Nestled on the Amalfi Coast, the rambling hillside estate of Hotel Palumbo Palazzo Confalone has hosted Federico Fellini, Richard Wagner, Truman Capote, Yoko Ono, diplomats and aristocrats. A walk through the Ravello estate offers a glimpse at the history of refined western culture: Marble columns date to 600 BC, and the arches, to the 11th century. Views from this perch reveal the rambling Amalfi coastline dotted with red-roofed palazzos and a patchwork of heritage vineyards. Here, the world has stood still.
Savor the expansive breakfast buffet served on the panoramic terrace and take in the landscape, unlike anything else in the world. After breakfast, descend down to the seaside, where a glamorous speedboat awaits to whisk you along the coast. Photograph the craggy cliffs and centuries-old villages where grandmothers still make pasta by hand. Return to take a tour of the Episcopio wine cellar, and enjoy a glass of Costa d’Amalfi DOC riserva while you watch the sun set from the Mediterranean-style rooftop rose garden. Be sure to reserve a table for dinner in the restaurant. Note: It’s worth arriving early to check out its the 17th-century salon with a frescoed vault and a painting by Caravaggio student San Giovanni Battista. End your day with an in-room massage.