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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, Province of Salerno, Campania

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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 13 June 2017 for a stay in May 2017

We were put into this villa actually by accident as the accommodation we'd originally booked had some issue. So the owner of our booking made arrangements here. Boy what a place! Two airy bedrooms, a massive balcony on which we spent most of our time here, a fully equipped kitchen; our family of 4 adults (me, my parents and wife) and one infant had a ball of a time here.

Antonio and his wife Maria are just perfect in every sense. Antonio came in every day or two and catered to our every whim. He and Maria were really fantastic hosts who went above and beyond in making their guests feel comfortable in this foreign country. Very courteous, professional and helpful. Full marks! The location too is excellent - it's close to a minimarket (Marcellino) from where we got most of our supplies and cooked breakfasts and Indian dinners at the Villa! :) The beauty is that this Villa is accessible from both SS163 (the main Amalfi - Positano road) as well as SS 366 (the Amalfi - Castellamare via Agerola, Pogerola road). So whether I needed to go to Bomerano (Agerola) or Positano, it was always a single bus ride - no hops required.

Couple of cautionary notes: The Villa has ACs only in the living room, not in the bedrooms. Though this wasnt of consequence to us in the month of May, because both the bedrooms had cool breezes from the sea blowing in, I'm not sure about those travelling in July/ August when it is the hottest. Anyway we never ended up turning on the AC throughout our stay there. Secondly (and this is not a specific comment on the Villa, it's about the entire Amalfi coast), there are mosquitoes! Though there's the electrical repellant provided in the Villa, you might want to carry some repellant.

All in all, go for it; you wont go wrong with this one.

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“Amazing seaviews from terrace and rooms, huge sunny terrace with shaded outdoor dining area, immaculate, family-friendly”
Reviewed 17 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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The villa is perched on a hillside clustered with lemon trees and overlooking the incredible coastline, with views of Amalfi, the lovely little church of San Michele, and--of course--the sea. The private terrace is huge (really the size of three terraces), with a shaded dining area and spectacular views in all directions. Leading up to the trip and on the day of our arrival, Summer in Italy (property manager), were fabulous--efficient, prompt and thorough. Miles ahead of any other company I've ever dealt with. Antonio who cares for the property, met us, even though we were considerably delayed. Antonio was very patient, welcoming and informative, helping us with everything we needed.

The walk (downhill!) into Amalfi is about 35-40 minutes: lovely but somewhat treacherous especially with children as there are often no pavements, or any space between the road and the cliff on one side, and the road and the wall that keeps you falling off the cliff on the other. The road is the only road along the coast, so very busy. That said, the buses run frequently (at least one every half hour), are prompt, comfortable and stop right by the villa.

There are plenty of spectacular, traffic-free walks from the villa, scrambling down to the beach areas and other levels, or up to the indespensible grocery store, which despite its small size, really does (as others have remarked) have everything from the expected (pasta, wine, cheese) to the hoped for (lovely fresh fruit and veg) to the unexpected (nicest peanut butter I've ever tasted). We enjoyed exploring the hillside, with its spectacular views and lovely discoveries at every turn.

As other reviewers have noted, because everything is on the hillside, if you have any mobility issues, this is not be the place for you--stairs are the main method for scrambling up and down.

We paid for parking--an absolute necessity if you bring a car as there is little to no free parking anywhere along the Amalfi coast (check out the subject of driving/parking on the Amalfi coast if you have't or aren't familiar with it), but regretted renting a car. It really wasn't necessary and just a pain. There are comfortable, efficient buses from Amalfi to the coastal towns, Naples and even Pompeii. Better yet, are the ferries that go to all the coastal towns--cheap, beautiful views and often quicker due to the traffic jams along the coastal roads. The coastal road is the only option because of the mountains, beautiful but stressful and crammed with traffic and there really is no parking in the towns. We were there slightly out of season, I can't imagine mid-summer. There are car services that will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at the villa. Antonio even offered free transport one night to a restaurant so that we could enjoy dinner and wine although we were happy cooking in the well-stocked and immaculate kitchen (one small thing, the knives are very dull). Equally, there are plenty of taxis in Amalfi and the amazing SITA buses.

The villa is immaculate, attractively furnished with plenty of towels and luxurious pillows and bedding. We highly recommend Villa Arcangela A, 'Summer in Italy,' and the amazing Antonio!

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