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Long a premier destination for a summer sojourn among the likes of artists, musicians, and writers, the Amalfi Coast’s balmy weather offers a little something for everyone. Nearly synonymous with celebrity and the well-heeled, the region’s many villas are hardly a new development: this strip of coastline is home to some of the world’s finest vacation homes, especially since the early 1900s when tourism to Amalfi began to accelerate in earnest.
If you require the finest accommodations replete with only the best amenities, you’ve surely already considered a trip to this storied coastline. If you’re ready to narrow down your picks even further, here are 10 of the best luxury villas for rent on the Amalfi Coast.
Villa Constantine, Praiano
Sculpted from white lime and resting high above the Tyrrhenian Sea is the Villa Constantine, a four-bedroom property dripping in history. Restored from the ancient walls of a hundreds-year-old Arabic stronghold, the villa is trimmed with reclaimed wood and wrought iron accents that reflect the property’s storied past. The private outdoor pool looks out to the immaculate gardens dotted with lemon and olive trees, the perfect place to watch a famous Amalfi sunset.
In the hills above Amalfi sits Limone, a four-bedroom deluxe villa that exudes a charm that feels simultaneously elegant and comfortable. Its stark white interior is accented by handmade tile and accent pieces reflecting the colors of the sea and surf. The second terrace is perfect for foodies: it’s outfitted with a large dining table and chairs so you and your guests can dine among the breezes that waft up from the sea.
Villa Raffone, Conca dei Marini
Originally built in the 1500s, the breathtaking Villa Raffone sits on the site of a former watchtower and fort, so the views are as spectacular as you would assume. An opulently appointed, Baroque-style four-bedroom home, you’ll be dazzled by the exposed stone walls leading to cavernous arched ceilings that showcase the traditional construction.
Outside on the rooftop terrace is an infinity pool that mirrors the contours of the sea below, replete with lounge chairs and a patio table to indulge your al fresco dining dreams.
Palazzo Santa Croce, Positano
Restored from the bones of a 17th-century Baroque-style Bishop’s Palace, the Palazzo Santa Croce is a true retreat in every way. Dripping in opulence, many of the ornate details and accents within were a part of the original construction, and have been lovingly preserved and in some cases restored.
The real highlight here is the indoor thermal pool: these waters are naturally mineralized and heated in the depths of the earth, then safely plumbed directly into a majolica-tiled pool to create an enticing respite. Rounding out the rest of the Salus Per Aquam, or spa room, is a Finnish sauna, a Turkish bath, and an adjacent outdoor deck complete with a jacuzzi and a plunge pool.
Villa Alba d’Oro, Amalfi
Though portions of the Villa Alba d’Oro date all the way back to the 12th century, you can be assured that a stay here will come with every modern convenience. Peppered throughout this six-bedroom mansion you’ll find air conditioning, flat-screen televisions, and super-fast wifi. While you’re there, you can relax in the solarium or take a dip in the grotto-like infinity pool.
Like the rest of this palatial house, the pool is perched atop one of the highest vantages on the entire Amalfi coastline, assuring some of the best views in the whole region.
Villa Lily, Praiano
If you’re looking to arrange an Amalfi getaway with a substantial guest list, the massive Villa Lily, with a whopping 10 bedrooms, may just be a perfect choice. It’s the largest private resort with beach access along the entire Amalfi Coast and is completely all-inclusive: there is a dedicated staff including butlers, baggage porters, and a complement of chefs that will prepare every meal for you.
The grounds are also home to an extensive garden that’s home to a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as a brood of egg-laying hens from which your meals will be prepared.
La Rondinaia, Ravello
One of the most exquisite residences in all of Italy, the picturesque La Rondinaia emerges from the cliff face like a swallow’s nest, for which it is named. Originally built in 1930, this six-floored home was once the personal residence of author Gore Vidal, and was featured in the Wes Anderson classic, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
In 2019 the entire villa received a methodical renovation that prioritized maintaining the character of the original decor and construction. Today, nearly every piece of furniture inside is either original to the house or was custom-crafted by a local artisan.
Torre Amalfi, Punta Campanella
On a sprawling estate at the very tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula lies the incomparable Torre Amalfi, a former fortress turned retreat villa. It was originally built in the mid-1500s to protect the neighboring villages from invaders, but today welcomes guests to enjoy the view over the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to Capri. Inside you’ll find decadent furnishings artfully arranged within walls that reveal the original stone that dates back to the 16th century.
Casale la Torre, Massa Lubrense
A farmhouse complex turned rustic getaway, the Casale la Torre is divided into three distinct apartments, all accented with touches like thatched walls, rustic beams, and exposed stone. Despite the property’s humble origins, it’s been outfitted with modern conveniences to make your vacation feel fantastic, like the inground pool from which you can catch the sunset over the sea.
Villa di Mare, Maiori
An eight-bedroom, nine-bath behemoth filled with vintage charm, the Villa di Mare can accommodate up to 16 guests and offers direct and private access to the sea. Many of the bedrooms come with their own private terraces, all with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian.
Rounding out the property is an immaculate garden, a private plunge pool, and even a delightful “Summer Kitchen”: a cooking and dining area on one of the verandas that’s perfect for those nights when the breeze is too delicious to spend it indoors.