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Rifugio degli Dei
Ranked #14 of 48 Positano B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
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“Truely Special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2012

This was our second stay at Rifugio. The first was 2 years ago and we went back at the first opportunity. Last time we stayed in the Dioniso apartment and this time we stayed in the Posidon apartment - both were completely faultless, spotlessly clean, bright, spacious, and the views across Positano are spectacular. The shower in the apartment also has really high water pressure (not something to be taken from granted in Italian hotels) and this is very welcome after a day in the sun. All apartments have their own kitchen/dining facilities which we used a lot on this trip.They supply their own olive oil (4 euro/bottle) and they supply their own produce complimentary (tomatoes, pepper, onions, garlic...) - i love to cook and having this quality of ingredient was a treat. To be honest, it is the homely feel that make Rifugio so special. Anna is an amazing cook and we always looked forward to breakfast each morning. Almost all of the produce comes from their own land so whether it is eggs, jam, cake or bruschetta, the food was always great and a perfect start to the day. Davide is a fantastic host, he is very knowledgable and friendly and he goes out of his way to ensure that you enjoy your stay. Lots of helpful tips and travel advice about the local area aswell as for trips further afield.

Yes, as other reviews has stated there are lots of steps (401 actual stairs from the road to the Posidon Appartment), but really everywhere in Positano is situated on either steps or steep hills. The steps are tiring, especially in the summer heat, but we always took 2 or 3, few minute breaks on the way up (as did everyone else that was going up) and this gave you time to soak in the views. Everyone that has mentioned the steps has failed to state that this is a really nice walk too as you still have views of the sea and then a nice walk along a country path that leads to the accomodation. A stay at Rifugio is definetly worth it and we will be back again.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Great place ! Some few things missing to make it a 5 stars place (accessibility and pigs noise). But let make it clear : the pleople were so nice and took care of us amazingly. The view is amazing, the place is extremely clean... I highly recommend it !

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

Just got back from the most lovely stay, you really have to try this place. Huge room, modern and well stocked kitchen, all spotless. Davide is a great host, always on hand to help you and even met us at the bus stop when we arrived.
The steps can be hard work in the heat, we either stayed in our garden during the day and went out a night, or went to the beach or lunch in the day and stayed in and cooked dinner in the evening, to minimise step effort! It is worth the walk though. Private garden with loungers and outside shower surrounded by lemon trees and great views of Positano are awesome!
We ate a Bruno s which was good, was not keen on Positano main strip of restaurants on the front sea area, very busy and seemed a bit soulless and the beach again was very busy and sun beds pricey! Arienzo beach was better but well worth getting the bus from the arienzo stop to Prai beach, there is shade, sun, locals and a few really good restaurants for lunch, try bar mar, tuna was so good.
Overall one of my favourite stays ever, mainly because of Davide and his brilliant place, breakfast, animals rooms can not be faulted, want to go back now, heaven! Would live there.

Jessica and James clapham

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

Just returned from a two week stay at Rifugio degli Dei in Positano. It has been the best holiday ever thanks in no small part to the care provided by Davide and his wonderful family. Our appartment was spacious, spotlessly clean and very well equipped with everything you could want for a perfect stay. The views are astounding and breakfast each morning on the terrace overlooking Positano bay is an experience not to be missed. All of the food is home made and delicious and nothing is too much trouble for this delightful family. Davide provided lots of information about local restuarants and places of interest, made sure we were equipped with bus and ferry timetables and was on hand every day if we needed any more advice. Simone was a joy to spend time with and accompanied us on walks and an amazing boat trip arranged by the family. The resort itself is beautiful and although we visited Amalfi, Capri, Ravello and Sorrento during our stay, Positano was definately our favourite and we can't wait to go back. This really was a wonderful holiday and I would encourage anyone who is thinking about visiting the Amalfi Coast to stay at Rifugio degli Dei and share this experience. We had no problem whatsoever with the steps and most days we made two trips up and down. We are 59 and 62 years old and only moderately fit so if we can do it anyone can! Eat at the places Davide recommends to you because they are all very good and drink lots of Anna's home made Limoncello - it is the best you will ever taste (we brought 4 bottles home with us).
I could go on and on but you really need to experience this for yourself - it is truly amazing - book now!
To the family, Davide, Anna, Octavio, Simone, and Paulo, thank you so much for a magical holiday, we will never forget you and we will return.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

Our recent trip to Positano was positively memorable as a result of our choice to stay at Rifugio degli Dei. We've lived overseas prior and have stayed at many B&B's. We are also frequent business travelers and stay at many upscale hotels. We wanted a unique experience for our family and were not disappointed.

Transportation: Davide organized for transportation from the Napoli train station to Positano with Guilia. Our time with her was positive and we worked with her again for our return trip, but with an added stop at Pompeii where she stayed with the car and our luggage until we returned.

Steps: While the steps were challenging at first, we took breaks to take in the amazing views along the way. At night, the walkway to the house is superbly illuminated by a set of lights that can be turned on at a few locations along the way.

Rooms: Our rooms were spotless. While we had a bed and a pull out sofa bed, Davide had an additional single bed set up for our daughter which we greatly appreciated. Views from our room and private terrace were breathtaking.

Meals: Breakfast was quite special. Anna set out fresh fruit and jams / marmalade from the trees growing on the family terraces, honey from their own bees, daily homemade cakes, bruschetta with tomatoes from the garden, and delicious coffee with steamed milk, etc. Anna recommended a restaurant that our family agreed served the best pasta during our trip (including Rome), named Cafe Bruno.

Miscellaneous:
- The family goes out of their way to help. Due to record temperatures in June, we ended up washing clothes. A clothes drying rack was provided and Anna helped us to place them in a spot with the best sun to assure they were dry before we departed the next day.

- While we walked into and out of town when the sun was still up, we did often take the bus back at night. Simply ask for the Arienzio stop, as it's located right at the bottom of the steps to the house, just be prepared to stand. We also took the bus to up to Nocelle (we stood during the 25 min trip up, as it was packed), and walked down the 1,400 or so steps to the house. The steps are wide and well maintained, so that the walk down was enjoyable (other than the expected leg burn).

- We swam at both Arienzo beach (steps are located across the street from the bus stop - another 300 steps down or so), and Positano beach. We preferred Arienzo as it's more secluded and didn't have the water "churn" from all of the boat traffic that Positano experiences. If you do spend time at the Positano beach, rent chairs at the far left side of the beach away from the boat traffic.

In summary, we can't express how special our time at the country house was. While the location is a walk from the town center, and up 400 steps, we preferred our scenic views of the town perched on terraces surrounded by fruit trees and greenery. Thank you to the Fusco family for a trip that we will fondly remember.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Rifugio degli Dei
Address: Via Arienzo 43, 84017, Positano, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Positano
Price range (per night): $115 - $143
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Rifugio degli Dei” rose from what was an ancient rural house built in the middle of the 8 century by our great-grandfathers, who, with knowledge and passion, were dedicated to the cultivation and care of the vast olive groves, gardens and animals that surrounded this special place.Ideal for an holiday in Positano, it was perfectly reconstructed in 2007 and particular attention was paid to preserving the architectural character typical of the Amalfi Coast and of Positano. ... more   less 

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