Torre Amalfi is a medieval tower, turned luxury villa rental, on the Amalfi Coast with stunning views of the ocean.
Sorrento is a great base to visit the beach, spend a day on a boat, and to discover many sights nearby like the Amalfi coast, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Capri, or Naples.
The Lemon Grove
You should rent a ‘Gozzo’, a traditional fishing boat, enjoy the sun and take a swim in the ocean.
Sorrento is a great base to discover the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, Pompeii and even Naples.
You'll love the beautiful sea views from the terrace and their newly built pool.
You should hire the private chef for at least one night! Rosalia's cooking is becoming a hit with guests!
Priora is on a hill 10 mins above Sorrento and has no grocery shops and only two easy-going restaurants.
We recommend to rent a small car as the roads are sometimes narrow and parking is easier.
The pool is unattended so be careful with your children.
Sorrento is a world-famous location and can get very crowded during summer.
There is no parking at the villa, but it is very easy (and totally safe) to find parking very close to the villa.
How would you describe The Lemon Grove in a nutshell?
The Lemon Grove is a 3 bedroom villa rental nestled in a peaceful lemon grove with beautiful views over the Amalfi coast. The house was built in the 19th century and has been in the family for generations. It has been entirely refurbished mixing the original, antique flair with modern touches.
Please tell us more about the villa garden, the Lemon Grove.
We have been spending summers here for generations. When we were refurbishing the property my mother was very focused on not altering the nature of the garden. She wanted to maintain the nature of the lemon grove which is very traditional of this area — the Sorrento lemons are world famous. In order to protect the lemons, they would grow grapes on top of them. It is a very typical local technique.
Our garden is very characteristic of the area where the lemon orchard surrounds the courtyard. Our courtyard is like a little enclave because you have the villa on one side, a rough rock wall on the other and the stables where the animals were kept all enclosing the courtyard, making it very cozy.
What was your inspiration to rent out the villa to holiday guests?
We wanted to share our house with guests and provide modern accommodations with an authentic, local flair. This is in contrast to the many other places on the Amalfi coast which are often either cheap with a lot of kitsch, or 5 star hotels.
And there are restaurants and shops nearby?
The Amalfi coast is not only a beautiful place to be, but it’s also one of the best gourmet destinations in Italy, offering many amazing Michelin-star restaurants. And even the very simple trattorias provide really excellent food. Some of the restaurants are very famous and you need to have advanced reservations, so guests should plan ahead. The distance to good restaurants depends on how picky you are. There’s a very good trattoria only two mins away from us and there are a number of other restaurants on the way to Sorrento or the other villages around us.
Is there a highlight that you think you just have to do or see?
It would be strange to come to the Amalfi coast and not see Capri or Pompeii. There’s nothing like Pompeii anywhere else.
Closer to the villa, it would be a pity to be in the area and not walk up to the top of Monte San Costanzo (a quick half an hour climb from the parking lot) from where you may enjoy commanding views of Capri and the Amalfi coast. Taking advantage from the drive there, it would be crazy to miss a lunch or a dinner at ‘Maria Grazia’, a historical trattoria right on the water with one of the most memorable antipasto anywhere in the world. Maria Grazia is only few mins away by car from Termini where the road up to Monte San Costanzo starts.
Please tell us a bit about the beaches on the Amalfi coast.
The beaches are small and pebbled. During the spring they are lovely, but during the summer they are really crowded. Still, many tourists love the little coves and enjoy dining at the restaurants that are at sea level.
Particularly during the summer and on weekends when it’s crowded, I recommend renting a boat. It is very easy to rent a ‘Gozzo’, a traditional fishing boat in Amalfi. They have a deck to enjoy the sun and swim in the ocean. You don’t need a license but many guests rent a boat with a conductor. A very nice Gozzo for up to 8 people costs around €150-200 per day.
You can rent a Gozzo in Marina della Lobra or in Marina del Cantone, the fishing village just below Nerano, no need to go to Amalfi. You can easily sail to Capri, Li Galli (fabulous small islands formerly owned by Rudolf Nureyev, a famous ballet dancer), Positano or even Amalfi. The sail is wonderful because a large part of the coast is a marine preserve.
