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Review 2150: Summer in Italy, Villa Trotta

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Review by Marian from NJ

4bed/2bath house near Perdifumo, Campania


Villa Trotta from side, showing arbor and smaller patio, photo by Marian

When

May 2006, One week

Location

The Villa Trotta is about a mile outside the tiny village of Perdifumo. The location is supberb, very private and extraordinarily scenic. You can sit on one of the terraces and see all the way to Capri (over 75 miles) in one direction, down mountains and olive groves in another, all beautiful. We could see no other individual houses from the Villa Trotta.

Nearby Amenities

You could walk to a place for coffee, about a mile or so to the town of Perdifumo. The nearest grocery stores were also in the town. The town of Perdifumo has a very decent grocery store, a couple of bars and a good pasticceria, but no restaurant, only a pizzeria that (at least in May) was closed except for weekend nights. We typically ate a wonderful lunch out, and then stayed in for dinner, either grazing on the goodies we accumulated, or actually cooking in the well-equipped kitchen.

This is a place to stay and enjoy the scenery, and to use as a base for exploring the many attractions of the Cilento area (and, further away, the Amalfi Coast if one wishes).

The House/Apartment

The building is historical and is in excellent shape. Very peaceful and quiet. No other nearby buildings. This is the summer home of the owner's family, who all live in or near Salerno, I believe. It is set apart on its own acreage, with flowers, herbs, trees, surrounding.

Garden

There are several well maintained outdoor sitting areas, including a private terrace for one of the bedrooms. There is no pool right now, but the owners are in the process of building one down the hill from the villa.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture was comfortable and in very good shape. There was enough furniture for us plus a dozen guests, had we wanted to entertain. As an example, let's count tables big enough for six or more people to eat at: There was a big table in the center of the kitchen, another big table next to the kitchen at one end of the living room, a table on the terrace out back, a table in the arbor area off the kitchen, and of course an enormous table in the dining room.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedrooms were well furnished with armadios, dressers, night tables, lights and, or course, very comfortable beds. The bed coverings in each room were different and attractive (I think that Gioconda did the wonderful decorating.) There were two full bathrooms, which was enough for us four. Probably would have been enough for the full complement of 10, but that's just a guess.

Kitchen

The kitchen was huge, well equipped with pots, pans, dishes and utensils. We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen, but only made one full meal as we were lazy and liked to graze on cheese, tomatoes, bread, dolci and wine at night. There were plenty of knives, cutting boards, pots, etc, and a dishwasher.

Problems or Bonuses

This villa is magnificent. What surprised me was the excellent condition of the house. The terra cotta floors, the wooden fences, all are in excellent condition. It's as if someone comes in and checks the grout every month!

The beauty of the area was another plus. I knew it was beautiful, but to see such scenery was truly amazing.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

This villa was a prize, and I was treated wonderfully by everyone I had contact with. The owners, Gioconda and Franco, met us (actually, we got lost and Gioconda sent Franco to meet us just outside of Perdifumo). They were extraordinarily gracious as they showed us around their glorious property, offering suggestions as to what we might do.

I think Gioconda speaks a little English; Franco speaks none. But the main contacts before arrival are their son Luca, who speaks excellent English, and Andrea, who also has excellent English. As I speak enough Italian to get around, I did not request to be met by someone who speaks English, but I imagine this would be possible.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would stay here again, and would recommend to my best friend that they stay here. Obviously, this is not for someone who likes only urban areas. If someone only wanted to be within a mile of a big supermarket, or didn't want to drive on narrow hilly roads, or needed to be where English is spoken in all the shops, or within a fifteen-minute drive of major tourist spots, or close to an internet point, this is not the place for them.

But for anyone else (and I am a city person myself) this is a gorgeous vacation haven, with opportunity for visiting various other beautiful sites.

Things to do in this area

Among the interesting things to do in this area are:

  • sightseeing along the coast: Santa Maria di Castellabate, Acciaroli, Palinuro, to name a few, are all charming towns with beautiful beaches, all within an hours drive.
  • Paestum is an archaeological treasure that is the area's most famous "worth a trip" location.
  • The De Conciliis winery in nearby Prignano di Cilento, and the Tenuta Vanullo where they raise water buffalo and make mozzarella di bufala, are both worth a visit.
  • If you are there in late April or early May, you can have the pleasure of watching the sun set over distant Capri.

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