Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4935: Owner, Villa La Tagliata
3bed/3bath house in Praiano, Campania
21 Oct 2010, 3 months
Villa La Tagliata is in Praiano, a town of 2000 people halfway between Positano and Amalfi. We chose Praiano because it had fewer tourists than other Amalfi Coast towns. The purpose of our trip was to experience small-town Italian life over an extended period (three months), so Praiano fit the bill perfectly. Within Praiano, Villa La Tagliata is on a pedestrian street in the lower part of the eastern half of town. We found this location almost ideal.
We were five-minute walks from major amenities in the eastern half of Praiano: grocery store, bus stops, ABM, beach -- restaurants, too, although most of these were closed during the winter months when we were there. We were a 20-minute walk from Piazza San Gennaro and the main shopping area in the western half of town. (We walked for all our errands; we did not have (or want) a car.)
The Villa La Tagliata was in very good shape. When any malfunctions occurred, the owner had them fixed immediately. The unit is an apartment, but with its own private entrance 12 steps down from the street. There were two other units below it and some beside it; I do not know the total number in the building. It is probably better to think of the Villa La Tagliata as an attached house rather than an apartment.
There was a private balcony of good size. We enjoyed a number of meals on it (even in January). The balcony is south facing, so it received all the sunshine. There is no swimming pool.
The furniture was in good shape and comfortable. It adequately served six guests. The supply of dishes and utensils in the kitchen was adequate for the number of people staying.
The beds were comfortable, although a bit firm. Probably the most comfortable bed was the one in the outbuilding. The shower in the main bathroom had a narrow opening; a person of wide girth might have difficulty getting into it. (We encountered this at a number of places in Italy. Fortunately we are skinny enough.) The Jacuzzi in the en suite bathroom can also be used for bathing.
We cooked almost all our meals at "home." We made full use of the kitchen for both cooking and baking (and laundry). We found the quality of local ingredients excellent at the fish, meat, and food stores, so we were cooking meals from scratch. The kitchen had all we needed for this.
Problems or Bonuses
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Yes, the information was accurate.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would gladly stay here again, and we would recommend it to friends. The only people we would not recommend it to are people who cannot walk up and down stairs; the town of Praiano is not suitable for such people.
Things to do in this area
Our major activity was hiking, i.e., exploring Amalfi Coast towns and trails on foot. Our other "activity" was taking in the local small-town lifestyle. We did a bit of shopping, but for major shopping (not counting food) we went to Sorrento.
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