property. The rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated.
The grounds were beautifully planted and well kept. Actually better so than the two more famous villas that Ravello is known for, Villa Ruffalo and Villa Cimbrone.
Our balcony-terrace provided a wonderful view of coast and the sea. I am attaching pictures taken on a story day and also at night. While the balcony was not as large as the one we had on our first trip to this beautiful part of the world, it was still an amazing spot and large enough to throw a party, but we did not..
Breakfast was all kinds of fruit from fresh cherries from the cliff orchard, melon and other fruits in a basket for the taking, along with cheeses, meats, breads and croissants, including unlimited cappuccinos.
Margherita, was named after her grandmother, and she is a wonderful hostess. When we told her what we would like to do each day, she prepared the itinerary schedule, writing down the bus times, the boat times, both coming and going, and she arranged taxis at half the going price in this part of the world, which is quite expensive if you attempt it on your own.
Having breakfast every morning outdoors, looking at the sea, it was hard to leave to go sightseeing. We would linger and not want to leave.
At the end of the day when Margherita was leaving the Villa she would run us up in her car to the Ravello village so we only had to walk down after dinner. Another time she saw us walking along the roadside up to Ravello's village and she stopped and picked us up, saving us the walk up the hill. There is not enough she can do for you, ask anything and she will attempt to do it.
How nice is this Villa on the hill, Villa San Cosma? We were not disappointed and will remember it as fondly as we remembered Hotel Santa Caterina.
A very nice touch is the signed photograph obtained by Margherita's grandmother, also named Margherita, of Jacqueline Kennedy and her children and personalized to Margherita. It was obtained from Jackie when she was staying in Ravello.
Ravello and San Cosma are enchanting. You will enjoy your stay here.
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