Get Medieval in La Romana, D.R.

Located on Casa de Campo's property, Altos de Chavon looks like it’s stuck in a time warp. Perfect for a toga party, it’s an exact replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village, replete with a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater. After some pathetic begging, I finally succeeded in getting the security guard to unlock the amphitheater’s gate. I mean, when else would I get to stand on the very stage where Santana once rocked Black Magic Woman and where Alicia Keys filmed part of her Karma video tapping on the ivories of a hot pink piano? I attempted to belt a tune myself – you’re lucky you weren’t there.

Commissioned by Italian cinematographer Roberto Coppa and built in 1978, Altos de Chavon’s narrow stone pathways are built to resemble an exact replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village.
Commissioned by Italian cinematographer Roberto Coppa and built in 1978, Altos de Chavon’s narrow stone pathways are built to resemble an exact replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village.
Small stone structures and overhanging flowers create an Old World feeling.This stone courtyard is located outside of a small church within Altos de Chavon.
Small stone structures and overhanging flowers create an Old World feeling.This stone courtyard is located outside of a small church within Altos de Chavon.

In addition to an art gallery, an archaeology museum, and an art school affiliated with Parsons School of Design in New York, Altos de Chavon also has several great restaurants.

Altos de Chavon overlooks the steep cliffs above the Chavon River, known for its snook.
Altos de Chavon overlooks the steep cliffs above the Chavon River, known for its snook.
One of Altos de Chavon’s best features is a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater where the likes of Sinatra, Santana and Alicia Keys have all rocked the stage.
One of Altos de Chavon’s best features is a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater where the likes of Sinatra, Santana and Alicia Keys have all rocked the stage.
This stone courtyard is located outside of a small church within Altos de Chavon.
This stone courtyard is located outside of a small church within Altos de Chavon.
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