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Just back from a week relaxing here - it really is a lovely place, we stayed in the Poseidone apartment which was very spacious and well equipped kitchen (two induction hobs + pots, pans etc). Good clean bathroom with great powerful shower. Own private veranda with table/chairs - great for evening meals whislt watching sunset with wine and limoncello. As with everywhere on this coast - it's steep with lots of steps. Rifugio degli Dei is actually about 350 steps up from coast road though I never found it a problem - just dont forget anything!. It's about 30 min walk into Positano centre. V nice breakfast arranged every morning on terrace.
We hired a car (recommend something small as parking can be a problem everywhere and roads are v narrow). Always managed to park near steps for free. Thoroughly recommended.
Just to make clear We did not stay at the Rifugio deglie Dei, but an apartment owned by the same owners further down the steps. I emailed them a month before our departure to confirm we would pay to have a transfer from naples as we were travelling on my partners birthday so wanted to make the trip as hassle free as possible, to which i got an email back saying they didnt have a reservation, quiet upset i then fowarded on all the email conversation we had been having ref the booking ofer the previous 9 months. Needless to say they couldnt acomodate us but they offered to put us up in a self catering apartment further down towards the road which we accepted as we had no choice. The apartment was addacuate and basic however the view was stunning, Id say better then being up at the main farmhouse as its not blocked by foliage so much. We had some free time one day so decided to take a walk up the steps to the main farmhouse and the apartments (the steps do go on, even as a fit mid 20's couple i dont think we would have wanted to do them several times a day like we had the steps to our apartment, we certainly would have rethought how much back and forwards we would have done to our apartment). All i can say is when we did venture further up to the main Rifudio deli dei i nearly broke down in tears, its that stunning and beutifull and even despite everything I want to go back just so i can actually stay there. The abundance of produce growing all around and the little terraces of garden just make it a picture postcard. I was so upset that they had lost our booking i really was but at least i got to see it.
Ho volutamente atteso circa 1 mese a scrivere per non essere condizionato dall'emotività. Sono stati i miei e quelli di mia moglie 3 giorni da sogno. Tutta la costa Amalfitana è una bomboniera o meglio un presepe che chiunque dovrebbe visitare. Io e mia moglie sicuramente torneremo insieme ai nostri figli. L'accoglienza poi è addirittura sublime. Per parlare poi del "Rifugio degli dei" non ho parole: è stata una scelta casuale su internet, mi ha invogliato nella scelta la descrizione, l'essere immerso nel verde e fuori dal centro. I gradini? Nessun problema, io e mia moglie ci si spostava 4 volte al giorno, al massimo una veloce doccia e via. La struttura è graziosa, gli appartamenti spaziosi, sempre in ordine e puliti, la colazione ricca e gustosissima. Famiglia Fusco in pochi giorni siete riusciti a entrare nel cuore di 2 rudi bergamaschi delle valli. Scherzi a parte è veramente una bella famiglia, cordiale, aperta, ospitale. Cos'altro da dire: andate, andate, andate è l'unico modo per rimanere rapiti anche voi da questi luoghi e da questa gente.
Alla famiglia Fusco: arrivederci a presto
This was my first trip to the Amalfi Coast and I was not disappointed. Rifugio degli Dei was wonderful. The workout to make it up the 240 steps to the B & B was challenging, but worth the effort. The rooms were excellent, the homemade breakfasts delicious, and the hosts were superb - warm, friendly and helpful. Truly paradise.
Ci sono stato in coppia per tre giorni a giugno ed e' stato bellissimo. La passeggiata per arrivare fino al rifugio con i famigerati 300 gradini non e' il massimo da fare con il caldo ma, quando ho prenotato, lo sapevo benissimo e quindi non mi posso lamentare! :) E poi questo rende il posto un po' piu' "esclusivo". Comunque, una volta arrivati su, tutte le fatiche vengono ripagate da un panorama bellissimo ed un'accoglienza molto simpatica, i proprietari sono molto alla mano ed anche i figli, oltre ad essere molto disponibili. Stanza pulitissima! Consigliato a tutti tranne ai pigri!
“Italian family hospitality at its best”
We cannot find anything bad to say about this place. It was our little slice of heaven for 10 days in June. We were excitedly greeted by this wonderful family down on the street - the 2 boys took our luggage to the luggage lift (thank goodness we didn't have to carry it up the stairs!), and the dad parked our car for us on the scarily narrow streets. All we had to do was walk up the stairs and be greeted with a smile from Anna and a nice glass of cold water. The view is simply breathtaking. Rifugio degli Dei is about 2 kms from the "heart" of Positano with fantastic bus connections or you can walk along the road no problems (we did this often). Then up the 415 steps to your apartment and the view of the ocean, the islands, the town of Positano and the coastal road winding its way along the cliff edge - wow what a view. The apartments were spotlessly clean, SO spacious and filled with homemade olive oil, homemade Limoncello, homemade Blueberry liquer, honey from their own bees etc etc. Each morning we went down to breakfast and were greeted with the best Bruschetta I've ever tasted, home baked cakes thanks to Anna (think apple and walnut, pineaple/raspberry/coconut, lemon cake......my mouth is watering already), fresh orange juice, very, very tasy espresso (as confirmed by my husband - a Barista himself), breads, fresh fruit, croissants...mmmmm. Each day there is a basket of fruit and vegetables left out on the terrace that you can use to cook in your apartment if you wish. You can also help yourself to the herb garden. Everything tastes better fresh. We were travelling with our 4.5 month old son and Anna was just wonderful to us - each morning she would hold our boy and give him cuddles whilst we ate our breakfast. If she heard him being whingey she would invite him to look at Julietta and Toto - the pig and piglet. That's when we discovered that not only did this wonderful place have olive trees, fig trees, pumpkins, tomatoes, herbs, lemon trees, orange trees etc etc - but also 10-12 rabbits, 2 pigs, 5 goats and a turkey. If you don't feel like going into town for the day, you can just relax at the Country House - each apartment has it's own private terrace with amazing views of Positano. Take a beer/juice/wine/water from the stocked fridge (at very reasonable/shop prices) and enjoy the view. The best value-for-money I have found during my extensive travels. Highly recommended!
