Villa RONDINAIA

Overview

Once the private paradise of the American author and screenwriter Gore Vidal, the rooms of the Villa, now elegantly restored and furnished, have welcomed the world’s elite. Villa Rondinaia offers an unparalleled landscape, where guests experience unobstructed views of the Sea and the Amalfi Coast throughout the estate; only minutes away from Piazza Duomo, a panoramic walk along a private path with no steps brings you to the main entrance, through a private garden with swimming pool. The internal set up of the estate provide the quintessential scenario for an amazing stay, characterized by the highest levels of quality, elegance, and luxury.  The interiors underwent an extensive restoration, respecting the historical-artistic constraints of the traditional architectural elements.  Its decor and furnishings, of the highest quality, were made by Italian artisans, integrated with antiques, such as the gold plated door knobs and goldsmith cabinet doors, Murano glass lamps, statues and busts of valuable artistic value, and contemporary Italian masterpieces part of the owners private art collection. 

Property Description

HISTORICAL OUTLINES

Once the private paradise of the American author and screenwriter Gore Vidal, the rooms of the Villa, now elegantly restored and furnished, have welcomed the world’s elite, including Princess Margaret of England, Hillary Clinton, Andy Warhol, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Giovanni and Marella Agnelli, & Tennessee Williams just to name a few. Today, Villa Rondinaia is a private family-run estate located in the heart of the Amalfi Coast.

HIGHLIGHTS & VILLA LAYOUT
Ground Floor
  • Entrance hall
  • Gore Vidal’s former studio
  • Living rooms
  • Bar
  • Kitchen for staff use
  • Two sea faced terraces
Basement floor
  • Inspiration Suite 70 sqm with King size bed, living room, panoramic veranda, en-suite bathroom
  • Serenity Suite 60 sqm with King size bed. Veranda with sunken Jacuzzi, large shower with two indipendent areas
First Floor
  • Desire Suite 30 sqm with King size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle.
  • Curiosity Suite 30 sqm with King size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle
  • 100 sqm panoramic terrace
  • Exstasy suite 30 sqm with King size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle
External Unit
  • Indipendent Suite 30 sqm with King size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle
OUTDOOR FEATURES
  • Private park
  • Swimming pool
  • Kitchenette
  • Two half baths near the pool
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

A fairy-tale villa on the Amalfi coast, Villa Rondinaia is an elegant, historic residence surrounded by terraced gardens with breathtaking views of the Amalfi coast and Gulf of Salerno.  Immersed in a park of unparalleled beauty, embedded in the rockface, the villa ia suspended on the breathtaking cliffside, securing a truly unique location and absolute privacy.  The main building is spread over an area of 950 square meters, including terraces and balconies, and is surrounded by a park over 25,000 square meters large.The internal and external set up of the estate provide the quintessential scenario for an amazing stay, characterized by the highest levels of quality, elegance, and luxury.  The interiors underwent an extensive, careful restoration, respecting the historical-artistic constraints of the original property and the traditional architectural elements typical of the coast.  Almost all of its decor and furnishings, all of the highest quality, were made by Italian artisans, integrated with antiques, such as the gold plated door knobs and goldsmith cabinet doors, Murano glass lamps, statues and busts of valuable artistic value, and contemporary Italian masterpieces part of the owners private art collection.  The villa is air conditioned throughout and boasts 6 bedrooms sleeping a total of 12 guests. All rooms enjoy the latest generation in maxi TV screens, beautiful works of art and valuable paintings, Murano glass chandeliers, Venetian wall lamps, minibar, safe, chromotherapy showers, and bathroom courtesy sets on part with a five star hotel.  Each room has its own en-suite bathrooms with either a large bathtub or shower. One suite also brags its on Jacuzzi set into the rock.  All rooms have extraordinary views that can also be enjoyed from their panoramic terraces or verandas

Ground Floor

The ground floor features a welcome area, several sitting rooms, a bar, and the kitchen.  The corridor leads to Gore Vidal’s ex-study, designed as it was during his time at the villa.  A living room with sea views welcomes the guests with fresco ceilings and a working fireplace. In a separate lounge area lies a bar, beautifully set up in inlaid wood. The living room offers a private terrace which has a panoramic sea view overlooking the coast towards Minori and Salerno all the way to Punta Licosa on the Cilento Coast.  Kitchen facilities, which can be used by both staff and guests. A round, sea-view terrace lies 20 steps down from the entrance.  

SUITES & BATHROOMS
Basement Floor

Inspiration Suite The Insipiration suite , larger suite, about 70 square meters, consists of a living room, bedroom, and a small panoramic veranda with beautiful mosaic floors. The living room has a large and articulated built-in wardrobe, sofas and armchairs, tables, desk, vanity with chairs, lamps, and maxi TV screen. The bedroom enjoys a fireplace and a canopied king-size double bed with leather headboard, bedside tables, dresser, lamps, and a maxi TV screen. The raised bathroom, up 4 steps, has a window and balcony, complete with sink, toilet, bidet and both a bathtub and separate shower cubicle.

Serenity Suite The Serenity suite, about 60 square meters, consists of a bedroom and a large panoramic veranda with mosaic floors. The veranda is equipped with a sunken Jacuzzi, directly overlooking the panoramic terrace, armchairs and tables, and a small bathroom with mirror. The bedroom has a king-size double bed with a leather headboard, bedside tables, a large built-in closet, lamps, maxi TV screen, and a writing desk. The large bathroom has vaulted ceiling, complete with two washbasins, a toilet, bidet and a large shower room, with two large independent areas.

