House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Amanda is a splendid two-story historical villa rich in elegant eighteenth-century decorations. It sleeps six people. From Villa Amanda you will enjoy a spellbinding view of the sea, Praiano and the coast of Amalfi. Villa Amanda is 80 square meters (860 square feet). It features a private swimming pool, two nice private terraces with a view of the sea, air conditioning (please read description below to check in which rooms the units are installed), winter heating and WI-FI Internet access.
You will be approximately 400 meters (a quarter of a mile) from Praiano, where you will find restaurants and the shops. You will find the stop for the Flavio Gioia bus interno Praiano line at 250 meters (820 feet) and the closest beach at 2 km (roughly 1.25 miles). You will reach Villa Amanda from the street level going down approximately 85 stairway steps.
For a succesful stay at Villa Amanda we recommend having a car. You will be able to park it along the public roads (the actual distance might vary depending on the availability of parking spaces).
Villa Amanda is set into the high coast of Praiano, between the sky and the sea, in the front row of the spellbinding landscape of the coast of Amalfi. Looking up from the sea, you will see it halfway to the top of the cliff, among a cluster of white houses, each one surrounded by the green of its own garden of lemon trees, kissed by the sun and rocked by the sweet waves of the Mediterranean sea. When you are in front of its entrance gate, you will know that you have arrived to a special place, heartbreakingly beautiful, and out of the ordinary if compared to the usual holiday homes.
The entrance to the villa is a high gate overlooked by a porch decorated with stucco works and ornaments. On the vault of the porch you will find the stucco coat of arms of the family of the original owner, which bears three roses in the middle. By climbing approximately 15 steps you will find yourself on a large terrace. On one side you will see a dazzling blue seascape, and in front of you there will be the luminous façade of the villa, painted in yellow, which stretches out towards the sea, on which there is a seventeenth-century white stucco work that will catch your eye.
The door that leads into the living room is overlooked by a rich baroque decoration. In the middle of this decoration there is a portrait of Saint Luke painted on majolica tiles. According to the Catholic traditions, Saint Luke is the patron saint of the painters, and the cathedral of Praiano is dedicated to Saint Luke.
Praiano has been famous in past centuries for its fine artisan workshops of decorators and painters, whose works still decorate the countless beautiful churches and the ancient villas of the Amalfi Coast. Villa Amanda used to belong to one of the most famous painters of the Amalfi Coast. His name was Giovan Bernardo Lama, and he lived between the end of 1500 and the beginning of 1600. Some of his paintings are indeed kept in the Church of Saint Luke, in Praiano. Villa Amanda was part of his house, and thus he had lavished rich decorations, paintings and stuccoes in it.
The present owners have restored and reinstated the decorations of the vaulted ceilings, tiled the floors with a carpet of hand-painted majolica tiles that reproduce ancient patterns and brought back the house to its ancient splendour.
The villa is beautiful, and welcoming as well: the terrace at the entrance is connected to the living room, and on this terrace you will find a large table made of decorated majolica tiles that awaits you for your outdoor meals. Along a wall, in front of the sea, you will find a white long brickwork bench of seventeenth-century design, perfect to enjoy the sun. At night time you will be able to light the terrace to dine outdoor. Climbing a few steps from the terrace you will reach a small paved garden, where grapevines and lemon trees are grown. In the middle of the garden lies a small swimming pool. The swimming pool has a view of the sea as well.
Villa Amanda is situated in an area of Praiano where the authentic locals live. Nearby you will not find tourist crowds, nor tourist shops or clubs. You will be able to find the happy vacation life of the Amalfi Coast just a couple of miles away. Here the air is clear and transparent, there are no noises, the incredible, luminous colors of houses, yards, gardens make you cheerful: it is the magic of the "divina costiera", the divine coastline, that magic that makes you happy to be alive and to be right there, and that will make your holiday unforgettable. And when the evening starts falling, you will discover the sunset on the sea, when a golden light wraps everything and makes all the colors vivid, before it fades into the night. You will be able to enjoy gentle evenings under the stars, maybe dining outdoor.
