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Sleeps:
4
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Type:
Villa
Property #:
13994
Nearest Town:
Praiano

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Casa Fiorenza

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Overall:
we had an excellent experience.
Enjoyed Most:
Great views, quiet wonderful friendly neighbors, a local experience, and great hiking trails.
Enjoyed Least:
There was a rodent in the house. It was reported to the owner. Editor's Note: The owner took care of the problem. November 2013.
Surrounding Area:
Great hiking and friendly people.
Tips or Restaurants:
Great little store close. Try to get a map of the hiking trails and be prepared that everything closes between noon and 4:30.

Anthony, October

Overall:
When we walked into the villa we were impressed with the dining room and the large living room with the best part being the view from the living room balcony. Wow. This was the start of our stay and it just got better from there.
Enjoyed Most:
The large living space, the view and the patio. The owner of the villa was on site and we saw him from time to time. He only spoke Italian but he made every effort to make us feel at home.
Enjoyed Least:
There were some ant issues from time to time.
Surrounding Area:
When in the Amalfi area you have to expect walking up and down hills and steps. I really enjoyed the walking to the beach and to the local grocery store and to the local restaurants. Everything is close, if you like to walk.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa was located in Praiano and it was a half hour walk to the main street. The next closest town is Positano which is 12 km away. We took the local bus to go to Positano. The bus is mostly standing room only and it took about half an hour to get to Positano.
Tips or Restaurants:
I would suggest ant insect repellant. Restaurants in Praiano are great and usually all family owned. Positano is nice but Praiano has everything you could want for a quiet and fun vacation. The people in the restaurants are great to talk to as long as you take the initiative. It's amazing how a conversation can start by you asking "how are you doing". Also take a water taxi ride to Amalfi and the coast from the water, its just amazing.
Directions:
We arranged for a driver from Naples through RentVillas. The driver, Fobio, was amazing and we were able to go for lunch and stop at Pompeii on the way to the villa. That was such a plus.
Check In Out:
The property manager was always on time, and she was more than willing sit and chat about the area.

Bruce, August

Overall:
Our overall stay was very good.
Enjoyed Most:
The views from the villa and the outside patio.
Enjoyed Least:
The water pressure and the hot water supply were not great when taking showers. The main transportation is bus travel, which was not the most reliable.
Surrounding Area:
Again, the Amalfi Coast is just gorgeous. We loved our boat ride to Capri which we booked out of Praiano.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was the nearest town and, yes, it was within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Every restaurant we went to in Praiano was terrific. I would suggest that renters realize that the villa is only equipped with bare essentials. You must go to the store very soon after arrival and buy more items such as toilet paper, paper towel, soap, etc. The store was very close and well-equipped. Very nice proprietors.
Directions:
Since we had a driver, directions were not an issue. All drivers (we had three) were prompt, polite and very good drivers. We had an early flight so the driver had to be there by 3:30 AM. We were concerned but no worries--he was waiting for us.
Check In Out:
Everything went well on both ends.

Susan, May

Overall:
We had a great time at this property. Views were marvelous and the locals were very friendly. A great Amalfi Coast experience.
Enjoyed Most:
The patio just off of the kitchen was a real gem. We enjoyed sitting out there and eating or drinking and soaking up the view. A nice olive tree provided shade and the owner of the villa maintained beautiful flowers and other flora there that made the patio completely charming.
Enjoyed Least:
The property itself was great. The local bus system was just OK. It was not completely reliable or punctual. We took the local bus to Positano and when we had visited the town, we went to the bus stop to catch the bus back to Praiano, along with many others. The bus, however, never came, and so we walked back to Praiano. The walk was beautiful and we enjoyed it, but the bus left us with no choice. It was either walk, or take an expensive taxi.
Surrounding Area:
We enjoyed Positano, and we especially enjoyed the boat ride to Capri. The little restaurants in Praiano were all terrific. The food was excellent and the people were very friendly.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was the closest town and it was a short walk, though one must walk along the narrow coast highway. We walked from Positano to the villa in about an hour, but again, one must walk along the narrow coast road. Traffic is not heavy, but sometimes the walker must stop to make sure buses can pass safely. The views are wonderful.
Tips or Restaurants:
We did not experience a bad restaurant in Praiano. There is a little restaurant/pizzeria adjacent to the main church in the middle of town that was very nice and had nice views of Positano. It is run by a delightful and hardworking father/daughter team. They were extremely friendly and the food was wonderful.
Directions:
The directions were fine, though we had a driver who took us straight to the villa. I don't know how anyone could drive a rental car there. There is no parking and the chances of damaging the rental car would be high. Almost all of the local cars have been sideswiped. This is due to the narrow roads and the lack of parking.
Check In Out:
Check-in was very smooth. We were met at the villa and everything went smoothly. Check-out went smoothly as well.

Tim, May

Overall:
We have stayed in Casa Fiorenza before and adore this house. We had a relaxing, fun and thoroughly enjoyable stay. Our keyholder was right on time, and we love the location.
Enjoyed Most:
Location and view and the friendliness of the townspeople in Praiano.
Enjoyed Least:
The climb up hills and stairs, but that is all part of the Amalfi Coast experience and visitors should plan in advance and understand that before traveling to this part of Italy. Get in shape and bring great walking shoes!
Surrounding Area:
Praiano is the least touristy of all the Amalfi Coast towns, yet the restaurants are excellent and we had access to a wonderful market where we could buy fresh produce, meats, wines or drugstore items on a daily basis. The view is absolutely stunning and each time we go, there is something new to discover.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were right in Praiano. Everything is within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
There isn't a bad restaurant, but we loved cooking for ourselves. The kitchen is wonderful, the terrace a perfect place for dining, and the food is fresh. We did enjoy driving up the mountain to Furore this time. Dining at Bacco was extraordinary, where we also started a love affair with Marisa Cuomo wines. She founded the local and very famous winery--wonderful!

Deborah, October

Overall:
Very pleased, as it was exactly what we all wanted. Forunata had a wonderful array of foods, wine and fruits for us, it was so special. The view and location was perfect.
Enjoyed Most:
Kitchen, roof top patio, and kitchen patio!
Enjoyed Least:
Mattresses in the bedrooms and pillows were quite firm. Didn't sleep so well. Also a shower curtain is needed in the main bathroom.
Surrounding Area:
Being a part of the community was enchanting as was hearing the rooster crow every morning. The community atmosphere and views were wonderful
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was the nearest town and yes we walked there frequently to go to the beach and for meals.
Tips or Restaurants:
Truly do not worry about food for the first few days! The property was very well stocked with fresh fruits, cheese, breads, coffee, etc. Don't miss the Capri boat trip--it was a wonderful day on the water. We fell in love with Positano and spent a few days there shopping and enjoying the beach. The shopping is fabulous!
Directions:
We used a GPS as this is a must; when we arrived it was a very rainy night and we would never have found our way. We kept in contact with Fortunata and she patiently waited for us due to the weather.

Michelle, October

Overall:
Wonderful. The house was perfect with an awesome views. We will definitely rent from you again! Thank you for doing such a great job.
Enjoyed Most:
The view. Your organization and follow-through were amazing (even arranging our parking for the week!).
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing. It's a beautiful home.
Surrounding Area:
Outside patio.
Tips or Restaurants:
There are flies, so bring/buy bug spray.
Directions:
Very good. We used GPS
Check In Out:
Very efficient. Fortunata was lovely and very helpful. She provided us with some sightseeing tips and restaurant suggestions which we appreciated. She was right on time (and very efficient) at check out.

Julia, October

Overall:
Our overall experience was hampered by an unfortunate circumstance. The main road through and around the town was being paved and this led to construction noise, local bus routes cancelled, tar smells and for one day a few hours of no access in or out of our apartment. However, the owner was VERY friendly and kind. We were compensated for the trouble we experienced as a result of road construction through the week and this was appreciated.
Enjoyed Most:
The view and the outdoor dining area.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds and pillows were unusually hard.
Surrounding Area:
The beach, the local restaurants, and shops were very nice.
Nearby Events or Locales:
It is easy to take the bus (if it's running) to Positano or Ravello. There are quite a number of fairly steep stairs to climb or descend to get to the beach but it is a very pleasant journey if you like to walk. It normally took 10 to 15 minutes to reach the beach.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a pillow and the place will be perfect.
Directions:
We took a taxi from Positano and called the manager who provided more detailed directions to our driver.
Check In Out:
All of this was done very well. The manager went our of her way to help us.

Julie , June

Overall:
It was more than we expected with fabulous appointments and great views. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for an Amalfi Coast experience and at the same time being off the main tourist routes. The owner was in residence, and while he left us alone, he was quite nice and provided fresh towels mid week.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa was completely remodeled and contained all the modern conveniences we needed.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The grocery store was a short trip, and Praiano was a beautiful town with good restaurants and conveniently situated for touring the Amalfi Coast.

Rick, October

Overall:
In a word, "Pleasant".
Enjoyed Most:
THE VIEW ! The views are stunning and the apartment is beautiful. We arrived to a lovely selection of fresh fruits and other foods. The grocery store is very close and convenient. The semi-private sun deck was a real bonus.
Enjoyed Least:
Due to a mix-up we waited for an extra 30 minutes at the meeting location. The apartment sleeps 4 but we only found 2 wine glasses and 2 water glasses. We also found the cutlery to be in poor condition and there was no sharp knife. Door latches to hold the doors open to the breeze would also have been nice. Editor's Note: The kitchen equipment been replaced. October 2011.
Surrounding Area:
We felt lucky to have chosen Praiano over the other towns on the Amalfi Coast. It was the least touristy town of all those we visited: Positano, Amalfi, Minori, and Ravello. We found some really nice mountain trails to walk very close to the property including a trail going down to the beach. It was quite steep in places so you will want to be in good pyhsical condition to take the trails.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was in walking distant but there is quiet a steep hill into town. My wife and I managed the walk fine, but my 78 year old mother and father struggled a bit. The bus was very handy for my parents as it was just 200 m from the apartment.
Directions:
The road signs are very small and you do not get much warning before you need to change direction. Pay close attention to where you're going and read the signs closely.

James, September

Overall:
The villa exceeded our expectations. The photos do not do it justice.
Enjoyed Most:
Very well positioned in Praiano just a short walk from the Tutto per Tutti wine and grocery shop where all your food needs are available. We cooked lunch and dinner most days in the very well fitted kitchen and all meals were enjoyed on the fabulous patio just next to the kitchen under the shade of a tree with views out over the ocean. The villa was well suited to two couples with private bathrooms.
Surrounding Area:
It wasn't long before we got used to walking the local road or down the steps to the village. Both beaches at each end of the town were enjoyable, even at the height of the summer season.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We walked all around Praiano enjoying the pathways. Each day found us in the late afternoon sipping Spritz at Bar Di Sole in the heart of town after a swim or an excursion out of town on the bus.
Tips or Restaurants:
We enjoyed a meal at La Brace in the main town.
Directions:
We decided to use a private car service from Rome which took about 5 hrs with a stop for lunch. Fabio of Positano Discovery looked after us and it saved us having to use multiple train and bus transfers.
Check In Out:
Teresa is excellent. Very welcoming and full of local information.

