We have visited Casa Alea twice, once in August 2015 and again in September 2016, both times were amazing.
The house, at the top of many steps, is lovely and private. The terrace, on which we relaxed during the day and sat out to eat mornings and evenings has a commanding view over the Tyrrhenian Sea and it is wonderful to watch all the boats and ships go by from sunrise through to sunset and then on to moonrise. The house is immaculately clean and well looked after, with a kitchen full of all you need to prepare holiday meals and the bedrooms large and beds comfortable.
Lucia, the owner, and her family live in the apartment below and is lovely. Always available to answer questions, give directions and make recommendations when you need her, but otherwise completely unobtrusive. Lucia’s father, a spritely octogenarian, tends the small vegetable plot at the front of the houses each evening and often gave us some figs, or tomatoes and lots of basil.
Praiano itself is essentially split into two, down the hill there are many bars and hotels and this is where most of the tourists are, at the top of the village where Casa Alea is situated, is much quieter with a few nice restaurants and the “Tutto per Tutti” mini-market which really does carry “everything for everyone” and is always busy, friendly and surprisingly good value.
We enjoyed very much our time, relaxing on the sun terrace during the day watching the boats pass buy, then later in the afternoon taking a slow walk to the beach (perhaps a couple of kilometres down the paths and steps of the village – there is also a regular bus) for a swim in the delightful (but stony) bay before walking back for some supper.
We cannot speak more highly of this house, its owners and the village and indeed this wonderful part of the world. Beautiful, warm, friendly and relaxing.
Casa Alea has incredible amenities only matched by the view from the full terrace. Lucia and her family, in only a short week stay, allowed us to become part of their family. They are an amazing family. Very giving and supportive. Truly special people and truly special place.
The location is perfect. Up high enough for the best views in Praiano. Close to the market below. In between the busiest areas of Amalfi and Positano.
This is a must stay!
We spent part of our holiday in the apartment and we would like to go back. Everything was very clean and comfortable. We are a family of 4 with two kids. The house was a perfect place to relax, quiet and privace guaranteed. The terrace is fantastic. We choose to stay in Praiano because Positano, Capri, or Amalfi are very easy to visit from here. There is a bus stop not so far from the apartment and it is very convenient to take the bus as parking can be difficult. Nice restaurants nearby. We had a wonderful evening in the restaurant which is just below the apartment. The private boat rental at Capri was a great and fun experience. Our host Lucia was very helpful and also the travel books at the apartment gave a lot of tips and information on what to do.
This is an amazing place with a great view. My husband and I spent a week just hanging out in town with locals. There is a grocery store down the hill, and its a walk to the water and other scenic locations. Although you have to be fit as you need to climb plenty of stairs. The owner made sure we felt right at home and had everything we needed including cooking utensils. They even arranged a boat trip to another island and a few other holiday special surprises.
Absolutely loved this location as a base to discover this part of Italy! Capri and Pompeii were highlights and easily reachable. Parking our rental car was a bit of an issue but the owners of the villa were extremely helpful with this and everything. There is a fair number of steps to climb to get to spectacular spot so plan on having a bit of enjoyable exercise built into your daily routine.
Amazing host. Great location. Clean apartment. We will definitely return to one of Lucias apartments. Thanks for all of the hospitality and can't wait to see you and the family again.