My friends and I enjoyed our stay very much. We had some trouble getting the TVs to work and the internet was down for several days, and the espresso maker didn’t work but the owner brought us another one after a few days. Otherwise everything was pretty much perfect, and the small inconveniences with the TV, internet and espresso machines were not a big deal in the end. We used the pool and sauna a lot and spent as much time as possible on the terrace enjoying the spectacular views. I appreciated that a path was added since we last stayed in the villa so that you can exit from the pool room and walk down to the pedestrian walkway that leads to the center of Positano. Last time we stayed, there was no path and you had to go up the stairs all the way to Via Marconi and enter the house from the front.
Positano is lovely and we enjoyed the town, as well as trips to Sorrento, Capri, Priano, and Ravello, and a morning hiking Il Sentiero degli Dei. I had wanted to visit Cetara, Vietri sul Mare, and Atrani, but we ran out of time, so we’ll look forward to that on our next trip.
In all honestly what I liked best about the Villa was the house maid. She took such good care of us!! She welcomed us back with hugs and big smiles. She made sure we had everything we needed in terms of food and drink. She answered all of our questions, and we had dozens of them for her each day- everything from “how long does it take for the Jacuzzi to heat up” to “can you find someone to take us by boat for lunch in Praiano?” I have never seen someone work so hard in all my life. She is constantly on the move, watering plants, bringing in enormous bags of linens, managing to lift the jacuzzi cover herself when my husband and I had trouble doing it together. A few of the people in our group were very messy but she managed to make their rooms spotless very day. And she always had a big smile and tons of patience. I have never know a kinder or more helpful person. I happen to speak Italian, but when I was not there, she miraculously managed to communicate with my friends who don’t speak Italian. She drew us maps, made wonderful restaurant suggestions, called taxis, shared recipes, and even managed to get a friend of hers to deliver pizza to us one night because the pizzeria down by the harbor would not deliver to the zona Chiesa Nuova. She is truly the very best part of renting the Villa Capodimonte.
Very best wishes from Boston!