Villa Scarpariello

Marmorata di Ravello, Naples & Amalfi, Italy Book from Book from £104 per night

Simple B&B rooms and apartments, with tiered gardens around a Norman watchtower, and a pool overhanging the rocky coast
Sail the Amalfi coast and you might spot a string of medieval watchtowers along the rocky shore, and wonder who is lucky enough to own one. The answer, in this case, is Prince Luigi d'Angerio di Sant'Agata; but a huge tax bill means we are the lucky ones. A series of outhouses, built to accommodate his friends in the 1950s, have now been converted into a variety of rooms and apartments, sleeping 2-6 people, some with simple kitchens. There's also a restaurant for guests, with spectacular views out to sea. Now in the hands of the Prince’s grandchildren, the hotel is very much as he originally intended.

From the Amalfi-Minori road, steps and paths bordered with marble busts lead down through cliff-hung terraces and verdant gardens, which burst with lemons, geraniums and palms. At the bottom is a vine-shaded breakfast terrace with majestic sea views, and a crenellated swimming pool which literally overhangs the water. The same goes for the double rooms: waves fizz below your balcony, while the sound of gurgling water lulls you to sleep.


  • One of the finest settings on the coast, with sweeping views of the sea and the jagged mountains behind Minori
  • A spectacularly sited swimming pool, and easy access into the sea (or into hired boats) from a private little quay
  • We loved sitting in the well-groomed gardens among imperial statues and ancient stonework
  • Delightful staff - and family-friendly too
  • Good value in an expensive area


  • Interiors, while spacious and functional, are dated (though gradually being updated and the overall look has a retro charm)
  • It gets booked up early for the summer, so plan ahead
  • Don't expect to stay in the watchtower - it's reserved for the owner
  • Breakfast is extremely basic and although the location is superb the restaurant lacks atmosphere
  • Steep and often uneven steps run between terraces and down to rooms and there is small additional charge for help with luggage

Best time to go

Summer is extremely busy – in mid August you can barely find beach space to lay your towel. Come in spring (April-early June) or autumn (Sept-Oct) if you possibly can. The weather then is perfect for gentle exploration, and swimming is quite feasible until early November (though in April it's chilly). A word of warning: the heating is only the wall-mounted, air-blown type, so bring warm clothes if coming at the edge of the season.

Our top tips

This is a great area for sea-foodies. Local specialities include superb spaghetti alle vongole (clams), herb-encrusted hake, paccheri pasta in a seafood sauce, grilled lobster, or pezzogna (the local word for sea bream) baked in salt. Sweet cakey desserts normally come with a chilled shot of limoncello on the house.

Great for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • 5 rooms, 6 apartments for 2-6
  • Restaurant + self-catering
  • All ages welcome.
  • Closed: 24 Mar 2018 - 20 Apr 2018...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen


There are 5 double rooms and 6 apartments for 2-6 people, spread across two newish seafront buildings and a small house near the top. All are done out in simple Italian rustic style, with cream or pastel walls, wrought iron beds, bronze faux-chandeliers and a scattering of wooden furniture (some of it antique, some of it modern). Brightly patterned fabrics and vivid Amalfi tiles add colour, but not always in the subtlest of combinations, with naïve artwork on the walls adding an occasionally erotic note. But if it's not quite the contemporary chic you might hope for (and, to be honest, few hotels on the Amalfi coast are), rest assured that it is comfortable and spacious – and the views of sea, mountain and garden are to die for.

Bathrooms, likewise, are functional, with a couple of avocado- or peach-coloured bathroom suites surviving from the 1950s furbishment (retro-kitsch?!). The rest are being gradually done up with neutral cream tiling and corner shower cabinets.

Of the apartments, the 3 in the lower Amalfi-side building (Luigi, Elena and Emanuele) are the largest, with a long sea-facing balcony and sitting-dining room, 2 rear-facing bedrooms (in Elena/Emanuele, a chunk is taken out of the sitting room to make way for a 3rd bedroom), and one bathroom apiece. Up above the prince's quarters is Ficus, with 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom in between (no kitchen).

