Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 442: Vacanza Bella, La Cubia
2bed/2bath house on Capri, Campania
April 2002, 1 week
This house is located in the town of Anacapri, on the island of Capri. The back side of the house is located fairly close to other homes, but there is a real sense of privacy and quiet since there is a large front yard with a garden, beautiful rose bushes, and a view of the ocean (which would be better if the neighbors would cut down some trees).
Restaurants and stores are a couple of minutes walking distance away, since the house is on the edge of the heart of Anacapri. In fact, you can't rent a car on the island but instead take buses and cabs down to the town of Capri itself (though why you would want to, I don't know -- Anacapri is much nicer and less crowded).
The house is a delight -- totally tasteful and comfortable and indeed elegant. It's owned by a wealthy engineer from Naples (I think) who moved to Milan to be with kids and grandchildren, and the house reeks with quality and good taste. Not luxurious but extraordinarily comfortable.
There is one patio next to the rose bushes with a large dining table, and an adjacent connected patio with lounge chairs. There is no pool -- it is very difficult to find a pool in any rental on Capri.
The furniture is very comfortable -- 2 large sofas plus chairs in the living room, and a large table in the adjoining dining room. The house is clean, although one section of a wall near the downstairs bathroom had a bit of water damage which needed repairing.
The larger of the 2 bedrooms, with the view, has twin beds which can be pushed together, and the smaller bedroom (but still a good size) has a queen. All the beds are comfortable. There is one bathroom upstairs between the 2 bedrooms, and one bathroom downstairs -- both are quite nice and large. The house is great for couples.
The kitchen is a treat, perhaps the most completely equipped for cooking full meals of any we've ever rented -- even down to a food mill! There are idiosyncracies, at least to an American -- very few "real" wine glasses with stems, since Italians drink wine out of small glasses. The kitchen is large, with a table, in addition to the more formal table in the dining room.
Problems or Bonuses
No problems, only bonuses. The house is more expensive than we normally rent, even when split with another couple, but still reasonable for the location and worth every penny. Since we live in Hawaii, we don't usually go to coastal areas, but I can't wait to return here -- it's truly magic.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Daniel who runs the agency Vacanza Bella is a goldmine of information and opinions -- I think he's terrific because he wants people to experience a part of Italy other than Tuscany. The onsite person does not speak English, but I don't see how that could pose a problem -- if you REALLY needed something, you're a minute's walk to find someone who does speak English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
My recommendation has no qualification -- I look forward to returning, as do the friends who stayed here with us.
Things to do in this area
The island has Roman ruins (from the time of Tiberius), the lovely home of the Swedish doctor Alex Munthe, the funiculare to the top of the island for spectacular views, and great long walks. It's a 20-minute boat ride to Sorrento, where you can take the train to Pompeii or Ercolano, and about an hour by boat to Amalfi (and you're going against the crowds). The restaurants are terrific -- our favorite was the Lido del Faro.
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