First Floor

Desire Suite  The Desire suite, about 30 square in size, enjoys antique floors in fine Vietri ceramics and a fireplace. It is equipped with a canopied king-size double bed with a fine leather headboard, bedside tables, a dresser, lamps, maxi TV screen, large built-in closet, sofas and armchairs, coffee table, writing desk and vanity. The bathroom with a window, complete with sink, toilet and bidet, is equipped with a large shower cubicle. This bedroom has access to  a  100 square meters panoramic terrace with a fantastic panoramic view.

Curiosity  Suite  The Curiosity suite can be access only from the 100 square meters terrace. The suite , also 30 square meters in size with beautiful floors,   is equipped with a king-size double bed with a fabric headboard, bedside tables, a dresser, lamps, large TV screen, large closet, armchairs, tables, a writing desk, vanity.   The private bathroom of this suite  with sink, toilet, bidet and a large shower cubicle.

Extasy Suite  The Extasy suite is accessible up 11 steps. Its a panoramic deluxe room, about 30 square meters large, with an exclusive panoramic terrace adjacent to the bathroom and antique floors in precious Vietri ceramics. It enjoys two large arched windows, one with a park view and the other with a panoramic sea view, a king-size double bed with a crafted leather headboard, bedside tables, lamps, a maxi TV screen, a handcrafted closet, sofas and armchairs, a writing desk, and a vanity.  The bathroom is slightly raised, 8 steps up, and has a characteristic panoramic rose window above the double monobloc marble sink from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the sea. Complete with side mirrors, toilet, and bidet, the bathroom has a large shower box.  

External Unit  

Indipendent  Suite Reachble by an external spiral stair case down 33 steps, the basement boasts a panoramic deluxe bedroom about 30 square meters large with an exclusive panoramic terrace adjacient to the bathroom and antique floors in precious Vieri ceramics.  The room enjoys two large arched windows, one overlooking the park and the second with ponoramic sea views.  The bedroom has a king-size double bed with leather headboard, bedside tables, maxi TV screen, a fine handcrafted wardrobe, sofas and armchairs, coffe tables, a writing desk/dressing table with chairs.  The bathroom is slighty raised, a few steps up, and has a panoramic rose window above a double monobloc marble sink, from which you can enjoy a wonderful sea view.  Its completed with side mirrors, a toilet, bidet and a large shower box.  

Swimming Pool

Private pool (5.50 x 15.50 x 2.70 meters deep) set on a marble paved terrace.  There are two garden half baths, with a self catering kitchenette .

Access & Parking 

The villa can be reached by foot only.  There are 30 steps  down from the walking pad of the garden to reach the villa main entrance. 

FEATURES & AMENITIES
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Robes
  • Slippers
  • Pool towels
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Smart TV in all the bedrooms
  • Minibar in all the bedrooms
  • Bar in the common areas
  • Hairdryers
  • Complete courtesy set and bathroom amenities of the brand “Ortigia”
REFUNDABLE DAMAGE DEPOSIT 

Euro 20.000

SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL RATE (STAFF SERVICE)
  • Villa manager, on call
  • Daily cleaning and rearrangement of rooms and common areas
  • Change of bed linen every two days
  • Daily change of bath linen
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Air condition
  • Heating
  • Utilities
  • Bathroom amenities of the brand “Ortigia”
  • Porter service upon arrival and departure
  • Final cleaning
NOT INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL RATE AND ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES (TO BE PAID IN EUROS DIRECT ON THE PREMISES)
  • Chef service
  • Butler
  • Full-time on-site concierge
  • City tax
EXTRA SERVICES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST (ADVANCE NOTICE MAY BE REQUIRED) 

Note: The following services can also be arranged, on request, if not already included in the cost of the rental. Additional services such as airport transfers, excursions, cooking classes, guided tours, and the like can be arranged. Please enquire about the vast tour options we can suggest for your villa stay. Costs for additional services can be quoted based on the service requested.

LOCATION

 Known for its one-of-a-kind location and the one-in-a-million panorama that surrounds its grounds, Villa Rondinaia is one of the most original and spectacular villas in Europe.  Its no wonder that the property counts an uninterrupted series of illustrious celebrities and dignitaries as its guests.  Located in Ravello, the villa is immersed in a park of incalculable beauty, embedded in the cliffs that hang over the landscape, lending its name to the estate, like the ‘nest of swallows’ it resembles.  Villa Rondinaia offers an unparalleled landscape.  Guests experience unobstructed views of the Mediterranean and the Amalfi Coast from multiple viewing points throughout the estate, a panorama which must be experienced to be understood.  Only minutes away from Piazza Duomo, a panoramic walk along a private path with no steps brings you to the main entrance, through a private garden and wooded area extending out over the sea.

LOCATION AND DISTANCE 
  • Ravello Duomo square 10 minutes walk
  • Amalfi 7 km ( 20 min drive )  Positano 26 km ( 50 min drive )
  • Pompeii 34 km ( 1 hours drive )
  • Sorrento 38 km ( 1,30 hours drive )
  • Naples airport 62 km ( 1,15 hour drive )
  • Rome Fiumicino airport 290 km ( 3,5 hours drive )

 

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