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“Tranquility Off the Beaten Track Near Positano”
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B&B Le Ghiande
Ranked #1 of 2 Montepertuso B&B and Inns
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

The beautiful small inn, Le Ghiande, was the most authentic, heartwarming, and most enjoyable place we stayed in our wonderful three week June vacation in Italy. At 480 euro for a six night stay in a studio that slept three and came with a kitchen, modern bath, patio with an eagle's nest view looking down at Montepertuso and up at the craggy cliffs connected by the Path of the Gods, and a breakfast of homemade tarts, cakes, croissants, juice, fruit. cereal, yogurt, and cappuccino, it was also the best value! A stay in this approximately 500 year old farmhouse which originally belonged to our host, Salvatore's grandmother, is best for the reasonably fit traveler, as there are 100 steps up from the road to the long, terraced entryway, although Salvatore and his cousin, Marco will cheerfully carry your bags up the stairs. You will be greeted by the aroma of lemon trees as you walk past a glider swing near the fountain, where we spent our first hour gazing down at an impressive soccer game played by accomplished teens in the schoolyard far below. "We would be pleased to have you join us for pizza tonight," said Salvatore, not knowing that the tradition was to gather together at tables under a grape arbor with three generations of around 20 of his friendly relatives and whatever guests were in attendance every Saturday night for what turned out to be a veritable ten course feast. We were served six different kinds of impeccably cooked thin crust pizzas browned to perfection in the outdoor wood fired oven, endless trays of cheeses, meats, and salads, and in case we had any room left, homemade tiramisu and limoncello! Welcome to Montepertuso! One day we walked the 1,000 steps down to Positano passing lovely stucco houses with Moorish arches, many awash with glowing purple bougainvillea and the aroma of honeysuckle. Most of the time we relied on the15 minute local bus to take us to Nuevo Chiesa, or the top most stop in Positano, a butterfly shaped town built on the side of a cliff, and we would walk down the rest of the way. We have stayed in two different small hotels in Positano on a previous trip, but we much preferred staying at Le Ghiande, closer to the lives of real people. The beds were hard, as is typical in much of Europe, but our backs rebounded when treated to a morning shower with a magnificent shower head. Holding on for dear life on the local bus around 6 hairpin turns is not for the faint of heart, but it became second nature by our final day.By that time the locals whom we would see on the busses every day would smile at us. Montepertuco also has some fine restaurants, the best among them being the elegant Donna Rosa and the more rustic Il Retrovo, both of which run cooking schools. As an added wonder, we happened to be there for two religious processions, one for Corpus Domini and another in honor of Saint Anthony, the village's patron saint, which came complete with the church's statue of Saint Anthony being carried by five strong men up and down the sloping streets as the whole town seemed to turn out to join the procession. Children in long, white robes, men and women passed by engaged in fervent acappella singing. There was also a brass band, and fireworks in which a likeness of Saint Anthony burst forth over the cliffs and then whirled down towards the Tyrhannian Sea. I have not seen any town lovelier than Positano, but as so many others seem to agree, it made good sense to stay in this tranquil refuge high above it with the most outstanding views of Positano around each bend. We were glad that we elected not to rent a car, as being forced at times to back up on steep, windy roads as the bus pressed upward and onward looked insanely stressful. Once we mastered the bus schedule, getting around by bus was great fun and forced us into a slower gear, as we learned to enjoy waiting and watching the world go by--slow travel, or the vacation from the vacation, after experiencing countless cultural sites in Rome and the Tuscan art cities. As a cherry on top of it all, Salvatore gave us a gift of limoncello and drove us to Positano so that we would be sure to make our connection to Sorrento.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

We just returned from our second wonderful stay at Le Ghiande. Salvatore is a great host, making us feel welcome from the moment we arrived.
If you want an authentic "Italian Experience" where you are always welcomed and treated like family...then Le Ghiande is just the place for you!

Our spacious room was tastefully furnished and spotless. Amenities included wifi and a kitchenette to make long stays very enjoyable. The large terrace has spectacular views of Monteperuso, Positano and the Mediterrian Sea.

Breakfast on the terrace is delightful. There are many delicious homemade items to start your day; fresh fruit, juice, yogurt, warm croissants and pastries with homemade jams, and of course cappuccino! Lingering on the terrace, planning your day is very pleasant and relaxing.

There are several top rated restaurants nearby and exhilarating hiking trails.

