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Review 1895: Amalfi Coast Rental (Primula), Casa Giove

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Review by Debby B from New Zealand

studio apartment in Amalfi, Campania


View from Casa Jole balcony 17 September 2005, photo by Debby Butler

When

16 September to 20 November 2005, 10 weeks

Location

Casa Jole is located a five minute bus ride, or very pleasant 30 minute walk from the centre of Amalfi. It is located in a block of newish apartments and has two road accesses - one on the main road to Agerola, and the other on the main road between Sorrento and Amalfi and so there are plenty of buses to choose from. It is also possible to rent a carpark here.

The apartment is on the top of two floors, overlooking Santa Croce bay, where you can walk down 300 steps to the pebbly beach and have a fabulous meal at one of the restaurants on the beach. It has the most beautiful wide views of the sea and surrounding village of Vettica.

The area of Vettica is quiet and peaceful.

Nearby Amenities

About a 10 minute walk away is the Posaflora cafe where you can get bakery goodies, or a good coffee. Mario also runs a flower selling business from here.

To get groceries you need to go into Amalfi, or to one of the surrounding villages such as Pogerola, about 12 minute bus ride away. There are about three green grocers in Amalfi, and one supermarket which has a well stocked deli. Wine is available in these villages also.

About 5 minutes walk from Casa Jole are two of the best restaurants in the area, with food typical of the region: Pesce d 'Oro, and another one opposite. They will even drop you home after dinner if you wish!

Otherwise, Amalfi has fabulous restaurants, pizzarias, cafes, and trattoria, and even wine bars.

The House/Apartment

Casa Jole is located on the top of two floors with stair access (no lifts), and the building is new and very well maintained. The block is set among beautiful plants and olive trees. The surrounding areas are quiet and peaceful. The rest of the block has only two permanent residents, and the other apartments are holiday homes, being rented out occasionally. It was incredibly quiet during my whole ten weeks there, with little noise from any of the other residents.

Casa Jole is a beautiful studio apartment consisting of a main lounge area which has a sofa bed, and another rollout single bed if required. There is a separate kitchen, well stocked with all the kitchen necessities, and a separate very large bathroom by Italian standards, beautifully decorated in blue tiles with a toilet, bidet, shower over bath, and a washing machine. There is very good storage in this apartment. Best of all, there is a stunning small balcony with a table and two chairs, overlooking the beautiful Santa Croce bay. I spent many hours there, and ate every meal on the balcony.

Garden

There is no outside sitting area except for the balcony. While the grounds are impressive, they are communal walkways, and I guess you could easily set up a chair and table somewhere quiet under the trees. There is no pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was in perfect shape, with wonderful appliances, and well furnished in a modern way. There is a dining table which extends, with four chairs. Perfectly adequate for a couple to spend a lovely few weeks there. The apartment is kept clean and well maintained.

Kitchen

Casa Jole has a gas stove, a small electric oven, and coffee making pots. The pots and pans are quite thin but adequate for your needs. There are all the cutlery, crockery and cups/glasses you need, although if you prefer to drink wine out of wine glasses you may like to invest in your own from the Grande Mela supermarket in Amalfi for about 3 euro.

Problems or Bonuses

I had no problems or bad surprises staying here. Your biggest problem will be carting your luggage 70 steps up, or 150 steps down from the road. But that is easier going up than going down. The Italian regulations on power consumption put paid to doing the laundry at the same time as brewing a coffee on the electric stove top, so use the gas one instead. Otherwise, you will enjoy a stunning time at this apartment.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

How can I tell you how wonderful the agency of Tecnocasa are? Firstly, because I chose Amalfi to stay for 10 weeks, the staff were able to negotiate a very attractive weekly rental fee for me wih the owner. Secondly, they were the most helpful and wonderful people I have met on my 3 months in Italy. On the day I arrived, not only did the Principal (owner) of the agency also turn up with the representative, but he even carried my 40kg suitcase all the way down 150 steps to the apartment for me. Luisa Magnolia saw to my every need, including arranging for transport to the apartment all the way from Napoli.

Thirdly, the agency offered me use of their internet at any time, which I gladly made use of due to not having access from my apartment. During this time I came to know them very well, and Domenico, Luisa, Romano,and Federico have all become very good friends.

On the day I arrived, I noticed the showerhead was broken. I phoned Luisa and she had the owner fix it immediately. All done with a smile and cheerfulness. I wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend Tecnocasa to you, as the team there speak English very well, and are keen to make your stay on the Amalfi Coast the best you will ever have.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

ABSOLUTLEY! Unreservedly. They respond to your emails quickly and are helpful and full of good advice.

Things to do in this area

Heaps and heaps. Must go to Pesce d 'Oro for dinner, to Santa Croce for long lazy lunches in the sun, to Sorrento, Positano and Praiano for a day each, to Amalfi for long lunches (L'abside is a great cafe in the old piazza), to the Amalfi Cathedral, museum and crypt, to the Smereldo Grotto, to Ravello for a day, to the islands of Capri and Ischia, the list is absolutely endless. There are many beaches along this coast to enjoy, and tons of trattoria, pizzaria, and cafe's. Go wild, have fun!

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