The swimming pool is 3 meters (10 feet) large by 7 meters (23 feet) long, from 1.20 meter (4 feet) to 1.5 meters (5 feet) deep. The swimming pool area is equipped with a table, chairs and sun loungers. It is partly shaded by an awning. From the swimming pool you will enjoy a view of the sea and of the coast of Amalfi. The pool is open from the beginning of May until the end of October.
Bottom FloorTerrace 1
The first terrace is 50 square meters (540 square feet) large. It is equipped with a table and chairs. From the terrace you will enjoy a broad view of the sea and of the coastline.
The ceiling of the living room is vaulted and frescoed. The furnishings are classic. They include a divan that unfolds into a double bed. The dining table can accommodate six guests. In this room you will find a satellite television. From the living room you will be able to enter the first terrace with a view of the sea and of the coastline through a French door. The room is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
The kitchen is equipped with a four-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven and an Italian-style coffee-maker. Here you will also find a washing machine. The kitchen is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
You will be able to enter the first bedroom from the corridor. The ceiling is vaulted and frescoed. The furnishings are classic and welcoming. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). From the bedroom you will be able to enter a small terrace with a view of the sea and of the coastline through a French door. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
The first bathroom is tiled with lucid hand-made majolica tiles and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a Jacuzzi bathtub and a hairdryer. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the corridor.
Top FloorTerrace 2
The second terrace is 50 square meters (540 square feet) large. From the terrace you will enjoy a fascinating view of the sea, Praiano and the coast of Amalfi.
You will be able to enter the second bedroom from the corridor. The furnishings are warm and elegant. The room has a double bed (145 cm/57 inches). In this room you will find a television. From the bedroom you will be able to enter the second terrace with a view of the sea and of the coastline through a French door. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
The second bathroom is tiled with lucid hand-made majolica tiles and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the corridor.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||2 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Naples 68 km, Nearest railway: Piano di Sorreno 19 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The living room is a large room with a vaulted ceiling, splendidly decorated with stuccoes and views of the coast of Sorrento. In the living room you will find a table with chairs, a divan bed that can sleep two guests, a satellite television.
The kitchen is next to the living room. It is equipped in a practical and complete way, with four-burner cooker, oven, microwave oven, large refrigerator with freezer, dishwasher, washing machine.
A small corridor will take you from the living room to a bathroom and to a bedroom with a double bed. The bathroom is equipped with a Jacuzzi whirlpool bathtub, and it is decorated with luminous hand-painted majolica tiles as well. It's painted ceiling reproduces a flowered pergola.
The bedroom with the double bed is spacious, and it is also adorned by a rich decorated vaulted ceiling. From the bedroom you will be able to enter a small and lovely terrace covered by an arched porch. This is a jewel of decorations and stuccoes. It really is the right frame to exalt the 180-degree seascape that is in front of your eyes, from Cape Conca at your left, to the coast of Positano at your right.
You will be able to reach the top floor through a stairway that is placed next to the kitchen.
Here you will find a small and graceful bedroom decorated in white and blue, which overlooks a large square terrace, all painted in white. The room is small and romantic, and the double bed is small than usual, just 145 cm (57 inches) large. In front of this room there is the bathroom with shower.
If you look out from the bedroom, beyond the terrace, you will see only the blue of the sea and of the sky.
|Further details outdoors|
The villa is beautiful, and welcoming as well: the terrace at the entrance is connected to the living room, and on this terrace you will find a large table made of decorated majolica tiles that awaits you for your outdoor meals. Along a wall, in front of the sea, you will find a white long brickwork bench of seventeenth-century design, perfect to enjoy the sun. At night time you will be able to light the terrace to dine outdoor. A barbecue is available.
Climbing a few steps from the terrace you will reach a small paved garden, where grapevines and lemon trees are grown. In the middle of the garden lies a small swimming pool. The swimming pool has a view of the sea as well.
From the terrace you will be able to enter the living room. This terrace covers the rooms below, and on the floor you will see the relief of the topmost part of the vaults of each room. Standing on this terrace, your sight will be able to wander around for 360-degrees, from the sea, to the coast, to the peaks of the Lattari mountains.
