Located outside of the town of Positano, this Amalfi Coast vacation rental is perfect for those who enjoy exercise through walking and climbing stairs, as well as taking in beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. For those who would like the chance to get to know the locals, this villa near Positano is a good choice, because the owners are very hospitable and friendly.
This lovely villa is situated below the coastal road in a very quiet position high on a cliff overlooking the sea and the small islands of I Galli. The two floors of the villa are connected via an external staircase and have use of a large sun roof terrace which is ador...ned with potted flowers, sun loungers, swings, rocking iron chair with cushions, and dining tables. There is a private bean-shaped swimming pool (open April 19-October 18, 2014). Parking is available on the main road above the house. There are ninety-three steps leading from the road down to the entrance.
Upper floor: (40 m2 + 15 m2 terrace)
Entry from the roof terrace leads into a small kitchen (7 m2), with a 4 burner stove (no oven), fridge/freezer and a small window (with screen) which opens onto the terrace. The sitting/dining room (12 m2) has a sofa, satellite TV, dining table for 4 and a window opening onto the terrace. There is a bathroom with shower and washing machine. Three steps lead down to a spacious bedroom (19 m2) with queen-size bed (160 cm wide), and French windows which open onto a private terrace (15 m2) with lovely Vietri majolica tile, panoramic sea views, a wrought iron dining table and chairs, built-in seating and sun lounges, and a small jacuzzi tub (for one person).
Fifteen external steps lead down to the Main Floor
Main floor: (120 m2 + 35 m2 terrace)
There is a spacious living/dining room with comfortable sofas, dining table for 8, satellite TV, fireplace and French doors opening onto the terrace. The terrace (35 m2) is furnished with sun lounges, table for 6, chairs, built-in seating and barbecue. There is a large, fully-equipped kitchen with large stove, wall oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, dining table for 6 and doors opening to the terrace.
There are two spacious double bedrooms furnished with modern furniture having French doors opening onto the terrace with panoramic sea views. The third double bedroom is located at the back of the house and has a partial view of the sea. There are two bathrooms, one with shower and washing machine, and the other with both shower and tub.
* Extra maid service is available for an extra cost.
* Welcome basket available on request for an extra cost
* The owners live in a lower level; they maintain complete privacy but can offer assistance if required.
* There are 93 steps from the coastal road, down to the property.
* 4 hours of housekeeping are included each week.
* There is a swimming pool (7m x 3 m), open April 19 - October 18, 2014 (weather permitting).
Additional amenities include: iron and board, housekeeping available - extra cost, cd, hair dryer, outside area - private, balcony/terrace, air conditioning - whole house, outside dining.
Left on 10/13/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Colin
Overall the house was lovely, with fantastic views over to the 'sirens', but the many steps and distance into town were difficult, especially with children.
Its cleanliness, and the owners were incredibly friendly.
Monica 's review of Belsole
Left on 10/06/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Monica
Every room opened onto the large balcony with a view of the sea. The villa was very well-equipped for all of our needs. The owner lives below, and despite the fact that she spoke little English and we spoke little Itlian, we communicated frequently. She was absolutely charming. We were presented on different occasions with gifts of prosciutto stuffed figs she had prepared, homemade limoncello, and a parting gift of a very pretty magnet. She even assisted us in attempts to locate our luggage which the airline lost for several days. The villa itself was beautiful, and our hostess was truly exceptional.
The villa was well-located for getting to the major points of interest.
Linda's review of Belsole
Left on 06/09/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Linda
The home itself was very nice. Also, the owner was very nice. He would call and order food and we would have it within a half hour. If we asked for anything, it definitely got done right away.
Positano is a beautiful place and the people are extremely nice. The view are amazing and the food is great in the restaurants.
John's review of Belsole
Left on 08/01/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | John
The property has a spectacular setting and the welcome by the owner family was warm and wonderful beyond imagining.
The view and the architectual aspect of the property.
Windows should have hooks so that they don't bang when open in a strong breeze.
The eagle's nest setting, the view onto the sea, the surrounding greenery.
Charles's review of Belsole
Left on 05/10/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | Charles
It was a great place to stay.
