Villa Astra is a splendid 150 square-meter (about 1,615 square feet) villa
featuring wide terraces with an outstanding view of the sea. There is also a
shared swimming-pool, a shared garden and a private garden. The villa sleeps
It is equipped with a parking space for one car and central heating.
The villa is located in Praiano, which is half way between Amalfi and Positano,
about 7 km (about 4.3 miles) away from both towns.
There is a double bedroom, another bedroom with a double bed and two single beds,
a double divan bed, two bathrooms, and a kitchen.
Villa Astra is part of the historical center of Praiano, which consists of a
cluster of white houses on the highest area of a steep slope of a hill
overlooking the sea. The houses are nestled around the beautiful bell-tower and
the eighteenth-century church of San Luca.
In this area of Praiano, almost all the houses date back to the eighteenth
century. They feature white façades often decorated with stuccoes, patios below
masonry arches sustaining terraces facing the sea, and sloping gardens filled
with flowers and citrus trees around. To walk through such extraordinary village,
declared World Heritage site by UNESCO, means climbing narrow stairways and
pedestrian streets. The whole area is made for pedestrians, except for the only
access street to the main square. Here you will not find streets packed with
tourists; all you will see are the kind inhabitants of the place. And you will
be able to experience the fascination and authentic beauty of the Amalfi Coast:
one not changed by the actions of tourism!
Villa Astra is a few steps away from the main square, and it also features a
private garage at the end of the pedestrian area. In order to arrive at the
villa from the garage area, all you have to do is walk 30 meters (about 98 feet)
along a footpath with no steps to climb.
The main square is a large terrace overlooking the coastal scenery. Next to the
square you will find some shops.
The private garden
Villa Astra is on the top floor of an age-old eighteenth-century building which
comprises several floors built according to the sloping rocky terrain of the
place. The house is two-storey high. From the road, once through a small gate,
you will enter a little white courtyard embellished by ogres and red
Bougainvillea facing the entrance of the house. Next to the courtyard you will
find a private garden. It is airy, fresh, and shaded by the presence of tall
trees. It is rich in flowers, and it overlooks the sea. In the garden you will
find a table, chairs, and a place to have barbecues.
The house and its terrace
From the entrance courtyard, an indoor staircase of about 10 steps will enable
you to reach the living-room of the house. You will find a couch and armchairs
placed in front of two high arched glass doors: through the glass doors you will
see the sky and the sea. The patio doors lead to a large terrace where you will
be able to enjoy an extraordinary view of the sea and the coast. The terrace is
furnished with a table, chairs, and umbrellas.
The kitchen is separated from the living-room by a large masonry arch. It is
spacious and covered in the characteristic local terracotta tiles produced
according to age-old techniques. You will find a five-burner stove, a fridge
with freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, and a dining area with a table and
On the floor of the living-room you will also find a spacious double bedroom
with a bathroom with shower inside. The bedroom features a window through which
you will have a nice view of the garden.
An indoor staircase will lead you to the upper floor, where you will find a
sleeping area consisting of two communicating bedrooms. In the first one, you
will find a double bed, a divan bed, and a large bathroom with bathtub and
shower taps inside. In the second bedroom, there are two single beds. Both
bedrooms have a patio door overlooking a gracious small terrace. Note that in
order to enter the bedroom with two single beds you have to go through the
Villa Astra features very high vaulted ceilings, characteristic of buildings
dating back to the eighteenth century in the Amalfi Coast. Such way of building
houses, along with thick walls in stone, keeps the indoors naturally cool and
fresh even when it is hot outside. The villa features complete and cozy
The panoramic terrace
The most spacious and panoramic terrace of the villa is situated on the top
floor, above the bedrooms. You can reach it by climbing a small outdoor
staircase. The terrace is very spacious and sun-drenched from sunrise to sunset.
You will feast your eyes on a 360º panorama consisting of a vast sea skyline,
the picturesque outline of the coast, and the top of the Lattari Mountains
framing the landscape in the background of the little town of Praiano. You will
find this terrace perfect for sunbaths and sunset watching. It is furnished with
tables, chairs, and deck chairs.
