Review: Villa Califano
Tucked away in a residential street, the stroll in to town serves up perfect views of the azure oceans of the Amalfi Coast
Location: Despite being in the quieter, less touristy area of town, Villa Califano is just a short walk from central Sorrento. The property is tucked away in a residential street and the stroll in to town serves up perfect views of the azure oceans of the Amalfi Coast.
First impressions: I was impressed before I’d even stepped onto the plane at Heathrow, and that’s because the concierge service at villa company Oliver Travels’ got me truly excited about the trip in the build-up to travelling. The team were on hand for any queries I had and even organised a cake for my mum’s 60th birthday celebrations. In the weeks prior to our stay I was in regular communication with the team at Oliver Travels and they even sent a travel pack full of goodies such as a phone speaker, fun detachable camera lenses for smartphones and a blow-up beach ball. These gestures ensured the whole family was excited for the trip.
All of this meant our expectations were exceptionally high, but the property itself certainly delivered. We were welcomed by the owner of the property, who lives next door, and she soon settled us into our far-from-humble abode.
The facts: The gated property has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three lounges, a library, two dining rooms (one more formal than the other)… the list goes on! The décor throughout embodies Italian glamour with beautiful paintings, sculptures and antiques dotted throughout. If that wasn’t enough it also has its own gym, a private outdoor swimming pool and a daily maid. The property can also arrange chefs, masseuses and transfers for an extra cost.
Explore: In Sorrento itself, my main concern was getting my hands on some delicious local delicacies and sampling delicious Italian fare. While my focus was on finding pizza, gelato and limoncello, for those keen to dine well recommend they pay a visit to Bellevue Sirene for a drink on its terrace or dine under the lemon trees at 'O Parrucchiano, a charming Campanian restaurant. Food aside, a visit to the city’s oldest church – the Basilica of Sant’ Antonino – is worthwhile. The piazza surrounding the church is a great spot for people watching, while being much quieter than the super touristy Piazza Tasso.
Wow: This was my first ever villa experience, and the service ahead of travel and during our stay was simply amazing.
Book it: Rental rates for Villa Califano in Sorrento range from £5,581 to £11,162 depending on the time of year. The price is for a week-long rental for 15 people.
Hollie is editor of Aspire’s print and online products. She is responsible for the running of the club and ensuring the content produced and the events organised are relevant to the Aspire audience. She was previously deputy news editor and cruise writer for sister title Travel Weekly. She loves exploring new destinations and is gradually ticking new countries off her list. She most enjoys writing about cruise, South America and Japan. Before working in the travel industry she held news reporting roles at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.