In 1893, Pantaleone Caruso, (who already owned a vineyard and produced an excellent wine), and his wife, Emilia Cicalese, rented 5 rooms in one of the wings of the Marquis D’Afflitto’s eleventh century palace and open the “Pensione Belvedere”. He chose this name because of the hanging garden facing the mountains and plunging down to the sea. Getting there was not an easy thing, but the efforts of the first daring tourists were paid off by the splendid view: blooming lemon groves and lush vineyards stippled by white roofs against the blue of the sea and of the sky.
The guests were simply fascinated: glorious food, glorious home made wine and glorious view. The Hotel served as a favourite haunt of the Bloomsbury Group, Virginia Woolf and Lord Keynes among others, and it also helped Graham Green and William Styron to find the way, respectively, to The Third Man and Set This House On Fire. Last but not least to fall to Ravello’s charms is Gore Vidal who, brought to Ravello for the first time by Tennessee Williams, wrote, while staying at room n° 9, his Myra Breckinridge. He will leave Ravello no more, becoming a freeman of this corner of paradise.
The Belvedere In 1903 a journalist guest in love with the Hotel, wrote a long article on the New York Times and the Caruso suddenly became very famous across the Atlantic.
Back to the Amalfi scene, under the wings of history hotels specialist Orient Express. Recently reopened, the legendary hotel is a most welcome Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World! (read more under >>>history).