Le Ghiande has a very warm and inviting atmosphere and we highly recommend this B & B!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

This was the highlight of our trip to Italy.
Salvatore is an absolutely wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome.
The rooms are basic but spacious and comfortable. The balconies offer a stunning view and waking up to it is an incredible way to start the day. It's 20 min by bus to centre of Positano but being outside the town gives you a much more genuine experience.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

My fiancee and I decided to stay at Le Ghiande after reading fantastic reviews here. Initially we were disappointed at not being able to secure accommodation in the heart of Positano, but when we arrived it was immediately apparent we had made the right choice.
Salvatore's cousin helped with the bags up the 100+ steps up to the B&B. Home made cakes (by Salvatore) and cold drinks were served upon arrival. Salvatore also took time to recommend local restaurants and trips to Capri island.
The rooms were large and spacious, and had amazing views over Positano. Don't let the 1000+ steps into Positano deter you, the views up here are well worth it. In fact, it didn't take us long to decide we actually loved the tranquillity and peacefulness much more than Positano itself, which was busy with too many sweater-over-the-shoulder types.
Salvatore's breakfasts are all home-made (right down to the jams) and although he seems to single-handedly manage a busy B&B he always took the time out to have a chat with us.
This was a truly amazing stay and a great way to experience true Italian hospitality. We're already thinking about our trip back.

Room Tip: We had a room on the top floor, and although there is no balcony the views are amazing enough. The...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We had an excellent couple of days here, it is a great wee villa (hard to get to but worth it). We were treated so kindly by the hosts, even providing lunch and a sample of his own produced oils when we left.
The breakfast was nice, pretty standard for Italy.
Good price for the area as well

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Italy does not get better than this. Montepertuso is a beautiful little village, and you actually get the feel of being an Italian at this place. Let the tourist hordes have their Capris, their Positanos and their Sorrentos. If you really enjoy escaping all of that, then stay here. Honestly, do yourselves a favour and stay here.

Salvatore is the cutest man alive, always up for a chat, and with an omnipresent smile on his face, he's easily the friendliest house owner (you feel like you are a part of his family the way he welcomes you into his home) I've come across (after 8 months of travel, too).

The views speak for themselves. I felt guilty leaving this place to explore the rest of the Amalfi Coast, such is its allure. The rooms are really spacious, although can be a touch cold overnight and there are even amenities for cooking (with some basic condiments to boot). Bathrooms are a really good size. You feel as if you are in the master bedroom of the house, rather than in a B&B/hotel. Breakfast was delicious-he makes everything himself, inc. the jams. Another positive was that the shutters enabled the room to be made pitch black overnight-a big plus for a light sleeper like myself.

As others have mentioned, they even double as porters, to bring your bags up the 100 steps. And upon arrival, they greet you with cakes and drinks! I implore you to stay at this place, it is that good (although book 6+months in advance for the Summer period).

I've never thanked anyone in a review, but seriously, thank you Salvatore for a wonderful stay! We will be back, you can count on that!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

I cannot say enough good things about this bed and breakfast. The minute we arrived, Selvatore and his helpers were at our car ready to help us carry our much-too-heavy suitcases up the stairs to the terrace. Breakfast was incredible--Selvatore wakes up at 5am every morning to bake fresh croissants and cakes. AMAZING. Speaking of Selvatore, he was absolutely a gem. The whole place is run and designed by him and his guy friends, which is incredible to me. The views from the terrace are outstanding...we felt like queens in a palace! Selvatore is certainly the perfect Italian gentleman.
Just up the hill (about 500 steps) is the Montepertuso Hole...if you have the energy, I'd HIGHLY recommend making the trekl. It's an unbelievable spot...and great for rock, climbing and bouldering, too! (If you bring ropes for climbing)
Don't let all the Positano steps deter you...they say Positano people count distance in steps, as opposed to meters or feet. Seriously...so many steps. But it's great exercise, and you can go as slowly as you need! Like I said, Selvatore and his helpers are GREAT at lugging the luggage up and down.
No complaints. Incredible. A great honeymoon spot, too! The stars are BRILLIANT at night, and the terrace is incredibly romantic!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Via Tagliata 63, 84017 Montepertuso, Positano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Positano > Montepertuso
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Montepertuso
Price Range: $105 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — B&B Le Ghiande 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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Dipped in the green of the Coastal Amalfitana and far away from every noise the Ghiande in an ancient restructured colonic house and fine furnished equipped of all the comfort. ... more   less 
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