Villa Belvedere - Amalfi Coast
Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
At dusk, as the sun sets behind Capri, the entire coast is awash in the twinkling lights of villages, boats and islands to match the stars above. Villa Belvedere is just there! The sensation of being suspended within the center of the universe is overwhelming. Villa Belvedere, accessed from a private gated entrance with parking for two cars, offers an expansive sea view terrace separated from the adjacent homes by a high railing. Inside, it is bright, airy, modernly furnished and adorned with tiles reclaimed from a monastery in Salerno. 2 bedrooms are air-conditioned. The villa is made up of 3 separate areas reached from outside. Both the ground and the cottage require few steps.Villa Belvedere is so-called for its panoramic position, lying on the side of the Annunziata promontory that looks towards the gulf of Naples, and from its large terraces you can enjoy a magnificent panorama and some wonderful sunsets. The peace and quiet and the wonderful panorama make this villa an ideal place for your holidays, and lies a reasonable distance from all of the most interesting cultural and scenic sights. You can go on foot to the restaurant in the little piazza of Annunziata and to a small food shop supplying the more essential foodstuffs and special Limoncello, Sfogliatella and Delizia Al Limone (Lemon special cake).Notes on accommodation
Cot available for babies under 2 years free of charge. Heating in all rooms. Two rooms are air-conditioned. Domestic pets are NOT allowed.
The villa is made up of 3 separate areas reached from outside. Both the ground and the cottage require few steps. The lower level is accessible by 10 steps. It is not adapted for wheelchair users.
Completely re-furnished garden and terrace area, flowered terrace, two stone barbecues, sunbeds and extraordinary panoramic roof terrace. Patio with table sitting for 10 people.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||MassaLubrense, Nerano, Positano, Sorrento Wonderfu 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Napoli Capodichino International Airport 45 km, Nearest railway: Sorrento Train Station 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Campania region
Just across the Bay from Naples lies the Sorrentine Peninsula, perhaps the most beautiful stretch of coastline anywhere in the world. With its beautiful location on the north coast of the peninsula, the small community of Sorrento is perfectly situated looking out over the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Isle of Capri. It is hard to imagine a more perfect setting than this. It isn't possible to not fall in love with the panorama of Sorrento.
The irregular and indented coastline seems to protect the little coloured houses and the characteristic streets of the internal areas. Sorrento coast will welcome you in its territory: a real Eden. The scent of lemons, the fragrances of flowers and fruits and the group of towns that star this coast are the real richness of this part of Campania.
The best painters tried to reproduce the colour of this beautiful place, and sure it is going to charm you too, the summer and winter. Its beauty is so evident that every year Sorrento and its surroundings are assaulted by numerous tourists.
But to avoid the chaos it is enough to visit the most beautiful places of the Sorrento Coast: Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Vico Equense, Sant'Agata sui due Golfi in the right period.
An old legend tells that Massa Lubrense was the town where the mermaids that charmed Ulysses with their sweet singing lived, that's why its first name was Sirenusion. Massa Lubrense has a geographical situation that influenced its development in the history: the proximity of the sea on one side helped the development of the town from the other side made this town exposed to the incursions of the enemies. That's why Massa Lubrense has on its coast a series of sighting towers that are still there and has a very particular charm. When the streets, the bar and the houses of Massa Lubrense become red coloured at the sunset give a look to the sea, maybe you'll see a beautiful girl vanishing into the water, because in this city real and fantasy are often mixed together.
Special interest holidays
With it beautiful clock tower the Cathedral of Sorrento is easily recognizable and is centrally located on the Corso Italia, the main thoroughfare, in the heart of Sorrento. The interior of the Duomo, as it is known, is in sharp contrast to the simple exterior of the church and treats visitors to some wonderful frescoes and a dramatic altar with a crucifixion above it. We were lucky enough to attend a mass in this beautiful cathedral and it is certainly worth a visit.