Andrew, August

Overall:
We had a wonderful time at Casa Fiorenza. The views were INCREDIBLE and the villa was clean, comfortable, and peaceful.
Enjoyed Most:
It was great to have the opportunity to "live" and cook for ourselves on the Amalfi Coast. The property is well-maintained and the owner lives below and was attentive and friendly, even bringing up citronella candles when the bugs outside were bad. The villa is gorgeous, and the outside patio was a marvelous place to eat, relax, and read.
Enjoyed Least:
Although it was no fault of the villa, the bugs outside were unpleasant. I got 12 bites, and there were small ants inside the kitchen and downstairs bedroom. Also, the downstairs bathroom shower didn't have a curtain and the water splashed everywhere in the bathroom.
Surrounding Area:
The Amalfi coast is beautiful, and it was a wonderful coastline to explore. Praiano is a very small town and almost all of the people we encountered were locals. There is also a fabulous store below the villa, Tutto per Tutti, which is where we bought all of our food and groceries. It was also a good landmark to inform taxi drivers of our location.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town is Praiano, and while it is within walking distance (we walked to town 3 or 4 times), it is quite a trek, especially coming back up. However, walking and hiking up stairs is part of the Amalfi Coast experience. There is a bus system, although we didn't use it well, and had difficulty figuring out the schedule.
Tips or Restaurants:
Be prepared to walk and climb stairs a lot. The villa is well stocked with essential groceries upon arrival.
Directions:
We had a driver pick us up at the Naples train station, which was wonderful! We didn't stress about finding our way or driving, and he picked us up for our return trip to the station.
Check In Out:
We were shown how to use everything at check-in, and check-out was smooth and easy, even though we had to check out a day early.

Andrea, July

Overall:
Our week was a wonderful experience. The villa, which is really a duplex apartment, looked exactly like the photos on the web site. The 72 steps were not as challenging as we thought but in general the entire Amalfi Coast is steps, steps, and more steps. All overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean.
Enjoyed Most:
The delightful owner keeps all the outdoor patios clean each day. We were fortunate to have a wonderful cook in our party. We had a few great meals on the patio of the villa. All ingredients were very fresh and everything we needed was purchased from the little market Tutto per Tutti down the hill from the villa.
Enjoyed Least:
This region is swarming with tiny ants. They come out of the land. It is difficult to keep them out of the house and the kitchen had to be immaculately cleaned after meals. Also, there are lots of mosquitoes! The other issue is the electricity. Plug in more than one appliance and you might blow a fuse.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano is the town where this villa is located and we feel it was well situated for day trips to Positano, Capri, Amalfi, Ravello. The views from the sea, if you do any boat excursions, is unbelievable.
Tips or Restaurants:
We ate at a few local restaurants and can recommend La Brace. Everything was wonderful and the lemon cake was divine! Lemons the size of cantaloupes grow everywhere in this region. Gavitella Beach was the most challenging to get to. The Tourism office told us it was 330 steps down. However, it was more like a survivor wilderness experience and I thought rather dangerous.

Fern, July

Overall:
Great experience. If I were to go to the Amalfi Coast again I would rent this same Villa again. Rafaella was very attentive without being intrusive.I loved staying in Praiano because it was not overrun with tourists.
Enjoyed Most:
The outside areas .
Enjoyed Least:
Transportion. I saw the local bus 2 times during my week long stay. I know mid-May the service was spotty at best. But it is very difficult to get around the town with very little bus service. Plus transportation costs are really expensive. I know this is not the Villa's fault but it is a drawback
Surrounding Area:
Shopping in Ravello and Positano. Cooking school in Sorrento. Restaurants in all the villages. Touring the ruins of Pompeii
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was walkable but bus service would have been nice.
Directions:
We had a driver.

Suzanne, May

Overall:
Casa Fiorenza was all we expected from the reviews, photos and more. Each room offered wide views of the seacoast. Keep the shutters open to enjoy beautiful sunrises over the sea! A lovely start to each day was enjoyed on the kitchen patio with abundant early spring flowers & ocean view, a scene awaiting the artist's brush. Owners pride in the Villa is apparent from cleanliness, furnishings, architectural & ceramic detail. He took great care in pleasing us, coming right back with second hair dryer when saw that there were two couples. Fresh towels were delivered midweek. We felt right at home with a thoughtfully stocked kitchen. The fresh oranges, tomatoes, mozzarella & olives were exquisite in flavor and a treat. We enjoyed cooking in a few nights with the fresh ingredients supplied for us. Try panninis with the prosciutto, mozzarella & tomato- scrumptious! Anything you need in addition can be found fresh at the market, Tutto per Tutti, around the corner. Kitchen is well stocked with any cooking accessory needed. We were all extremely pleased with Rentvillas.com's service and respresentation of property. Thank you for making this trip a pleasant one for us.
Enjoyed Most:
Worked out nicely for two couples as we each had a bedroom suite on seperate floors with private bath. We stayed one week, but would love to come back to just live like a local for a couple of weeks. The stairs to the Villa were not as bothersome as I anticipated from reading the reviews as all of the Amalfi Coast calls for steep walking.
Enjoyed Least:
My only suggestion is that the owner supply a privacy curtain in the downstairs bathroom.
Tips or Restaurants:
Avoid Rick Steve's mention of the beach in center of Praiano near San Gennaro. Dreadful 500 steps down to a cement pad at water. Driving is a challenge even for the passenger. The buses may be the way to go. As a tourist we enjoyed the coast from Amalfi/Ravello to Sorrento. Make sure you get up to the magical town of Ravello, something about being up so high and isolated, just beautiful. On Capri we went up to ANACAPRI and loved the high town there as well. Make a note to see the AXEL MUNTHE VILLA SAN MICHELE, a villa & museum with gorgeous gardens overlooking the port and SAN MICHELE CHURCH with its famous ceramic floor in Anacapri. LA BRACE restaurant in Praiano was a favorite. Discovered MARINA DI PRAIA one evening and was welcomed by Mama & family at Bar Mare Petit Restaurant. We were treated like family with many personalized touches. A touching, memorable and beautiful evening. Easily accessible by car.

Harold Eileen, April

Overall:
We were enchanted by the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the Amalfi Coast. Our interactions with the local residents left the fondest memories.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa exhibits the skills and artistic talents of the owner, who spent 4 years renovating it. The home is spacious, beautifully decorated and offers gorgeous views of the coast and the sea. The kitchen is thoughtfully stocked with food and drink to last at least 4 days. The local food market is only steps away and has "everything for everyone" Tutto per Tutti.
Enjoyed Least:
The lighting in the bathrooms is dim, making grooming and make-up difficult. Some kitchen pots and the colander need upgrading. The kitchen stove has an electric sparking ignition and is very tricky to operate and to regulate the burners. When showering in the downstairs bathroom be aware that it limits the hot water supply to the upstairs bathroom. Water pressure also varies .
Surrounding Area:
During our 2 week vacation we took many side trips beyond Praiano .... to Positano, Amalfi, Minori, Maiori, Salerno, Sorrento,Capri, AnaCapri, Pompeii, and even Paestum! Most of these adventures require careful bus scheduling and timely bus connections. The printed schedules are difficult to figure out but the experiences in each new place are worth the effort. Purchasing 24 hour passes at the Tabacchi shops often are the most economical way to travel... Plan ahead!
Nearby Events or Locales:
The town of Priaino, where the villa is located, is a place to meet and greet the local folk who never fail to smile and say, "Buon giorno." It is a place where one can stop by the barbershop abd sing "That's Amore" with the retired men who often gather there. It is a town where each turn on the steep hills reveals a new vista. It is a place where the sea and the sky re-invent themselves and are always posed and ready for a photo.
Tips or Restaurants:
Leave the driving to the bus drivers! Make sure to have sturdy shoes and sturdy limbs and study the bus schedules. The villa is so well stocked that most household items on the "packing check list"of the "Insiders Guide" are not necessary. Bring a hairdryer - there is only one on the premises, and a washcloth (none provided
Directions:
We arranged for a driver to take us from the Naples Airport to the villa. This worked out well.

Marsha, November

Overall:
Delightful. Villa was well located to key towns like Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
Enjoyed Most:
Views were magnificent. Didn't make enough use of the large 2nd level sunning deck.
Enjoyed Least:
Water pressure in showers were weak. Not enough counter space to clean up around the kitchen sink. Also, no cabinet toe-space so it was difficult to get close to the counter top without bending over. Disclosure: I am a Certified Kitchen Designer.
Surrounding Area:
Just meandering through the alley ways of Positano. The Villa Rudolfo and Cianbrone Gardens in Ravello were the highlight of the area. Could have spent more time on Capri. The boat schedule allowed only 4.5 hours, where we needed 2 days to really see the island.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was a 15-minute tiring hike up the hill to the Sita bus.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring an American electric coffee pot. Max in Positano was a fine restaurant experience.