English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
The Campania region
Campania region is the beginning of the 'mezzogiorno'. Translating as the 'midday' the phrase evokes the sun-baked south. And Campania - with its ancient Greek and Roman towns, rumbling volcanoes and glittering blue coastline, at times evokes Classical Greece as much as modern Italy. You could be a million miles from bureaucratic and businesslike Milan.
Throughout much of its history Campania has been at the centre of Western Civilisation's most significant entities. The area was colonised by Ancient Greeks and was within Magna Græcia, until the Roman Republic began to dominate. During the Roman era the area was highly respected as a place of culture by the emperors, where it balanced Greco-Roman culture. The area had many duchies and principalities during the Middle Ages, in the hands of the Byzantine Empire and some Lombards.
It was under the Normans that the smaller independent states were brought together as part of a sizeable European kingdom, known as the Kingdom of Sicily, before the mainland broke away to form the Kingdom of Naples. It was during this period that especially elements of Spanish, French and Aragonese culture touched Campania. Later the area became the central part of the Two Sicilies under the Bourbons, until the Italian unification of 1860 when it became part of the new state Italy.
The capital city of Campania is Naples. Campania is rich in culture, especially in regards to gastronomy, music, architecture, archeological and ancient sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum. The name of Campania itself is derived from Latin, as the Romans knew the region as Campania felix, which translates into English as "fortunate countryside". The rich natural sights of Campania make it highly important in the tourism industry, especially along the Amalfi Coast, Cilento Coast, Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri.
You will be able to park your car along the road in any available free parking space at approximately 250 meters (275 yards) from the house. You will find the closest grocery stores, cafes and restaurants at 400 meters (440 yards) from the house. The grocery stores will home-deliver upon request.
The closest beach is the charming beach of Marina di Praia, situated in a point where a small valley dug by the erosion meets, among the high rocks, a sea of the color of the emerald. In the summer time the beach is serviced by buses that leave from the centre of Praiano every 20 minutes.
Other nearby beaches are in Positano (7 km/4.5 miles) and in Amalfi (8 km/5 miles), and some smaller ones are scattered around the coast, and can be reached by small boats that sail from the larger beaches.
From Villa Amanda you will be able to take splendid hikes in front of a breathtaking landscape, if climbing steps gives you no troubles.
For example, not to be missed is the following hike: walk to the beach called "Praia" along a "scalinatella" that will take you from the village to the Saracen watch tower by the sea. Once you are by the tower, which is sheer above the sea, you will be able to stroll along a charming downhill alley closed to traffic, cut into the rock and sheer above the sea, which will take you to the beach in approximately 400 meters (440 yards). Many people enjoy descending this way to the sea in the morning, and get back up to the village by bus after their day at the beach.
On the beaches of the Amalfi Coast you will be able to rent beach umbrella, sun lounges, small boats, practice water sports and you will find cafes and typical restaurants where you will be able to eat excellent fish dishes.
If you would rather like to swim in a pool, in Praiano there is a nice public swimming pool with a view of the sea.
If you like hiking, in the area you will find walks that are famous for their extraordinary beauty, such as the "Sentiero degli Dei": Path of the Gods.
Praiano is placed halfway between Positano (7 km, 4.5 miles) and Amalfi (8 km, 5 miles). You will be able to board ferries to the isle of Capri, Sorrento, Naples, Salerno and the other tourist spots of the Amalfi and of the Sorrento Coast in Amalfi and in Positano.
From Praiano you will be able to easily reach Paestum and Pompeii by bus.
You will be able to park your car along the road at approximately 250 meters (275 yards) from the house.
Your stay at Villa Amanda will let you enjoy a vacation in a natural environment of splendid beauty, as well as quiet, elegant and relaxing. You will be able to grab the most authentic charm of the Amalfi Coast, just out of the frantic holiday life of the most crowded areas.
You will be able to visit the famous beaches of the Amalfi Coast and the characteristic fashion and artisans' shops, as well as attend the many cultural and artistic happenings that take place throughout the year.
Those who like go out at night will find that the Amalfi Coast has a lot to offer: from piano-bars to very exclusive night clubs.