Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5000: Summer in Italy, Casa Matilde
2bed/2bath apartment in Praiano, Campania
May 7, 2011, 2 weeks
This beautiful villa is located in the heart of Praiano along the Amalfi Coast. A small village, Praiano is placed halfway between Positano and Amalfi. The views are absolutely breathtaking. You can look out over the beautiful blue Tyrrhenian Sea from every window. I just loved getting up early in the morning to watch the sun rise, look out over the sea from the beautiful terrace, watching the ships, and yachts, and fishing boats, and the village come alive with a hot cup of coffee.
The bus stop is a very short walk and you can be in Amalfi or Positano in 10-15 minutes depending on the time of day and local traffic. The buses are very simple and inexpensive. Great way to travel back and forth without the worry of parking.
There are restaurants and shopping within walking distance. The market is less than a five minute walk from the villa. You can find fresh vegetables and fruits, wine, cold cuts and meats. The main market is owner by a wonderful family that over my trips I have gotten to know. If they don't have what you need, they will get it. I needed basil for Caprese Salad, they were out. The son ran out of the store, came back with some fresh, dirt still on the roots, all of the basics. You can also have a delivery right to the villa.
The villa is spectacular. It is decorated very nicely. It was also very clean and well maintained with sea blue tile floors and wonderful tiled bathrooms. A terrace and two balconies. One off each bedroom. Terrace off the living room. You can see the Tyrrhenian Sea from every window, and Positano. From the terrace you see the same, plus the mountains that are at your finger tips. On the terrace you will find a table and wickerwork armchairs. Twin beds in one room, king in the other. Shower in one bath, tub in the other.
To reach the house you will have to walk along a short uphill pathway, which includes 66 steps. But even with bad knees I did not mind that after the first few days. It was good for me. I just went up and down a little slower than the others.
You can view the property directly: Casa Matilde.
Out side the kitchen window was the owners garden, she gave us lemons. However, there was not a garden for our place, but the terrace was all that we needed, with the other two balconies.
The furniture is lovely. Very clean and comfortable. Large dinning room table and chairs, easily seats six. Also there is a table for four in the kitchen. Plus you have the table and chairs on the terrace. The living room has a beautiful long sofa and chair. There is a satellite TV if you choose to catch a little news or show on BBC. They had this place was spotless when we arrived. We had everything and more.
Beds were very comfortable. Fresh, clean linens. There is plenty of room for all of your belongings. I could have stayed for a month and had more than enough room. So many closets, and armoires and chests. The bathrooms again were very nice and clean. Beautiful tile work and decorations. The water pressure was also very good.
On covered balcony from second bedroom there is a washing machine.
Plenty of pots and pans and dishes for entertaining. Very good quality. It was fun to cook in a real Italian kitchen, sipping wine, looking out over the sea. The kitchen is spacious, and there you will find a table with chairs. It is equipped with a four-burner cooker, oven, refrigerator with freezer. We cooked several meals, even chicken and home made noodles, mashed potatoes. You have everything you need.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Vicki and Lucca at Summer in Italy, usually help me. I always use them and have never been disappointed. They give you what you see in the pictures. The service is wonderful. I can not say enough about them. I will always us them and recommend them to anyone. They are very trustworthy. You will get exactly what you see in the pictures. They are more than helpful.
The family that owns the apartment are great. They have two young men (sons) that were a big help several times. Fresh linens were brought at the end of our first week. Beds were changed. Any questions we had were answered when we arrived, and they were very, very helpful.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We Loved it, and the owners. We are already planning a whole month stay here in 2013. I go every two years. We had everything we could have wanted. The blue tile floor I want to put on my outdoor room.
Things to do in this area
There are several places to eat in town. But our favorite and has been mine for years is Chez Black, on the Positano beach. I love the veal Marsala, and desserts. The wine is fabulous and the service is wonderful, the view is breath taking also. The sea food platter is to die for. It is family owned and ran. We also ate at other places up in the hills along the coast.
We jumped on the bus everyday. We even took the bus to Sorrento, then train to Naples. Not to crazy about Naples. Not worth the trip. But it was fun. Naples does have awesome pizzas but I would not go back. Very dirty. Too big of a city. But we went to all of the villages on the coast, several times. Amalfi has an outdoor market on Wednesday morning.
I must make one thing very clear. The Amalfi Coast from Positano to Salerno is old world. Once you leave Salerno, there are villages with so much to see and so many locals. It is breath taking. Not big cities. You will step back in time. That is the beauty of the Coast. That is what I love. PS. Do not drive. Trust the bus drivers. You can get to anything on a bus.
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