This is a stunning property which is located on the hillside above Sorrento, facing the sea. The villa is 300 metres squared (3230 square feet It sleeps 14 people and sleeps up to 14 people. From the villa you will enjoy a wonderful view over Sorrento, the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It features a beautiful private, infinity swimming pool, large private terraces with sea views, a private garden, air conditioning and winter heating (please read description below to check which rooms have units installed).
When staying at this property, you will be roughly 6 km (3.7 miles) from Sorrento, where you will find restaurants, shops, public transportation, the beach and the tourist port. The nearest restaurant is 50 metres (165 feet) from the villa and SITA bus stop which goes to Sorrento, Massa Lubrense and Nerano is 500 metres (1640 feet) away. Villa Riccardo is accessible from the parking area, through a short private walkway which goes through the garden and includes approximately 30 steps.
To make the most of your stay at Villa Riccardo we recommend hiring a car. You will be able to park it on the premises, free of charge inside the entrance gate. The parking space is suitable for two medium sized cars.
The villa is surrounded by olive trees, lemon groves and lush gardens on the hill slopes overlooking the bay of Sorrento. When on its terraces, you will be facing a fascinating landscape of the sea, the picturesque coast and the town of Sorrento below. The blue of the sea and the sky with the Gulf of Naples are visible right before your eyes, not to mention the unmistakable cone-shaped outline of Mount Vesuvius.
This villa is surrounded by a garden on several levels overlooking the sea and the scenery. The garden, which is rich in beautiful flowers and trees, is fenced-in and really well maintained.
Once you have parked the car, climb down about 10 steps and you will find an area where there is a grass field and a terrace. Here there are little tables, chairs and children can even play ball games. A lemon pergola and several pots filled with red cranesbills welcome you to stay and relax...
Another small stone set of about 10 steps lead you to the next floor, where you will find an annex.
If you climb two or three steps down, you will find a spacious area equipped with a wood-fired oven to prepare pizzas, a barbecue and two big wooden tables with benches. This part of the garden has the shape of a long terrace where you can relax in the shade of a beautiful grapevine pergola or dine 'al fresco'. Right in front of you, framed by olive branches, are the sky and the sea.
The main terrace of the villa is a further 10 steps lower. The terrace faces the sun and the sea, and from every angle of the place you can admire the outstanding spectacle offered by the view of Sorrento and the Gulf of Naples.
The stunning, infinity swimming-pool is located at one end of this terrace. The swimming pool area is equipped with deck chairs, sun loungers and an external shower. From the swimming pool you will enjoy a gorgeous view over Sorrento, the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The pool is open from the beginning of April until the end of October. There is also a wonderful outdoor hot tub (for up to 4 people) on the terrace, by the pool area.
The garden is 400 square meters (4300 square feet) large. It is equipped with a table and chairs. Here you will be able to have fun with a ping pong table. From the garden you will enjoy a fascinating view of the sea.
The garden is 80 metres squared (862 squared feet) and is partly shaded by perfumed trees and pergolas and by a wood roof. The garden is equipped with wooden benches, as well as with tables and chairs. Here you will also find a brickwork barbecue and a wood-fired pizza oven. From the garden, you will enjoy an enchanting view over Sorrento, the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
The first terrace is 200 metres squared (2150 square feet) and is partly shaded by a retractable awning and by trees. The terrace is equipped with a wickerwork sofa and two armchairs, as well as with tables, chairs, a parasol and deck chairs. From the terrace, you will enjoy a breathtaking view over Sorrento, the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
The living room is paved with original hand-made majolica tiles. The furnishings are warm and welcoming, and include some antique pieces. The furnishings include sofas, two armchairs and a desk. The dining tables can accommodate up to 14 guests. In this room you will find a large satellite television and an indoor BBQ. From the living room, you can access the first terrace. The four French doors boast a wonderful view of the sea and the coastline. The room is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
The spacious kitchen is accessible from the living room. It is equipped with a five-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, an Italian-style coffee-maker, an American-style coffee-maker (bring your filters!), a toaster and other small appliances. There is a breakfast bar.
The first bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower. It is accessible from the kitchen.
The second terrace is 60 metres squared (645 square feet). It is partly shaded by characteristic olive trees and is equipped with a table and chairs. From the terrace, you will enjoy a charming view over Sorrento, the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
The third terrace is 80 metres squared (860 square feet) and is accessible from the first bedroom. Equipped with a table and chairs, you will enjoy an unobstructed view over Sorrento, the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
The first bedroom is accessible from the corridor and has a double bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). There is a French door which gives you access to the third terrace and wonderful sea views. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
The second bedroom is accessible from the corridor and has a double bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The room has a window with a sea view and is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
The third bedroom is also accessible from the corridor and has a double bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The room has a window with a view of the garden and is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
Accessible from the corridor, the fourth bedroom has a bunk bed (two single beds, one on top of the other). The bedroom is also equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
The second bathroom, which is accessible from the corridor, is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a hydro massage shower.
The third bathroom, also accessed via the corridor, is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a bathtub with fixed shower head.
Annex no. 1 is located next to the main villa and has two bedrooms (5 and 6). The fifth bedroom has a double bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed) and a twin bed (80 cm/32 inches). From the bedroom, you can enter the garden through a French door. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit. Here you will also find a mini refrigerator. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, tiled with lucid hand-made majolica tiles and is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower.
The sixth bedroom (also located in annex no.1) has a double bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The furnishings include a divan sofa bed for one guest. From the bedroom, you can enter the garden through a French door. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit. Here you will also find a mini refrigerator.
The fourth bathroom (located in annex no.1) 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 access the bathroom from the corridor.