The swimming pool and the shared garden
As guests of Villa Astra you will have access to a swimming-pool located in a
garden consisting of terraces facing the sea and beautiful scenery. To reach the
swimming-pool, you have to climb down 39 steps. Once through a small
wrought-iron gate, you will enter a large garden with a breathtaking view of the
sea and the coast. Here the green of the lemons and the red of the Bougainvillea
frame the blue of the sea. Large ogres filled with flowers and tables and chairs
in white wrought-iron render the place joyful, elegant, and cozy. It is the
Mediterranean garden you have seen in your dreams, and where you will feel joy
for spending pleasant hours of your vacation!
The swimming-pool is situated in a delightful angle of the garden overlooking
the sea. You will find sun loungers, umbrellas, deck chairs, and other little
tables and chairs around. The swimming-pool is 6 x 4 meters (about 20 x 13 feet)
large, and it is available from half April to half October.
The swimming-pool and the surrounding garden are shared with the proprietor, who
has reserved part of the villa for his family to spend their vacation.
At Villa Astra you will have cleaning services and twice-a-week change of linen
as part of the weekly rate paid. Extra cleaning and chef are available upon
The villa also features a local laundry-room.
During your stay at Villa Astra, you will be close to one of the most typical
beaches of the Amalfi Coast, the beach of Praia. The beach spreads from the base
of a narrow gorge enclosed by high rocky walls deeply incised by erosion.
To reach the beach you can take the local bus which stops about 20 meters
(approximately 66 feet) away from the villa.
However, don’t miss the chance of going to beach on foot at least once if you
are in good shape: you can descend from the villa until the State Road through
shortcuts consisting of stairways. Once you have crossed the State Road, you
will have to go along a picturesque pedestrian foot path goes past the medieval
Tower and descends towards the sea through a trail dug along the rocks. The
breathtaking scenery will compensate the workout to go along the way. Rendering
the walk even more pleasant, once you have arrived at the beach, are the small
bars and restaurants which feature tables on rocks caressed by the waters of the
The local minibus stops at the beach of Praia, Praiano and Positano.
Moreover, as guests of Villa Astra, you can enjoy discounts at a 4-star hotel
for two of their services: access to the beach and the restaurant.
Other larger nearby beaches are those in Amalfi and the one in Positano, about 7
km (approximately 4.3 miles) away.
Nearby tourist attractions
Staying at Villa Astra will offer you a place which is not tourist-crowded and
the chance of having all the vacation-life activities that the Amalfi Coast has
to offer just on hand.
Praiano is located halfway between Positano and Amalfi, about 7 km
(approximately 4.3 miles) away from both towns.
From Praiano you can easily reach all the tourist points of interest of the
Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast as well as Naples, the Vesuvius, Pompeii,
Herculaneum, Paestum, and the islands of Capri and Ischia.
You can conveniently use both the service of the local minibus which goes from
Praiano to Positano and the service of the SITA bus, which connects Praiano with
Amalfi and Sorrento. Both services are comfortable and economical.
From Sorrento you can take local trains to comfortably and directly reach
Pompeii, Herculaneum, the Vesuvius, and Naples in less than one hour. Even
Paestum and the coast of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento (Cilento National Park)
are easily reached either by bus or train.
In Amalfi and Positano you will be able to take ferries or hydrofoils to visit
through sea the Coasts of Amalfi and Sorrento, the coast of the Cilento National
Park, and also the islands of Capri and Ischia.
You can also rent boats or join daily and nightly mini-cruises along the coast.
Staying at Villa Astra will enable you to visit the famous beaches of the Amalfi
Coast, go shopping for fashion and the best handcrafted articles, and experience
the numerous top-quality folklore, artistic, musical, and cultural events which
take place throughout the year.
Not to be missed by classical music enthusiasts are the famous concerts held
during the Festival of Ravello, and for those who are fond of trekking, there
are trails which unravel through the mountains of the coast, among which the
most famous one is the “Sentiero degli Dei" (Path of the Gods), known for the
beauty of places unveiled during the walk.
Moreover, on the Amalfi Coast, one can also practice water sports, go
scuba-diving, rent bicycles and motorbikes.
For those willing to experience the intense night life of the Amalfi Coast,
there is a range of choices: from piano-bars to the most exclusive nightclubs.
The nearest airport is in Naples, 60 km (about 37 miles) away. The other closest
airport is the one in Rome, 260 km (about 162 miles) away.
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Sep 29 2013 - May 31 2014
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