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Meta Amalfi, 80063 Piano di Sorrento, Italy   |  
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Denville, NJ
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“Impossible To Describe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Spending a week at this amazing villa is really impossible to describe to family and friends at home. La Grotta dei Fichi is just as memorable a site as anything else we saw on this first trip to Italy. It will be as lasting a memory as touring The Vatican, marveling at The Pantheon or driving along the Amalfi Coast road in a tiny Fiat. The views from our own villa were as breathtaking as those we saw from Sorrento or Ravello. The superior, personal service of Vincenzo was unexpected and made our experience even more special. Thank you.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

La Grotta dei Fichi is an amazing place to spend a week along the Amalfi Coast. It is the most unique and spectacular place that I have ever stayed, perched high above the sea with amazing views of the Sirenuse Islands and the coast. The structure is difficult to describe as every room and space built into the cliff side is so unique. It is laid out horizontally along the cliffs and provides the ability for a group to spread out into the different spaces. The best feature when renting this villa is Vincenzo, who ensures that everything that you need during your stay is provided. He can arrange for all types of excursions, including meals at the villa if you want, and he and his mother are excellent cooks (you must do the Pizza). The service provided by Vincenzo as your host during your stay is unmatched when renting a private villa. I would highly recommend La Grotta dei Fichi.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

La Grotta dei Fichi is a unique structure built into a cliff. The sea views from patios and terraces are beyond compare. Vincenzo, owner and concierge, is available to answer questions and make reservations at a moment's notice. The villa's location is perfect, halfway between Sorrento and Positano. Wonderful restaurants are close as well as picturesque small towns.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manhasset, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Our trip to La Grotta dei Fichi was beyond our imagination. As you walk through the from door, the villa awakens your senses. It is a magical place, built into the side of a mountain, with panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Li Galli islands. At every corner, there are new discoveries of natural beauty. It is 300 meters long and divided into several levels with beautiful landscaping, vegetable gardens, sitting areas, al fresco dining, pool and jacuzzi, wine cellar, indoor and outdoor kitchens with wood burning stove. It is an Architectural wonder that balances old world charm with modern amenities.(Wi Fi, Satellite TV, Dishwasher, Microwave, air conditioning etc.)

For my husband's 60th birthday, his request was to have a family vacation with children and grandchildren. We traveled with 7 adults and two children (2 years old and 8 months old). Vincenzo, our host, is extraordinary at assisting in the planning of the trip. His great listening skills and attention to detail are beyond compare. Prior to the trip, we skyped and e mailed to plan what would be the trip of a lifetime. No detail was too small and every request was met with the response "don't worry, I'll handle it. " He even ordered organic milk for our grandson...something not sold in the Italian markets. It was in our refrigerator upon our arrival.

We chose the "That's Sapore"experience. With two children requiring car seats and strollers we thought it was best to take our evening meals in the Villa.( we toured during the day every day except one day when we sat by the pool and everyone had outdoor massages) My husband and his sons are in the gourmet italian food business so we thought this would be a fun way to experience the local food and culture. To say that every meal was a culinary experience is an understatement.

Upon our arrival, we were welcomed with an apertitivo that was so fresh and delicious we felt like we were visiting family. (artisan cheeses, bruschetta, delicate appetizers, prosecco) Vincenzo, his mother and their staff made us feel so welcomed and at home. Every evening, the meals were an amazing event in our day. There was a wonderful wine cellar built into a cave. Although, local wine was included with dinner, my husband and his sons, found it fun to explore and taste the Italian wines in the wine cellar.

The days would start with an alfresco breakfast. Our grandson became quite immersed in our adventure by going to the chicken coup to get the eggs for breakfast and smelling the lemons and oranges in our fruit basket. Coffee's (american,espresso and decaf) would be waiting for us along with toast, eggs cereals and yogurt. One day, Vincenzo brought fresh figs from his garden and Lina, who cooked us breakfast in the morning, showed us how the italians eat figs for breakfast. She toasted delicious italian bread,patted it with butter and sliced the figs on the bread. WOW Simple but delicious.

