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Solarium
Private outdoor area with BBQ
Main bedroom
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sea view from the livingroom
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Chromotherapy shower
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Terrace - sea view
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Campania

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“Heaven”
Reviewed January 27, 2013 for a stay in November 2012
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Villa Principessa is an absolute delight. Perched on the mountainside, with tremendous views, the villa is a little slice of heaven.

I need to warn you upfront - it's not for everyone. The main road through the Amalfi Coast is right outside your front door. Cars are mere inches away and they will blow their horns relatively early in the morning. The villa is also spread out over four levels - the kitchen on the lowest level, followed by the living room and then the bedroom floor, with two bedrooms. The fourth level is the attic, which is now a third bedroom. You briefly go outside to access it. There are three and a half baths - but none have a decent sized shower, although that's not unusual for Europe! You can get parking at the villa, but its in a garage down the street. A pretty tight fit and someone has to stand on the road to help you back out.

With all of that out of the way, why would you want to stay here? Because its a gorgeous villa, with decent furnishings, tons of charm and incredible views - with exceptionally friendly and gracious people willing to support you in whatever way you need.

The location and value is hard to beat. The villa is about 800 meters from the town of Minori, down the hill from Ravello. Minori isn't all that special - quaint and lovely, just not a whole lot to see and do. You need a car or driver to see the best of the Amalfi Coast but that would be true no matter where you stayed. Positano is only 30 km away - but a hour on the switchback roads. Positano tends to be where a lot of people stay but you'd likely pay double the rate for a place of this size and quality.

The villa has access to a swimming pool at a related hotel down the street. You can also head down to the villa's dock. It took a bit to get down there - winding through a maze of stairways and gates, but eventually you find yourself on a dock/platform right on the water. There aren't many villas that can claim that. The villa also has two lovely terraces - a large garden terrace and a small terrace just outside the attic bedroom.

There were seven of us in total - 4 adults and 3 kids (ages 10 to 17). The villa is large and we had plenty of space. We ate out for lunch and dinner but made our own breakfasts - Minori has a number of "marketos" you can buy food at including some cheese and meat shops.

We had plenty of questions about the area when we where there and the staff were always helpful. They were a cell phone call away and had plenty of tips and suggestions to make the vacation all that much better.

If you want old world charm with plenty of space and good access to the rest of the Amalfi Coast, then Villa Principessa could be the vacation villa for you!

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Liked best: Fantastic location, incredible views, large well appointed rooms and attentive staff
Liked least: If you don't like being inches from the Amalfi Coast road, don't stay here
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Jan 26, 2013
Dear Madame.

thanks for your nice review left and we are very happy to read that you have enjoyed so much your stay with us.
We are open mind and we take into consideration what our guests write about our accommodation, that's why, we are so happy to inform you that a new bathroom is available and working for the guests staying in the villa principessa.
The half bathroom, mentioned in your email, is now a full bathroom with a chromotherapy shower and we also renovated/updated the other bathroom and now even the other 3 complete bathrooms are equipped with a comfortable sized shower. So each bedroom has it's private complete bathroom and there is one more complete bathroom at the same level of the dining room/kitchen

thank you for your precious advise, much appreciated.
we hope to see you soon!
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thirkej
Zurich, Switzerland
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“Cannot imagine anywhere better to stay on the Amalfi coast”
Reviewed October 21, 2012 for a stay in October 2012
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This place is lovely! Views are spectacular, terrace is a wonderful place to waste a day, you can walk down to the sea or up to the swimming pool, and Minori is a few minutes stroll away. The rooms themselves are great places to be - we had several happy evening dinners around the kitchen table, and waking up to views across the sea was wonderful. Vincenzo and Norma were helpful and informative. We had a lovely time.

Ground floor is a small hallway, and an impressive large double height sitting room, with big sofas and a dining table, and a balcony looking over the sea. Downstairs there is a shower room and a big kitchen, with a sofa in the corner and a table for 8-10 people. Outside there are two terraces, and 144 steps take you down from there to the sea. Upstairs two bedrooms and a bathroom, one of them has the most amazing trompe l'oeil decoration. More stairs and a small terrace take you up to a self-contained bedroom with a shower and kitchenette. Below the kitchen is another self-contained studio, which we rented for some of our party, but I guess might be taken separately. A minute's walk to the apartment complex, and then another 130 odd steps up there is a 30 ft swimming pool, with stupendous views across the coast.