In the laundry room you will find a washing machine at your disposal.
The annex n.2 is available on request and extra charges may apply. It is one large room, which is 25 metres squared. It has a double bed (160 cm/62 inches), an air conditioning/heating unit and a kitchenette. There is access the garden through the French door. The annex has an en-suite bathroom and is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sorrento 6 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Naples Capodichino 55 km, Nearest railway: Sorrento 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
Campania is an extraordinary mixture of art, culture and nature; a land where ancient and modern fuse together in a grandiose spectacle which has lasted for thousands of years.
CLIMATE: A typical Mediterranean climate; hot, dry and sunny in Summer and although cooler in the winter, it still has lots of bright and sunny days and several hours of sunshine a day.
POSITION: Campania is on the south west coast of Italy on the Mediterranean sea, about 2 hours south of Rome.
PLACES OF INTEREST: Naples is one of Italy's most vibrant Italian cities. “Bella Napoli”, where the pizza Margherita was born, is renowned for the character of its people who say “see Naples and then die”. Admire the impressive panorama and the former Royal family palace in Piazza Plebicito. You can wander through the famous 'spaccanapoli', with its church of Santa Chiara.
LOCAL SPECIALITIES: The region is famous for its hand-crafted inlaid wood furniture, music boxes and artefacts. Also hand-made leather shoes, jewellery and ceramics are very popular.
CUISINE: Italy is most famous for its pizza and it is impossible to visit Camapania without eating a pizza, after all pizza was invented and transformed in Naples! Pizza are cooked in bread ovens and are fed firewood to reach a high temperature which cooks the pizza quickly and perfectly, with the oven enhancing its flavour.
Seafood is served fresh in most restaurants or can be bought from the local markets and fish shops. Arguably some of the best wines come from Italian grapes. In Italy you can enjoy your favourite Italian wines for much less than you would pay elsewhere.
SORRENTO: Sorrento offers wonderful views of the entire bay of Naples and the Island of Capri. There are beautiful beaches, bars surrounding Piazza Tasso, great shops and a fragrant citrus purfume from near-by trees.Sorrento has narrow streets and quiet squares, like Piazza Tasso which is brimming with excellent restaurants, bars and cafés. There are many trendy shops from one-off boutiques to top names including Max Mara, Gucci and Armani. From Sorrento you can take coaches or hovercrafts to Amalfi, Positano, Ischia and Capri.
MASSA LUBRENSE: This village has many beautiful marinas including Puolo Marina celebrated by the Latin poet Stazio for its beauty, this bathing beach still has visible traces of its ancient past. Here, among the neat low cottages of the local fishermen, you can still see the columns of temples dedicated to Hercules and Neptune.
With its 42 kilometre stretch of gently sloping coastline and white pebbled-beaches, the Amalfi Coast is an 'earthly paradise' with breathtaking beauty.
AMALFI COAST: One of Italy's most spectacular coastlines begins after Sorrento, runs through Positano and continues until it reaches Amalfi. Looking along the tall cliffs and down into the sapphire sea, takes your breath away.
POSITANO: A vibrant village with narrow, colourful buildings which cascade like a waterfall down a vertiginous hill to the sea. Positano's town centre meanders down to the waterfront, where a profusion of cafes, bars and restaurants sell fresh seafood. The beach air is filled with the perfume of orange, almond blossom and jasmine.
AMALFI: Once the most important trading port in the southern Italy, Amalfi is in the ravine of the Mulini Valley, its churches, towers and arcaded houses rising above the small harbour. The town's Duomo dominates a long flight of steps and embraces a picturesque piazza stretching to its seafront. A wonderful contrast between fine beaches in front and tall cliffs behind.
CAPRI: Capri offers panormamic vistas at every turn, picturesque eateries with local seafood and blue grottos hidden under the limestone cliffs. A trip to Capri is ideal for a one-day excursion from Sorrento with the hydrofoil. Capri is, unquestionably, the holiday princess of the Italian islands: idyllic and rugged with its shimmering Blue Grotto and cliffs that descend down into the sea. Capri has trendy jewellery shops and designer boutiques.
POMPEII & VESUVIUS: Pompeii is one of the most important Roman archaeological sites in the world and Vesuvius is the only active volcano in Europe. Pompeii and Herculaneum are cities buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and re-discovered in the 18th century. It is possible to drive to 3,200 feet and then trek to its summit to enjoy the mesmerising views of the entire gulf of Naples.
MOUNT FAITO: Mount Faito offers one of the best views in Italy. You can admire the bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. Situated 1000 metres above sea level, its views are literally breath-taking! You can also take advantage of fully escorted tours around Monte Faito and taste local produce, ideal for walkers and mountain lovers.
SHOPPING: The Amalfi coast offers unique local, hand-crafted produce; varieties of limoncello (lemon liquer), coral jewellery and artifacts, inlaid wooden pictures and jewellery boxes, ceramics and real leather shoes. Don't miss browsing among the typical little shops that line the narrow village streets selling handmade items on which these beautiful surroundings are reproduced.
RESTAURANTS: You really are spoilt for choice! Wherever you go you can sample genuine local dishes and wines prepared according to tradition from fine wines, pasta and fish dishes to original Italian pizzas.You can enjoy a pizza and an Italian beer or glass of wine for less than £10 a head. Alternatively, you can experience the delicious, freshly caught seafood and more up market restaurants, which offer a range of pasta and seafood specialities.
BEACHES: The Amalfi coast offers sandy beaches, crystal-clear seawater, rocky coastlines and charming marinas. There are so many beaches to choose from! For enthusiasts of marine life, diving centres operate in all seasons, with snorkeling and scuba equipment.