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Review 1450: Italian View, Villa Rosy, Apartment Angela
3bed/3bath apartment in villa near Massa Lubrense, Campania
May 14 - May 21, 2005, 1 week
This villa is located between Sorrento and Massa Lubrense. Something like 5 km out of Sorrento, and maybe 2km from Massa Lubrense. It is off of the main road between Sorrento and Massa Lubrense, at the end of a narrow winding road with many residential villas right next to each other. There is a security gate for the last group of villas.
You definitely need a car for this one. It is just too steep and too far away for anything to be walking distance. Massa Lubrense is quite close, smaller, and less difficult to get around in a car than Sorrento, so we hit the smaller grocery store there a couple of times. There is a supermarket in Sorrento, but we could find everything we needed in the different little shops in town. There is a nice restaurant right before you get to the Villa on the road out of Sorrento. I'm sure it had a name, but it just says RESTAURANT on the outside. It overlooks the sea, and has windows everywhere, so you can look out and watch the sunset.
The Angela apartment is the lower of 2. The Rosy was above us, and was not occupied while we were there. In fact, the neighboring villa visible from our terrace didn't seem to be occupied either, so it was peaceful and quiet, and we could be as loud as we wanted. I couldn't be sure of the age of the Villa, but it seemed in good shape.
Since the villa is on a cliff, we had the most beautiful view of Capri from our spacious, private terrace. Every now and then we could see Ischia when the fog lifted. On our first night, there was a fireworks display on Capri that we could easily see. There is a huge grapevine that crawls up the side of the building to the terrace of the Rosy apartment above, at least one lemon tree down on the lower shared pool level, and many interesting trees and plants everywhere.
The furniture is in good shape, and the apartment was clean. It has 3 double beds and a pullout single bed, so it sleeps 7, but there were only 4 of us, so it more than met our seating and sleeping needs. When at the villa, we spent most of our time on the terrace where there is more than enough seating for a full house, and a decent sized table. I don't think we even used the living area. The kitchen has a nice sized table with enough seating as well.
The bedrooms are large and nice, but the beds were hard as rocks. They all have a window that opens to the outside. 3 baths was plenty for us. There are 2 with showers only, and one with a tub/shower combo. One of the showers is so tiny that the average sized person would have trouble getting their arms up to wash their hair. The pipes really groan when you flush, which of course led to lots of jokes.
The kitchen was quite usable. It has a combo electric and gas oven/range. There is not a lot of counter space for cooking, but more than enough pots and pans and dishes of decent quality. I would advise the average American to bring some plastic ice trays. There was only 1 in the freezer, and it was tiny and on its last legs. The water out of the tap is fine, but we still bought bottled water.
Problems or Bonuses
I would say the only concerning thing was that there was white mold present on many of the walls. It almost looked like shaving cream that had been there a while. One bedroom had it on the wall, the living room had it on the ceiling, and the stairs down to the kitchen had it on the walls. I think it may have been caused by a water leak somewhere. Much of the house had a musty smell, especially the kitchen cabinets.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The local people that worked for the agency were very nice, but it was hard to pin them down, and they aren't one bit hung up on time. They did speak English. They left phone numbers that we couldn't get through on, and had to get locals at the car rental place to call them. The car rental guy actually knew the key guy, and called him on another number. But, he did show up at the car rental place to meet us. I guess you just have to know somebody there. The villa was close enough to the presented description. We were there in May right before the high season started, so I think the price was 1890 euro for that week.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I definitely would stay here again. I liked being outside of, but close to, Sorrento and having a private terrace, and a fully working kitchen. A couple of the ladies said they wished we had stayed at a hotel in Sorrento proper, mainly for car related reasons, but admitted that the terrace and the view made it worth it. If you are afraid of driving in Italy, then I wouldn't stay here, or in any villa for that matter.
Things to do in this area
Sorrento is a good base for day trips out to Pompeii, Positano, Capri, Amalfi, etc. You can get to many places on the train or bus. Just go to the Circumvesuviana. Both the train and buses run out of there. In Pompeii we hired an archaeologist to take us on a tour. His last name is either Faricchio, or Favicchio, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to go to Capri, just go down the steps from the Piazza Tasso to the porto and take the Hydrofoil over. It's fast. As for Sorrento itself, we loved 'O Cononico on Piazza Tasso for a nice slow dinner. At the Mary shop, we bought several leather bags that were made in Sorrento. DMG, at Corso Italia 200, sells the typical handpainted ceramics, but will ship them home for you at a reasonable cost.
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