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Reviewed 21 July 2009

Just got back from a great weeks stay at Villa Pane.

Before we booked the holiday we spent quite a lot of time trying to find a place that would be close to Sorrento, would be quiet for relaxation, and would offer B+B enabling us to sample the wonderful Italian cuisine every evening....Villa Pane did not disappoint on any of these measures.

High above the hillside overlooking Sorrento, the only criticism you could have about the Villa is location (approx 40 mins walk down a steep hill / 5 mins by car). The free shuttle service that Anna Maria and Gianluigi offer however is very good and an essential way to go back and forth into the town. We were able to get by quite easily using this shuttle without needing to consider hiring a car or moped. As mentioned in some of the other reviews, the approach roads to the Villa are very narrow but this isn't a big concern when somebody else is doing the driving! On the flipside - the location does however mean that the Villa has stunning views over Sorrento particularly from the roof terraces.

Our bedroom was quite small but modern and well appointed so no complaints. The terraced area with the swimming pool and sun loungers, situated in the grounds of the villa was a particularly peaceful area to relax and unwind. Overall we enjoyed the small feel to the Villa (only 8 rooms) and it was nice to meet and get to know the other guests - something it would not be as easy to do in a bigger hotel

A couple of words about the hosts - Anna Maria and her son Gianluigi will go to every effort to ensure that all your needs are met, which adds a nice personal touch to the experience. Anna Maria is a wonderful chef - all the guests commented about the standard of her cooking (and size of the portions!). We did the cookery course with Anna Maria which was fantastic and a great experience - you dont need to be an expert chef to enjoy this!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2009

Watching the fotos and the other comments posted on the site you may be thinking that you're just about to spend a beautifull stay. think again : it's better than that.
villa pane offers you quintessential Italy. The house is located on the hills behind Sorrento. The 4 rooms we occupied (we were 9) on the common terrace (first floor) were big and very nice - all with private bathroom including in one a sea-view jacuzzi. On the top of the building you can spend the last hours of the day watching the sun and the gulf of Napoli. It's very quiet since it is not in the city. The center is a little too far to go there by feet, but Anna-maria or Gianluigi (or both) can give you a ride to the center several times a day. So it's not a problem. It's even an Napoli-style-adventure since the streets nearby the Villa are extremly narrow and steep
There is also a swimming pool - a very small one but you're happy to find it there after a long day walking in the alleys of pompei.
But what we enjoyed the most was the welcoming of Anna-maria and Gianluigi (her son) who were incredible hosts. If you enjoy Italian food this is the place to stay. Anna maria goes to the local food market early in the morning and spend the all day cooking to provide you with a diner experience which matches the finest gourmet restaurants (ask for the gnocchis). She makes her own bred (hence the name of the villa). Gianluggi is very helpfull. He helped us organizing our stay (renting sooters, a boat to Capri and so on) .
Leaving such a place is not so easy because at Villa Pane we were like at home for 4 days but we are sure we will soon come back.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2009

An excellent place to stay in Sorrento if you want to get away from the crazy hustle and bustle of the town centre.

The Villa is newly refurbished, with good sized rooms, mostly facing the bay. Highlight is the food, which the family matriarch, Anna Maria, prepares each day to order. From simple pasta lunches to sumptuous dinners, you'll want to eat at home rather than in town.

Be aware of the location, however, as the Villa is quite isolated up a very narrow lane which only a local would attempt to drive in their Fiat 500! Outside of regular "shuttle" hours (about 5-6 times a day), There's a €5 charge for each trip (per roomful of people). Parking for cars is in a cul-de-sac at the start of the lane which is about 5-10 mins walk downslope from the villa

Bottom line, plan ahead and location won't be a problem!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2009

Our all too brief stay at Villa Pane was wonderful. The villa is situated high on the hillside above Sorrento, with absolutely breathtaking views of the city and bay. The interior is as lovely as the grounds. The only sounds to be heard are birds and occasional call or horn honk of friendly neighbors passing by. The owner, Anna Maria, is a gracious lady who makes her guests feel welcome and well cared for.Her son drives the small shuttle to and from town, and was very friendly and accomodating to our sometimes "not on the schedule" trips. Our room was clean, comfortable, and with everything in working order. There were many selections of breakfast items. We were fortunate to dine with the family one evening. Anna Maria prepared lucious Italian 7 course meal. The food they serve is organic and much from their own gardens. If you're looking for charm, personal attention and a true Italian vIlla experience, Villa Pane is a wonderful choice. I wish we could have stayed longer and would absolutely stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 June 2009

Sorrento is a tourist-y town melded with locals going about their life, so it's the kind of place where you can either stay at the Hilton (a 1960's refurb with a great pool and expensive everything), or you can chose to stay on the hillside, with family homey-ness, culture, and tranquility. Villa Pane is a family Villa that has been crafted into a 10-room b&b, with beautiful tile floors, artisan woodwork, and sensational views. You are not in Sorrento town but up up up on a hill (they have a shuttle back and forth), so you are relaxed and tranquil, feeling like the Rich Glitterati who 'summer' rather than vacation. The family offer dinners on site, which are elegant: organic, local, and wonderful. If you want the best of all worlds, stay here.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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