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Review 1354: ItalyBy.com, Villa Fiorentino - Apartment Conchiglia
2bed/2bath apartment in Positano, Campania
March 23 - 27, 2005, 4 nights
Villa Fiorentino is located on the main road at the "top" of Positano. It consists of 6 apartments, all stacked on top of one another, although we had complete privacy even from our enormous terrace. Our apartment, Conchiglia, was located either at the top or very near the top of the Villa. There were 96 steps to our apartment from the main road, but the view from our living room, the master bedroom, and the terrace made every one of those steps worthwhile.
There was a small grocery store right across the street, and the store owners and their son and daughter were wonderful to us, finding everything for us that we asked for. The postbox was a few feet down the road on the same side as the grocery store. The stairs down into town and the beach were right next to the grocery store. I did not notice any restaurants nearby, but we had a car and drove everywhere. It would be a nice walk down into town where restaurants are abundant. There is a bus service that will take you back up the hill after you finish dinner.
The family that owns the villa also arranged (at no charge) for one restaurant to come and pick us up for dinner the first night. What a nice perk!!! Especially after a long flight and the drive from Rome.
I do not think that the building is historical, but I believe it was built sometime in the first half of the 20th century. It was in excellent shape. Our apartment was so peaceful and quiet that we did not even know that anyone else was near us at all. We were at the top of the villa, so we had absolutely no road noise whatsoever. There are a total of 6 apartments in this villa - it is not like a normal apartment building, but a series of semi-detached units all tied into a central, outside staircase.
Our terrace was fantastic and it was totally private and for our use only. The view of Positano and the water was magnificent. The terrace was huge and ran from our living room, across the front of our unit to the master bedroom. Both the living room and master bedroom had french doors opening onto the terrace. There was a dining table and 4 chairs and TONS of other chairs to sit or lay on. The view from the terrace was not to be believed. I could have sat there all day and night, if it weren't for so many wonderful places to visit. No pool, but we were there in late March - too cool to swim.
The furniture was in very good shape and was extremely comfortable. A couch and two nice lounge chairs in the living room. Plenty of comfortable sitting space for the four of us. The apartment was very clean. The only exception was the kitchen, which could have used a little improvement. It wasn't bad, just not as spotless as the rest of the apartment. There were three places to sit and eat. A table in the kitchen with chairs, a table in the dining area of the living room with chairs, and a table and chairs out on the terrace.
The beds were wonderfully comfortable. The bedrooms were very nice - spacious and with everything you needed. The master bedroom has french doors out to the terrace. We could lay in bed at night and look out over Positano and the water. There were two bathrooms that were just great. They were beautifully tiled and exceptionally clean. One bathroom had a stall shower and the other bathroom had a tub with shower.
The kitchen was very usable. As I previously stated, not quite as spotlessly chean as the rest of the apartment, but certainly nothing to complain about. Plenty of dishes and silverware. We only ate breakfast here, so we did not cook. We had coffee every morning as there was a very nice American coffee machine. We had toast and juice and cereal, so no major breakfast cooking either. Our daughter said there were plenty of pots and pans if we had wanted to cook.
Problems or Bonuses
The view was a tremendous surprise - a very good one. The size and layout of the apartment was a pleasant surprise also. The kindness of Domenico and his family was a nice surprise - they were so helpful and always available, although we did not bother them too much, I hope!! The number of steps up to the apartment and the steepness was a slight surprise; however, Domenico's brother had told us about the steps. If you have any physical problems, Positano and this apartment would not be for you. Domenico had a porter there when we arrived who brought our luggage up to the apartment, so we had no problem with that. And, the view from the apartment makes the steps worth it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was very good and Aristide Fiorentino was an excellent correspondant. He answered everyone of my annoying questions before we rented the apartment and continued to answer my emails afterward. His brother, Domenico, greeted us upon our arrival and spoke very good English. The reality of the place very accurately reflected the published information. We paid 800 euros for 4 nights the end of March (Easter weekend), although Aristide offered us the apartment for 1000 euros for the week. If we have had the time, we would have taken him up on it!!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would stay here again in a heartbeat, as long as my heart and knees can take the steps.
Things to do in this area
We spent one day driving east along the Amalfi Coast to Amalfi, Ravello, and Praiano. The next day, we drove to Sorrento and took the ferry to Capri. The third day, we drove north to Pompeii and visited the ruins. Each night we would return to Positano and walk down into the central city. A very central place to see the sights of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento pennisula.
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