Iconic Italian Hotel Reborn as Palazzo Avino

By Paul Joseph

One of Italy’s most famous luxury hotels is to be renamed in honour of the man who created it fifteen years ago.

Since opening its doors in 1997, the boutique hotel, located in the picturesque town of Ravello on Italy’s prestigious Amalfi Coast, has been known as Palazzo Sasso.

But from January 2013, it will become the Palazzo Avino, taking the name of the hotel’s late founder, Giuseppe Avino.

The decision was made by Mariella Avino, daughter of Giuseppe, who now runs the hotel.

“The idea of having the Avino name on the hotel is actually very special for me and my sisters,” she said.

“We have no men in the family besides my father, so our name, Avino, will eventually disappear. But with `Palazzo Avino’ the name will always remain. My grandfather is no longer with us, but now his name is here forever. I know this would have made him very happy.”

Featuring 32 rooms and 11 suites, the hotel also boasts a Michelin 2-Star restaurant, Rossellinis, a modern fitness facility, wellness spa, heated outdoor pool.

Each room and suite is fitted with luxury antique carpets, handmade tiles and 18th and 19th century furniture.

As well as the renaming, the hotel will also be given a new outdoor bar, along with renovations of some of the property’s common areas.

By Paul Joseph