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Review 514: Summer In Italy, Villa Trotta

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Review by Valerie from NM who is a SlowTrav Contributor

4bed/2bath house near Perdifumo, Campania


When

03/24/03 - 03/29/03, 5 nights

Location

Set in the Cilento Forest in the countryside, above the sea. It's a beautiful setting, very private without any houses directly around it, surrounded by olive trees and with a little slice of view of sea. It's molto tranquillo here without any noise except the birds in the morning. Located about 1 km. to the little town of Perdifumo.

Nearby Amenities

You could walk to Perdifumo, which is about 1 km., or drive into the village where there are 2 alimentaris, 2 bars, a pasticceria, a macelleria (meat market). Nearest restaurants are down toward Agropoli. There's a supermarket up the hillside at Mercato.

The House/Apartment

The house was a former olive mill, and the old millstones are set out on the patio as tables. Old, but nicely modernized with the modern conveniences (though no heating, there are 2 fireplaces). The kitchen is newly redone and nicely equipped.

Garden

Beautiful outside patios on the ground floor, one shaded by a pergola, as well as a balcony - all with beautiful views. The entire place is surrounded by olive trees. No pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The house is nicely furnished with ample furniture. The living room has a sofa and chairs, nice large dining room, the bedrooms all had dressers and double beds or two singles and the furnishings included some beautiful antique pieces.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Bedrooms are nicely decorated and good sized, some have doors that open onto a little balony, making them breezy and bright. Beds are standard firm beds we have found nearly everywhere in Italy and we actually thought the most comfortable of the beds were the two in the room done up as a children's room! All bedrooms had bedside tables and reading lamps.

There are two baths, one upstairs where the bedrooms are, one on the ground floor. Both have showers. The upstairs bath is spacious and bright, and is equipped with a washing machine and a balcony to hang the clothes on. Plenty of hot water up here. The downstairs bath is smaller, with a cubicle shower and a smaller water heater, but it replenishes rather quickly. It's an interior room without windows so it's darker than the upstairs one, but was okay and convenient enough.

Kitchen

Kitchen is great! Bright, good sized with a large table, new stove/oven, microwave, even a food processor. There is a nice fireplace in the kitchen, and plenty of counter space (brick counters). Pretty nicely equipped with pots and pans, serving dishes, plenty of glassware. There is also more formal dishware in the dining room cabinet. We enjoyed sitting in the kitchen, cooked a couple meals here, and it was spacious and equipped for full-meal cooking.

Problems or Bonuses

The main bonus for us was the absolute peace and quiet here. We loved it! The little town of Perdifumo is very quaint, and people were friendly. We enjoyed filling our water bottles at the town spring/well. Enjoyed walks among the olive trees and trips down to the coast, including to Paestum and Palinuro; and trips into rural Basilicata. The area is surrounded by the Cilento National Park.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We booked through Summer in Italy and dealt with Luca Trotta. His parents own the Villa Trotta and they are very nice people. Luca speaks English very well and was extremely helpful in assisting us in booking our rental. He was concerned for us about the cold nights (in March) and even brought portable heaters for us to use, and it all worked out well. Luca responded very quickly to all of our questions and it was very easy to book and pay online on their website. The house reflected what was shown on the website.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Absolutely! We would love to stay here again and would recommend it to someone who wants to see a piece of southern Italy in a rural setting. The road getting up to the Villa Trotta is switchbacks snaking up the hillside and it does take nearly a half-hour to get from Agropoli up there, so if you're wanting more nightlife or to be near a city, this is probably not for you. But if you seek peace and quiet, a beautiful large home in an area of rural Italy where life is still pretty traditional and beautiful, then definitely consider Villa Trotta.

Things to do in this area

It's in the Cilento National Park, so lots of outdoors things in the vicinity, places to hike, beautiful drives in the mountains. About 1/2 hour from the coast so you can enjoy the Med., close to Paestum which is amazingly. We stayed here to be near Basilicata in order to visit the towns my grandparents had come from so you could also visit Matera and the sassi there though it would be a full-day excursion.

But really this is a good place to relax, enjoy the peacefulness and listen to birds sing!

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