Between the post office and the hardware shop, climb the marble staircase, step into your room and your heart will skip a beat. Just the other side of the busy road, one thousand feet below, is the dizzying curve of the Bay of Salerno. Vineyards, lemon groves, white houses, all cling to the steep valley sides in apparent defiance of gravity; it is almost impossible to pull yourself away and all but one room has the view. Boccaccio is a family affair; grandmother had these rooms and the family still live on the upper floor. Bonaventura and his family have refurbished the house in a clean-cut, understated modern style that has the virtue of simplicity (as does the breakfast): beech wood furniture, crisp bed linen, sleek lighting and sunny, hand-painted Vietri floor tiles. Bathrooms are spotless, with all necessary fittings. Two minutes from Ravello's picture-perfect piazza (a tourist trap in season), and the Rufolo and Cimbrone gardens, Boccaccio's position is enviable.
Naples, Italy (NAP-Capodichino) 43 miles
Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, TV, Wi-Fi
Family Italian style