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Review 1719: Rentvillas, Casa Sorvillo
2bed/2bath apartment in, Vietri sul Mare, Campania
September 2005, one week
Our apartment in Vietri sul Mare was on a hillside overlooking the sea and town. Highway above and coast road below, however, noise from traffic was not a problem. Property was gated, therefore secure and private. Parking for 2 small cars within the gate.
It was a few minutes walk to town for a few small shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, banks. The bigger town of Salerno was a few minutes drive on the coast road.
Our apartment had a beautiful, large terrace overlooking the town and sea, with flowers and plantings. The large living room and both bedrooms had doors opening to the terrace. A large space between the living room and bedrooms/bathrooms with closets and drawers. Small but serviceable kitchen. I believe we were the only apartment; the caretaker lived next door in a bigger house.
A lovely large terrace, very private, not shared. We sat out frequently on the terrace. No pool.
Furnishings were in good shape and comfortable. The apartment was clean.
Beds were comfortable and bedrooms pleasant, particularly with doors opening to the terrace. Another couple's 6 year old son slept on a single bed that was set up in their bedroom. Bathrooms were perfectly fine.
The kitchen was small but serviceable. We did not try to cook any meals, though I think it was not well equipped in this regard, though our friends did prepare a pasta meal one night, so cooking was doable.
Problems or Bonuses
There is a train that passes through a tunnel behind the house periodically. This did not bother us at all. The photos on the web site did not do the property justice -- I expected it to be much more rustic than it actually turned out to be. The live tree trunk in the living room (the top goes through the ceiling) was fun! We liked being close to town to walk in for pastries and coffee without having the noise and hassle of in-town living. We were alerted that mosquitoes were prevalent, and they were -- bug spray is an essential, at least in September! Directions to the villa were excellent until the very last turn, but of course, we were tired!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was very responsive and helpful. We asked for some basic food supplies to be provided (milk, coffee, bread, cheese, salame, juice, fruit, local wine) for our late arrival, and this was done at a very reasonable cost. The caretaker did not speak English, but he was very helpful considering we did not arrive until nearly 10 PM. We paid about $1500 for the week (split between 2 couples) plus 65 Euro for final cleaning and 25 Euro for the aforementioned groceries.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I certainly would, and I would recommend to a friend. If you want to be right in town, this would not be the place to stay. It is a very short walk but you do have to walk down the equivalent of 3 fairly steep (short) blocks to get to town.
Things to do in this area
The "pottery workshop" which was a landmark for our turn onto our road is a building designed by Soleri (sp??), which none of our guidebooks mentioned. Vietri sul Mare is known for its majolica, and there are many shops selling it here, plus in other towns along the coast. You can drive from VsM on the Amalfi Coast drive, or go south a few kilometers to Salerno and take a day ferry to Positano or other coast towns. Paesturm, Pompei, Herculaneum and Naples are all within easy reach, though I don't recommend adding Naples to the list, unless you're prepared to drive in. We took the train from Salerno, and the travel time to/from just didn't seem worth the effort. I would recommend adding a few nights in Naples onto the trip if that was a necesary visit! Definitely do NOT miss going south for buffalo mozzarella! In Vietri sul Mare, we especially enjoyed Raffele's pizzeria; pasta, grilled fish, and of course pizza in a small, friendly, family run place.
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