The location and owners.
Parking was not the best. There were some technical difficulties with the WiFi at first, but they took care of it right away. Directions to the property were not clear.
Walking into Positano. Also the view.
Marty's review of Belsole
Left on 09/30/2009 for a stay in September 2009 | Marty
We loved. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen.
Beautiful view, the owner, and our villa.
The buses were crowded, and we did have to walk into town or go on the bus schedule.
It is all so beautiful. We loved the pottery, the food and shopping.
Christina's review of Belsole
Left on 06/30/2009 for a stay in June 2009 | Christina
The climb up the steps.
Great views....Great history.
Kate's review of Belsole
Left on 06/30/2008 for a stay in June 2008 | Kate
Wonderful. The family downstairs was very welcoming and we had one of our most memorable nights in Positano with them and their friends at Belsole.
The size and outside area.
The 90 steps leading up to the road!
It was beautiful everywhere you looked and went.
Donna's review of Belsole
Left on 11/30/2007 for a stay in November 2007 | Donna
The view was amazing and the rooms were very spacious. The drivers that brought us and returned us to Naples were informative and friendly as well as prompt.
The distance from everything, and the number of steps. However, we knew about them before we came. They kept us in good shape!
The shops, the views, visiting other sections like Amalfi, Sorrento. Capri and Pompeii.
Sena's review of Belsole
Left on 06/30/2007 for a stay in June 2007 | Sena
The location was hard to beat, unless you are scared of a little exercise! The steps down to the villa as well as the steps down to Positano kept us in shape while allowing us to enjoy all the wonderful food! We fell in love with the family who own the property and live downstairs. They were more than helpful.
We enjoyed getting our walk into Positano everyday!
Peter's review of Belsole
Left on 06/30/2007 for a stay in June 2007 | Peter
The view was stunning, and it was nice being on the edge of town, a bit removed from the traffic and bustle of downtown Positano. The owner was most friendly, as was her son. We enjoyed the cat, dog, chickens, and sheep - all were rather charming and not particularly noisy.
On a couple of occasions folks not associated with the property took our parking spaces at the top of the stairs, but we managed to get around this problem. We agreed we would all love to return
We loved walking through Positano and up into the hills. It was certainly worthwhile driving along the coast. Ravello was beautiful, and the variety of ceramic ware in Vietri was stunning. After a few days, driving the twisting roads was fun, although the first time on these roads was a bit hair-raising. One evening we made the trip to Sant' Agata sui Due Golfi, a town perched on the crest of the peninsula between Sorrento and Positano. From Sant' Agata one can see both the Bay of Naples and the Bay of Salerno. We dined at Don Alfonso, a superb restaurant where we had an exquisite multi-course meal.
David's review of Belsole
Left on 08/31/2006 for a stay in August 2006 | David
The view, the large villa, large terrace, the owners were incredibly nice. One took us to go grocery shopping and helped with all loads up and down the steps.
The parking was difficult, typical of Positano. Constantly hear cars because near main road, but everything is.
Paulette's review of Belsole
Left on 07/31/2005 for a stay in July 2005 | Paulette
The view of the bay was spectacular and one you probably wouldn't get if you stayed in a hotel in Positano. I practiced my yoga by the pool - very serene in this beautiful setting.
I wasn't aware of the family living in the lower level, who have sheep with bells and a dog that likes to bark at all hours. I know comments were made about the traffic on the road above, but that didn't bother me at all.
I loved visiting the small towns on the coast, although Positano does not have any real historic value the shops were fun to browse. The people I met in the town were wonderful, accommodating and most helpful.
Karen's review of Belsole
Left on 04/30/2005 for a stay in April 2005 | Karen
I wish to return and bring friends to share the beauty and joy of this area.
The wondrous view from the property and the warmth of the villa, especially the gracious hospitality shown by the family... and the animals.
The joy of being in Positano, a perfect place to venture out to the surrounding areas of the Amalfi Coast - Amalfi, Ravello, Capri - and a perfect place to return to after such adventures.
