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Review 530: Italian View, Villa Amore

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Review by casey from Montreal

2bed/2bath house near Positano, Campania


When

October 2001, 1 week

Location

A self contained apartment/house built into the side of the hillside between Positano and Praino, above a winding, busy road. Above is the operative word here - it was a climb of 170 steps up from the road (a dumb waiter type of appliance however carries your luggage up) but the views from that height were so spectacular that it was well worth it. The house consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, lovely living room with fireplace, excellent modern, equipped kitchen and dining area. All furniture delicate antique style, well cared for. Comfortable beds. Modern bathroom fixtures. Sparkling clean and very bright. The piece de resistance was the terracotta terrace which ran the entire length of the apartment, pots of bougainvilla spilling over the iron balcony, a small heated pool (really an oversized bath) - each bedroom and the dining room had doors opening onto this terrace ...... the sunsets in the evening were breathtaking, looking out over the sea ahead and the little village of Positano to the right.

Nearby Amenities

About 1 km to Praiano (not much there) and 3 km to Positano with all kinds of restaurants and shops. 15 min walk along busy road to La Caverna del Leone - excellent restaurant, frequented by lots of Italian families.

The House/Apartment

Hard to describe - modern house on steep hillside, another house below it and owner's house above it but we had the feeling we were totally private.

Garden

See above - indescribably beautiful terrace, completely private, tiny "pool" sunk into terrace overlooking the sea. We couldn't wait every day to get home from our outing to sit on this terrace, glass of vino in hand, watching the sun set over the sea as the necklace of lights of Positano twinkled in the distance.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Everything comfortable, in excellent shape and squeaky clean; lots of chairs - totally comfortable and classy.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Modern bathrooms, very comfy beds and louvre shuttered doors leading to the terrace - in the morning, you could open the shutters and lie in bed looking out to the azure sea.

Kitchen

Easily a great kitchen for full meals - well equipped, nice dining area with dining room table and 6 chairs - however, we spent most of out time on the terrace.

Problems or Bonuses

It was my first experience renting through the Internet and I worried that nothing could live up to the website photos but in fact, the villa surpassed them. The owner, Signora Anna (with fluent English) was very helpful with info about shopping, schedules, buses, restaurants, etc. We found driving the Amalfi road intimidating, so took buses everywhere which added a wonderful dimension to our Italian experience. The noise of the vespas on the road below was annoying but could not detract from the sheer beauty. Also one had to be in fairly good shape to manage the 170 winding stone steps up each day.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Agency was fine. Onsite person was owner who was wonderful (see above). The reality match the info? More than yes!

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Without hesitation I would recommend this rental. We'ed go back in a heartbeat (after we've seen the rest of Italy that is).

Things to do in this area

There are so many towns to visit from this location - Amalfi, Ravello, Montepertuso, Positano, Isle of Capri, Sorrento - we would leave each morning, travel to our chosen town, spend the day there and return around 5 p.m. enjoy wine on the terrace, put our feet up, watch the sunset and then walk down the road for a delicious dinner ..... aah, heaven. We had spent the previous 10 days touring Sicily, constantly on the move generally covering the entire island so were looking forward to relaxing and this was the perfect way to do it. Un bellissimo viaggio.

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