The dinners were interesting and fun. After a day of touring, we returned to the Villa to find the Michelin Chef , Pepe Guida, with two sous chefs in the kitchen preparing the gourmet evening meal, The outdoor dining area was also being prepared for candlelight dining accompanied by a sommelier. Multiple courses included fried green peppers stuffed with baccala, fried zucchini flowers stuffed with sweet cheese and anchovies, Rice ball with octopus sauce, fried needle fish, Fresh tuna, Shrimps with Caciotta cheese, Ravioli, spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and basil, Amberjack.etc. All pared by the Sommelier did a great job describing with wines. This tasting menu was extraordinary. The whole experience was spectacular...from the beautiful night with the stars overlooking the sea, to the italian background misc, to the tasting of the most delicately made food.... words cannot describe how wonderful it was.

Other dinners included a group cooking class where we were taught to make gnocchi among other dishes. The Neopolitan street food dinner was fabulous. Outdoor musicians performed and we even were given instruments to participate in some of the more festive songs. We danced and ate under the stars right in our own Villa above and overlooking the sea.

And of course, how can I describe Pizza night. Vincenzo arrives with fresh ingredients. He shows you how to make the dough from scratch. If you want, he even lets you help knead the dough...lots of fun. The pizza's are made in a wood burning stove that gets up to 1000 degrees. And then the most amazing pizzas are created. ..Margherita, sausage and broccoli rate, eggplant with pancetta, escarole, just to name a few.

Throughout the week, we were constantly surprised and touched by the wonderful gestures of Vincenzo and his family. My husband liked to inquire about the food traditions of the region. One night he was asking if the region makes Pizza rustica and grain pie for the holidays. The next day Vincenzo walked in with a pizza rustica made by his grandmother and a grain pie freshly made by his uncle. They just wanted us to taste it. Unbelievable!!! These gestures happened all week.

Each day we had day trips planned to Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano and Capri. The drivers were professional and knowledgeable and very patient to the logistics involved with traveling with children. We have a lesson in Gelato making, visited a gourmet food market and had lunch with the owners etc..

We loved renting a private boat with Capri excursions. The day was very memorable. Our captain and skipper, Francesco and Antonio, were friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. We were dropped off in Capri for a few hours of touring, and then picked up to visit and swim in the blue, green and white grottos. Lunch was served on the boat. It was perfect.

Vincenzo is now family. He is a man who is passionate about his work and it shows. There was nothing we could want. Our grandchildren felt at home and looked forward to the loving treatment of him and his staff. We didn't just see the sights we lived it. We really felt part of the local experience. As soon as we landed in New York we all commented how much we will miss our wonderful time at La Grotta Dei Fichi. We can't wait to return on day.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morristown, New Jersey
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Grotta dei Fichi is one of the most amazing places i have ever seen. Not only is the location and the views breathtaking, but Vincenzo is someone that you can trust to make your vacation truly special.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

My wife and I (and 9 others) had a great stay here. The property is incredible and was wonderful staying at for a week. All the modern conveniences and yet a real Italian beauty. Wonderful grounds that are well kept and the views are incredible.

Vincenzo was also very helpful with anything we needed. He was able to get me a doctor's (ENT) appointment the same day I called him and the doctor was a friend of the family.

I would highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Grove, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

I was looking for a place to stay in Italy for our family vacation and found the La Grotta dei Fichi. First of all, Vincenzo was a pleasure to deal with. The experiences he can set up for you are amazing if you want to taste and see Italy's food and history. Everything was taken care of for us each day and I had nothing to worry about. He would even call me each day to find out how our day was and what time we wanted breakfast the next morning.

The Grotta was unbelievable. The views are pictures for postcards and the story behind its construction only makes it that more amazing. I counted it a privilege for Vincenzo and his family to allow our family to rent their beautiful home.

This has been a family vacation that we will remember for the rest our lives and thanks to Vincenzo and the wonderful La Grotta dei Fichi. A special place!

Room Tip: A must is pizza night with Vincenzo making his pizza. The best in Italy!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Meta Amalfi, 80063 Piano di Sorrento, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Piano di Sorrento
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Piano di Sorrento
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exclusive villa rental (sleeps up to 8 people) located on the Amalfi Coast, in a unique position carved from the cliff wall which falls sheer down to the sea. Its location, halfway between Sorrento and Positano (each less than 4 miles away),gives you immediate access to all the Coast’s major attractions. You will enjoy stunning sea views, a private pool, gym, sauna, vegetable garden, sundeck, grotto-bar, pizza oven, concierge service, Wine & Food Experiences. ... more   less 

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