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Review 5326: Summer in Italy, Villa Azzurra E

www.summerinitaly.com

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Review by wrichter from OH

2bed/1bath apartment in Sorrento, Campania


When

May 2012, 7 days

Location

Could not have asked for a better location. The apartment was in an older villa on a bluff overlooking the marina and the Bay of Naples, with Mt Vesuvius in the background. There is adequate parking, but we traveled by train.

To give one an idea of this location, we saw tourists taking pictures of the villa and its main veranda. We don't see that very often.

Nearby Amenities

The villa is within walking distance of the train and bus stations, restaurants, grocery, shopping, and the marina.

The House/Apartment

This is a building over 100 years old. It has been scrupulously kept up to date. The apartment was one of at least five on several levels. The apartment has a full kitchen, full bath, living room, and bedroom. There is a large veranda running the length of the apartment accessible from the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. We had breakfast daily on the veranda, and also several evening meals there.

Garden

No garden, but a private veranda for us. There is also a very large veranda with pool for public use. Plenty of chairs, plenty of space.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were all in good condition. The apartment was clean with plenty of towels and pillows. Plenty of chairs inside and outside.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedroom has French doors opening onto the veranda. The beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was fine for two, it would be very cozy for four, with one couple using the fold out bed in the living room.

Kitchen

The apartment has a full kitchen with an abundance of pots, pans, coffee makers, fridge, and an electric dishwasher. We cooked at least four meals for four with no problem.

Problems or Bonuses

Andrea, the manager, is eager and very helpful. He has a boat excursion to Capri that is not to be missed. It is a small boat for 10 and includes swimming in the Mediterranean in addition to the site seeing. This was one of our top highlights.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Summer in Italy was very helpful. Emails were clear and precise, no surprises. The pictures accurately reflect the apartment. Actually, no picture can truly do justice to this villa. It is pricey, but it was definitely worth it, for the location and the amenities.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would go there tomorrow if offered! We had a wonderful time and have indelible memories of Villa Azzurra E. No qualifications on this recommendation.

Things to do in this area

  • Bus trip to Positano, sit on the right side of the bus. Rivals the Ring of Kerry for precipitous views. Return by water taxi.
  • Train to Pompeii, where we met a guide for an all day excursion.
  • Train to Paestum, to see the Greek temples from 500 BC. The train is a little complicated as train lines need to be changed.
  • Boat excursion to Capri, described above. Take the funicular up to Capri town, or go to Anacapri by bus. I don't recommend the walk up the hill unless you are in training for some future athletic event.

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