Villa Dorata is a super-luxury private palazzo perched 194 steps above the glorious Mediterranean and the light of Positano. Live like royalty in a villa decorated in high Baroque style—amidst lush, tasseled draperies; meticulously selected works of art; ornate chandeliers; exquisite frescoed ceilings; and vaulted alcoves. The exterior is an oasis of verdant gardens, fragrant citrus groves, and picturesque outdoor terraces with breathtaking panoramic ocean and village views.
Reviewed on 06/26/2017
Spectacular villa with stunning views. My family, girlfriend and I spent the week here and couldn’t be happier. It was the first time my parents travelled abroad and still talk about the villa and Positano every day. I even got engaged while I was there For the 7 of us the size of the villa was perfect and quickly felt like home. The staff were phenomenal and felt like family.
Reviewed on 07/11/2016
Dorata was over the top both figuratively and literally. Our concierge, Chiara, was very helpful with all the nitty gritty details of our van rentals, day to day travel tips and being the go-to regional expert for any questions we may have had. Enzo, our chef, catered to our palates and we were never disappointed in the variety and quality of the meals he prepared. Anna, our housekeeper, was a gem when it came to keeping on top of our laundry and our rooms. What a 5 star team and always with a smile on their faces. They made it a truly memorable week.
Nearest Airport: Naples 1 h 33 min
Nearest serviced town: within walking distance
Nearest major city: Sorrento 37 min; Amalfi 34 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
A winding scenic drive along the coastal road, known for its hairpin bends and spectacular views, takes visitors to Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and the spellbinding uphill town of Ravello, with its incomparable belvedere. Any of these popular resort towns along the coast are good bases for exploring the surrounding areas. Buses and ferries run frequently and are the most convenient way to reach other towns while avoiding what could be a challenging drive in the bustling summer traffic. Other excursion possibilities include a boat trip to the islands of Capri and Ischia, a visit to the vibrant cities of Napoli, Salerno, or the gracious Sorrento, or an exploration of Pompeii and Herculaneum - the fascinating ruins of ancient cities destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the 1st century A.D.
The Amalfi Coast offers an abundance of cafes, shops, art galleries and restaurants on its vertical terrain. Most beaches are small pebble inlets of land thus the best way to enjoy the sand and the turquoise water is to tour the area by boat (ask our concierge about it!) and let an expert local captain take you to his favorite spots or suggest the best seaside restaurants. A memorable experience!
WHERE TO EAT
Rossellinis - One of the finest Italian restaurants, Michelin-awarded and boasting very high ratings. In high season, the restaurant is open only for dinner. If you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable meal, dine here at night on one of the terraces looking down on the fishing boats 1,000 feet below! Via San Giovanni del Toro, Ravello - +39 089 818 181
Next 2 - Fine dining restaurant serving regional cuisine with a contemporary twist. Via Pasitea 242, Positano – +39 089 812 3516
Il Pirata - Panoramic restaurant built on a rock next to the water. Fresh local food served in a casual atmosphere. Very romantic place to enjoy at night. Whether you decide to spend a day sunbathing on its solarium, sip a cocktail in the lounge bar carved in the rocks, or sit for dinner at the restaurant, make sure to check out this place to experience a slice of the Mediterranean lifestyle! Via Terramare, Praiano - +39 089 874 377
Da Gemma - Just a 2-minute walk from the main square of Amalfi, on the right hand side. Pick a table on the terrace, overlooking the main street, and be delighted with modern version of coastal traditional dishes. Staples on the menu include the Genoese (with meat sauce) and the sumptuous fish soup. Via Fra' Gerardo Sasso 11, Amalfi - +39 089 871 345
L'Abside - Family-run restaurant serving great local food in a casual atmosphere. Outdoor seating on the piazza, perfect for children! Piazza dei Dogi, 31, Amalfi - +39 089 873 586
WHERE TO SHOP
Clothing - Antica Sartoria - Locally designed chic summer clothes, wallet friendly and perfect to wear in any beach resort, from Positano to Ibiza, from St. Tropez to Miami or St. Barts. Anywhere you go, you will bring some Italy with you! Piazza Mulini 1/3, Positano - +39 089 812 2712
Handmade Paper – Amalfi artisans carry on the legacy of local papermakers of the past, maintaining the quality and peculiar characteristics that have made this paper famous around the world – buy your handmade cards at La Scuderia del Duca. Largo Cesareo Console 8, Amalfi - +39 089 872 976
Local Artwork – Paolo Sandulli’s “Queens of the Sea” and “the Signorine” (the Misses), original terra-cotta busts of women with wild tufts of hair made from dyed sea sponges, are delightful art pieces to bring home. Torre a Mare, Praiano - +39 339 440 1008 (direct)
Perfumes - Fabbrica Profumi di Positano, we love Incanto, with its refreshing lemon scent that reminds us of the sunny Coast also during winter! Via C. Colombo 175, Positano - +39 089 875 057
Limoncello - as a souvenir of your trip, Limoncello is a must. Buy it at Pasticceria Pansa: dating back to 1830, this shop has long been famous for its excellent products. Piazza Duomo 40, Amalfi - +39 089 871 065