Day 16: Sorrentine Holiday Apartment

Our Holiday Apartment! Valeria is by far the most helpful hostess we've ever rented from. From helping us get our car tire fixed, to providing a corkscrew for the wine.

Our Holiday Apartment! Valeria is by far the most helpful hostess we’ve ever rented from. From helping us get our car tire fixed, to providing a corkscrew for the wine.

Valeria’s apartment in the idyllic town of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi is a perfect home base for exploring the Sorrentine Peninsula. Situated just 15 minutes above the traditional tourist base of Sorrento, this Holiday Apartment is an oasis of calm. In an otherwise bustling area full of foreign tourists, busses, and mopeds, navigating impossibly narrow roads and admiring the scenic views, this apartment offers a welcome respite, allowing you to recharge and get out and experience everything the area has to offer each new day for the duration of your stay.

Pompeii is within easy reach by car. Sorrento is a one-hour hike downhill, and two hours back up. Both Naples and Capri can be reached by high speed ferry from the port in Sorrento, and the entire Amalfi coast unfolds just 20km down the road. A car is an absolute necessity to fully appreciate the entire area. For a panoramic overview on arrival, just 20 minutes walking up to the monastery “Deserto” you can see why the town “Due Golfi” gets it’s name, as the both the bay of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno spread out below the viewpoint at the top of the hill.

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the clogged tourist streets of Sorrento are far below, buth within easy reach of Sant’Agata sui due Golfi

The apartment itself offers every modern amenity. In this fully furnished ground floor two-bedroom apartment, it is possible to make yourself entirely at home. The fully equipped kitchen is open to the spacious living and dining area. A big picture window lets in plenty of light from outside, and lots of fresh air. If necessary, an air conditioner cools this area as well. The apartment also features a master en-suite bedroom with it’s own patio door leading outside, and a smaller bedroom with two twin beds. A second bathroom with a walk-in shower and washing machine ensures that there is plenty of space for everyone to do whatever it is they need to do in the mornings.

Outside, plenty of space as well. The apartment is directly below the house of the owners, the entire complex self-contained within a private gated area and garden separate from the rest of the community. Valeria provides a key and remote control for the gate, where you are ensured private and secure parking directly outside the apartment on the patio. The patio spreads out around the entire house, with an area for sunbathing complete with lounge chairs, an area for hanging laundry out to dry, and an al fresco dining area with a sidewalk café ambiance.

Al fresco dining in the patio area of our apartment!

Al fresco dining in the patio area of our apartment!

Valeria was the perfect hostess. She communicated with us prior to arrival, and provided directions and updates for us on the day of. When we had trouble with our car, she recommended a local mechanic, and accompanied me to the garage to provide translation services while it was fixed, including a follow up visit the following day. Lacking a wine bottle opener, and finding the one provided insufficient, Valeria came to the rescue with a proper sommelier knife and saved the day. From providing local travel tips, restaurant recommendations, and enhancing the comfort of our stay, Valeria ensured there was an answer for all of our needs.

Our overall experience found us wishing the length of our stay could be more. Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi is the perfect place to stay for exploring this beautiful corner of Italy, and Valeria’s Holiday Apartment served us well as the launching off point for local adventures.

Vista from Monastero di San Paolo, across the bay of Naples, toward Mount Vesuvius. Just a 20 minute walk from the Holiday Apartment of Valeria.

Vista from Monastero di San Paolo, across the bay of Naples, toward Mount Vesuvius. Just a 20 minute walk from the Holiday Apartment of Valeria.

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About aguamaul

World traveler, frequent flyer, wine enthusiast, blogger, cat owner, and husband.
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