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Masseria Astapiana Villa Giusso
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Little to add to all the other positive reviews but to agree! The restoration is a labour of love, the location is stunning and the food was delicious.We stayed in the main house which was fascinating complete with the original 18th century furnishings in some places - almost exactly as it was. The welcome from Giovanna was lovely, to be bought some wonderful food and wine and look out over the bay of Naples was a great experience

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We have just returned from a truly wonderful four night stay at Villa Guisso with our family of 3 teenagers (13, 15 and 17). The welcome from Erminia could not have been more heartfelt and we were served chilled sparkling wine and freshly made pizza margherita and fruit juice for the children on the terrace with a view of the Bay of Naples. The main house is an exquisite old former monastery, the centre of a beautiful unspoilt ‘masseria’, lovingly restored and full of faded antiques, old paintings and photographs. The grounds and surrounding vineyards, olive groves and walnut orchards are well worth exploring and are under planted (in April) by vegetables including onions, potatoes, salad crops and many others. The location is extraordinary, being close to the summit of a mountain at a height of over 800 metres overlooking Sorrento to the south and the whole Bay of Naples and Vesuvius to the north west. The tour of the house with its incredible chapel, wine cellar, main entertaining rooms, ball rooms and museum in the attic and ancient staircases give a real insight into the history of the property and how it came into the family.The 16th Century kitchen has original hand painted glazed tiles and marble tops, a well and a pizza oven and ancient range. Meals are taken on oak tables in this room. The view of Vesuvius, the islands and the Bay of Naples from the terraces is stunning and uninterrupted. The old cloisters survive in the form of stone pillars giving the garden an added dimension.

We used Villa Guisso as a base for exploring and managed to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento, Naples and Vesuvius. The rooms are not luxurious but clean and comfortable, furnished with all sorts of antiques and old pictures. Do take up the offer of supper in the Villa. We had supper there every night snd were treated to delicious home cooked three course meals, using fresh local produce or produce grown on the estate. The meal always ended with home made liqueurs. Erminia, Giovanna and her lady helpers looked after us so well; they even cooked (unasked) the most enormous birthday cake for our son.

The drive up to the Villa from Seiano is an adventure in itself; the last bit is very narrow with a high stone wall on one side and a fence on the other, below which are steeply descending terraces! We rented a Ford Focus but I would recommend something smaller if you can. Do not hire anything bigger as it will simply not fit through. We made the mistake of not paying to reduce the damage excess to zero and were stung for E250 for a very small scratch by Avis. The driving is completely typically Italian and many of the cars have scratches and dents and damaged wing mirrors. We had quite alot of fun trying to cope with the road system and traffic. Do not rely on the GPS, but do buy good road maps. Many people just use the little train (Circumvessuvio) but you definitely need a car to get to the villa.

In summary a fabulous place for the more adventurous traveller who is looking to experience the real Italy and most particularly a warm welcome from a lovely Italian family.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We had a 4 night short break at Astapiana - what a beautiful place! Huge family suite (decorated in baroque italian style furniture) for 4 of us with ensuite - great value for money. Hearty breakfast every morning and room cleaned every day. Perfect location for Amalfi, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius. Very welcoming hosts who recommended some great local restaurants with excellent food, including the pizza place in the local village. If you want a remote location with peace, quiet and views from the garden and huge terrace of Ischia and Vesuvius - this is the only place to be!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We loved staying at Villa Guisso. Erminia was a perfect host. She loved sharing stories of the place and made it come alive. She made you feel so welcome. The homemade food and the pizza was the best. We highly recommend Villa Guisso

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

My husband and I were blown away by the beauty of the place and the rich history came alive with Ermione's tour and stories of her family's past. We also enjoyed dinner and breakfast with the other guests at the long tables surrounded by Majoilica tiled walls. We would go back here in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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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.

Room Tip: Recommend monks houses
  • 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.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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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: £107 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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