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Villa Maiolica is in a very pretty property with its own swimming pool in a fantastic location along the Amalfi Coast, halfway between Positano and Amalfi. The villa is situated in a pedestrianized zone in the heart of the village with restaurants, shops, public transport and the beach right on your doorstep. The pebbly Gavitella beach is at the bottom of 350 picturesque steps. You'll have no need of a car to move around the village of Praiano but there is public and private parking available, both at a cost.
Conca dei Marini is a couple of minutes up the road and is perhaps most famous for its Emerald Cave, la Grotta dello Smeraldo. This 30 metre high, karst cave was discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman and is named after the shimmering green interior light as sunlight filters through the turquoise waters of the underwater entrance. The cave can be reached either by boat or via a set of steps.
Among the countless incredible places to visit in the area, perhaps Ravello, Positano and Amalfi stand out for the first time visitor. Ravello, at 350 metres above sea level, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers both unforgettable architecture and scenic beauty. The 11th century Cathedral and Villa Cimbrone are magnificent and a summer music festival is held each in the year in the gardens of the 13th century Villa Rufolo. D.H. Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover here and the town has been frequented over the years by the likes of Greta Garbo and Winston Churchill.
The delights of Positano and Amalfi have inspired artists, writers and lovers for centuries and the Kennedy's were regular visitors to the area in the early 1960s. The higgledy-piggledy, white-washed houses, the winding steps and sophisticated shops and restaurants all combine to create an exceptionally chic atmosphere.
Villa Maiolica is ideal for a large family or group of friends who are looking to explore the culturally rich area along the Amalfi Coastline.
The villa is only 9 km from Positano, 10 km from Amalfi, 12 km from Furore, 17 km from Ravello 17 and 40 km from Vesuvius and Pompeii with its world famous archeological site.
Naples international airport is about an hour's drive away. There are also frequent boats from Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi running to the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida.
The Property. Villa Maiolica sleeps up to six people in two gorgeous double rooms and two spacious single bedrooms over two floors. There is a double bedroom, a single room with en suite bathroom and a shared bathroom on the ground floor and the master bedroom, a second double and a second shared bathroom on the first floor. All bedrooms have air conditioning and heating.
The master double bedroom on the first floor has access to the top terrace and also has a little kitchen unit in the corner with a cooker, fridge and coffee maker, perfect for enjoying long, lazy breakfasts in bed or on the furnished terrace. The second double bedroom on the ground floor has French windows leading out onto the main terrace. The first single bedroom is set on two levels and has an en suite bathroom with a hydromassage shower. The bed and desk are set on the higher level and there is a sofa on the lower section. The room is also equipped with satellite TV. Both shared bathrooms are beautifully designed with majolica ties.
The spacious, stylish sitting room on the ground floor boasts a cross vaulted ceiling and has a beautiful floor tiled with the handmade majolica inlays so very typical of the houses in the area. There is an elegant fireplace, a cozy sitting area with satellite television and the dining table comfortably seats six. A set of French windows leads out onto the main terrace with breathtaking views across the water to the Li Galli islands. The terrace is furnished with tables, chairs and a sun umbrella.
The modern kitchen is equipped with all the necessaries, including a four-burner electric cooker and oven, a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, American coffee machine (bring your own filters though!) and an Italian coffee machine.
In addition to the two roomy terraces, both with superb sea views, there is a large garden, again, overlooking the sea. The garden is furnished with tables, chairs, sun loungers and a relaxing hammock for the poetic souls. The large swimming pool also has sea views and features a whirlpool corner. The paved, poolside area is fully equipped with tables, chairs, sun loungers and umbrellas.