Rich and interesting is the history of this villa which was roman noble Marquis de Cinque family's manor, an history which blends with Ravello's and the Amalfi Coast's. The structure, while preserving the elegant forms of a lordly mansion, in the years has undergone noteworthy redecorations which have fashioned its actual splendour. In all of the premises, halls, staircases and public areas it is still possible to admire the antique marble floors and in the rooms and the bathrooms hand painted Vietrese School majolica tiles.
Villa Maria furniture is particularly researched and appropriate to the villa former lifestyle; liberty and art deco is present next to Murano glass chandeliers and every corner welcomes the visitor making him enjoy ancient enchantment. However the hotel is equipped with all modern technologies, the rooms have been renewed with all comforts, in the bathrooms it is possible to relax in the shower or in the whirlpool bath. The hotel is fully air-conditioned.
Many famous guest have stayed at Villa Maria. Some of them have left testimonials of their passage: a very meaningful note from Prince Giovanni di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, a letter by Benito Mussolini thanking for the hospitality, the sculptor Mastroianni enchanted by Villa Maria's beauty donated one of his works. Alberto Granado, Che Guevara right arm wrote "Admirado por la beleza del lugar y la calida hospitalidad de sus habitantes les dedico estas linea".
The Palumbo family, owners from four generations, since 1934 with great grandparents Vincenzo and Orsola, still personally manages the hotel with grandchildren Francesco and Giuseppe who, thanks to the experience acquired in hotels and restaurants abroad, devote themselves to the hotel with youthful spirit but with the same attention and commitment of their predecessors.