Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1491: Classic Vacation Rental, Casa Toro
2bed/2bath apartment in Ravello, Campania
May 27 - May 31, 2005, 4 nights
The apartment was in a small apartment building in Ravello, about 10 minutes from the town square. It was close to other buildings, but we never felt crowded. We liked the area - it was near everything we wanted to do and see but not right in the center of town, so it was quiet. We looked across at some lovely hills with terraced vineyards and lights in the evenings.
We walked to the square, which had several places to sip coffee or have lunch. Small shops were all nearby, within 10 minutes. Restaurants of all price ranges were also nearby.
The building was fairly new and in good shape. It was peaceful and quiet, except for some construction on a hotel (which should be finished this July)just down the street. I believe there were 7 or 8 apartments in the building.
There was no outside sitting area at the apartment, but we didn't need one, as we were so close to the town square. The apartment has a sun room with lovely views, although not of the sea.
The furniture was comfortable and the apartment was clean. There was plenty of space, enough furniture. My only suggestion would be for a reading light in the living room - there was only an overhead light.
Beds were comfortable, bedrooms roomy and with closet space and drawers. There were two bathrooms, both large and with plenty of hot water.
The kitchen was fine - plenty of pots and pans and dishes. It wasn't fancy, but it was perfectly serviceable.
Problems or Bonuses
All surprises were good. The owner, Anna, is a delightful person with perfect English who is eager to be helpful. She showed us everything we needed, recommended places to go and restaurants, helped with many arrangements, and generally made our stay one of the nicest we have had anywhere.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We have been treated wonderfully throughout the trip preparations by the agency, ClassicVacationRental.com. All bookings and arrangements, tours, recommendations were professional; we had not a single glitch. Carina often travels to France and Italy and is personally familiar with the places she recommends. We felt very well taken care of for everything on this trip (except airline tickets, which one arranges onself) - car rentals, bookings, tour guides, advice and consultation as to visits and sites, whatever.
Casa Toro cost around 525 Euros for four nights - a very good price, we thought, for a pleasant apartment in a beautiful location, with a friendly and knowledgeable owner.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would absolutely stay here again and would recommend it to our friends. In fact, we already have. The only qualification is this: it isn't, and doesn't pretend to be, luxurious or glamorous. It's a pleasant apartment of the kind one might live in if you were lucky enough to live in Ravello. It has no pool and no view of the sea. So if potential tenants want luxury, they should stay at one of the four or five star hotels in town. This felt more "real" to us, and in fact the rest of the building is inhabited by residents of Ravello; and we have no complaints of any kind.
Things to do in this area
Ravello is on the Amalfi Coast, so one is surrounded by beauty. Nearby towns are fun to visit. We had a tour of Pompeii one day, followed by a drive up the coast to Amalfi, Positano, etc. The town itself has lovely old churches and villas, and walks with spectacular views. The town square is lively, and several restaurants offer delicious lunches and dinners. People are friendly; there are shops with ceramics; and at the same time, it's a working village - small and charming.
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