Villa Penelope is a charming 70-square-meter (about 753.5 square feet) house
with a patio and a balcony overlooking the seascape. It can sleep six people.
It is equipped with air-conditioning, and it is 250 meters (about 820 feet) away
from the sea and the beach.
The house is located in Praiano, which is halfway between Amalfi and Positano,
being about 7 km (about 4.3 miles) away from both towns. The house is 23 km (about
14 miles) away from Sorrento and 12 km (about 7.5 miles) away from Ravello.
There is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a bathroom with a bathtub and shower
taps, a living-room with a double divan bed, a kitchen, and a second bathroom
with a sink and a toilet.
Villa Penelope is situated in an area of the historical center of Praiano called
Vettica, which stretches on a sloping land which goes from down the state road
until a prominent area overlooking the sea. The little town consists of
typically small white houses with vaulted ceilings which are linked one to the
other through vertical narrow stairways and horizontal narrow streets run only
You will enjoy strolling through such little streets even though they feature
several stairways: the air is clean and lemon-scented, there is no noise, and
your eyes will be feasted on enthralling views of the coast and the sea here and
Every house features a small garden or courtyard filled with flowers. Amidst the
houses there are small areas of land cultivated with vegetables which are lushly
rich all year round in citrus fruits and other plants resulting in a place
beautiful to be seen just as regular gardens.
The area boasts the authentic inhabitants of Praiano and not crowds of tourists.
Shops for tourists, bars and restaurants are seen by the coastal state road.
In order to arrive at the villa from the state road, you will have to climb down
about 15 steps and reach the churchyard of a splendid baroque church of the
Seventeenth-century dedicated to San Gennaro. The churchyard is a large square
which stretches out towards the sea. It is a place where you can enjoy an
enthralling view of the seascape and the Amalfi Coast, which comprises the view
of Positano and Capri.
From the churchyard, you go along a pedestrian little street and then a path of
about 300 meters (984 feet) to arrive at the villa. Such pathway consists of a
slight slope and some steps only.
In order to reach the villa, you can also take another way which is a bit
shorter but which means climbing a long stairway of many steps. It is a typical
‘scalinatella’ (narrow stairway) of the Amalfi Coast. We strongly advise you to
face the second pathway only if you’re fit or trying to be so!
Villa Penelope is close to a fascinating rocky beach called La Gavitella. Such
beach lies at the foot of a deep and narrow rocky inlet covered in thick
vegetation even at almost sea level. In order to arrive there, all you will have
to do is walk a pathway which begins right next to Villa Penelope. The path
consists of 350 steps dug in zig-zag patterns into the rock.
Once by the sea, near the gravel beach, you will find some concrete platforms
which are ideal for sunbathing and diving into the water. During spring/summer,
you will find an establishment with a bar and a restaurant at the beach.
You will also a find a ferry service with small boats which take you to the
sandy beaches of Praia and Positano. The service is offered by the manager of
the beach establishments, and it is also charge-free for clients of the
establishment and the restaurant.
Outstanding to be seen and visited for a swim is the “Fontana dell’Altare", a
natural swimming-pool formed by seawater trapped in a grotto near the beach of
Other famous beaches nearby are La Praia, about 2 km (about 1.2 miles) away, and
the beach of Positano, about 5 km (about 3 miles) away. You will find beach
establishments in these beaches plus a wide selection of bars, enthralling
restaurants and rendezvous which are open even during the evenings.
The entrance to Villa Penelope is an old masonry arch through which you will
enter a small but gracious courtyard. In the courtyard you will find a staircase
of about ten steps which will lead you to the white terrace which has welcomed
you to the house. The terrace overlooks the seascape, and you will find a table
with chairs, some deck chairs, and an umbrella there.
From the terrace you will enter the living-area of the house, consisting of a
bright living-room with a table, chairs, a TV, and a divan bed. Next to the
living-room you will find a kitchen and a bathroom equipped only with a sink and
a toilet. The kitchen is spacious and equipped with a five-burner stove, an
oven, a washing machine, and a fridge with a freezer.
A staircase will lead you to the upper floor, where you will find two bedrooms
and a bathroom. The double bedroom has a spacious balcony which has a wide view
of the sea and the coast. You will find it pleasant to wake up in the morning
and see only the sky and the sea before your eyes...
The second bedroom is a twin room overlooking the valley. The bathroom is
equipped with a bathtub with shower taps.
The floor is glossy terracotta, and the furnishings are pleasant and
The house is equipped with air-conditioning.
Nearby tourist attractions
Staying at Villa Penelope will enable you to be in a non-tourist-crowded place
and to be close to all the vacation activities the Amalfi Coast has to offer.
In Praiano you will be halfway between Positano and Amalfi, about 7 km (about
4.3 miles) away from both towns. You will also be 23 km (about 14 miles) from
Sorrento and 12 km (about 7.5 miles) from Ravello.
From Praiano, short daily excursions can easily take you to all tourist centers
of the Amalfi and Sorrento Coasts, Naples, the Vesuvius, the archaeological
ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the temples of Paestum, and also the islands
of Capri and Ischia.
You don’t need a car during your stay at Villa Penelope. The first food shops
and restaurants are 500 meters (about 1,640.5 feet) away. The bus stop is 500
meters (about 1,640.5 feet) away as well.
You can easily use either the local shuttle which takes you to/from Praiano and
Positano or the SITA bus service, which connects Praiano to Amalfi and Sorrento.
Both are convenient and economical.
From Sorrento you can take trains to comfortably and directly reach Pompeii,
Herculaneum, the Vesuvius, Naples, and Paestum.
In Amalfi and Positano, you can take ferries and hydrofoils to visit the beaches
of the coast and reach the islands of Capri and Ischia. You can also rent boats
to go on daily and nightly mini-cruises along the coast. In addition, in the
Amalfi Coast you can practice water sports, go snorkel diving, and rent bikes
Staying at Villa Penelope will enable you to visit the famous beaches of the
Amalfi Coast, go shopping for fashion pieces and quality handicrafts, and see
numerous folklore events of highly artistic, musical, and cultural interest
which are developed throughout the year.
Not to be missed by classical music enthusiasts are the famous concerts of the
Festival of Ravello, and for those fond of trekking, there are trails amidst the
hills along the coast, among which is the most famous of all, whose beauty of
scenery to be unveiled grants it the name ‘Sentiero degli Dei ’ or “Path of the
For those who wish to experience the intense night life of the Amalfi Coast, the
options of fun vary: from piano-bars to the most exclusive nightclubs.