Ken, October

Overall:
This was a wonderful place to stay to really get a feel for a small town and how the locals live. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. Everything is walkable, even though there are around 70 stairs to get to the villa, but if you are staying on the Amalfi Coast you need to be in decent shape. My aunt and uncle who are in their mid 70's had no trouble at all (we are in our early 60's). The villa is very well equipped with plenty of dishes in the kitchen if you want to cook in and towels were brought to us mid week by the owner. Every day the owner was out on the patio sweeping up the olives so that we could enjoy the patio. The views of the sea from the main floor are spectacular, (both in the master suite, patio and living room). There is a sea view from the roof top but it isn't as pleasant an area for sitting. A few nights there were fireworks around the town or down towards the sea and it was very awesome.
Enjoyed Most:
The food we got in the town shops was so fresh. We cooked in many times getting our food right down the street at Tutti per Tutti (everything for everybody). The eggs were so fresh, the chicken the best I have ever had, meats and cheese at the deli were wonderful and a huge selection of wine. we also went to the center of town (a.m. early) to the fish market and got the best anchovies and sole, which we cooked for dinner. They were just bringing the catch in as we arrived at the fish market. The people in this small town were so friendly and were so patient as we struggled with our Italian language and so willing to help us feel comfortable. The barber right below our entrance way always had a smile and a greeting for us. Everyday we would get up early and watch the sun rise over the water from one of the rooms in the villa. Just beautiful.
Enjoyed Least:
Ants in the kitchen...my husband made a quick dash down to Tutti's to get the equivalent of Raid. Luckily I had read a previous customers reviews and brought ant cups from the U.S. so we had a short lived problem. The villa could definitely use a broom and dustpan. Since we were staying for two weeks we needed to clean up and were not able to do so. The vacuum that is at the property is old so we did not use it. If two couples are sharing the cost of the place they will probably notice a big difference between the master suite and the bedroom upstairs (the room upstairs could definitely use some TLC).
Surrounding Area:
We hired Car Service Gennarino (local taxi place in the center of Praiano) to take us to Pompeii and Herculaneum and it was well worth the money. We did take the bus and train to Paestum (which is great, as is the museum) and wished we had hired a driver. It was a long day. Ravello is a must and be sure to go the gardens at Villa Cimbrone. Lots of great walks and hikes around but be in great shape beforehand.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Find out which days are market days in the surrounding towns and get a flavor for the locals. We hiked down to the main beach in town of Praiano..very long way down , at least 300 steps but very interesting walking by the local homes. The other beach that is below Tutti is much easier to get to but wear water shoes as there are a lot of rocks instead of sand at the beach. We walked back home by the path across the highway from the beach which takes you through the woods and is a very pretty walk if you don't mind a bit of a climb. We sat outside the Duomo on Sunday after church and watched a small soccer (football) game taking place, very impromptu and family oriented.
Tips or Restaurants:
If you want to see some very beautiful pottery and don't have a car, call Ceramiche Casola and they will send a driver for free to pick you up. A demonstration will be shown in the back room of the store as to how the pottery is made. We did not have a car and twice Il Ritrovo Restorante came from the town of Montepertuso and picked us up for dinner. This is a wonderful little place in the mountains above Positano where everything is homemade. One night they had a guitarist and a mandolin player who serenaded everyone with lovely music...felt like the true Italy. We also loved a restaurant in Ravello called Cumpa Cosimo. The matriarch of the place comes around to each table to make sure everyone is being taken care of well..food is outstanding. We went here twice.
Directions:
All of the people traveling with us hired Benevenuto Driver's to transport them either to the airport in Naples or the train station. They are an excellent company and know the Amalfi Coast well so we had no trouble with directions. And it does help when you know that you are directly above Tutti per Tutti grocery store when you are calling a driver.
Check In Out:
The agent who met all of us and let us in to the villa was extremely helpful and since we were leaving early on Saturday for the airport she made a point of coming by Friday afternoon to do the check-out. She made everything run very smoothly and spoke English well.

Carol, October

Overall:
Fabulous! We loved the villa and Praiano.
Enjoyed Most:
The views, although there were so many other good things about the villa - it was comfortable, beautiful, spacious, well-equipped, and peaceful.
Enjoyed Least:
Can't really think of anything ...
Surrounding Area:
The Amalfi coast is lovely, and full of wonderful places to explore. Each of the towns has its own character and is well worth checking out.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano, and yes it is within walking distance provided you don't mind climbing either up or down hills and stairs - many, many stairs.
Tips or Restaurants:
Tutti & Tutti is a wonderful shop for any grocery needs. Ask the wonderful gentleman at the counter at the back of the shop for his recommendation for meat and cheese.
Check In Out:
Easy. Antonietta was professional, on time, and extremely helpful.

Sarah, September

Overall:
Amazing. We loved our time at the villa. The views and the feel of Praiano are as close to living a dream as you can express.
Enjoyed Most:
The floor plan allowed us to enjoy views of the Mediterranean from every point in the house there were only two of us on the first floor, and we loved the privacy. The kitchen was perfectly appointed, and the linens lovely.
Enjoyed Least:
To be expected---stairs and hills, but that's the Amalfi Coast! The master bedroom mattress is like a rock.... could do with a slightly softer mattress and I use a firm one at home. I had to put a blanket between the sheet and the mattress to add at least a layer of softness.
Surrounding Area:
Gorgeous. We loved the fact that we felt like we blended right into the town. The market is extremely convenient to this villa. Great restaurants are walkable.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were right in Praiano but high on the hill. Bus or car access to Amalfi or Positano, or just about anywhere on the coast is easy.
Tips or Restaurants:
Actually, I brought several things because I wasn't sure if we would be able to access the store, but it's so close, we walked down every day. We appreciated the fact that the agency had fresh fruit, pasta, coffee, wine, etc. there for us when we arrived. The kitchen is so well-appointed, we didn't have to buy anything except laundry detergent.
Directions:
We did use a GPS and drove ourselves from Rome. We input the name of the meeting place, and it was very easy to find.
Check In Out:
Teresa is excellent in every way. As non-Italian speakers, we appreciated the fact that her English is perfect and she is accommodating, smart and friendly.

Deborah, August

Overall:
Wonderful. We were welcomed with food, wine, fresh flowers in several of the rooms - what more could a tired traveler want?
Enjoyed Most:
It was beautiful, both the villa itself and the views.
Enjoyed Least:
The location of the sink in the kitchen made washing dishes a little difficult. I had to think awhile to find something not to like!
Surrounding Area:
Central to going on day trips. Easy to catch the bus. The store is close. The neighbors were welcoming, waving and saying hello every day as we come and went.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were in a small town. The bus stop was just at the bottom of the hill so getting around was not a concern.
Tips or Restaurants:
You'll find everything you need either in the house or at the little store at the bottom of the hill. Make sure you get an updated list of the bus schedule on your first day. Don't rent a car. Too difficult to drive and/or park. Relax and have a ball.
Directions:
Again, too difficult to rent a car. Buses available or get a driver.

Mary, May

Overall:
Very relaxing. If you are interested in just seeing the sites then a week is enough time, but if you want to relax as well, two weeks is a must. We visited the towns of Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Paestum and the Island of Capri. We where there for two weeks so we had a few days to relax at the beach.
Enjoyed Most:
The property is very well laid out, with enough room for four people to move around freely. It was great to have a various outdoor spaces to choose from, two terraces with views, the dining terrace and the sun deck on top. Since the two bedroom suites are on different floors it allowed privacy as needed. The first floor suite is nicer than the second floor suite.
Enjoyed Least:
The kitchen was great, except for the lack of a dishwasher. It would also be nice if there was a vacuum or broom and mop left at the villa. This would come in handy since all the floors are white tile.
Surrounding Area:
The town of Praiano was very nice and not as touristy as Positano or Amalfi. The small grocery story at the bottom of the hill was perfect and we cooked a great deal of the time and found most everything we needed there.
Nearby Events or Locales:
To reach the center of town or the beach you had a 15-20 minute walk DOWNhill. Positano is a 20 minute bus ride away with the bus stop less then a three minute walk from the villa.
Tips or Restaurants:
STEPS, yes there are too many to mention. It is a few hundred meters from the parking UP the road to the front step of the villa which are another three stories before you reach the front door. This was not a problem with us us but I can see it causing troubles for some. Buy your Bus tickets at the tabacchi - it is cheaper then buying them on the bus.
Directions:
Direction worked fine.

John, September

Overall:
This year was our third consecutive visit to Casa Fiorenza, we obviously find this property and the location perfect for our situation. We are harried business owners that must get far away to relax and this small paradise created by its attentive owner suits us to perfection.
Enjoyed Most:
The patio, kitchen, living room and even the 54 steps are great. The absolute best part is the nearby access - 50 yards - to terrific public transportation and a neighborhood market one usually can only dream of.
Enjoyed Least:
The ants and the Amalfi trash disposal system that supports these tenacious creatures present a challenge.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano is a small town with challenging traffic, but at a distance of less than a mile from Casa Fiorenza, can easily be walked to. The fresh fish and meat stores are well worth the risk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Be sure to try the Bufalo Mozzarella,found only in this region and coveted by cheese lovers world over. The purchased fresh sea bass was the best I have ever had.
Directions:
We have always had the property manager arrange for a transfer from either the Naples airport or the train station. The very old underground train station in Naples is "scary." Next year we will have the transfer service pick us up in Rome - the cost being nearly the same. Using a car on the Amalfi is insane.

Patricia, June

Overall:
Excellent. The apartment was comfortable and well appointed. The owner had stocked the kitchen with some wine, cheese, fruit, cereal, pasta and tomato sauce, milk, coffee, etc. It was a nice surprise after driving all day to not have to worry about shopping for food on our first night. It was very much appreciated.
Enjoyed Most:
The apartment was beautiful and well-maintained. It had great views, especially of the sunrise, and the location was perfect.
Enjoyed Least:
The upstairs bedroom isn't as nice as downstairs.
Surrounding Area:
All the towns we wanted to visit were a short, although sometimes scary, drive away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Not much is within walking distance except for the cute little grocery store at the bottom of the hill. Bus stop is nearby though.
Tips or Restaurants:
The American coffee maker is very slow. Plan on starting it about 1 1/2 hr. before you want your coffee. If you have a car, let the manager know in advance so they can arrange for parking. Fortunately they found a gated area for us about 1/4-1/2 mile away.

Gary, October

Overall:
Overall we had a wonderful experience. Raphael the owner-caretaker was very friendly and we enjoyed talking with him. He was willing and friendly to make our stay enjoyable. The locals were also very friendly.
Enjoyed Most:
The views were amazing. Every room had a view.
Enjoyed Least:
We left at three in the morning on the day we left as we had an early flight leaving from Naples. I'm sure we woke everyone in the area up. It would have been nice to have some towel bars or hooks in both the baths.
Surrounding Area:
The people were amazing. Friendly and helpful. We used the Marina di Praia to get around the coast. we did use the bus a few times but it was very slow getting up and down the coast because of traffic. It was much more enjoyable to go by boat. Raphael La Boa took us to Capri, Amalfi and Positano. We got to know him and his staff well by the end of the week. They were wonderful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was the nearest town. We did take a hike one day to see the town. It was really a hike, but it was worth it.
Tips or Restaurants:
It was a hike anywhere you went and there is traffic all day. We did know this going in. If you can afford it, plan to use the water as access to visit other towns and just an enjoyable day on the water. It is expensive but much quicker and much more enjoyable. I would especially advise this in the summer months as there aren't many beaches. We didn't have a bad meal or bad service in the 2 weeks we were in Italy.
Directions:
We did use a GPS and I would advise everyone to take one but you also need to look at signs as there is so much interference because of the mountains that you need to be aware that you might take a longer route recalculating and losing and searching for satellites. Patience is a must!

Elizabeth, September

Overall:
It was Great! The villa was very clean and decorated beautifully. The view was spectacular.
Enjoyed Most:
The views. The Terrace. We sat at the table a lot under the olive tree, overlooking the ocean.
Enjoyed Least:
There were 54 steps to get to the property and a walk up the hill besides. There were ants.
Surrounding Area:
The scenery is great. The food excellent. We liked going to the local market Tutto per Tutti each day for fresh fruit and vegetables. Also they have the best olives, salami, mozzarella, basil and pesto. And the young guy speaks English!!!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano. Yes, you could walk it, but on the way back it was all up hill. It took 30 minutes to get back up to our villa.
Tips or Restaurants:
Don't leave any food out, as the ants will find it. The red peppers growing up on the terrace are very, very hot!! Bring OFF and RAID. We left some for the next guests. Chez Black in Positano was a good restaurant.
Check In Out:
Antonietta was Great!!!

