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!
We liked the monk's "cells". Very quiet and private. Well appointed.
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