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Masseria Astapiana Villa Giusso
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Worth the drive, wish we could have stayed longer. Fabulous hostess, amazing food and incredible location. Stayed in the monks accommodation which was great for extra room and outside area to relax. Would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Masseria Astapiana, Villa Giusso is a gem. My wife and I stayed for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its main building is several hundred years old, filled with antiques and interesting photos of the Giusso family (which has owned the estate since the early 19th Century, after Napoleon had evicted the Camoldoli monks for whom it had been their monastery). There are extensive grounds with magnificent views on the Gulf of Naples from the main building. Through a park like stand of trees to the west, one comes to the edge of a cliff with a view down on Sat'Agnello and Sorrento. We stayed in one of the restored (and fully upgraded!) monks "cells," about 100 yards from the main building. Very comfortable, very private and very quiet. A great choice for a romantic getaway. We ate at Villa Giusso 3 of 4 nights, and wish it had been all four as the supposedly top-rated Sorrento restaurant we chose one night was a disappointment. The meals were all delicious. One highlight for us was joining with four other guests in learning how to make, and making, pizzas in the wood burning brick oven. Very fun and really delicious! The B&B is family run with much care, attentiveness and joy. Getting to Villa Giusso is an adventure not to be missed. A car is a must (although a local bus will get one near if a car isn't available). Giovanna will send instructions which, if followed, will get one there. The adventure comes from the turn of the road to Villa Giusso itself - an approximately 1 km single lane road, much of it with a tall stone wall to one side and a fence on the other. Pull the side view mirrors in! We didn't know what to expect, so the first drive up was filled with wonder (as in: does this go on forever?). After that, no problem. The traffic from Sorrento to Vico Equense, which is the turn for the main way up the hill, is atrocious. There is a back way that will get one to Sorrento in about half the time. Have a good map and sense of direction, and do first during the day. Once one finds one's way the first time it's easy and a lot better that the main route traffic grind. If you are looking for a peaceful and serene place to stay away for the craziness of the coast road and Sorrento, this is it. My only criticism is that, as of September 2013, Villa Giusso did not take credit cards. Make sure you arrange a large enough daily ATM withdrawal limit! That said, we would definitely stay again, for a full week if we could!

Room Tip: We liked the monk's "cells". Very quiet and private. Well appointed.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Villa Giussi has kept its interior as it was 150 years ago. This leads to some discomfort sometimes (e.g. the doors do not lock well), but this is more than compensated by its stunning location and friendly staff. Besides, the food is wonderful.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

This was our second visit to Astapiana Villa Giusso (third if you count a brief stopover) and it remains one of our favorite destinations in Italy.

Here's why: It is a magical destination in of itself, a place which lives and breathes its history. You can almost hear the chants of the Camadoli monks of Astapiana when the sound of the church bells of Sorrento make their way up the mountain; you can almost see the shadows of counts and countesses arriving in horse drawn carriages from the centuries in which Villa Giusso was home to the nobility; you can most certainly feel joy and exhilaration of the many couples who have chosen the beautiful terrace with its breathtaking views as the setting for their destination wedding.

When you step into the dining hall, with its long communal table, majolica tiles, volcanic ash floor, and commanding hearth, it is so much more than a setting worthy of a movie, a place nearly untouched by the centuries, it is also the heart of a truly welcoming and hospitable experience - delicious home cooked food, warmth and conviviality, and a place that lends itself to new friendships.

When you dine in the on-site restaurant, it is so much more than a 5-star culinary experience, it is also an opportunity to take in the beautifully decorated rooms that were once the workshops of the monks, and experience the freshness and flavors of chef-prepared, locally sourced food and wine.

When you walk the many paths through vineyards, olive groves, and terraces overlooking the sea, encountering beloved dogs or the cows along the way, you get to experience a kind of simple tranquility that is the perfect counterbalance to the busy, tourist destinations at the foot of the mountain.

All that being said, this is also the perfect place to stay if you want to take in the all the sights of the "grand tour" - from Pompeii and Vesuvius to Capri to Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. All are within driving distance and offer a different view to Southern Italy. Go out and enjoy, But return home up the winding road to the top of the mountain, to find the comfort, peace and magic of a place steeped in the past yet fully alive to the present.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

This is an otherworldly place perched very high in the hills above Sorrento with fabulous views across to Naples, Sorrento, Capri as well as a sliver of the Amalfi coast. This is an extremely unique place to stay-beautiful old monastery buildings set in the middle of a working farm. We stayed in the main building in a room full of character and old antique furniture. Giulia was very charming and gave us a fascinating tour of the house and the family's possessions. You would normally expect to see such pieces in the Victoria and Albert museum. The food was excellent with olive oil and produce from the estate. You do need a car to easily access this place but then that is to be expected when staying in remote places. With a car, places such as Naples, Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii are within easy reach. Recommended

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kitukidogo
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

This has been my third time visiting the ladies of Villa Giusso. The hostesses offer accommodations in the villa and monks quarters, we have stayed in both, I prefer the villa as it has unique character, charm and a fabulous history. The hostesses are gracious, hospitable and kind. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, showers have plenty of hot water. This property is in an excellent location for visiting Naples, Pompeii, Ercolano, the Amalfi and islands. Traveling by train from the Vico Equense to several of these locations is a snap. Meals are served are prepared with home grown fruits and vegetables and the chef is innovative with the daily menu. After a day of touring, it is comforting to know there is a welcoming hostess, a family style kitchen and a hot bowl of pasta as an opening course for one to enjoy their dinner. Additionally, it's a great chance to meet fellow travelers and swap ideas!
Traveling to the Villa is somewhat of an experience, as once off the main road, travel is uphill on a one lane road, the drivers side, nothing but rock, the passenger side, nothing but forest and sheer drops. Once one gets over the initial surprise, the trip is really quite easy up and down the hill.
The Villa is most definitely a location I would and have recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank vagabondfromNY
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights. We were treated so well by the warm and friendly staff and the food was really magnificent and excellent value. A charming and magical place with the most breathtaking views over the entire Bay of Naples. We're definitely going back.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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3  Thank Familyoreilly
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Address: Via Camaldoli 51, 80069, Vico Equense, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Vico Equense
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Vico Equense
Price Range: £105 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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