My husband and I just returned from our trip to Italy.
It was my second and my husband's first.
My being of Italian descent; it was very important to me that this visit to Italy was one that would leave my husband with a real sense of the Italian culture while at the same time experience the tourist aspect of what Italy has to offer.
I searched long and hard to find just the right place to make such an experience possible and when I came across villaromantia; in Massa Lubrense - somehow I got the feeling I found just what I was looking for.
Maybe it was opportunity to view the many photos that were available on the website that showed the grounds of this beautiful and very local residential getaway with all it's olive and lemon trees and the beautiful views the area has to offer while at the same time knowing that Sorrento; Amalfi, Positano, Capri and all of the other fabulous towns to visit are just a short distance away. The decision to spend our holiday at villaromantica was an easy one.
It wasn't until we actually arrived that we realized how true this was.
Maria,Giovanni, Antonio and their gracious and very sincere hospitality was more than I ever would have imagined.
From the moment my husband and I saw Giovanni's smiling face and warm welcome as he met us at the train station; Antonio's enthusiasm and always willingness to lend a hand and all of Maria's efforts and concern at making sure we were as comfortable as we could possibly be.
The villa was immaculate; beautifully decorated with a modern flair, fully equipped, and upon our arrival; some unexpected surprises to make us feel welcomed in this place we called home for the time of our stay.
The walks to town were always one of our favorite things to do and at times when time allowed us, we'd venture off to explore new paths of beautiful local properties each with their own unique personality. We saw persimmon trees, prickly pear cactus plants, walnut trees, olive and lemon trees; kiwi vines fig trees and grape vines. It was a delightful experience.
The local shops and markets were a pleasure to go to and was one of the things I looked forward to the most.
Among the many places Giovanni recommended we visit was a beach that turned out to have breathtaking views and the most beautiful waters. We were never disappointed with any of the outings we chose to do.
Oh; listening to the beautiful sounds of the local church bells will be well missed also.The first time I heard them; it put tears to my eyes. Such a wonderful place to be. Such pure delight.
I will never forget our last evening; Maria's hospitality; Giovanni and Antonio's sweet goodbye with such warm expressions on each of their faces.
Thinking of them will always put a smile on my face.
Thank you Maria, Giovanni and Antonio.
I hope to stay in touch.
Francesca and Jeffrey