|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
Modern comforts in the exclusive charme of a period villa with breathtaking views, swimming pool, gardens, terraces and spacious garage.
“PORTA DONICA”, nestled on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, is an elegant private villa which blends the magic atmospheres of the lovingly preserved ancient structure with all the amenities of a modern renovation. Relax by the swimming pool, the ancient belvedere, the plentiful lemon trees and enjoy the efficient lodging and open air reception facilities.
Origins: Origins: the current villa rose in the early 20th century around the ancient tower dating back to the 11th century. This tower, opening the way to the flight of steps that to this day leads with a ten minute walk to the Duomo, was the main gateway to the then flourishing city of Ravello. It was Porta Dominica and its name underwent successive alterations first changing to Porta Domnica and finally to Porta Donica, eventually lending its name to the flight of stairs and the entire district. This historically rich landmark is now conveniently accessible by road and is halfway between the contemporary beauty of the newly constructed auditorium (a design donated to the city by Oscar Neimeyer) and the famous SS. Cosma e Damiano sanctuary.
The Villa: The villa: from the road you access the property through the garage (which houses up to 3 cars) and make your way to the higher floors either by taking advantage of the internal elevator, or by climbing the indoor stairs framed by the scenographic backdrop of the exposed rock formations that constitute the building’s foundation. The unique architectural structure of the villa houses 5 bedrooms (for a total capacity of 10 individuals), each with its own independent bathroom, a great living room with a large fireplace, an elegant colonnade patio, steeping agricultural terraces and outdoor dining area with verandas and well equipped indoor and outdoor kitchen areas. Other convenience features include central heating, air conditioning, telephone land line, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi DSL connectivity.
Outdoors: as convenient as the indoor quarters are, you will mostly enjoy the elegance and relax of open air living by the garden and dining areas overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and the breathtaking view of the coast. A small kitchen, BBQ, pizza oven and toilette serve the area and the lawns, terraces and walkways shaded by lemon trees offer variety and privacy. The orchard will delight you with fresh salad, vegetables and fruit.
Events: the structure is well equipped with ideal areas to host private banquets and receptions. Both of the owners’ sons tested and perfected these facilities by hosting their wedding receptions in the villa.
Rent: the villa is available for rent on a weekly basis to private clients, either families or small groups of friends.
We booked this villa for our wedding in June 2016, and we are so happy we did. Tano was so nice, and helped us from afar at first (responding to emails...etc) and then once we arrived, he showed us around the villa, helped us book transportation, recommended places to go, and arranged a pizza party for us on our last night, at the villa's wood burning pizza oven!
The chefs for our wedding were Lorenzo and Athena Del Pizzo... both were fantastic... we were blown away by the menu when we saw it nearly a year before our ceremony. All of our dietary restrictions were met as well, which was a big relief. Lorenzo met with us beforehand to ensure we were happy with the menu, and they started setting up the day before. The garden was an amazing spot for dinner/reception; the views were incredible, and the food... the presentation for each course, the plates it was served on, the wine which was hand selected.... everything was so delicious!! Everyone had such a great time and loved everything prepared for us. I'm not sure what my favorite course was, but the Delizia al limone cake (which was our wedding cake) is definitely in the top 3, along with the fresh seafood pasta. The next day Athena prepared breakfast for us which was so nice... it was great to wake up and have coffee, warm croissants, and homemade jam waiting for us! Both are such warm, lovely people as well, and we had a great time with them!
In summary; this was the best trip ever and I highly recommend this villa as well as the Del Pizzo's to cook for you!!
We spent 5 days here in May and it was absolutely wonderful. The views are stunning. The terraced yard offers lots of areas to relax.The yard is very well groomed. We spent most of our time near the pool and on the grassy area and covered patio. Morning coffee overlooking the view and evening wine and dinners were wonderful. The house is also great, with multiple levels and plant of bedrooms for the 7 of us.Tano really made our stay great. Very easy to work with him and he arranged our drivers, cook and day out on a boat. Lorenzo, the chef, and his wife, Athena, were wonderful. They cooked for us 2 nights and the food was amazing. Lorenzo's menu's are great and it was very easy to work with him. I would stay here again, just for the view and peace.