David, August

Overall:
At days end, we loved being in the small charming village of Praiano away from the hustle and bustle of the larger towns. The locals were all so friendly...we felt like we really experienced true Italy. It was very relaxing sitting on the beautiful patio. Raffaello, the caretaker-owner was very nice and accommodating. He did bring us a fan.
Enjoyed Most:
We really enjoyed the patio and beautiful gardens. Very well manicured and maintained. Also, having a full kitchen was nice. The view was beautiful, but if you want the villa to stay cool, you need to keep the drapes pulled to the terraces. We also enjoyed sitting on the roof top terrace at night when it was cooler. We saw fireworks a few times up there.
Enjoyed Least:
It was pretty warm inside. We ran the AC in the bedroom to try to keep the entire downstairs cool. Our utility bill was pretty high. It would be great if it had a pool! There are a lot of hills and stairs to climb to go anywhere, so I wouldn't recommend it for older couples. We're in our early fifties. The washer would trigger the breaker each time and we'd have to climb down 55 stairs to re-set it and then back up. You may want to make a note that there weren't any dish towels and only 1 dishcloth in kitchen when we arrived. I finally saw Rafaello and he brought some. They didn't have paper towels at the store until the end of the week, so I was using napkins to dry dishes.
Surrounding Area:
We had dinner at La Strada, a local hangout, which was fun, also at the hotel right next to the dome in town. They have a gorgeous view of Positano and good food. We hiked down to the beach...the climb wasn't as bad as I expected. We loved Positano and went there 3-4 times to shop, have dinner, etc.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was the nearest small town and we did walk there several times. Very quaint and charming.

Karen, July

Overall:
Praiano is a wonderful village to stay in. It is on the major and minor bus line to Positano and fairly quiet and residential vs the tourist crowds of Amalfi and Positano.
Enjoyed Most:
Great views, very nice fully equipped kitchen, and the grocery store a short walk away. Also, it was very nice that the property owner lived down the way and helped on two occasions when we had questions-issues.
Enjoyed Least:
The lights went out if you ran the clothes dryer at night with the house lights on - a minor inconvenience. The property was great. One wrinkle that I am sure will get worked out in the future is that wireless was installed just before we arrived but nobody knew the security password to get on. Having a working wireless network will be a great addition!
Surrounding Area:
Friendly people, good grocery store very close by, and the back patio area was super and quite beautiful for meals.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was very accessible.
Tips or Restaurants:
We had a great meal at the Hotel Tramonto D'Oro in Praiano - family-run and the food and service were excellent with a great view. They even gave us a ride home back to our villa. We had a nice lunch at Brace in Praiano, as well, and we had a very nice dinner at the hotel Margherita in Praiano.
Directions:
For a first time visitor to the Amalfi coast, it is essential that a local host meet you and guide you - which we had and it was very good.

Laurence, June

Overall:
This was our second stay at Casa Fiorenza and it will not be our last. This is a near perfect venue for a restful and relaxing vacation experience, given that it suits your specific needs. This is truly a one bedroom facility and this one bedroom is wonderful. The second bedroom is upstairs and nothing about it is special. The restaurants are NOT within a reasonable or safe walking distance. If you shared a bottle of wine - forget it ! The bus transportation is simply terrific and goes everywhere, the local bus stop is within 50 yards of Casa Fiorenza. Casa Fiorenza is a place that you are quite content not to wonder far from other than to go to the nearby market to purchase your daily culinary needs and wine, just like all the rest of the charming local residents.
Enjoyed Most:
The fabulous market, Tutto e Tutti ,with wonderful fresh daily produce, a terrific wine cellar and just about everything else is just 3 minutes from your door.
Enjoyed Least:
The obnoxious individual with the loud speakers. This was addressed and I feel will be taken care of. Italians know how to handle problems.
Surrounding Area:
The fabulous market already mentioned and shopping for ceramics anywhere on the Amalfi.
Tips or Restaurants:
Read above and do the cooking yourself. We brought our IPod with Bose docking station and lots of books.
Check In Out:
This was fine and the management gals are most helpful.

Patricia, May

Overall:
Beautiful area - off the beaten tourist path and peaceful, which we liked. The more touristy towns are just a bus ride away - close enough for day trips, and far enough away to avoid the noisy nightlife. We were happy to find the property as nice as it looks in the photos.
Enjoyed Most:
The small town experience, living like a local, and of course, the views.
Enjoyed Least:
The downstairs bathroom needs longer window coverings. The sewer smell in the upstairs bathroom - we were prepared from an earlier review. Tip: the odor came up through the bidet, so keep it half-filled with water and drape a towel over it. It helped a lot. The main bedroom downstairs was lacking in blankets. If you're staying there during the winter, request that the heat be left on all week.
Surrounding Area:
Traffic is reasonably light in November, so it was easy to walk along the coast road from one end of town to the other. The views and sunsets were spectacular, and I don't think we ever got tired of looking at the precarious cliff dwellings and garden terraces - you don't really appreciate the sheer height until you see it in person. Lots of hills and steps, and you really do need to be in shape before you go.
Nearby Events or Locales:
It was off-season, so fairly quiet overall with seasonal things not operating. There was a festival at the church of San Luca our first night there - we followed the lights/noise/locals up to the top of the hill, and the church courtyard had food stalls set up, a live band, and one of the locals was handing out free homemade red wine from a barrel. Seemed like a real community event, so that was fun. At the southern end of town there's a miniature village/grotto built into the hillside, and the creator was fixing it up for Christmas. After mass on Christmas Eve, everyone walks down to the grotto with candles, as a lighting of the way.
Tips or Restaurants:
We host2coast for our airport transfer. We liked our driver, so we booked him for a day trip to Pompeii, Vesuvius and Herculaneum - he was friendly and prompt, and gave us some of the local history. Our favorite meal was lunch at Trattoria di Armandine down in Marina di Praia - great food, and the owner was friendly. It's worth the hike down there, because it's very quaint and old world-y with the fishing boats and the old-fashioned boat winch. It's a long walk back up though when you're stuffed with pasta and wine. Most nights we stopped on our way home at Il Tutto Per Tutti, the little market below the house, and picked up food for dinner. They have a great selection of cheese and deli meats, and fruit, bread & olive oil, and a decent wine cellar downstairs. That was all we needed after a day of sightseeing. We took the Sita buses everywhere, north to Sorrento and south to Amalfi - they're not crowded at this time of year and found them to be very reliable. We bought tickets every day at the Tabbacchi just past LizArt Ceramics on Via Roma. They didn't speak much English, but had no problem figuring out what we wanted.

Gillian , November

Overall:
We had a wonderful time on the Amalfi coast and Casa Fiorenza was just great!
Enjoyed Most:
The views over Praiano and the sea were spectacular. Standing on the living room balcony was almost like flying. The garden was great for outdoor dining and relaxing.
Enjoyed Least:
The shower in the bathroom upstairs did not drain properly and once actually overflowed.
Surrounding Area:
The town of Praiano is very authentic and not touristic. We felt as though we were part of the genuine culture of the Amalfi coast. We walked from the villa up into the surrounding hills for a spectacular view of Positano and the coast to the west. A wonderful place to enjoy a late afternoon snack and a bottle of Campania wine!
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa is located right in the town of Praiano. Within 5 minutes walking distance was a small but very well stocked grocery store which was convenient. We also walked to several bus stops and restaurants. The town is perched on the side of the mountain which makes walking a challenge. Going up or down requires walking hundreds of steep steps. But the views are worth the effort!
Tips or Restaurants:
We drove to the Amalfi coast and basically parked our car in the provided garage and barely drove it during our stay. The roads are very difficult to negotiate and the local bus service is reasonably convenient and easy to use. The buses were sometimes a bit crowded but the distances are not great and the time spent on the bus allows for terrific sightseeing. We met the barber who lives in the house below the villa and the two fellows in our party got shaves and trims in his shop - his name is Pasquale and he was very friendly!

Thomas, October

Overall:
Everyone was very helpful and cooperative. Teresa and Fabio were very helpful when I came in tired from travel and having missed every connection on Saturday. They came to my rescue and got me to the villa safe and sound where I could meet my friends and enjoy my vacation.
Enjoyed Most:
The views are fabulous from all exposures and the people in the neighborhood were very friendly.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing to speak of.
Surrounding Area:
I thought Ravello was most enjoyable. It wasn't quite so hectic and you could sit and enjoy the views from the outside restaurants. Much more peaceful and away from the busy traffic.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Positano was near enough to grocery shop and for dinner. Because the village is built on the side of the cliffs you need to choose you trips down the hill with the idea you will have to climb back up.
Tips or Restaurants:
Several of the restaurant owners are willing to bring you back up the hill if you walk down. You might ask when you make your reservation if a ride back is possible. That way you can enjoy your dinner and wine and not have to think about the climb back home.

Kathy, October

Enjoyed Most:
The view, the close proximity to the bus stop and market. It was quiet and relaxing, especially the nights we sat out on the veranda
Enjoyed Least:
The upstairs bathroom had a sewer odor. We mentioned to agents at the end of the visit and they said they were aware of it. A lot of stairs in this town. Especially going down to the beach. The shower in the downstairs bathroom could be a little bit more private. No shower doors or curtains for privacy or preventing water from splashing.
Surrounding Area:
The view, absolutely amazing.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Positano, not walkable, but bus stop at the bottom of the entrance.

Sharon, September

Overall:
Please do not promote this property or we will never be able to reserve it again.
Enjoyed Most:
The terrace is a great place to have dinner or just enjoy a glass of wine. Also, the views from the living room are beautiful.
Enjoyed Least:
No negatives
Surrounding Area:
The market just below the property was convenient for food and supplies. Enjoyed scenic walks to restaurants in Praiano.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was a haven from huge crowds in other towns along the Amalfi Coast.
Tips or Restaurants:
Left Fodor guide book for Amalfi Coast at property. Dinner at twilight in Ravello with views to the East are not to be missed.

John, September

Enjoyed Most:
The view!
Enjoyed Least:
The air conditioning did not work the last two nights and it was really hot. The TV satellite dish was not working the whole time.
Surrounding Area:
The little towns all along the coast were all a little different and quite charming.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Priano. Yes but the climb back to the villa from the town would be too much for most people
Tips or Restaurants:
La Strada was very good. The owner should consider installing some ceiling fans in the bedrooms, kitchen and living room.
Directions:
Strongly recommend people do not drive. They should take a bus or taxi
Check In Out:
Fortuna was very pleasant and helpful

Roger, August

Overall:
Overall, it was a wonderful and memorable stay. I loved it.
Enjoyed Most:
I loved the intimate village and real life quality about staying there. The small beach at La Praia was wonderful. It had enough shade at all times of day if you needed shade and it was never terribly crowded. It was just perfect. We all loved it, even small children and teenagers.
Enjoyed Least:
Unfortunately, we hit a very unusual heat wave that affected all of Europe, even the Amalfi Coast. It was extraordinarily hot. The air conditioning in the bedroom downstairs did not cool the room. It was very uncomfortable sleeping. There was no ventilation in the downstairs bathroom. And there was an ant problem.
Surrounding Area:
It was like living among friends and feeling a part of a small village. I grew to love it more and more. The beach of La Praia was a real gift. It was just perfect.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The small town of Praiano was sprawled out around the mountain. You could walk on and on and find hidden treasures of life within the village itself.
Tips or Restaurants:
I think for teenagers, a bigger town may be a little better in some ways. Il Pino was a wonderful little restaurant and very reasonably priced. And be prepared to buy a cheap fan that you can leave behind in case you hit an unusual heat wave. It would be helpful if a better guide to local transportation were created for the property. It took us 3 days to figure out the bus situation and learn to make the schedule work for us.

