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“Stunning” 5 of 5 stars
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Masseria Astapiana Villa Giusso
Via Camaldoli 51, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy   |  
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

A treacherous drive up the mountain, especially in a Mercedes E Class estate (hire something much smaller if possible), but well worth the effort. A magical location with stunning views and a fascinating history. Be sure to have the guided tour of the house. Extremely warm welcome and hospitality throughout our stay. Food was delicious - all home made from ingredients grown locally on the estate. Our family especially enjoyed the pizza evening when we had chance to make our own pizza. Hope to go back some time, just in a smaller car.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We are in love with the owner of this tranquil bed and breakfast. Erminia, our host, met us at the car offering traditional Italian snacks, as we had travelled a few hours to reach the Villa. She also gave us a tour of this historic site, which was owned by the monks, Napoleon, and finally Erminia's ancestor - the Duke of Naples. Her chef cooked us beautiful breakfasts each morning, gourmet dinners each night, and accommodated for a gluten-intolerance with wheat-free pasta and rolls! The monastery itself was breathtakingly gorgeous and all original, built in 1586 (1581?) with renovations for running water and electricity. It overlooks Mount Vesuvius, the isle of Capri, and the Almafi coast. Standing on the terrace or between the ancient pillars, it was as if we were looking at a scene from a movie. We stayed in a detached house down a path covered with grape vines, which had two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an entry room. This was our favorite hotel of all that we stayed in in Italy, and we cannot recommend it strongly enough.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had a wonderful two night stay at Villa Guisso in July with our 16 and 18 year old sons. The view, history, walking trails, accommodation, and meals made our stay one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Make sure to take advantage of visiting the family museum and chapel which have been lovingly preserved. We were lucky to have friends recommend this as a place not to miss and are now passing that recommendation on....

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 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, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 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, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Masseria Astapiana Villa Giusso

Address: Via Camaldoli 51, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Vico Equense
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Vico Equense
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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