Villa Carmen is a small ancient house of Praiano, with a splendid view of the
sea. It is 80 square meters (approximately 860 square feet) large, and it sleeps
six persons. There are two terraces, of 10 and 15 square meters (approximately
107 and 160 square feet), a balcony and a rustic garden, all of them with a wide
view of the sea.
The house is built on two levels, and it has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a
large living room and a kitchen. It is equipped with central heating.
Villa Carmen is located in the heart of the historical center of Praiano, which
is an ancient fishermen's village located halfway between Amalfi and Positano,
and made up of a cluster of small white houses that cling to the rocky cliff,
sheer above the sea.
Seen from a distance, it seem that the houses have been built one above the
other, following the contour of the steep coast. When you take a closer look you
find out that they are separated by thriving gardens and vegetable gardens dug
into the side of the cliff. They are reached along narrow alleys and picturesque
"scalinatelle" (stairways cut into the cliff), which seem to reach for the sky
or dive straight into the sea.
Villa Carmen is just one of these cute small houses, white-washed, with the
shape of a cube, topped by its typical barrel dome, and clinging to the sloping
terrain. You will reach it from the road walking through a tiny yard, shared
with another similar house, where bushes of flowers and roses frame
well-arranged rows of salad and other vegetables.
You will enter the house through a small entrance door that will take you to a
large terrace, equipped with a table and deck chairs, from where you will only
see sky and sea.
From the terrace you will enter the living room, which has a balcony from where
you will be able to admire a wide panorama of the sea and of the coast. Looking
at the sea on your left you will see the inlet of Cape Conca, on the right a
nice shot of the rocky cliff, covered by olive trees, that dives into the sea.
Looking below, you will see a narrow horizontal stretch of small green vegetable
gardens, and a stretch of candid roofs of small houses, with their white profile
standing against the blue of the sea and of the sky. Even if you are sitting in
the living room, looking through the glass doors you will see only sea and sky.
The living room has a characteristic high vaulted ceiling, and it is roomy and
furnished in a welcoming and elegant way. Inside you will find a dining table, a
sofa and small armchairs.
From the living room you will enter the kitchen, which is well-equipped with
four-burner cooker, oven, refrigerator with freezer, dishwasher and washing
machine. The kitchen has a nice window with a view of the sea, and it is close
by the terrace, so that it will be easier to set up outdoor meals.
To reach the bedrooms you will have to descend to the lower level along an
internal stairway. The two bedrooms are spacious, and they comfortably contain a
double bed and a single bed each. Next to the bedrooms there are two bathrooms:
one is "en suite" with a shower, the other one has a bath tub. Both bedrooms
have glass doors to enter a second spacious terrace with a view of the sea. A
couple of meters (yards) below this terrace there is a small rustic gardens,
where vegetables are grown.
The area of Praiano where Villa Carmen is located is inhabited by authentic
locals, who live their peaceful life framed by the splendid natural beauty of
the coast, of the sky and of the sea.
At close distance from the villa you will not find crowds of tourists, nor the
clutter of tourist shops and restaurant: you will see just a few shops selling
basic items, and the friendly faces of the locals that you will meet in the
streets. By the way, don't be surprised if everyone here will be saying hello
when they meet you in the street - get ready to greet them and to smile back!
Still, the vitality and the happy vacation life of the coast of Amalfi are close
at hand: starting at just one kilometer (half a mile) from the villa you will
find nice restaurants and wonderful night club on the sea. At approximately 6 km
(4 miles), in Positano, there are colourful shopping streets, where you will be
able to shop for fashion and local hand-made goods. By the Spiaggia Grande (the
main beach) of Positano you will find famous tourist attractions.
If you enjoy staying at the beach, you will be able to reach the beach of
Positano or the beach of "La Praia" by bus. A nearby very characteristic beach
in Praiano is the one called "Gavitella". It can only be reached by foot,
descending approximately 400 steps, and it is located in a picturesque inlet
right below the village.
During the good seasons cafes and restaurants are open at all of the beaches.
If you like hiking, in the area you will find walks that are famous for their
extraordinary beauty, such as the "Sentiero degli Dei": Path of the Gods.
Villa Carmen is the right place to stay if you are looking for the most
authentic charm of the Amalfi Coast, just out of the frantic holiday life of the
most crowded areas.
The tourist spots of the coast are easily reached, since at 20 meters (yards)
from the house you can take the local bus, which connects Praiano to the beach
of Praia (2 km, 1.5 miles) and with Positano (6 km, 4 miles).
The local bus will take you to the stop for the long distance bus (at 600
meters/660 yards) that will allow you to reach Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento,
Naples, Pompeii, Paestum and so on.
Ferries to reach Capri as well as the other villages along the coast are
available in Positano (6 km, 4 miles) and in Amalfi (8 km, 5 miles).
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