The rooms are all double-bedded and situated in the Minori-side buildings. There are 2 secluded ones up by reception, and 3 in a lower building, with balconies and plunging views over the sea.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Full kitchen
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Satellite TV
  • WiFi


Room prices include a continental breakfast (rolls, croissants, mini-jams, carton-juice, hot drink), which is served outside on the dining terrace, or brought to your room. There's a breakfast menu for additional items (scrambled eggs, etc).

The apartments have rather dated kitchens with gas rings, a large fridge, Ikea-style cabinets with basic cutlery and crockery but no traditional oven. Ficus has a fridge but no other kitchen facilities.

The hotel’s restaurant serves lunch, with a limited choice of salads (melon and ham, green salad, or Caponata di Amalfi – salad made with bread and tomatoes). They also offer dinner, with a more comprehensive menu of Italian pasta, meat and fish dishes. The food is underwhelming, but it’s a great place for a cold beer – and the service is charming.

Alternatively, you can either prepare something simple in your apartment, order pizzas and pasta from a nearby restaurant, or drive to Amalfi, Atrani or Minori, all within 5km.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • In house cook
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Hire a private boat to collect you from the villa and take you to nearby coves (the deep inlet of Furore is spectacular), to sea caves, or to rocky islets such as Li Galli (where Nureyev had a villa). Canoes and pedalos can also be delivered to your 'front door' from Atrani

  • Take a public ferry from Amalfi or Minori along the coast to Positano or the isle of Capri for some glitzy shopping and dining, plus colourful cliffside villages

  • Drive or walk up to gorgeous Ravello, a handsome village set high on a spur, with plunging views over the coast (best appreciated from the stunning gardens of the Villa Cimbrone)

  • The town of Amalfi has an impressive duomo (in whose crypt lie the remains of St Andrew), a small museum in the town hall (where you can see the first ever maritime law, the 16th-century Tabula Amalfitana), not to mention excellent pastry shops (try the creamy sfogliatelle of Andrea Pansa)

  • Keen walkers should not miss the lovely Valle delle Ferriere, a 5-hour hike heading deep inland from Minuta or Campidoglio, to re-emerge at Pogerola above Amalfi

      Activities on site or nearby include:

      • Hiking
      • Kayaking
      • Shopping / markets
      • Snorkelling
      • Swimming


Children of all ages are welcome, and this one of the few places on the Amalfi coast which genuinely suit families, although it's probably better for 6+ year olds, due to all those steep stairs. Staff can arrange English-speaking babysitters. Minori and Maiori have long, safe strands; other villages have smaller and steeper beaches

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available


Babysitting available by arrangement

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


An absolute dreamworld - stunning hillside setting with windows opening out over the sea and multiple terraced gardens and walkways. Also charming and very attentive staff. If you're in the Ravello/ Amalfi area you have to stay here.


We really enjoyed our stay overall - but breakfast/lunch menu could be much better


This hotel is mind blowing. It is the most beautiful place I think I have ever stayed. Azzurra was lovely and welcoming when we arrived. The room (Miramare) was huge and had 2 big windows overlooking the sea. The terrace where breakfast is served is so beautiful. We were only here for 3 nights but any longer we would hire a car or a scooter. We walked to Atrani one evening which was lovely and buzzy. We definitely want to come back again.


Villa Scarpariello is a magical place, perched on the cliffs above the sea with spectacular views, a lovely small pool and direct access to the sea for swimming. The Villa is located between Minori and Atrani, both are 5 mins drive away, and it is possible to walk (20-30 mins each way). It has a lovely feeling of peace and isolation while still being close to nearby towns. The Villa is a fantastic old castle, lots of stairs surrounded by lovely plants and flowers and classical sculptures. Our room was quite basic and could do with a minor update, but we didn't mind. The views are amazing everywhere. The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful. I definitely hope to go back and would thoroughly recommend.


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