Paradise - 51670
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Built and owned by the Royal Gunderrode Family since 1896, Paradise is part of La Terrazza, the villa that defines Sorrento’s coastal harbor, crowning Sorrento´s famed coastline overlooking the Bay of Naples. The layers of terraces grand and small reflect the villa’s namesake, offering both spacious and secluded perches overlooking the Bay.
The villa, built on ancient Roman walls, is an historical landmark, and its construction marks an important period in the nineteenth century. It was built by the great German Baron Maximilian Von Gunderrode and was originally named “Villa Nardi.” At the end of the 1800s, while sailing the Mediterranean, the baron arrived in Naples and fell in love with the coastline, ultimately choosing this site to build his summer residence. In 1896, the villa was re-named “La Terrazza.” The great Florentine builder, Romanelli, reconstructed the entire villa, making it larger and one floor higher. Fashioning it in the Italian Liberty-style, he incorporated stuccoes, images of angels, flowers, fruits, marble columns and staircases. Over the years the villa was coined “the house of love” for its hospitality and spellbinding charm.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Paradise welcomes you with his bright, spacious living room, classy equipped with table, chairs, TV, a fireplace and a gorgeous leather sofa with a built-in Ipod/Iphone dock station, where you can relax yourself listening your favourite music or simply enjoying the sea chant.
But the first thing you'll remark is the most beautiful, priceless part of the apartment: the bay of Sorrento: this area, as well as the entire apartment, has huge windows overlooking the sea. Thanks to these, the brightness of the morning, the fly of the seagulls, the changing colours of the evening, when the sun goes slowly down to sleep in the sea, the deep dark blue of the gulf in the night, with the lights of the bay on the background, are like eternal guests at the Paradise.
At the opposite side of the living room you'll find the kitchen, completely equipped with everything you may need during your stay (gas rings, cooking utensils, dishwasher..)
The living area gives access to a small balcony, where you can have a romantic dinner enjoying one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world.
From the other side of the living room a small corridor leads to a twin and a double bedrooms. Going to sleep and opening the eyes the day after in this piece of heaven give sensations and emotions quite hard to describe. The full size windows make you feel not just a guest, but integral part of the bay of Sorrento and his unique beauty (the pictures are better than a thousand words). Right in front of the bedrooms there's a bathroom with bath tub, wc, washbashin, bidet, hairdryer, towels).
The living area gives also access to another small corridor, leading to another bathroom, also equipped with bath tub, washbashin, wc, bidet, hairdryer and towels. A few steps conduct to a small small bedroom with a bunk bed for 2 childrens.
|Further details outdoors|
Every inch of the famed terrace is clad in hand painted Amalfi tile, spanning an astounding 500 square meters (5,400 square feet). A communal gathering space for guests, the terrace offers a panoramic view of Capri and Ischia islands, as Vesuvius dominates the foreground. A private swimming pool is surrounded by palm trees and poplars, and bougainvillea overflows the historic marble planters. A staircase carved by hand into the cliffs leads from the terrace and offers guests a breathtaking private beach access to the Marina Piccola.
The Campania region
Known in all over the world as the Land of Sirens, motherland of the '500 famous Italian poet Torquato Tasso, ideal location for artists and writers who want to reawaken their splendour and find new inspiration for the creation of new works, historical destination for famous authors like Wagner, Ibsen, Nietzsche, Browning and Caruso, Sorrento surprises everyday with its enchanting landscapes not only the occasional visitors, but even those who steadily live in the coast
The earliest settlements in Sorrento Coast go back to the era of the Greek and Phoenician populations; nevertheless, in virtue of its geographical beauties, the Coast was soon conquered by the Romans, who shared its fate until the Fall of the Kingdom and the subsequent invasion of the northern populations.
In the IX century, then in the Middle Age, the city of Sorrento succeeded in getting free from the various pretensions of dominations and government, by constituting into a Dukedom. The Duchy of Sorrento expanded its protectorate in the whole peninsula, succeeded into making some activities bloom like the trade, the production of citrus trees, wine and shipyards. In 1100 the Duchy became a protectorate of the Norman Kingdom, which let Sorrento be safeguarded from the numerous raids by pirates and Longobards.
Paradise is the perfect location to sense the naturalness and the legendary atmosphere of Sorrento. The city of Sorrento and its neighbouring cities, provides the tourist numerous historical and cultural sites to visit.
The Basilica of Saint Antonino
Erected during the X Century in honor of the patron saint of the sailors, the Basilica of Saint Antonino stands in the historical centre of the city, in front of the Municipal House (Town Hall). The history of this famous church is as interesting as troubled: in 1300 it became the residence of the "Battenti Brotherhood", or better a heretical movement that took its first steps in Naples, while in the XVII century an impressive restoration has been carried out by the Theatin Brothers, a religious institute of consecrating life.
The impressive building has been erected in the XI century and it numbers among its beauties some frescos of renowned Neapolitan artists. At the top of the tower you can admire an excellent clock tiled with majolica.
The Cloister of San Francesco
The most delicious among the Sorrento monuments is certainly the Cloister of San Francesco. Being renovated many times, the Cloister shows a characteristic mixture of architectural styles, which go from the late gothic to the Renaissance, while the adjoining dining hall preserves all its trecento peculiarities.
Correale Museum of Terranova
In a wonderful palace that overlooks the Gulf of Naples, by the central Lauro Square, it's housed the Correale Museum, which, among its rarities, numbers a singular collection of inlaid furniture, majolics and ceramics of Capodimonte, as well as different paintings of Neapolitan artists.
It's an ancient building in which the old nobility of the town used to gather in order to legislate and make important decisions in administrative and economic fields. The monuments is enriched with a glazed dome that encloses the arcade.
Sorrento is also a perfect gateaway to reach the other tourist attractions of the area, like the unique acheological sites of Pompei and Herculaneum, the wonderful city of Naples and his history and traditions, the famous impressive Vesuvius volcano, the legendary island of Capri, Ischia and his world-known thermal baths, Procida and his fascinating naturalness.
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27 Jan 2013
"Great Views and Position"
The Paradise apartment is the basement apartment of Villa Terrazza perched on a cliff, with glorious views across to Naples and Mt Vesuvius. There isn't direct access from the apartment to the ch… More
28 Jul 2012
"A little bit of Paradise"
We were 5 girlfriends in our 60s travelling Italy and stayed at Villa Paradise for 5 days. At our arrival in Sorrento, Andrea, the manager, picked us up at the train station. He was absolutely a pleas… More
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