“Nice family run accomodation”
We stayed here on the 2nd part of our honeymoon . The apartment was very clean , with all the kitchen stuff provided . Breakfast was exellent , homemade cakes , jams and friut from the farm, also really good espresso. David was very helpful and friendly .Not really suitable for anyone who has trouble with alot of steps (300 to get from the main road to the farm house ).
“Make sure this suits you.”
If you are considering this property, make sure you read all of the reviews and know exactly what to expect.
The family are totally charming and are excellent hosts. The rooms are spacious and spotless. The views endless and stunning. BUT... Understand you have to either walk or get the local bus out of town, and then walk up over 400 stairs to your door after a wonderful day out - a bit of a dampener I personally found. My husband however did not have a problem with this. You only want to do this, at most, once a day. We set off in the mornings with a change of clothes for dinner.
An awesome breakfast is provided but there is no other food available anywhere nearby.
You have a kitchenette in your apartment, so if cooking in and enjoying the tranquility of a mountainside escape is your thing, perfect!
“Everything you expect...and hope for”
About 40 of us came for a friends wedding and all stayed at various places in and around Positano. We found a real gem. Every one of our friends agreed this was the best find. Positano is expensive, but Rifugio Degli Dei is a real bargain, you won't find a better price vs experience in the area. If the peaceful, farmhouse style experience is for you then I this is the place for you.
The house is owned by a local family who live down the hill and refurbished it 6 or so years ago. The family is everything you'd want from your hosts; Momma (Anna?) cooking incredible cakes and breakfast, the sons pottering around on the farm. The dog Shila and Cheecho the cat coming to say hello now and then. A really great bunch of people, giving great service, but also giving you space and privacy.
Davide is one of the sons and the main host. His English is really good and he couldn't be more helpful and friendly. He has done an incredible job of making the place great. His local knowledge is invaluable and he's a good laugh.
Momma (Anna?) lays out a lovely homemade breakfast every day with the most amazing cakes (for breakfast!), along with her homemade marmalade made of oranges or lemons which grow everywhere.
Choosing somewhere to stay in Positano is difficult as there are a lot of small independent hotels, with websites of various qualities and it can feel daunting. Tripadvisor works great for Positano and we've found reviews to be a really good reflection of the place.
The walk up the steps to the Farmhouse from the road is long but no different to walking from the beach to a hotel in Positano. In fact, our friends at the Conca D'Ora complained their walk was worse due to taller steps. The house has a lift for luggage so no worries there.
Once you're down on the road it's a 15 min walk along the road into town- however its a flat walk (no steps) and the view is stunning!. There is no pavement so you have to step aside when one of the big coaches go past. We walked it at night but some may prefer a taxi back in the dark. Taxis are silly expensive - always haggle and check prices.
For us the location was spot on: cheaper, quiet, amazing view, on the way to the rest of the Amalfi Coast. We had a scooter which was perfect for popping out for groceries and around the coast but it can be scary at first. There is the one main road and the bus stop is at the bottom of the house's steps; if you arrive by bus Davide will flag it down to make sure you get off the bus!
One thing that surprised us was the quality of the set up at this price and for a small b&b. The family have really tried to add hotel level finishing touches to the experience. For example, a fully stocked minibar with many local and homemade items and at supermarket prices. Good towels, nice fittings in the rooms, nice toiletries, tourist guides on the desk, etc. No English channels or radio on the TV though so I'd take an iPod if you like to have music.
We stayed in Aphrodite, a one bed mini apartment with plenty of space with it's own sun terrace surrounded by lemon trees and vines. Being downstairs and an old house you can hear the footsteps of people upstairs on occasion but no big deal. We absolutely loved it!
Cant wait to go back again soon, thank you so much for an amazing holiday!
Abbiamo soggiornato con la nostra bambina di 6 anni al "Rifugio degli Dei" per tre giorni durante il ponte di Pasqua. Che dire! Semplicemente stupendo.... Positano è un posto che almeno una volta nella vita va visto! Vederlo poi dal "Rifugio degli Dei" è veramente Unico! L'ospitalità e la gentilezza della famiglia Fusco, la vista mozzafiato, e le splendide colazioni preparate dalla sig.ra Anna, (la marmellata di fichi è unica come del resto le buonissime torte) ti fanno sentire veramente in famiglia! Grazie! Speriamo di tornare presto.
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