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Il Dolce Tramonto
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

We arrived in darkness so did not really have an idea of the view until the following morning as all we could really see was twinkling lights from Praiano just down the coast. However, the view from the apartment proved to be everything the photos on here suggest, and more - it really is exceptional.

The apartment was spotlessly clean and well-equipped, with a proper kitchen and bathroom - not just the 'kitchen corner' and tiny shower room which you so often find in holiday lets.

Maria and Marcello could not have been more welcoming. Marcello came out on his motorbike to find us as, in common with many guests, we had trouble finding the place in the dark. None of the maps we looked at show Via Salita Pedata although I have since found that Michelin maps online does. We were actually very close but Via Salita Pedata is an apparently unpromising turning onto an unmade road, past a tin shack and bordered by cornfields and we had not braved it even though we had seen it!

As well as showing us round the apartment, Marcello invited us down to the family's home (they live in the ground floor apartment) where we were offered home made Limoncello and given a wealth of information about the area, including guidebooks and maps. We were also welcomed with a large bowl of fresh fruit and a bottle of home made red wine. Although it was late, dark and raining, Marcello also insisted on accompanying us to a local supermarket so we could buy some basic provisions. He even explained to the owner that I needed special dietary products as I have Coeliac Disease.

During the week, on our return from trips out, Maria or Marcello often appeared to check everything was OK and also produced grapes and tomatoes for us that they had grown on their land.

The charges for the apartment are extremely good value - you can have a whole week here for the price of 1 night in a sea view room in a modest hotel in one of the nearby resorts! And the sea view eclipses any sea view we have ever had before.......

The apartment is within walking distance of the village of Bomerano which has several supermarkets as well as butchers, greengrocers, a baker, fishmonger, chemist and various other shops. This is a real Italian village, not a tourist centre. Although the supermarkets are small by UK standards, they are surprisingly well-stocked. If you are staying for a longer period, there are branches of the hypermarket Auchan within an hour's drive towards Naples but we found it easy to live well on purchases from the local shops.

The apartment is well-placed for visiting the Amalfi coast and Sorrentine Peninsula. Positano seemed to be the busiest and most expensive place, Amalfi does get invaded when the cruise ships come in but Ravello wasn't crowded. We chose to hire car but it would be perfectly possible to manage without as there are regular buses along the coast and up to Ravello. You do need nerves of steel(!) at times to drive as the roads twist and turn continuously and don't expect to get above 3rd gear very often! However, you do adapt to the pace and on many of the blind bends there are strategically placed mirrors. The bus drivers also make their approach known by honking regularly.

Apart from the tail end of a storm on the first day, the weather was beautiful - sunny and with temperatures in the mid 20's - warm enough to enjoy sitting on the terrace looking at that view but not too hot to go sight seeing.

If you want excellent value accommodation with a warm Italian welcome and a spectacular view, this is the place to stay. And visiting in October allows you to avoid the intense heat and crowds of the high season. When you've had enough of the buzz of the resorts you can retreat to your own little private paradise.

Room Tip: We had the middle flat - above the owners who were very quiet but below some noisy people in the top flat. Maybe the top flat would be a better choice?
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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ildolcetramonto, Proprietario at Il Dolce Tramonto, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Wow! … What a long review!
We are really really astonished by all the beautiful words you used to describe the house and the staying at Il Dolce Tramonto.
We always try to make our guests feel such as at their own home.
Thank you for taking so long time to submit such a positive review.
Hope we can be of service to you again at some point in future.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

What can I say - absolutely stunning - arriving at night time, we were unaware of what lay ahead as far as the view was concerned in the morning! It was like being on top of the world - absolutely beautiful. The apartment was meticulously clean and well equipped - old fashioned, but totally appropriate for the area. My wife and I, and 2 children had a marvellous stay and hope to return one day when possible. Maria and Marcello were delightful and very helpful. Thanks so much to them too. I live in Costa Rica, so finding a great vacation spot aint that easy but we succeeded here!

Room Tip: We chose the middle floor which was great as far as the view was concerned and very spacious for the family of 4
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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ildolcetramonto, Proprietario at Il Dolce Tramonto, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

It was a pleasure to meet you and we are very very happy you spent a great vacation at Il Dolce Tramonto. At the same time, we are honored to be known at the other side of the ocean. Hope to see you soon! P.S. Thank you for posting the beautiful photo.

Maria

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The apartment is idylic, situated on a clifftop overlooking the sea, hundreds of metres below, with spectacular views along the coastline. Set in farmland the house has a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere about it.The owners, Maria and Marcello, could not be more attentive, kind and thoughful. The surrounding gardens are a floral feast.
This is an excellent place from which to start many of the coastal footpaths along the Amalfi coast. Positano and Amalfi MUST be visited and, this is an ideal departure point. Priamo is close by, the perfect place for your trip to the Isle of Capri, another place you MUST visit, absolutely breathtaking!!
Shops, the village and eateries are within walking distance though you may need a village map for the first expedition!

Room Tip: Marcello and Maria have several apartments, ranging from the small one I used, which has a double bed, and two larger apartments with spacious patios.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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ildolcetramonto, Proprietario at Il Dolce Tramonto, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your wonderful words following your stay with us at "Il Dolce Tramonto". We are so glad that you enjoyed the welcome, the service we provide to our guests and what we offer at the apartment. Please come to visit us again.
Our best wishes

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

The property is technically in Furore, a small town that begins at sea level and ranges all the way up the steep mountain to the top, and then, perhaps, a dozen or so metres inland. However, your only exit/entrance is to travel through or around the perimeter of the neighbouring mountain-top town of Bomerano, a part of the larger region of Agerola. You will find well-priced meal options in Bomerano, a quaint and charming small town which, although perched atop higher-priced tourist magnets, ironically retains a more down-to-earth and welcoming feel to it.

The views from this property at 650 metres above sea level are unique and breathtaking - throughout the day, and even at night. The hosts, Marcello and Maria, are gracious and respectful, offering their guests adequate privacy as each of the three guest apartments occupies a separate floor, balcony, and terrace. You will find sufficient parking following the rather steep driveway down into the property (though if you made it this far after driving the challenging mountain roads you will be fine). Marcello and Maria offer laundry service if you require it, or, you may hang washed laundry over the clothesline on your balcony and it will dry quickly in the hot Mediterranean sun.

From the property it takes about 50 minutes to drive to Positano, 40 minutes to Amalfi, 60 minutes to Sorrento, 50 minutes to Ravello, and 60 minutes to Pompei. Or you can walk the Pathway of the Gods all the way down to Positano - it will take you 4-5 hours, and bring plenty of water. There are also buses that run on time. But the drives are a captivating part of the experience. Despite the proximity of neighbouring locations the drives are slow because of constantly winding roads and so you average maybe 20kph.

We found this property to be very comfortable for our family of four over the week we stayed there during the last week of August, and, uniquely inviting. The glowing reviews we read (below) before travelling here all turned out to be accurate. We highly recommend Il Dolce Tramonto!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Beautiful house at the Amalfi coast.Very friendly and helpfull owners.The vieuw of the house is just amazing,a nice clean terrace to sit outside to enjoy the beautiful Amalfi coast.I reccomend this house with friendly owners to everyone.No need to look for another place to stay if you ask me.Il Dolce Tramonto is the place to for family's.We definitelty will come back here,that's a fact.

Fam De Beule

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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