PALAZZO AVINO | VILLAGE OF RAVELLO

HISTORY

Originally built in the 12th Century, Palazzo Avino, like many other buildings along San Giovanni del Toro, was part of the aristocratic quarter of Ravello during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Some original rooms remain, such as the entrance hall and a small bathroom used as a cellar in the restaurant. The building owes its name to the prosperous Sasso family from Scala, who were descendants of San Romoaldo, founder of the Cistercian order, and San Dominico Sasso, the successor to Saint Domenico who created the Dominican order. The Sasso family settled in Ravello in about 1710 when Domenico Diego purchased the remains of the Palazzo Sasso from the noble Bonito family and subsequently restored it. In 1756, his son, Andrea, built the chapel, dedicated to Maria Maddalena Penitente, which is now the lobby of the hotel. Andrea died in 1758 without an heir. The Palazzo was then abandoned until the beginning of the 19th century when it was purchased by the wealthy industrial Camera family. In the mid-19th century, the first foreign visitors began to arrive, such as Francis Nevile Reid in 1851 and Richard Wagner. When James Becket bought and rebuilt Villa Cimbrone in 1904, Ravello attracted many prominent people, including Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Maynard Keynes, D.H. Lawrence and Andre Gide. The potential for tourism was not lost on the Camera family who, following the example of other local families, converted the Palazzo into a hotel.

THE PRESENT

Fully restored, it re-opened as Palazzo Sasso in July 1997 to continue its historic adventure. In 2013, Palazzo Sasso will be renamed Palazzo Avino, finally bearing the name of its founding family. The name change - the building of Palazzo Sasso and its transformation into Palazzo Avino, has every making of an Italian love story. There is passion, beauty and a dream. All played out along Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. “I love the Palazzo,” Managing Director Mariella Avino says. “I love the location. I love the views. I love every single element. I love it because I grew up here. I know its past (my father’s commitment and effort to create the property), I know its fantastic present, and I’m excited to write its future with all my passion, my heart and my love.” Palazzo Avino's Clubhouse by the Sea is located in the small town of Marmorata, just a 15 minute drive from Ravello. There is complimentary access to the beach platforms for all hotel guests (based on availability) along a small swimming pool, the casual Clubhouse Restaurant, changing rooms and relaxing living rooms. A complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel is available starting from 9.30 am. The Clubhouse by the Sea opens from May 1st to October.

SPA - SWIMMING POOL - SOLARIUM - FITNESS

On the roof top of Palazzo Avino, with a breathtaking view of the Amalfi Coast, we offer a solarium with a whirlpool. This rooftop oasis is a favourite venue to watch sunset and enjoy a glass of Prosecco. A 20 meter outdoor heated swimming pool is situated in the gardens of Palazzo Avino with an amazing view of the sea and the mountains. The gym is located in the gardens under white gazebos and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. A variety of technogym equipment is available to all our guests. Effegilab is leader in the creation of clean cosmeceutical free from dyes, traditional preservatives, petrolatum, and especially with no SLE. The main goal is the development of formulas with an organic cosmetic matrix with no pollutants and health friendly.
EffegiLab's laboratories are fitted with high
quality equipment and methods the use of active substances obtained through forefront extraction techniques: supercritical fluids, ultrasound, freeze-drying and other methods that avoid the use ofheat and additives.
In collaboration with Palazzo A vino and based on three products from the Campania Region, Effegilab created an exclusive line of Cosmetic Food based on:
Lemon from Sorrento, with balancing properties, with brightening and detoxing formula;
Apricot from Vesuvio, enriched in vitamins, with hydrating and soothing formula; Annurca Apple, with antioxidant, hydrating and refining formula.

Restaurant | Henrique Leis.

Restaurant Henrique Leis – Michelin Star in the Heart of the Algarve.

Brazilian-born Henrique Leis first received his Michelin star in 2000, seven years after realizing his dream of opening his own restaurant in Loulé in the Algarve. Prior to this, Chef Leis cooked alongside such celebrity chefs as Paul Bocuse, Pierre Troisgros, Guy Savoy, Pierre Gagnaire, and Gaston Lenotre. His commitment and dedication in the kitchen underscore his vision, creativity, and attention to detail, continuously ensuring the Michelin star honor year-after-year. A beautifully restored home is ideal for dining al fresco in the summer, where diners are surrounded by colorful flower boxes and shaded by umbrellas. In winter, the fireplace, rich ruby-red velvet chairs and the added personal touch of Henrique Lei’s own paintings exhibited on the natural stone walls provides a welcome and comfortable ambiance. This is the perfect setting for the mastery of Chef Leis who embraces French cuisine enhanced by flavors of his South American homeland.

The Menu. The Wine.

Any wine connoisseur will be envious of the restaurant’s wine room, with its dark mahogany shelves filled with the best Portuguese wines and international brands. Allow the sommelier to enhance your dining experience, by pairing wine selections with the tasting or a-la-carte menu.

The “Whole Table Only” Tasting menu consists of

■ Egg ‘a la Coque’ with Smoked Caviar
■ Sea Scallops and Truffle Ravioli
■ Lobster from Algarvian Coast with Risotto-Gel
■ Guinea Fowl Supreme Stuffed with Foie Gras
■ Chocolate Delights

Welcome.

After having gone through all sectors of the restoration it was in the kitchen that he found his true calling. He started with a culinary consultant Margarida Nogueira, for whom he has deep gratitude because it was the first to offer him, in 1982, the opportunity to work as a chef in his restaurant "Bem Feito" in Rio. Since then he had the opportunity to work with the best European chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Pierre Troisgros, Guy Savoy, Pierre Gagnaire, and Gaston Lenotre. He passed through Italy, Germany and other countries, but it was in Portugal, in the Algarve, the place where he performed his dream of opening his own restaurant in 1993. In 2000 he was awarded the maximum consecration for a chef, getting a star in the Michelin guide. Since then, it has maintained the excellence of its cuisine, markedly personal and with deep French roots, ensuring Michelin star for 15 consecutive years until the present day. We highlight the vibrant colors, his vision, creativity and extraordinary accuracy in his kitchen. Closely cosmopolitan, heartfelt, contemporary and without nostalgia, looking to exercise his freedom without forgetting the basic values much as respect for the product, whether noble or less noble. A kitchen that celebrates the elegance and importance of details.