As the first occupant of this lovely villa, I decided to write this review on the last day of our stay in order to be certain that I didn't forget any of the many fine qualities of the house or the sweet village of Praiano. To start, the owner, Lucia, met us at the local bus stop where our driver had to drop us off. She was so sweet and helpful taking luggage from our hands and guiding us up the ramp to the main road. The view of the villa from the front gate (a mere 18 wide and uniform steps from the entrance) took my breath away. The garden below contained lemon and orange trees, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, and basil which was available to us during our stay. It only got better as we entered the villa (newly completed). The renovation work was planned and completed from the heart. Beautiful ceramic light fixtures, glazed tiles, and wonderfully furnished rooms showed how much the owner cared that the villa was nothing less than perfect. The large bathrooms are fabulous with state of the art fixtures. Linens in the bath were plentiful and very nice even thick bathrobes are included. All mechanical systems (hot water, air conditioning, etc) are excellent. There are many electrical outlets and they are placed in very convenient spots.The windows vent in several different ways to allow for lots of fresh air and ventilation. They also have built in electronic blinds which allow for complete privacy. The beds are very comfortable and the linens are outstanding. Excellent sheets and plenty of pillows. Storage for clothing, etc is very ample. The living area is complete with a small sectional leather sofa and dining for five. One of my favorite rooms is the kitchen. It is reasonability large with plenty of cabinet space. I love to cook when I travel and it is rare to find a kitchen so wonderfully furnished with critical appliances, dishware, glassware, and cooking equipment. I never found that I needed anything that was not provided by the lovely Lucia. Lastly, the terrace. What is there to say about your own front row seating to the loveliest coastline in the world? It is very spacious and provides room for dining and sunning. A perfect place to observe the beauty of Amalfi without leaving your Italian home. About Lucia and Carmen-the best landlords ever. They responded immediately to my every wish and little problem. I did have some difficulty with various pieces of under garments that blew from the drying line-oops. They were always there for me! They were also very helpful with providing local drivers (outstanding!) and other types of transport (Lucibello Jet Boats). I would be remiss if I failed to mention Tutto de Tutti, the "heart" of Praiano. This tiny little grocery store has the kindest and most dedicated staff in the world. They not only managed to have everything I needed to cook meals over the two week stay but they always offered to scooter the larger orders to my doorstep. This must already rank as the longest review in the history of travel but your rental is the first and most critical decision-make it a good one. This villa will quickly feel like your home away from home and there is no higher praise in my mid. Ciao for now but we will be back!
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