Villa Cilento is a modern, three-story villa built in a traditional style, set 124 feet above sea level with stunning views stretching for miles along the Cilento coast. The villa is comfortably furnished in a contemporary style and each level is self-contained making it ideal for larger groups. Outside there is ample space for everyone to come together and enjoy the stunning sea views from one of the many terraces, lounge in the shade of a huge Mediterranean oak tree, soak up the sun around the pool, or enjoy a meal on the rustic \'taverna\' dining terrace.
Surrounded by a big enclosed garden, it is the perfect accommodation for families with children. Pets may be considered upon request.
The sandy beach at Villammare is only 600 meters away, and it is ideal for long walks - from the beach following the coast you can reach the town center in 10 minutes. Villammare offers a small selection of bars and restaurants and in the summer has lively beach cafes and facilities. Sapri is a larger town with good train links to Salerno and Naples. Inland, the charming hilltop village of Vibonati is lit in ever-changing colors during the balmy summer evenings. Villammare sits at the foot of the Cilento National Park – the second largest in Italy stretching across a huge mountain range and an important ecological area with abundant wildlife. There are many historical sites to visit from the monastery at Padula to the temples of Paestum and the abandoned village of San Severino di Centola. Natural sites include: Mount Cervati, WWF oasis of Morigerati, Hair of Venus waterfalls and Grotte di Pertosa caves among many others.
This stretch of the Tyrrhenian coast is rugged and unspoilt – a glimpse of the Amalfi of the past, before it was \'discovered\'. Take a boat trip from the delightful port at Scario to Porto Infreschi, passing caves and hidden coves en route and order a fresh seafood lunch from the boat-cum-restaurant, which is moored in this tiny natural bay. Or drive south to see the impressive statue of Jesus high on a cliff top above Maratea. You can reach the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri by hydrofoil from Sapri harbour within 3 hours during the summer months – the perfect way to enjoy the Amalfi coast without staying in the tourist hustle and bustle.
Cilento is an ancient cultural land that has long been identified as the cradle of the Mediterranean. You may have heard of the American biologist and nutritionist Ancel Keys. In recent years, scientists from all over the world have been drawn to Cilento and Acciaroli to try to understand the secret of healthy aging, which means the area is on its way to qualifying as a scientifically confirmed blue zone, alongside the Japanese island of Okinawa, the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, Ogliastra in eastern Sardinia and the Greek island of Ikaria. As in the other blue zones, there is hardly just one reason why so many people are over 100 years old. For a long life, a combination of healthy food, physical activity, stable social networks and a sense of meaning in life are all needed.
Inspired by the nutritional values and cuisine of countries around the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean Diet, recently named a World Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, was born in Cilento.
In this fantastic land have been left the marks of the great history, indeed Cilento is universally renowed as the \"Land of the Myth\" because in the past it hosted important settlements of the Romans, Lucans and Greek. Today inside this limitless territory there are two imperious statements of antiquity: the archeological areas of Paestum and Velia, splendours from the classical period.
The awe of history here is slightly stunning. It was here that the founder of Rome, Aeneas, is said to have made shore first in western Italy after the battle of Troy, and it is also said to be here along the coast that the sirens called on Odysseus with their songs. Whether it is the food, the herbs or the genes is yet to be completely determined, but one thing is for sure, there is certainly lust for life here.
Villammare is an ancient fishing village at the foot of the extensive Cilento National Park. The Park takes in one of the most attractive strip of the Tyrrhenian coast swathed by the vivid colours of the Mediterranean flora.
Long sandy beaches, a colourful seafront fringed with palms and eucalyptus trees, small restaurants, cosy venues and cottages make of Villammare the perfect seaside resort for travellers from all over the world, in search of friendly and charming spots off the beaten track.
Breathtaking views from the hills covered with centuries-old cork oaks, trekking the mountains and cruising along the Cilento coast, mouth-watering regional cuisine and the special friendliness of the locals captivate visitors all year round.
Ground floor: Large living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD), open fireplace, library/study area, French doors to covered terrace with comfortable seating, sea view. Well-equipped kitchen, dining table for 10, French doors to terrace and steps down to \"taverna\" style covered outdoor dining area with summer kitchen. Covered outdoor dining terrace seating 14 with summer kitchen (sink and fridge), barbecue and pizza oven.
Double bedroom, French door to covered terrace, sea view
Shower room, WC.
Single/twin bedroom (single trundle bed with pull-out mattress).
Shower room, WC.
This floor is not air conditioned as it is naturally cool. Fans are available.
First floor (via external staircase): Large roof terrace with outdoor dining table and sunbathing area, sea view. Entrance door to open plan living/dining/kitchen area (TV), air-conditioning, dining table for 4, French doors to another large terrace with outdoor dining table, sea view. Further small rear terrace with mountain view. Double bedroom, French doors to terrace, sea view. Shower room, WC.
External stairs from roof terrace to second floor/attic: Entrance door to open plan living/dining/kitchen area (TV), air-conditioning, French doors to balcony with sea view. Double bedroom, large arched window with views over mountains, pool and sea. Shower room, WC.
There are two sofa beds available when there are groups of 12. There are also two cots available for children.
Grounds: Large (5,000 sqm), enclosed, terraced grounds. 12m x 6m pool. Covered terrace on ground floor level with comfortable seating. Lower terrace with jasmin and bouganville covered pergola, large Mediterranean oak tree providing extra shade and Taverna style covered outdoor dining terrace seating 14 with summer kitchen (sink and fridge), built-in charcoal barbecue and traditional Italian pizza oven. 2 further outdoor dining areas on first floor level. Parking for 6 cars. Stunning coastal views.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR LARGER GROUPS (UP TO 14 PEOPLE) THERE IS A DEPENDANCE FOR 4 PEOPLE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. THE WEEKLY RATE IS US$ 1,500.
It is possible to reach Villa Cilento by high speed train from Naples to Sapri in 2 hours.
Villammare is lively in the summer and there are bars, chalets, and shops. The \"marina\" of Villammare is about 1 mile. Therefore you could walk to town but car is recommended because the last part of the road to the villa is steep (this is the reason why the villa has such stunning views). It is not a place spoiled by massive tourism and you will find a friendly athmosphere all around and an autentic glimpse of Italy. Restaurants in the surrounding as well as \"trattorie\" and \"pizzerie\" serve very good food at a great value for money.
Moreover the Villa is in the \"National Park of Cilento\" (UNESCO world heritage) so you can go on a lot of excursions in suggestive natural places, whether in the mountains or at the sea.