Mary Ann, July

Overall:
I'd rent it again, but probably in the spring.
Enjoyed Most:
It was clean and very beautiful. We got to meet the owner who built the villa with his own two hands. He did some beautiful work.
Enjoyed Least:
The air conditioner in the Master bedroom does not cool enough. The owner suggested leaving the room closed up with the AC running; however, during July you need the doors open to create a breeze in the kitchen, so that was not possible. A fan would help tremendously.
Surrounding Area:
It was a very nice, friendly town. It was safe, not full of tourists or crowded at all but was still very close to very touristy towns.
Tips or Restaurants:
Don't forget your sunscreen! Also a small thing of Off Bug Spray goes a long way at night. In Positano, we ate at Chez Black. They had the best meatballs and spaghetti I have ever tasted.
Directions:
I would pack light if you are taking the train or the bus.
Check In Out:
Fortunata was so helpful and friendly. She was on time and always in a good mood.

Chris, July

Overall:
There was nothing to not like about this property.
Enjoyed Most:
The quality of the interiors, the wonderful garden and the breathtaking view were all just what was hoped for a second honeymoon, our 50th wedding anniversary.
Enjoyed Least:
Operation of the cook top was a bit dicey. It would have been nice to have some assistance at check-in with the luggage. We were exhausted from the flight, and the steps are brutal.
Surrounding Area:
First, how quiet it all was even though the apartment was in the midst of a busy neighborhood. The absolutely wonderful market less than 100 yards away after the 54 apartment steps and the bus stop at half that distance were delightful experiences.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Positano would be impossible to walk to, but the local bus service was very convenient.
Tips or Restaurants:
It is far less expensive and so very sensible to have Fabio do the airport transfers and use his services when the bus is not desired. It is impossible to park anywhere on the Amalfi Coast!
Directions:
Don't drive.

Patricia, June

Overall:
The villa was all we could have hoped for. It was perfect for us.
Enjoyed Most:
The view from the first floor bedroom and upper and lower terraces are absolutely breath taking! Very comfy living room and great kitchen to prepare meals and dine alfresco on the patio.
Enjoyed Least:
The upstairs bath had an odor that lingered all week...like a blocked vent or something. The coffee maker took an hour to brew a pot of American coffee!
Surrounding Area:
friendly locals, very helpful.... The guys at the local grocery store, Tutto il Tutti are the greatest...one of them drove me to the butcher shop about 10 minutes away so I could purchase some fresh meats for dinner!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano center is about 15-20 minutes on foot, but be warned it is a very hilly and a strenuous walk! The shuttle buses are frequent for close trips and the Sita buses are a good way to travel to Amalfi, Positano or other further away places.
Tips or Restaurants:
Have dinner at the roof top terrace at La Strada and enjoy a spectacular sunset. Treat yourself to some handmade ceramics at the little ceramic shop in the center near the tabbacchi. Go to Capri and the Blue Grotto
Directions:
We hired a private driver to pick us up at Naples Centrale train station and it was well worth the 120 euros, as the driver pointed out many sites of interest along the one hour drive to the villa. His name is Renalto Cuomo.

Mike, June

Enjoyed Most:
Excellent sea views from living room and master bedroom.
Enjoyed Least:
No audio system...agent lent us her boom-box so we could play our CDs.
Surrounding Area:
Beauty of the area; walking proximity to Vettica Maggiore, easy bus access to Amalfi and Positano
Nearby Events or Locales:
Vettica Maggiore was an 10-15 minute walk.

Michael, June

Overall:
The villa was just lovely. Thanks to Rentvillas and everyone in Praiano who made our stay a wonderful and unforgettable experience!
Enjoyed Most:
Prettily decorated with sensational views. The scenic views from the living room and bedroom balconies were breathtaking. The garden was beautifully decorated and lovingly tended. The decorative tile work in and around the villa was gorgeous. Fortunata and Raffael were both friendly and great to deal with.
Enjoyed Least:
Other than the daunting stairs and there were many of them, nothing really...there were no complaints.
Surrounding Area:
The ocean views were breathtaking, it was really nice being close to the water. We really felt like we were a part of the local life. The locals were warm and welcoming. The barber shop was underneath our villa, and every time we passed his door the barber would greet us happily. He even invited us in for coffee. We occasionally shopped at the little town store down the road from where we were staying, and they were very friendly too. It was nice seeing our neighbors hanging up their laundry or walking along the paths with their groceries. The sound of vespas on the road just added to the whole effect of being a part of the town life. We did a lot of walking around Praiano during the day and evening, and felt pretty safe. There were a couple restaurants we went to in Praiano, and both had great food and very friendly service.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We visited Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and Sorrento. All were just a beautiful scenic bus ride away. The closest being about a 30 minute ride, while the farthest couldn't have been more than an hour...all are must see-towns.
Tips or Restaurants:
The only suggestion I would give is to make sure you are in good physical shape before your arrival. There were a great many steps-stairs just to get up and down the hill from the villa to almost anywhere within walking distance. Praiano is basically a seaside town built vertically on the hillside, but that just adds to its charm.
Directions:
Our driver was familiar with the area, so we didn't have any problem getting to the property.
Check In Out:
No, everything went smoothly. We had to leave extremely early Saturday morning, so we did the checking out process the night before. They were very accommodating.

Geralyn, May

Overall:
The villa was great! A prefect spot for two couples to spend a week or so. The villa was beautiful, clean, well-equipped and had fantastic sea views. The garden was in full bloom, swept clean each morning by gardener. The management staff were great and most helpful. Loved the small town of Praiano. Would highly recommend this villa and hope to return one day.
Enjoyed Most:
Beautiful views
Enjoyed Least:
Steps,yes. But where on the Amalfi coast are there none? Not a problem.
Surrounding Area:
Everything
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
We really did not need our car, just left it in the garage provided by the villa as the bus/taxi services were easy and reliable.

Tillman, April

Overall:
It is the best time I have ever had in my 50 years of life. It was nice not to have all the tourists in town, so we felt like we had the town to ourselves. Here is the best part: the food and seafood were fresh and tantalizing. I plan on returning as soon as possible.
Enjoyed Most:
The intimacy and exquisite workmanship that Rafael had put into building or remodeling the place. The vistas from the top balcony and garden areas were breathtaking.
Enjoyed Least:
There was no heat even though it was after Nov. 1st. We had a downpour with high winds on Sunday. Finally we were able to communicate to Rafael we needed some heat and he brought a few pieces of wood and built a fire. More fires in the fireplace would have created more ambiance and much needed heat, even though I had wrapped blankets around us.
Surrounding Area:
The market, nearly being sideswiped on every breathtaking corner of the roads to Sorrento, Pompeii, Ravello, Praiano, Positano and Amalfi.
Nearby Events or Locales:
With those tunnels and the narrow roads we rented the most wonderful driver, FABIO FRANCY who spoke English and toured us for two days for 35 Euros per hour. It was well worth the money so we were able to see everything we came for.
Tips or Restaurants:
Markets are open early morning and they close early. Wear comfortable shoes for hiking those stairs and cobble streets. Restaurants typically open at 7:00pm, so if you want a lot of people and nightlife go to a larger town.
Directions:
Because we had a private driver from the airport we had no problem
Check In Out:
Anton was very gracious and hospitable, and translated for us with the property owner. All went well there. Our local contact was also helpful with her command of the English language.

Cheryl, November

Enjoyed Most:
The view and location.
Enjoyed Least:
The noise from cats and dogs; the lack of sufficient hot water and unreliability of electricity. The coffee pot did not work.
Surrounding Area:
Rural, small village feel, the people and natural beauty.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Positano by local bus.
Tips or Restaurants:
Il Tuti per Tutti grocery store nearby was friendly, reasonable prices and good supply of everything needed.

Paul, October

Enjoyed Most:
We loved the patio, sitting outside in the mornings and evenings enjoying the beautiful view and lovely garden. We also enjoyed the deck on the top floor; it was lovely sitting there in the evening as the sun was setting. The master bedroom was great; I'm sending along a picture of the view from the open doors. We also loved the kitchen; the tile was beautiful. Two of us prepared meals and we had plenty of room to move around, plus others could sit at the table and talk while we cooked.
Enjoyed Least:
The washing machine was erratic. We finally figured it out, but it took forever to do wash a load of clothes - we're spoiled by the U.S. machines.
Surrounding Area:
The entire coastline is beautiful and all of the towns were accessible by bus.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were in Praiano and could walk to the shops, post office and restaurants. Walking back and forth to the villa certainly kept us in shape, but we didn't mind. It helped us walk off all the wonderful food we ate.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa is very well equipped with all the necessities. Make sure you have sun screen, sunglasses and good walking shoes. Pick up a bus schedule for both bus lines, they'll come in very handy. Explore the town, everyone is very friendly. The shopkeepers are wonderful - the meats and cheeses and local produce are the best! We loved the pizza at San Gannero and I had the best tomatoes ever in a salad. We hiked from Bomerano to Nocelle; it was a beautiful hike. When we got to Noelle we had lunch at Ristorante Santa Croce; their cheeses and pasta were delicious. I'd suggest having a few door stops in the house. If we opened the kitchen door for air, the other doors in the house would slam shut. We loved cooking in the kitchen, it's very well stocked, although there was no pepper, which we missed on our salads.
Check In Out:
Fortuna was wonderful, very helpful.

Carol, October

Overall:
The most beautiful property - so amazing. The driver met us right as we got off of the train and drove us to the property. Exactly what we hoped for and expected. So Beautiful. Top notch. The local agent was really helpful - set up a trip to Capri for us - and the owner was very kind. He came over to sweep up the fallen olives, so that everything was clean and tidy. No downsides at all! It as so hard to leave because we loved it so much.
Enjoyed Most:
Fabulous views! Everyone made us feel so welcome, from the owner, the local agent who carried my suitcase up 72 stairs, the barber, the people at the grocery store, and the neighbors.

