Transforming the 45-Room Hotel Belsito into the Private Villa Ferraro Residence in Capri, Italy

It’s not very often that you see a large hotel converted into a private residence, but on the Island of Capri in Italy, that is exactly what one affluent owner did.

Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, Capri is an island that features a wealth of natural beauty and stunningly panoramic views from its spectacular coastlines and beaches. The beautiful Mediterranean weather attracts multitudes of tourists to its hotels and resorts while the prominent harbor is a magnet for luxury yachting enthusiasts.

So, with an island that has historically been known for its luxuriously carefree Mediterranean lifestyle, why not transform a hotel into a private luxury residence befitting its location and elevate its stature to that of one of the best discrete summer homes in the world?

That was the impetuses that lead the head of a wealthy international family from Brazil in South America to commission the transformation of the 45-room Hotel Belsito in Capri into a private luxury home, now known as the Villa Ferraro Residence.

Restorations were carefully done to re-establish the architectural importance of the structure, which historically included a red Pompeian exterior color and Capri style columns. , The warmth and charms of its Mediterranean character both inside and outside the building were meticulously re-established.

The transformation and restoration process that was started in 2010 was completed sometime in 2012. Italian interior designer, Febrizia Freszza brought her renowned Mediterranean design influences to the renovation process, by creating a contemporary Italian villa living experience that befits both the distinction of the space and its location.

Developed over two levels, this private villa’s ground level features two separate living rooms, a dining room, kitchen, and service apartment. The grand upper level features vaulted ceilings with several rooms that all include private bathrooms.

The rooftop deck was built for the purpose of providing a luxury resort experience with a swimming pool when it was a hotel, so naturally the swimming pool was retained atop this private residence, providing the owners with stunning visuals each morning and night with glorious sunrises and sunsets.

The ambitious restoration of this unique, one-of-a-kind property represents the true notion of luxury ownership that is beyond the boundaries of ordinary living.  It is the exemplification of a luxury lifestyle that characterizes an atmosphere of exclusivity where the enjoyment of the naturalistic aspects of one’s environment is as paramount as the character and historical significance of the structure. There’s nothing else quite like Villa Ferraro, so next time you’re traveling to Italy and have a chance to visit the Island of Capri, navigate to Via Matermania, 11 to get a glimpse of this former hotel meticulously restored and reinvented as an impeccable representation of a luxurious classic Italian Villa.


Marcus Anthony
Co-founder of The Pinnacle List
Co-founder & Brand Director

New Westminster, BC, Canada
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Marcus Anthony co-founded The Pinnacle List on April 23, 2011 with his father, Kris Cyganiak. Together, Marcus and Kris would later establish Solespire Media Inc. on March 27, 2017, which was followed by Solespire’s immediate day-of-launch acquisition of The Pinnacle List, as part of the new Solespire Media Brands portfolio.

Marcus currently serves The Pinnacle List as Brand Director. He is responsible for directing brand strategy, developing digital media infrastructure as a technical full-stack web developer, as well as managing sales and operations that lead the real estate marketing industry in innovation with The Pinnacle List’s globally recognized website, advertising platform, and full-service listing portal for local, national, and international luxury real estate.

In 2009, Marcus also co-founded BuyRIC, which services as a portal and directory for local real estate markets. In 2016, Marcus created TRAVOH, a popular travel brand, which produces content by capturing real-time experiences and curating social influencers. Both brands were also acquired by Solespire, where Marcus leads as President, alongside Kris as Vice President.