The setting is great - views to Minori and Maiori, and the other way towards Amalfi. Sitting watching the sun set was superb, especially the day that there were dolphins 100 yards off shore! It's a 5-10 minute walk into Minori for local shops, and you're 5 mins drive from Amalfi.

The villa is right on the road, so if you stand by the front door you sometimes feel that the buses are going to drive right inside, but you quickly stop noticing them, and the bedrooms are on the side away from the road.

The wifi works, but the TV has Sky Italia, so very few non-Italian channels, if that matters to you. There is a tumble dryer and a washing machine and a dish washer. If you have a car, you definitely need to rent a parking space, which is 50 feet down the road, and generally to be aware that driving on the narrow road along the Amalfi coast isn't for the faint hearted.

Overall, we're looking for an excuse to come back next year!

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Liked best: Views and setting
Liked least: err, I guess that it's right next to the road, but it wasn't a big deal
Traveling group: Extended Family
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DC
Reviewed October 7, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

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loreenbel...
Edmonton, Canada
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“Magical”
Reviewed September 4, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We had a fantastic time. There is so much to do in this area... or you can just sit by the pool and enjoy the view! The Villa Principessa was wonderful. It was very large and clean - even though it is 200 years old! There are lots of stairs so it wouldn't be good for small children. There was a beautiful garden with BBQ and tables for dining. There was a cute little patio on the top floor and balconies with the most beautiful views! The access to the pool was across the street - the street is the Amalfi coast! It was worth the 3 min. walk though. I highly recommend contacting Vincenzo to arrange a boat rental to take you to Capri and Positanto. He also arrange airport transfers and a driver to Pompei. Norma was wonderful and arrange taxi's to Ravello and Positano. It is cheaper than a normal cab. Walking into Minori was a daily highlight and don't worry, those cars won't hit you! It was a dream vacation. Thank you.

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Liked best: the view
Liked least: the noise of the road
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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“Beautiful, Authentic Villa in Perfect Location”
Reviewed July 9, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

Lovely villa and well appointed for our purposes. We especially liked the large, sunny kitchen with a big view of the mediterranean, and ate at home most days, avoiding 2 hour meals at overpriced restaurants. A short walk into town yields good produce, bread, cheese, cured meats and more, but note that the local shops are closed mid day - I think they are open 8:30 - 12:30 and then again at 4:30 or 5:00 pm.

Like all properties on this coast, whichi s really a cliff and not a coast, you have to walk about 200 steps down to the shore, which includes a lovely bathing platform and beautiful views of the sea and coast. We spent a lot of time by the water and it was divine. Alternatively, you can walk a few steps up the street, and then climb various staircases to access the shared swimming pool which is also divine, and has an expansive view of the coast. Spectacular.

The house itself is beautiful and well appointed but not "super luxury" which was fine for us. Everything was clean, nicely furnished, fresh. The crips cotton/linen sheets and bright white towels were nice in the local heat. The house has character and charm, and a mix of antiques and modern items.

We highly recommend this property and would (hope to) return. The management/owners were very helpful in every way. We recommend hiring a private boat to cruise the coast and visit Capri and the coastal towns. If you are a group, the cost is no more than if you took busses and ferries and it's so much nicer. The villa management recommended a locak boat rental outfit and we hired a beautiful boat and lovely skipper all day. They picked us up and dropped us at our own bathing platform by the sea so it was "turn key" for us and a highlight of the trip.

No reason to hesitate on this property, unless you don't like stairs, in which case neither this house - nor this region - is a good fit for you. The landscape requires that you go up and down stairs, terraces, etc. if you want to experience the sea, the views, the towns. This house is no exception, with steps down to the sea, up to the pool, and lots of stairs within the three story structure itself.

We highly recommend the location, the house itself, the access to private swimming areas at the sea and pool, the warm and attentive management and more.

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Liked best: Gorgeous house and gardens, pools, outlook
Liked least: Short on shampoos and soaps - but they said they would upgrade based on our comments
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
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Cgano61
New York
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“Breathtaking stay on the Amalfi Coast”
Reviewed June 24, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

Spent a week at Villa Principessa with a group of 8 then included 1 teen and two 20 something's. Villa and it's views are breathtaking. Franco acts as the super/manager. He is incredibly responsive and attentive to your every need. The private beach platform allows incredible access to the sea. Outdoor patio overlooking sea - we cooked and ate outside almost every night. Spectacular views. Walking distance to town of Minori. We walked in and went food shopping daily.

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Liked best: Having Franco - he is so helpful!
Liked least: Minor electrical issues- 400 year old villa
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Reviewed June 12, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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