Susan, September

Enjoyed Most:
This is a lovely rental in a peaceful little seaside village between Positano and Amalfi, which while beautiful, are teaming with tourists. Here one can submerge themselves in the life of the locals, whose friendliness and charm are unparalleled. Day trips to neighboring cities left us anxious to return to our piece of paradise.
Enjoyed Least:
Just be aware that there are steep inclines and steps to get to the villa, so be fit when you go!
Surrounding Area:
We loved the charm of Capri, which is best enjoyed by renting a taxi for a private tour...we also loved Ravello, Pompeii, and best of all, Tutto per Tutti, the little grocery store at the bottom of the hill.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano, the main part of town was a 20 minute walk, down the hill to get there and up a 16 degree incline for part of the walk back.
Tips or Restaurants:
A flashlight helped illuminate the upper steps at night. For restaurants, we loved La Strada, Armadino near the beach at Praiano and San Gennaro, especially for lunch, because the views were lovely. I needed to use my computer to work while I was there...there is a hotel nearby called Holiday Hotel, a 5 minute walk from the villa. They had wireless access if you had your own computer...it was a lifesaver for me.
Directions:
You will need to have the driver call the property manager who is gracious about meeting renters at the bottom of the hotel and showing them to the villa.

Patricia, September

Overall:
Great! We would return, maybe not in August, but we would come back.
Enjoyed Most:
The location and the view. This property is right in the middle of the Amalfi coast, and this makes it easy to get to other locations without the noise and traffic of other towns. Tutti, the grocery store near Fiorenza, had everything we needed, including the best fruit and cheese anywhere. We are both 60 and the 637 steps from the beach didn't really bother us. Make sure you have the owner cook a meal for you. It is a little expensive, but worth it.
Enjoyed Least:
If you are going there in hot weather, be advised that the air conditioning in the downstairs bedroom can not get the room cool. Once a cool front came through and the breeze came up, it was fine.
Surrounding Area:
We never did make into the water, because there was so much to see and do. You need to get the bus schedules down as soon as you get there, because cabs are out of sight and although I have driven in Italy two times before, I wouldn't want to drive here because of the roads and the expense of parking.
Tips or Restaurants:
The restaurants in the other reviews are great and we will add one more - Il Pirata - on the beach is great. The calzone at La Strada is to die for. The barber downstairs and his wife are truly nice people.

Robert, August

Overall:
Absolutely did not disappoint. The Amalfi Coast of Italy is a treasure with world class scenery and views! Casa Fiorenza was in a wonderful setting among the the residents of the lovely and quiet village of Praiano. Not only were the sights wonderful - but the sounds of everyday Italian life left us with special memories. The food in southern Italy was wonderful, much better than we experienced on previous trips further north. The local people who lived near us were very friendly.
Enjoyed Most:
In addition to the comments above... The Villa was clean, quiet, and in a wonderful location. The views from the balconies, terrace and rooftop were panoramic and breathtaking. You could actually see the sunrise over the coast and Mediterranean from the bed on the first floor. The terrace was the most enchanting and beautiful part of the property. The olive tree that canopied over the terrace, entwined with pink bougainvillea and twinkle lights will forever be etched in our minds. The owner, did a marvelous job of planting the most beautiful and colorful flowers all over this terrace area. We would sit under the olive tree at the table and eat, drink or just stare out at the Mediterranean while enjoying the breeze. It was a truly tranquil and special spot. Shopping at the close by Il Tutto per Tutti food market was a wonderful experience and the owners were great. Everything we bought was so fresh and flavorful - this was a great memory. Eating at San Gennaro's in town was great - food, service, menu and atmosphere. We also learned that the owner would cook dinner one night if you ask through the rental agents. We did this and had a most memorable and flavorful experience. He and his daughter set the table under the olive tree and we sat there one evening enjoying the breeze and view - and ate for 2 hours. The food just kept coming and was unbelievable. He even cooked some special vegetarian dishes for our daughter. The cost for 4 of us was 180 Euro (which obviously included the food and their time) - it was worth it.
Enjoyed Least:
It seems silly to complain about anything here. We had to take this trip in July - something we would normally not do. It was unbearably hot and humid. The air conditioning in the bedrooms was necessary (although they could use servicing or freon). When we were home, we would open up all of the doors and windows (including the front entrance door and kitchen door). This would cause cross ventilation and sometimes we got a good breeze going. We did not have a problem with critters or bugs coming in through the open doors and windows, which surprised us. Although we did use mosquito spray on ourselves. I found an old semi-functional fan in the far recesses under the bathroom sink - and it was a life saver. Although we fully understand screens and fans are not widely used in Italy - during the summer months a few well placed, inexpensive fans would make the guests in the Villa much more comfortable.
Tips or Restaurants:
The beauty and magnificence of the Amalfi Coast comes with a price - everything is built on the side of mountains. Be prepared to walk up and down hills and stairs constantly. (I did it with a leg brace). It is part of the experience and beauty of this area. The beaches are not right outside your door. The Marina la Praia is a short, local bus ride, then a walk down a steep hill to the beach. Bring beach shoes - this beach is beautiful but it is not sandy, it is covered with smooth rocks and stone - hard on the feet. If you go to this beach - eat at Ristorante Armandines right on the beach - the food is great and the owner is fun loving and quite the character - he adds to the experience. Another beach, called La Gavitella, is accessed behind San Gennaro church in the center of the town of Praiano. You will walk down some long ramps and then 500 steps. The scenery is pretty on the way down, but remember you have to come back up. I did it with a walking cast! and there are places in the shade to stop and rest - the beach is really nice and well worth the trek. (Note: you can also take a boat to this beach, ask the local rental agent for details). There are rental chairs and umbrellas at the beaches. We bought beach towels in town. The buses are great once you figure out the schedules. The orange bus which stops at the bottom of the hill (5 minute walk) will take you to the beach at Marina la Praia, it loops through the residential village where Casa Fiorenza is located, through town, then goes on to Positano and back. It is 1 Euro each ride - buy ticket on the bus. The bus schedule is posted at the stops - they run pretty regularly. There are other buses that come along the main road - a 10 minute walk - these are the Sita buses and go to various other towns. You have to buy your tickets in advance at the tabacchi for these buses. There are a lot of other places to see in the area - we did not overburden ourselves with trying to see everything. We did book a full day tour prior to our trip and was well worth it. We were picked up in an air conditioned van and we toured Pompeii, drove along the Amalfi Coast which was spectacular, then we went inland and up some 2200 ft into the mountains and were awestruck by the scenery and villages - had an exquisite lunch in a restaurant in one of these villages (Pontone) and then we headed to Ravello (a must see - if you go take the walk to Villa Cimbrone, you won't regret it) and then visited the town of Amalfi. It was a wonderful tour. You really wouldn't want to drive the Amalfi Coast yourself! We took the local orange bus to Positano (about a 20 minute ride) and really enjoyed Positano very much.

Linda, July

Overall:
This is a great home in a great location for a week-long stay. The bus system makes it so easy to get around that you really do not need a car.
Enjoyed Most:
The view is fantastic, we enjoyed it every day from the living room and bedroom. We enjoyed coffee in the morning and dinner at night outside on the patio, which also has a view of the water. The house is modern, well-appointed and well-kept. There is a nice sun deck off of the second floor. It was also great that lots of local brochures are left at the house, along with a diary of past renters, to get the benefit of their comments.
Enjoyed Least:
It was extremely hot in July. The house is situated high on a cliff above the water, but is too far up the hill to get the benefit of a breeze. It is also a bit noisy with the windows open, there are roosters in the area that get up about 5 AM, and the scooters start about 8AM.
Surrounding Area:
Convenient to the bus stop at the bottom of the hill and to Tutti's market, just a few steps away. We shopped at Tutti's every day and cooked all of our dinners at the house. The orange Positano bus stops a few steps away from the villa and the blue Sita bus connects in Praino, and you can ride both for one euro. The Sita bus travels between Sorrento to the north and Salerno to the south so you really have no need for car to get up and down the coast. It is easy to get to Capri on the jet boat, which takes 30 minutes from Positano.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano is the town and you can walk down the hill and back up from the house, but only if you want a good workout. The orange bus is a better way to get down and back up the hill.
Tips or Restaurants:
We found Tutti's market to have everything we needed, so we never needed to shop anywhere else for the week. There was nothing that we would have had to bring from home because we were able to buy everything there. They are also open on Sunday until 1:30 PM when most other stores are not open. Other than coffee at Bar del Sole, we did not eat out, but took all of our meals at the house. We did bring washcloths from home, which were the only linens not provided at the house.
Directions:
The directions to the Bar del Sole should say to pull in on the left just in front of the Bar del Sole.

Jim, July

Overall:
We were so glad we stayed in Priano. Priano isn't written about much in books, which we are very happy about now. It isn't crowded, the people are lovely, the views are out-of-this-world, and the food is amazing. We can't wait to go back and stay at the same villa.
Enjoyed Most:
The views were amazing and eating outside under the olive tree was like a scene from a movie. The gardens were nicely kept and the flowers were beautiful. And, the tile work inside the house was everything we expected and more. The villa was beautiful and if we could we would go back every year!
Enjoyed Least:
Some days the villa was a little warm. But we learned to close draw the curtains and that helped keep the villa a little cooler.
Surrounding Area:
We loved the people and our little grocery store. The grocery store was within walking distance and in the morning all the locals would walk down for fresh bread and their meats. We discovered the bread sells out by mid-day, and there is a reason, the bread is so yummy! And of course, the flowers were so beautiful and we will never forget all the stunning doors we saw.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The town square is right down the street from the villa. Just walk down and stay right. Everything you need is by the town square near the church.
Tips or Restaurants:
We didn't have a bad meal while eating out and we didn't cook a single night. We loved "Bar Del Sol" for gelato. The restaurants at the beach have the best seafood we have ever eaten. The beach is pebbled so bring water shoes.

Blythe, July

Enjoyed Most:
The garden, view, and living room
Enjoyed Least:
The air conditioning in the bedrooms did not work properly, and it was very hot. We believe they just needed freon. We were there the third week in June, and it was about 95 degrees every day. We were told that this was unusually hot for June, but I wish we had gone a little earlier! Editor's Note: The local agent checked the air conditioners and they are working fine. August 2006.
Surrounding Area:
Ravello and Pompeii were our favorite excursions. We also really enjoyed renting a boat down at the beach and exploring and swimming on our own.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa is right in Praiano, but a 20 minute walk to the restaurants. The town is very hilly, so we ended up renting a scooter for the entire week - lots of fun!
Tips or Restaurants:
La Strada was our favorite restaurant. Bring or rent fins and a snorkel! You can see a lot by swimming right off the beach in Praiano.
Directions:
It was great that the driver arranged by the property manager knew exactly where to go to get to the house. We didn't have to explain anything.

