Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 329: Summer in Italy, Villino dei Limoni
1bed/1bath apartment in Praiano on the Amalfi coast, Campania
End of June, 2002, 7 nights
Set almost at the top of the hill in the village Praiano on the Amalfi Coast, between Positano and Amalfi. Although surrounded by other homes it was quiet, private and peaceful. Had a wonderful view over the sea.
Set nearly at the top of the village so a long climb up from any amenities. Not for the faint-hearted or unfit. Must be mobile to get there as access is only on foot. You can drive or catch a bus part of the way but there are a lot of steps to climb to the actual front door.
You can walk down to a small supermarket, but remember you have to walk back with all your shopping. You can drive to this shop, and park at the top of the hill, but you have to walk down to the apartment from where the car can be parked. The nearest restaurant within walking distance is 10 mins downhill. Lovely walk back after a nice evening meal. Great wine. For snacks, coffee or just a drink, you did need to go down to the beach, which was a half-hour walk downhill, so up to an hour back up the hill, or into the village, which was 20 minutes down and about 40 or 50 minutes back.
Not an historical building, looked newly built. Appeared to be at least 5 other "Front Doors" to other apartments. Another two were permanent homes. Each other apartment seemed to accommodate anything up to 6 people in each, but unless you stood right at the edge of the balconies they did not really overlook us.
In high season I guess it could be busy with possible noise if you were out and everyone had music playing but in late June it was quiet, and we seemed to be the only people in residence all week. People were there at the weekend.
No pool, but at the top of the hill it would be impossible to put a pool in. A lovely seating area with flowers and plants which we enjoyed watering each evening. No comfortable sunbeds, only chairs. No shade, could have done with a cover for the pergola in the midday sun. Lovely to have a table and comfy chairs to eat out each evening. Lovely view over the sea and although you didn't see the sun set, on clear evenings you could see round the coast from the edge of the patio.
Adequate furniture, not room for anything else. Comfy large bed. Plenty of hanging and drawer space for clothes. Full cooker with gas and electric hobs, electric oven. Plenty of cleaning materials in bathroom and kitchen. Large kitchen table with comfy chairs. Loads of cupboard space. Large fridge which worked well.
Apartment was clean and fresh smelling. All doors, windows and shutters closed properly. Lots of outside lights to find your way around at night.
Large comfy bed, plenty of clean fresh bed linen. One shower room was fine for two people. A third person on the sofabed in the kitchen/diner would not have caused a problem. Bathroom clean, could have done with a shower head that had a proper fitting instead of having to hold it over your head.
Plenty of cutlery, pots, pans, crockery. Barely used the kitchen except for tea/coffee, toast. Could have done with better positioned plugs for the toaster, the lead didn't reach any plug unless you stood the toaster on the floor. Not so convenient!! A kettle would have been useful instead of having to boil water in a saucepan.
Problems or Bonuses
Lovely relaxing holiday. No chance of not sleeping after walking all the way up from the beach either on the road or using the steps through the narrow "through" ways. The village had a nice beach down below the main church. The other beach didn't get much late afternoon sun, so we travelled away from the village to laze in the sun, but it meant we saw a lot of the area. The village facilities, although spread out, were adequate with enough restaurants and bars to give variety. Very, very friendly place with a bus service up the hill if you needed it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The website was easy to use and booking was not a problem. The confirmation was emailed to us very quickly.
The gentleman at the apartment was very friendly and spoke enough English for us to get by. Believe he speaks better French than English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay again and would recommend to friends. But it should be made very clear that it can only be reached by foot. The nearest parking if you are driving still means a climb up and down steps to reach a car. Anyone who is not keen on walking would not enjoy this property. I would not recommend it to elderly people who cannot walk far; they would not get the benefit of the area where the apartment is. Would actually recommend using the local buses to get around and not to drive along this coast road. Let someone else take the strain of dealing with the narrow road. You can get to all of the attractions and most of the beaches by bus.
Things to do in this area
Praiano village had enough restaurants to give variety and the bars were friendly and served great local wine. If you are going to Positano, take your credit card. It is expensive compared to Amalfi and full of "designer" type shops, great if that is your thing. Amalfi was friendlier and cheaper.
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