Palazzo Avino: The Pink Palace Perched Above the Amalfi Coast

| Mon, 07/08/2024 - 00:06
Palazzo Avino entrance
Palazzo Avino entrance, Ravello

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Why we love it 

Set in a 12th-century palace on a promontory overlooking the sea, the family-run Palazzo Avino radiates warmth, beauty and joie de vivre thanks to its owners.

What to expect

facade at palazzo avino
Palazzo Avino, Ravello

Between the enviable location, very chic (and Instagrammable) design, terraced gardens, tranquil spa, attentive service and excellent food and beverage options, this member of the Leading Hotels of the World is the crème de la crème on the Amalfi Coast.


Built in the 12th century for a noble family, the palazzo was purchased in the 1990s by the Avino family and transformed into a hotel. Today it’s run by sisters Mariella and Attilia Avino, two of the most fabulous (and fashionable) women on the Amalfi Coast. They’re constantly updating it, renovating the rooms, collaborating with artists and artisans, and adding unique touches like the two-tiered pink-and-white striped umbrellas by the pool. The hotel is their passion project — and it shows.

Location, location, location

Palazzo Avino is a quick walk from the main piazza in Ravello on the fabled Amalfi Coast. Because of its elevated position, Ravello has long been a haven for artists and writers, including D.H. Lawrence and Richard Wagner. If you want to be able to walk from your hotel room to the sea, it’s not the right location for you, but if you prefer to stay away from the crowds, you’re in the right place.

Where you’ll sleep

Aquamarine Deluxe Sea View room
Aquamarine Deluxe Sea View room at Palazzo Avino

The 43 rooms and suites are beautiful and comfortable and many of them have breathtaking views of the coast. During my recent stay, I slept in a just-renovated Sea View Room, which has a sleek, modern style that combines hallmarks of the Amalfi Coast (white walls, colorful tiles) with the pared-down decor you’d expect from a more contemporary property. I appreciated the built-in sofa and writing desk as well as the Palazzo Avino-branded bath products.

Dining & drinks

Rossellini's at Palazzo Avino
Tables at fine dining restaurant Rossellini’s

You’re guaranteed to eat and drink incredibly well here, no matter which outlet you choose. I loved starting the evening at the Lobster & Martini Bar, which has an extensive list of cocktails. The casual Terrazza Belvedere serves classic southern Italian dishes, including a sublime insalata caprese and spaghetti alla Nerano. But the true showstopper is Michelin-starred Rossellini’s Restaurant, which starts with an amuse-bouche served on custom-made ceramics and features creative dishes like risotto with asparagus, salted peanut cream, lemon and clams or sea bass cooked in clay, served tableside.

Service notes 

The staff here are friendly and welcoming, no doubt thanks to the influence of the lovely Avino sisters, who radiate warmth and hospitality. It feels like they’re genuinely happy to see you and proud to share this beautiful place with you.

Spa time

Covered in elegant green tiles, the spa has an indoor hydrotherapy pool, a sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. There’s a large heated outdoor pool in the terraced garden and a small rooftop pool with hydrotherapy jets. There's an outdoor gym in in the garden below the pool.

Family perks

Children are welcome, but because of the romantic atmosphere, you’re more likely to see honeymooners than families with little kids.

You should know...

Palazzo Avino entrance
Palazzo Avino entrance

A complimentary shuttle ferries guests to the hotel’s Clubhouse by the Sea, which has lounge chairs and umbrellas on a series of platforms, a pool, changing rooms and a casual restaurant that serves pizza, pasta, salads and seafood. Next to the hotel is the Pink Closet, a fashion boutique curated by the Avino sisters, where you can pick up stylish souvenirs. They also bottle their own wine.


  • Elevator
  • Some stairs required

Features & amenities

Grounds at Palazzo Avino
  • City setting
  • Free WiFi
  • Paid parking
  • Pool 
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Garden
  • Fitness room
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Family friendly


Palazzo Avino
Via San Giovanni del Toro 28, Ravello
Tel. +39 089818181