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Review 4201: Summer in Italy, Casa Clementina

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Review by JCFiala from IA

1bed/1bath apartment in Positano, Campania


Wonderful dinner at Casa Clementina, photo by

When

April 25th - May 2nd 2009, 7 days

Location

Situated near the top of Positano everything is below the apartment affording a gorgeous view. However that meant a 10 minute walk to many of the shops (walking down was no problem, it was the walk up that gave us a workout). The traffic noise was a bit loud, shutting the windows dulled that considerably however left the apartment a bit warm.

Nearby Amenities

There is a nice vegetable store right under the apartment and a nice grocery store across the road (100 feet). The groceries were a bit expensive compared with Naples and Rome.

The House/Apartment

The apartment was in great shape although the proximity to the road left it not quite as peaceful as the pictures would lead you to believe. Still, it was an enjoyable apartment. Coming from the main road walking up two flights of concrete stairs carved into the rock face, with the owner's apartment on the first flight and the rental apartment on the second flight of stairs and an unknown number of buildings further up the stairs.

Entering the apartment you are greeted with an entry way with a small book case. Exiting the entryway you have a large dining/living room with TV, foldout sofa, and dining table. Four doors lead to the patio, bedroom, kitchen, and entryway. The patio is beautiful overlooking all of Positano, with a door to the bedroom and Dining room. The kitchen is small but decently laid out for a single cook. The bedroom has a nice bed and a door leading to the bathroom, patio, and living/dining room. The bathroom has plenty of hot water for a nice shower.

Garden

There was a beautiful patio area overlooking all of Positano. We had dinner there often basking in the beautiful glow of Positano. It also has a plug out there that we used to plug in our laptop when on the patio.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were perfect and the apartment was very clean.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedroom and bathroom were both more then adequate.

Kitchen

The kitchen was usable, and in fact I cooked four of our dinners there. It was a bit of a challenge as the kitchen is lacking a good kitchen knife for cutting vegetables and meat. I had to use a serrated steak knife to do all the kitchen prep.

Problems or Bonuses

The grocery stores and restaurants were a bit pricier then I had budgeted. Rome and Cinque Terra were much cheaper in both regards. We averaged 120 a day on food for two, and this included four ham sandwich lunches and four home cooked dinners at the apartment. While the food at the restaurants we tried in Positano was adequate, it seemed vastly overpriced with the exception of La Tagliatas, which seemed a very good bargain and the best food of our entire trip.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency was great to work with providing the perfect amount of information and reminders. The owner was a perfect host, speaking English and was kind enough to reserve a table for us at La Tagliata's Trattoria. The price was very reasonable at 680 per week in late April. The apartment was accurately represented on the website.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here but would come later in the year next time, the water was too cold to swim.

Things to do in this area

I would highly recommend visiting La Tagliata's. It was the best meal in our three week tour of Europe. Ask the owner to call and setup a reservation, she is very helpful. We also got a lot of use from the hiking book "Sunflower Landscapes of Sorrento Amalfi Capri," which gave us great maps and advice for hiking all over the peninsula. Even though I am afraid of heights we still managed a number of the climbs and were afforded gorgeous views.

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