Villa Positano, Amalfi Coast
My family and I had the good fortune to stay in Luxury Villa Positano for the first two weeks of September 2013. We rented it through Crazy for Italy and the only surprises were of the very best kind. The pictures of the villa are good but being there and seeing it was even better. Our party included my two adult children and one boyfriend, my brother and his wife and myself. We found the villa offered us privacy yet it wasn’t so large as to be impersonal. It is a comfortable, well equipped home with magnificent views day or night. The rooms on both floors are spacious, the bathrooms large and marvellous, the kitchen well equipped, the terraces beyond fabulous and the pool is just a lovely place to spend time. The exercise room has a wonderful view although with all the steps in Positano to provide exercise I confess to using the tread mill only a few times but mostly just standing by the railing gazing at the view. From a practical perspective, grocery shopping is nearby and, while the beach is 600 steps down, there is a town bus which can be taken back up from the piazza. We always took the steps down and there is much to do and see at the beach. Buy a bunch of bus tickets for the Positano Interno at the Tabacchi, grab a schedule and you’ll be good to go. There is a bus stop very near the villa. (The Hotel Villa Franca stop) The Sita bus is also available nearby which you can hop on to visit towns up and down the coast. Again, tickets are at the Tabacchi. The bus drivers are very accustomed to tourists who aren’t familiar with the town and are very helpful if you tell them where you need to get off. The property owners live nearby and are just the most lovely people you could want to meet. Gardens on the property produce tomatoes, eggplant and basil among other things and are generously shared with villa renters. The villa is well maintained and kept clean by daily visits from a most charming young woman who is also available to cook should you have a day planned which may leave you unwilling to tackle meal preparation on your return. We took advantage of this one day and were most grateful for the delicious meal that awaited us. We also ordered a cake from the restaurant at Hotel Villa Franca to celebrate a birthday. The hotel is located just above the villa so it’s handy and quite delicious for a meal or just a cake. All in all, I’d go back to this villa in a heartbeat. We enjoyed every second in this home which allowed my family to enjoy a wonderful vacation together. Thank you to Crazy for Italy and the property owners for all your help and kind attention to making sure we had the vacation of our dreams!