Il Convento Bizantino XI

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Authentic environment Easygoing Historical building Panoramic views Romantic Simple pleasures
  • sleeps
  • bedrooms
  • bathrooms
  • setting
    Seaside (ocean front)
  • double beds
  • single beds
Rates from 400.00 EUR
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A truly unique accommodation with jaw-dropping views of the Amalfi Coast and Ravello. Just when we thought we had run out of superlatives to describe the Amalfi Coast and some of its wonderful places, we came across the Convento, a house that can be rented on a weekly basis. The whole Amalfi region may be replete with delightful bays and jaw-dropping landscapes, even so, the Convento manages to be unique and difficult to put into words.
You may ask what makes it so singular? First of all, the Convento stands on the upper floor of a 10th century Byzantine Monastery (the Badia di Santa Maria Olearia, now owned by Italy’s Ministry of Culture) which is itself built into a natural grotto. Acting as a shelter, the grotto provides some of the open areas and terraces from which to enjoy the simply breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast and Ravello. There’s nothing cave-like about the place, however, with bougainvillaea, terracotta pots of geraniums and centuries-old frescoes adding to the perfect alchemy of nature and traditional architecture.
It may not have the luxury of some of the Amalfi Coasts well-known hotels, but despite (or perhaps because of this more discrete style) it is simply wonderful; odds on that you will be speechless as the senses are bombarded upon arrival – which, incidentally, is done by way of a stairway that once acted as the entrance to the old monastery. In the midst of all this stunning nature and history, one can almost forget how comfortable and well decorated the Convent is – an elegant and colourful mix of local antiques and Moroccan pieces. Conceived as three areas connected by a 200 square metre terrace, the main building has three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a sitting room endowed with a fireplace making a stay here even in winter rather romantic and cosy. Once you are here, additional information on the accommodation and local area is cheerfully be provided by Guido the caretaker. He will even be willing to take guests on a tour of the convent, which with its medieval frescos, catacombs and chapel are itself very much worth a visit. We were loath to leave the Convento and are sure you will be too.
Parking is arranged with an open space at the gate to the convent or a garage proper 5 minutes away on foot.
PLEASE NOTE that though this is a very special place located in the midst of extraordinary beauty, it is located above what is in effect the only seaside road passing through the Amalfi Coast. Off-peak this is not a particular problem but in high season it can get very noisy due to the increased level of traffic.

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  • Beach Hotels & Coastal Getaways
  • Holiday Homes & Villas

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Villas & Apartments Amenities

  • Baby Cot
  • Barbecue
  • Bed linen provided
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet WiFi
  • Kitchen fully equipped
  • Microwave
  • Non smoking accommodation
  • Oven
  • Parking
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • TV


  • Bicycles
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Trekking
  • Water Sports
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine Tasting


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Transport / Distances

City Centre: 4 km
Shops: 4 km
Airport: 60 km
Train Station: 20 km


Date of stay 11/08/2017
We just loved this house! The view is so amazing that you do not want to leave the terrace. Also the decoration inside is lovely. With four bedrooms big enough for 2 families (if you are good friends). Enough space to read a book or have a chat. The kitchen is very well furnished, with beautiful plates and big 'bowls' for past and salad (so the food already looks nice even if you didn;t do a great job in cooking ;-)). Parking was nearby, so doing groceries is tiring, but you can rest after... The beaches were overcrowded in August, so any other time would be our next visit.

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