The old section of Sorrento is a wonderful place to get lost in its narrow streets and alleyways. Here you'll discover colorful shops and quaint trattorias and the true essence of Sorrento. Spend a few hours wandering this section of town and you'll know why Sorrento is such a popular destination. The old town centre is home to numerous historical buildings including the Basilica of Sant'Antonino and the complex of San Francesco, which includes the church, cloister, and a convent.
Looking for a spot to just chill and relax for a bit? Grab a table at one of the café's here on the Piazza Tasso and watch the coming and goings of Sorrento. Piazza Tasso is undoubtedly the hub of activity in Sorrento and a great location to find a table and get off your feet for a spell. The piazza is surrounded by shops, cafes, fruit stands and horse drawn carriages waiting to take visitors on a leisurely tour of Sorrento. It all makes for a non-stop symphony of colorful activity.
If you are too tired , you can go on foot to the restaurant in the little piazza of Annunziata just next to Villa Belvedere and to a small food shop supplying the more essential foodstuffs and special Limoncello, Sfogliatella and Delizia al Limone (Lemon special cake).
Hop on the circumvesuvian train and in a quick 30 minutes or so you'll be on the doorstep to Pompeii or Herculaneum. Spending some time at either of these archaeological sites is a must for any trip to the Sorrento area. The famous ancient city of Pompeii is constantly unearthing new finds and it is fascinating to walk among the ruins of what was once a thriving community. Great views of Mount Vesuvius make one realize just how close to the mountain this community was and why there was no escaping its fury.
One of the highlights of our trip to the Sorrentine Peninsula was a day trip out to the Isle of Capri. Catch the ferry from Marina Grande and in no time you'll be cruising into the port of Capri. For something a little different book a private boat tour of the island. We did this right upon arriving in Capri and got to see all the grotto's that most visitors will miss out on. I know everyone wants to see the famous Blue Grotto but it's expensive and very time consuming. Instead we opted for a private boat tour of the island and got to go into all of the other grotto's and even swim into some of them. This was definitely a highlight and an unforgettable experience. If you plan your day out in advance you can take a boat tour in the morning and then spend the afternoon strolling through the communities of Anacapri and Capri. Or take the chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro for a stunning 360 degree view of the island.
If there is one thing that you must do when visiting Sorrento it's head to the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento makes for a great base from which to do this and the SITA buses run throughout the day from Sorrento to Amalfi. For a different approach hop on the ferry and get a unique look at Positano as you approach from the sea. The communities of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are all beautiful and worthy of a visit. If time permits visiting only one then by all means make it Positano. This stunning seaside community is built into the side of the mountain and offers a dramatic landscape. The main attraction, however, is the famous Amalfi drive which offers up some of the most amazing coastal scenery in the world. If you're feeling adventurous then rent a car for a day and take a drive on this twisting, cliff hugging drive.
Hop-on hop-off bus tours are becoming quite popular across Italy and for good reason. They offer a great opportunity to see the city at your own pace. As advertized, you can hop off at anytime and hop back on when you are good and ready. In Sorrento the buses traverse a route that takes about an hour and forty-five minutes and they leave each of the seven stops every hour or so. The buses are open-top double-decker buses and usually have a running commentary of the sites as you travel around the city. Tickets cost about $15, which makes for an economical way to see Sorrento and learn about its culture and history.
Shopping in Sorrento can be a fun and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Visitors will find a wide variety of small shops offering everything from leather goods and ceramics to jewelry, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and anything lemon. Good shopping opportunities can be found all along the Corso Italia which is the main roadway through town. To find the quaint mom and pop shops head off of the Corso Italia to the backstreets of Sorrento. Whether you are looking for something particular or just browsing it's a great way to discover the heart of Sorrento and get a flavor for this small community
Hopefully you enjoyed this brief glimpse of Sorrento. Visitors can easily spend a full week just in this area in order to see all of the major sites that it has to offer. If your time is limited then pick and choose what interests you the most but a trip down the Amalfi Coast should not be missed. The scenery here is certainly one of the main attractions and something that you will not soon forget.
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