Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 637: Summer in Italy, Villa dei Pini A
2 bed/sleeps 4, Campania
June 2003, 1 week
Firstly, I would like to commend "Summer in Italy" for their service. My slight concerns of dealing with an unknown (to us) company over the internet have been wiped away by the prompt and friendly service received. The website gave us a good idea of what to expect, the additional information provided to us by post was helpful and the directions and maps got us to our destination with no problems. I would have no hesitation in recommending the company.
We were met by the friendly and helpful owner and found the apartment to be clean and spacious and good value for money. It was within walking distance of the little seaside resort of Santa Maria (though be warned of the hill coming back) and a good position for touring the area. The only slight downside was some road noise from the main road some 50 metres or so below the property. Though hidden by the trees and not in view, it could be heard from the terrace - Italian drivers do tend to be rather noisy, hooting horns at any excuse. We did get used to it and it was not a problem once inside the apartment.
The Cilento area is lovely to explore, with good public beaches, nice resorts and villages and plenty of good places to eat. It's not spoiled or over touristy. We had good meals in Santa Maria, San Marco and in the lovely hill top Castellabate, with views of the sun setting over Capri in the distance. Allow twice as long as you might expect when driving anywhere, as the roads can be very winding and narrow in some places. Paestum is not to be missed and the Amalfi coast is possible, we drove as far as Ravello for a visit to the beautiful gardens at the villas there - but don't make our mistake of driving right through then centre of Salerno which was one big traffic jam and took us ages.
At some point we would like to explore the southern part of the Cilento and would certainly consider using "Summer in Italy" again.
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