Jessie, July

Enjoyed Most:
The beautiful olive tree covered garden was the perfect place to have my morning coffee. God bless whoever brought the American coffee maker. I loved reading on the roof while doing the laundry, looking at the sea and drinking a glass of local wine.
Enjoyed Least:
Lack of hot water in the kitchen. We told the owner and hopefully it is remedied.
Surrounding Area:
The Amalfi Coast is rich in history, beauty and warmth. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and the views are breathtaking. Getting around on the bus system was easy once we gave up the schedule and waited at the stops without a watch. The whole area reminds you to relax, savor, and enjoy. It is 450 stair steps from the villa through the marvelous wedding cake tiered town down to the beach. I felt like I earned my daily gelatos!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano, about twenty minutes away, has most businesses. The best area grocer, Tutti per Tutto is 3 minutes' walk. About the size of a small American convenience store, it has fresh fruits and vegetables, deli meats, wine and two aisles of pasta! We were able to make great home cooked meals in our kitchen.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring an ice tray if you must have ice. Everywhere we ate was great. We did not have a bad meal. They tend to serve as the dish is made so don't expect to get entrees served at the same time, or your appetizer before the entree.

Melanie, June

Overall:
The property was amazing. Everyone in town was so friendly - especially the grocers, and the barber, Pasquale, who lives downstairs. We had a wonderful time, and the villa was just beautiful.
Enjoyed Most:
The terrace outside was exquisite. The flowers were absolutely amazing. We enjoyed everything about the property.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing, it was fantastic.
Surrounding Area:
It wasn't as touristy and crowded as surrounding towns. It was very nice and relaxing.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Positano and Amalfi are the two surrounding towns, not really in walking distance several miles but easily reached by bus.
Tips or Restaurants:
Ristorante San Gennaro at the bottom of the hill was delicious. La Strada was very good as well. You can get pretty much anything you need in town.
Directions:
We took a taxi and so didn't use the directions
Check In Out:
Fortunata was so sweet and helpful, as was Raffaele. Check-in and out was quick and efficient.

Charity, June

Enjoyed Most:
The gardens and the view!!! This is our second time back. The owner is a great guy. We missed him this time because he was sick all week, and so was my husband - 4 days in bed at the villa!!!<
Enjoyed Least:
The price of the villa.
Surrounding Area:
The people in Italy are very friendly and the sights are great!
Nearby Events or Locales:
We are in Praiano which is a nice small town and situated right between 2 great towns-Amalfi and Positano.
Tips or Restaurants:
The hotel down on the main road heading out of Praiano towards Amalfi - it had red umbrellas outside - and the cooking was fantastic - family run!

Deborah, May

Enjoyed Most:
We loved everything about the Casa Fiorenza. The view is spectacular and the house is so comfortable and charming. The gardens are inviting with so many beautiful flowers. This villa is so much more than just a place to stay...it is a home. Cooking our own meals in the lovely, well equipped kitchen was an absolute delight.
Enjoyed Least:
There is nothing to dislike about this villa.
Surrounding Area:
The people of Praiano are friendly and the town is quaint. We enjoyed riding the local SITA bus which stops regularly at the Il Tutto per Tutti, the little grocery store just below the villa. There is a great butcher shop in town where you can get the best hamburger and sausage you will ever eat. Trips to Amalfi on the SITA bus are easy, and here you can ride a boat to Capri, or take a bus to Ravello for a wonderful evening concert. The bus also makes regular trips to Positano which has some great restaurants and some fun shopping opportunities.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town in Praiano. Although rather small, it offers some shopping, good restaurants, and it is fun to have a cappuccino at the Bar Del Sol and watch the local men gather to chat. We found the bus the best way to get into town and back to the villa.

Betty , May

Overall:
The property itself was beautiful and well maintained.
Enjoyed Most:
The view was outstanding and the balconies off of the living room and bedroom as well as the roof deck provided a great opportunity to enjoy the view.
Enjoyed Least:
Without a car, it is inconvenient to walk to the restaurants in town.
Surrounding Area:
Amalfi, Ravello and Positano are great little towns for day visits.
Tips or Restaurants:
Most housekeeping items, soap, shampoo, etc. can be easily obtained at the local market within easy walking distance. We usually ate lunch in Amalfi, Ravello or Positano and fixed a simple dinner in the evening from items purchased at the local market.
Directions:
We had a driver familiar with the property take us from the airport to the meeting location, otherwise, this would have been confusing.

Harry, April

Overall:
We absolutely loved our week at the villa rental, and did not want to go home. We look forward to going back some day!
Enjoyed Most:
The views from the property were amazing, and it was much larger than we had expected. The 2 bedrooms were also about equivalent in size, which made it perfect for 2 couples. We LOVED the views from the sundeck-garden. Also, our meal that was prepared by the owner was the best we had during our entire time in Italy - amazing!
Enjoyed Least:
There really is nothing to complain about... the only thing we can think of is that there was limited hot water and water pressure, but that was to be expected in a European villa.
Surrounding Area:
Loved the small town feel of Praiano, and the people were so friendly. The market was a quick walk from the villa. It was a great location on the Amalfi coast because it was right between Amalfi and Ravello and Positano. Was perfect for day trips.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was within walking distance - about 10 minutes. Positano and Amalfi were both about a 15-20 min bus ride.
Tips or Restaurants:
Definitely ask for the owner to cook for at least one night - such a great experience. The restaurants in the town were great, but we also found it just as fun to cook in the villa and enjoy the views. As for what to bring... we went the last week of March, so the weather was sunny but cool, so light clothes - layers were perfect. The kitchen was stocked with utensils, spices, etc., so nothing was needed when it came to that. We did not rent a car, and found the buses pretty easy to get around to the small towns - the roads are very windy and narrow!
Directions:
We had a transfer service from the Naples train station, which worked out perfectly. The driver was so friendly and told us about the beautiful surrounding area on our way to the villa.
Check In Out:
The property manager was very attentive, spoke great English was very helpful during our stay.

Allison, April

Overall:
The fresh flowers that the housekeeper put out were fabulous. The kitchen was very well stocked. The only staple item we had to purchase was salt. Overall, the setting was intoxicating! I happened to wake up early enough to catch the sunrise one morning. My wife and I just stayed in bed and watched the morning break over the water... did I mention it was from our bed! Awesome.
Enjoyed Most:
The views were incredible and the location in Praiano and along the coast was ideal for our honeymoon.
Enjoyed Least:
Only one VERY minor thing... The CD player is a DVD player hooked to the TV that also plays CDs. It was only an issue if we were in the kitchen and had to crank the TV volume to have music. We were expecting a portable CD player that we could move around. We certainly were able to deal with this!
Surrounding Area:
Sandwiched in between Positano and Amalfi, Praiano was a perfect location for quick day trips to these more touristy towns but then allowed an escape from all the other people on vacation!
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were right in Praiano, so within just a few minutes walk was a grocery store and a bus stop. A little farther of a walk - about 15 minutes - were several restaurants and the Bar Del Sol.
Tips or Restaurants:
We had no need for anything dressier than khakis, jeans and a nice top, for that matter. So unless you are going to hit a fancy spa, save the room in your luggage for other things! Even at two different butchers, we had some difficultly finding beef. Plenty of bacon, salami, and prosciutto. And if you rent the property during cooler months, I would recommend slippers for the colder tile floors.
Directions:
Our driver contacted the property manager and drive us right to the house. The Bar Del Sol is about a 15 minute walk, so you'll have to transfer your bags to another car. I'd contact the property manager on the way to get directions and make it easier.

Herb, November

Overall:
We throughly enjoyed our two weeks. It was wonderful!
Enjoyed Most:
The magnificent views!! We liked the location because of the small town. Fewer tourists. It was easily accesaible to other sites on the Amalfi coast.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing to dislike
Surrounding Area:
Good restaurants, store that was convenient for groceries, hiking trails, beaches
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were in Priano and eveything was within walking distance. We also visited Positano and Amalfi because they were easly accessible by bus.
Tips or Restaurants:
We enjoyed La Strada, the pizzeria next door to La Strada and the Bar de Sole was a great place for a cappucino.
Directions:
You can take a bus to Priano from Sorrento.
Check In Out:
Our local keyholder was really great. She was very helpful. It was very improtant to have her take us to the house becasue we would not have been able to find it.

Martha, July

Overall:
Everything about our vacation was perfect. Perfect house in a breathtaking location. We will definitely be returning!
Enjoyed Most:
The views are spectacular! The property is located in a small town between Positano and Amalfi. The other cities were VERY crowded. We were so happy to return to our quiet villa at days end. It was so peaceful and relaxing sitting on the terrace sipping wine and snacking on Caprese. We absolutely loved the quaintness of Praiano. The neighbors are all so friendly. One neighbor living above the barbershop was especially friendly. My baby and I looked up at the terrace every time we walked by and said Ciao. The house was quite spacious by European standards and very neat and clean.
Enjoyed Least:
We wished there was a fan in the living room. It was very hot with little breeze during the last week in June and sitting in the living room got warm. Thank goodness for the AC in the bedrooms. It would have been unbearable without them. A word of caution. We blew the fuse many times. Turn off the AC before running the washing machine or any kitchen appliances. Also, I have to agree with some of the other guests. Even though we were warned about the stairs up to the villa, we weren't aren't quite prepared. We had luggage for a family of 5 and it was quite grueling getting all that luggage up there! But you do get used to it even though your legs burn with each arrival to the entry. That's the beauty of the Amalfi coast...you get to your destination by stairs!
Surrounding Area:
The Amalfi is coast is absolutely breathtaking. We took many excursions during our stay. The beach in Priaino is so nice and quant. We used the bus once but found it easier for us to use the taxi with the baby. The driver in town is GREAT. We rented a private boat to go to Capri and up the coast. Definitely worth the extra money. We swam at secluded, crystal clear coves and lunched at a fabulous secluded restaurant. We also took a trip to Ravello. An absolute must. The views are out of this world. Our driver was GREAT. Took us to all the nice spots...he also drove us to and from Rome and was very reasonable. He was recommended by Rentvillas. His name is Renato and can be reached at 00393391612081
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa is situated on the upper road of Priaino. We walked to the grocery story at the bottom of the hill every day for drinks, fresh breads, meats, and cheese. It is very close to the center of town. The hills were too steep for pushing a stroller or letting our little one walk, so we rented scooters to get back and forth for running errands and used the town taxi.
Tips or Restaurants:
We bought beach towels in town to save packing space. There were about 10 euros each. We elected to eat lunches out and cook dinner at the villa. There were two restaurants worth mentioning There is a fantastic restaurant at the Marina Di Praia beach called Trattoria da Armandino. Very inexpensive and very good. For a pricey but exceptional meal go to the cove of Raccomanda. The food is out of this world.
Directions:
Hire a driver to get you there. The roads are very narrow and scary driving with all the buses.