We spent a most wonderful 6 nights at Villa Porto Donica as part of our daughter's wedding celebration. The villa is situated below the town square of Ravello and has an incredible view of the mountains, towns below, and the sea. Upon arriving, our jaws dropped as we scrambled about the home choosing bedrooms and planning how we would spend our "villa days". There are many levels and we thought it would take us the whole 6 days to figure out how to get from one room to another, but we did that easily.
It is beautifully furnished - we didn't want for anything. Have to say that we were a bit disappointed that the main kitchen was not centrally located nor did it have a cappuccino machine. Tano, the excellent property manager, suggested that everyone enjoys walking down to the nearby bar/cafe for their morning brew. He was right - we loved joining locals at Marco's! Speaking of Tano, he arranged rides, tours, a pizza dinner and gave recommendations of restaurants. We were a bit daunted by the stairs which lead from the front door of the villa to the square. But after taking them several times, we were thankful that they provided much-needed exercise before and after the wonderful local food. The property is magnificent - beautifully maintained and immaculately cleaned. Everything down to the bed linens was lovely. It was the perfect place for our family to stay while in Ravello and only added to the happy spirit of the wedding. We will dream of returning one day!
My family rented Porta Donica the week of my wedding in Ravello. It was a dream place to stay and it was so difficult to leave. The villa is spectacular, and though it is kind of a maze with the different rooms and kitchens and everything, you really start to love its quirky configuration after a while.
It is really the MOST stunning spot on the Amalfi coast, so perfectly situated with the views from the rooms, the lovely gardens and pool, and the dining terraces. We could spend all day sitting by the pool on the comfortable chairs, with breaks at the shaded upper terrace for meals and drinks. The villa was equipped with all of the amenities to make for an incredibly comfortable stay and great for entertaining both families during the wedding week.
Plus the house manager Tano is so accommodating and friendly and helped us arrange cars to town for the wedding, a trip to Pompeii and Positano, and a fabulous pizza party using the villas pizza oven. SO delicious and fun! My whole family absolutely loved staying there and would come back in a heartbeat!
• The previous reviewers, inspired me to finally write my review of Villa Porta Donica. My husband and I shared the villa with Mark and Lorraine B. and two other couples in June. We are all friends and have traveled together to Italy in the past but I must say, this trip surpassed the previous visit due in large part to our stay at this exquisite property.
The painstaking attention to detail was apparent in every part of the villa. The villa sits overlooking southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy. The views literally take your breath away. I affectionately referred to our bedroom as something out of E.M. Forster's novel, A Room With a View.
There are plenty of areas for friends and family to gather and socialize whether having cocktails on the logia, swimming in the pool, or enjoying amazing food under the stars prepared by a personal chef. There are also plenty of places to be alone perhaps to read, walk in the back gardens, enjoy a cigar, sip a glass of wine, or even practice yoga if that is your wish.
The beds were comfortable and the baths were efficient with plenty of hot water. The villa was incredibly clean due to the careful and thorough hand of the housekeeper. The outdoor kitchen was a delight and a second kitchen was available inside if needed. A young man came daily to sweep and tidy the outdoor areas and water the grass.
Tano, the amazing house manager, made sure our requests were honored to the very best of his ability. We were never disappointed. He was always available by phone and stopped by the villa daily to see if we needed anything. One afternoon he helped pick fresh tomatoes and peppers in the back garden for our dinner. Tano was also a wonderful resource to suggest day trips away from the villa.
We lacked for nothing and loved everything during our stay I think of Villa Porta Donica often with wonderful memories and a heartfelt fondness. I hope very much to return someday.
Words really can't describe the beauty of this incredibly special place. The reviews don't do it justice. Aside from a few AC problems which were promptly addressed by Tano, our group of 4 couples were very comfortable and wanted for nothing. Tano arranged for a local dinner to be prepared for us on site during our first night and wood fired over pizza later in the week. Villa Porta Donica is a true one of a kind gem. Lots of great stuff to do in the area like beach trips, wine tours, mozzarella factory tours, etc. The town of Ravello is beautiful. We would return in a heartbeat. Thank for a truly unforgettable experience.
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