Cindy's review of Belsole
Left on 10/31/2004 for a stay in October 2004 | Cindy
All told, we enjoyed the property but it requires either a lot of walking or taking taxis.
The property was spacious.
The sounds of cars, buses chickens, and sheep that make noise all day and night. The distance from the town.
Linda's review of Belsole
Left on 09/30/2004 for a stay in September 2004 | Linda
We fell in love with Maria and her son, Vito. As we were leaving, we gave Maria a bright orange hat that one of the group members was leaving behind. As we drove away and the taxi rounded curve after curve, we could see Maria on the terrace waving goodbye with the bright orange hat. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Maria.
The villa was attractive, comfortable, very clean and well equipped with breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding cliff-side. The best part of our stay was the opportunity to spend time with the property owner, Maria and her son Vito. They treated us like their personal guests rather than customers. It was a great opportunity to experience Italian life close up. If we had stayed on a tour bus or in hotels we would have been surrounded by other tourists from somewhere other than Italy! We had read on the web site that the bells on the sheep had bothered a guest. We found the tinkle of the bells comforting and charming. When Maria asked if we wanted her to remove the bell collars, we all said NO.
We didn't even mind the 92 steps down from the roadside - it gave us an opportunity to work off the extra calories from the good food and wine we enjoyed.
We were amazed by how the Italian people could make use of this rugged land. On the side of a cliff, Maria was able to grow figs, lemons, olives, herbs, potatoes and flowers. She also had chickens, sheep, cats and a dog, which added charm and a sense of home to the villa. We loved learning to form an Italian Line! We tried it out the first day back in U.S. and had to back up and continue with following the American rules of the road!
Martha's review of Belsole
Left on 06/30/2003 for a stay in June 2003 | Martha
Overall, it was a wonderful stay. The villa is perched on the side of the mountain, so you overlook the sea. It is well-equipped and spacious, with a balcony all around. We took many day trips - to Amalfi, Capri, Pompeii, among other places. It would be difficult to get around the area without access to a car.
The view and the physical layout and condition. Also, the owner was extremely helpful and charming.
The location far outside center of town. Since parking in town is limited, there was a lot of walking up and down or waiting for a bus. There are fewer buses than at height of season
Beautiful location overall, excellent food, reasonably accessible to places of cultural and historic interest.
Georgeann's review of Belsole
Left on 10/31/2002 for a stay in October 2002 | Georgeann
The views from the property are spectacular. We found the house itself to be very spacious, nicely appointed and very well-equipped. Two of the bedrooms have double/queen beds which were very comfortable as did the small third bedroom (the beds were actually singles made up together in this room). Aside from the view, the house’s best feature is the big eat-in kitchen with french doors to a balcony/patio. I have rented multiple homes in Europe and this house had by far and away the best equipped kitchen that I have ever seen.
The comfort and amenities of the house itself. The view. The owner of the home, Maria, is a wonderful woman who was kind to us and especially to our children.
The house is literally built on the side of a cliff so this means: lots of steps from the street level to the house, no level ground area for children to play which wasn’t great for our 3 young children. The water pressure is very low in the bathrooms.
Spectacular, rocky, steep Amalfi coastline.
Donna's review of Belsole
Left on 10/31/2002 for a stay in October 2002 | Donna
Our experience was wonderful. The villa is spectacular from the 1st step all the way down to the 93rd step. The views are like a postcard only you are really there. Dramatic cliff views as far as the eyes can see. Maria, the owner keeps the place perfectly clean. Maria and her family are the perfect hosts.
The locals in town are friendly once you get to know them. We loved renting a scooter for a few days right there in Positano. We loved walking through Positano at night. Stand on the beach and look back at the town it is blanket of lights resting on the cliffs.
The buses coming and going from Sorrento need to beep their horns on the numerous blind curves along the road. It is loud but ear plugs for the early morning will remedy that problem.
Joshua's review of Belsole
Left on 08/31/2002 for a stay in August 2002 | Joshua
I had a wonderful time and would use your service again.
The owners are raising sheep and chicken on the premises. While this could be quaint, the sheep have cow bells tied to their necks - waking guests at all hours of the night.
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