Julie, July

Overall:
It really is a beautiful home! I hope to return there one day.
Enjoyed Most:
The flowers on the verandah and the views. They were absolutely breathtakingingly beautiful. The Town of Praiano was also so lovely, much less touristy and more quiet. The villa itself was really beautiful and you could tell the owner put his heart into building it as well as his garden.
Enjoyed Least:
The refrigerator motor was noisy and it was near the master bedroom so I had to shut it off at night to sleep. The glass kitchen door was cracked, and it took away from the beauty of the kitchen and the verandah.
Surrounding Area:
The scenery of the whole Amalfi coast is gorgeous and the people are delightful. We traveled a lot along the coastline from Sorrento to Salerno and visited the Isle of Capri and Monte Cassino. Ravello was really a beautiful town with the two nice villas to tour for their views and gardens. Positano was a bit too crowded.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We loved the town of Praiano. We did walk to the center from our villa a few times and took the local bus other times. The buses were a bit unreliable.
Tips or Restaurants:
We did not have beach towels so I would either request them at the villa or bring some and also I would bring reef shoes for the beach, as it is rocky. Also be in shape for climbing stairs before you get there as there are many! We highly recommend renting a garage as parking is a problem and we were really glad we did this. We ate at some restaurants by the beach that were good, Il Pirate, I beleive, is one. There were two restaurants in town called La Strata and St. Germano Pizzeria which were both very nice.

Andrea, May

Enjoyed Most:
The view - it was incredible. Also, oddly enough, I loved having the washing machine on the top of the building and hanging the clothes out everyday to dry. I don't usually do laundry, but I did everyday while in this villa. We cooked every evening except one while we were there - and spent most of our time in the kitchen - which was a wonderful gathering place. Early mornings were spent either in the garden or on the upstairs patio outside of the upstairs bedroom enjoying the peace and quiet. The neighbors were all so wonderful and friendly and we had such a wonderful time - more than we could have ever imagined. The small town of Praiano was so charming and once you got used to the up and down of the hamlet you could get around very easily. Could not have asked for a better location to enjoy the Amalfi Coast!
Enjoyed Least:
I originally would have said the climb to the villa- the description informed us about the 72 stairs, but didn't mentiion the approximately 2 blocks of steep uphill climb before you even reach the stairs. It was a challange with our luggage, but after spending a week on the Amalfi Coast climbing ramps and hundreds of steps, they just became a part of the scenery and we became used to the terrain. So - be prepared to exercise but also be prepared to enjoy the view and how much you will enjoy the property!
Surrounding Area:
The neighbors, the peace and quiet of the town, the little market down at the bottom of the hill and the scenery. This villa is the perfect place for a home base to travel about the Amalfi Coast. So very charming!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano was the town we were in and it was walkable, but wear comfortable shoes. If you choose not to walk around, they had a wonderful bus system.
Tips or Restaurants:
Everywhere we ate was wonderful - although we found going to Positano was a little pricey.
Directions:
I would suggest a driver and not a rental car, unless you are used to driving on very windy, curvy roads. Parking would be a problem and the public transportation system or access to a car and driver was very reasonable.
Check In Out:
Check in took about 10 minutes and check out about 5 minutes - very smooth.

Joan, May

Overall:
We can only say that this was the most wonderful vacation we have ever taken. If you want to relax, enjoy some exceptional scenery and have some time to explore on your own, then this is the place!
Enjoyed Most:
Everything! It was wonderful and so hard to leave. The villa is full of Italian charm and felt so much like our home while we were there. The view was unbelievable and the few unpleasantries mentioned in previous reviews had been addressed. There was even space for hanging clothing in the downstairs bedroom. The kitchen was wonderfully equipped and we especially enjoyed cooking our own meals with the groceries we bought at the grocery store, Il Tutto per Tutti, a short walk from the villa. We absolutely loved sitting under the olive tree on the garden patio with it's beautiful flowers, lovingly tended everyday by Rafaelle, the owner.
Enjoyed Least:
We cannot think of anything that we did not like. Even though you climb 50 steps from the street to the villa, once you step inside the front door you realize you just walked the stairway to paradise. Too bad we Americans are not in the shape that the Italians are.
Surrounding Area:
The scenery. We traveled easily to Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento. The village of Praiano was wonderful and getting around fairly easy. The steps everywhere are the way of life there and take you to some very beautiful vantage points. We traveled to Ravello and enjoyed a wonderful evening concert.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano. Yes, we walked to town many times, but did taxi back to the villa because of the hills, but this was a great way to meet some of the local people who were friendly and fun to visit with.
Tips or Restaurants:
We bought an American coffee maker which we left in the kitchen. We are definitely going back to Villa Fiorenza and hope to be able to use the coffee maker again. We especially enjoyed the meals at the Hotel Tramonto D'Oro and Il Pino both in Praiano.
Directions:
We arrived into Naples on a Friday night, stayed in a hotel there and had no trouble finding an English and Italian-speaking taxi driver to take us to the villa on Saturday afternoon. He called the local representative, and easily got directions.
Check In Out:
The local representative actually carried our heavy suitcases up the steps and into the villa. She was was wonderfully helpful and available to us during our stay.

Betty , April

Enjoyed Most:
The views from the bedroom and living room are incredible. Waking up to that view is sublime. We loved gathering our goodies from the nearby store and cooking meals at the villa - it also saved a lot of money.
Enjoyed Least:
We had a few stormy, windy days, and the cold draft poured in through the French doors in the living room. They need weather stripping.
Surrounding Area:
The friendliness of the people in Praiano. Everyone was extremely pleasant. And I loved seeing the dog outside of the barber shop every day - it made missing my two dogs a little easier!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano is within walking distance. About 20 minutes away by foot.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a small flashlight for climbing the stairs to the villa at night. There is lighting, but it's on a timer and only stays on for a few minutes.

Susan, November

Overall:
This is a beautiful villa and the views are spectacular. Really loved the location.
Enjoyed Most:
The view, the view, the view.
Enjoyed Least:
I cannot think of anything negative to say about this property.
Surrounding Area:
We really enjoyed living with the local people. Everyone was so friendly and very helpful. Taking the local bus into Positano was a thrilling experience.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano. It was an easy 15 minute walk downhill, a little more challenging on the return.
Tips or Restaurants:
This villa was very well equipped. Great restaurants, La Strada, La Brace and the grocery store just down the hill were all amazing.

Linda, October

Overall:
Rafaelle the owner is usually close at hand. He sweeps the terrace daily and waters the outside plants. He is very charming and unobtrusive, but he speaks absolutely no English. This property is very nicely furnished and the kitchen is very well stock with dishes, etc.
Enjoyed Most:
This house has one of the most beautiful settings we have seen. We enjoyed eating, al fresco, under our private olive grove which overlooked the town and Mediterranean Sea.
Enjoyed Least:
The main bedroom had no provision for hanging clothes. There wasn't even a closet anywhere on the first floor.
Surrounding Area:
Upon arrival, we thought that the property rental was a little remote. But after settling in, and discovering the local bus service for 1 Euro, we relished our solitude. The people were so helpful and inviting.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The property is located at the southern end of Praino. There are some shops and restaurants. The main area is about a 20-minute walk. Going is easy - it's coming home that is challenging.
Tips or Restaurants:
We enjoyed il Tutto per Tutti, which is the grocery store at the bottom of the hill. They are very helpful. Fabulous cheeses, wines and fresh vegetables. They are not as competent in English in Praino as other, larger areas. But, with my elementary Italian, we made it work. Also, Praino is very casual. Unless you're planning to go into Positano Hotel San Pietro or the like for dinner, leave your dressy clothes at home. Taxis are a bit steep. It's 25 Euros each way to Positano. The bus works very well. We used several taxis but liked Benvenuto Taxi, located right in Praino. They are a family run operation. Also, if you want to take the hydrofoil to Capri, you must reserve the day before.
Check In Out:
Andrea was very helpful in checking in and out.

Christopher, September

Overall:
The villa is lovely. The owner lives nearby and takes great pride in the garden; it is watered and swept twice a day. He also brought us 2 bottles of his excellent home made wine! The kitchen is very well equipped; you really don't need to bring anything. The mattresses are very firm in both rooms. The furnishings are generally of a good standard and the whole place very light and spacious.
Enjoyed Most:
The wonderful views from the different balconies and terraces; the feeling of space and the peace and quiet.
Enjoyed Least:
No wardrobe or hanging rail in the downstairs bedroom. There is only a chest of drawers.
Surrounding Area:
The scenery is breathtaking. Positano is very stylish and pretty, but the best thing was the friendliness of the local people from the shopkeepers, the barber who lives below the property, to the taxi drivers, Salvatorre and Giovanni, who were almost like our own chauffers. Also the man who played guiter and sang from his balcony while we ate lunch on the terrace last Sunday.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The center of Priano is about 20 minutes away on foot. There are a handful of shops and restaurants. Our favourite was La Strada. for the food and ambience and wonderful views from the upstairs terrace, especially at sunset. Walking back is uphill and a bit risky as you are on the main coast road, and there are no shoulders. Alright in the daytime, but maybe not in the dark. There is a wonderful grocery store just a few minutes from the villa, Il Tutto per Tutti. It really has everything you could need, and is reasonably priced and the people are very helpful and friendly. They even delivered our shopping at no extra charge!
Tips or Restaurants:
We enjoyed 2 restaurants down at Marina Di Praia right by the beach - La Conchiglia Da Antonio and Il Pirata, both with good fresh home made food and stunning views.

Lorraine, June

Enjoyed Most:
The view and neighborhood.
Surrounding Area:
It wasn't a tourist trap.
Nearby Events or Locales:
It was in Praiano and it was a little difficult to walk around with all of the hills.

Leslie, June

Overall:
The place was great and so was the neighborhood, including the friendly market around the corner---Tutto for tutti, everything for everybody!
Enjoyed Most:
The property was absolutely beautiful...the gardens, the view, everything!!!
Surrounding Area:
We could walk to town or the sea and even take a bus over to the neighboring coastal towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Praiano-yes; and Positano by bus, car, or moped
Tips or Restaurants:
An American coffee pot if you want to drink American coffee and electrical adapters for your appliances such as hair dryer, etc.
Check In Out:
Andre' from the agency was very helpful and the owner of the villa was great, too. He made our stay wonderful.

Deborah, May

Enjoyed Most:
The view and Praiano. It was an excellent location between the larger cities.
Enjoyed Least:
Simple things---the dishwasher was broken, there was no closet in the downstairs bedroom, needed hooks in the bathroom, had to ask for waste baskets, light bulbs, etc.
Surrounding Area:
The town was very friendly and our location was very convenient to grocery, bus, etc.
Tips or Restaurants:
Loved La Strada restaurant. Bring Kleenex, soap, and detergent if you plan to do laundry.

Arlene, May

Overall:
The landlord is wonderful and speaks Italian, but no English. The gardens are so perfect, almost everything is provided that you need, and if not, the grocer at the bottom of the street has more. Try to bring a couple of flashlights with batteries, as our first night there we had a power outage and scrambled to find candles for light.
Enjoyed Most:
The view is spectacular, and the house is lovely.
Enjoyed Least:
Lack of dishwasher was a slight problem, because I cooked a lot.
Surrounding Area:
The Amalfi Coast is the most beautiful place I've ever seen, the local history, the food is great!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Positano, a bus takes you there.
Tips or Restaurants:
We tried a lot of resturants in the small town that the vacation rental is located in, and found Hotel Margarita's very nice and affordable.

Karen, April