The villa is an authentic, old building. We still have the antique ‘palmento’ in what is now the living room, where people used to crush the grapes with their feet and squeeze the juice into a barrel. We wanted to maintain some of the antique features but have added modern touches creating a contemporary, cosmopolitan feeling.
We tried to put together a kitchen that was close to what an antique kitchen might have looked like in the local style, but there’s modern lighting and other modern amenities and furnishings. The beds are part modern and part antique in terms of the iron bed frame. We chose the furnishings very carefully and used pieces that we have collected over the years to retain the unique flair of the house.
We have 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, air-conditioning and a brand new heating system, The kitchen with all the necessary appliances opening up into the courtyard, which is perfect for al fresco dinners. A separate dining room also opens out to the courtyard. The living room — split into two separate areas — makes up the ground floor. And of course the terrace with the beautiful sea views.
The loft from which you access the terrace has two sofas that may (and often are) turned into two additional beds.
The property has a nice pool among the lemon trees which is open normally from May until late September (the Pool is shared with the Owners during the limited period when they are in Sorrento.
Rita and Luca, exceptional caretakers and close friends of mine, will be available to the guests. They know the area around Sorrento very well and speak a number of languages so they can offer suggestions for what to see and do in the area. We have long-standing relationships with the locals here so can easily make arrangements for a variety of activities, but it is always a good idea to plan some activities before your stay to ensure availability.
We also have two people who take care of the house and offer cooking and cleaning services. This allows guests to better enjoy the property without having to take care of the housekeeping or organise meals themselves. It’s more relaxing. We can also organize babysitters known to our family.
Our idea is to provide our holiday guests an insider’s view of the Amalfi coast, telling them about the restaurants where not many tourists go, the special little shops in area etc.
Most of our guests have made use of the additional services and bring back memories of the fantastic food cooked by Rosalia and served in the courtyard among the lemon trees.
Many of our guests often use Sorrento as a base to not only visit the beach or spend a day on the boat, but also to discover the many sights in the area.
You can, for example, spend one day in Naples and enjoy the museums, the incredible number of churches and the beautiful shops. Another day you can go up to Mount Vesuvius and visit Pompeii. Then there are of course Positano and Amalfi. You can even visit the temple in Pestum and visit a producer of real buffalo mozzarella on your way back. You can go to Capri, which is 30 mins away by hydrofoil or even visit the islands of Ischia and Procida.
There are a also number of very beautiful hikes around Sorrento. There is a very famous path that goes all along the Amalfi coast called the ‘Path of the Gods’. It offers an incredible view from beginning to end.
There’s an incredible variety of well known places to visit other than just going to the beaches.
Upon reservation our property managers will provide you with a catalog of possibilities and help you with any additional requests you may have.
Our villa is located in a very small village called Priora sitting on a cliff top about 250m above sea level. We are surrounded by three villages, Sant’Agata which is uphill from Priora, Massa Lubrense and of course Sorrento, which is down on the coast.
You can take a very nice stroll to Sorrento without having to use the main roads. There are small cobblestone streets taking you to there. It goes without saying that going down is a little easier than coming up the hill. That’s why we recommend walking down around 25 mins and taking the bus back up.
You may also walk down to Massa Lubrense and take the bus up again. The road has less views but is more secluded and actually quite beautiful.
It all depends on what you want to do. April, May, June and September tend to be the best months. Outside the weekends, July is also beautiful. August is a bit crowded but the summer season is at its peak, the weather is generally glorious and Sorrento and the other villages offer a number of festivals and other attractions, some of which are of excellent quality. In October the weather can be a bit difficult to predict.
Sorrento is not the typical holiday resort alive in the summer but empty and almost dead during the rest of the year. Most hotels, shops and restaurants are open 10 months every year, so even in the deep of the winter it is a perfect destination to enjoy the many attractions nearby.
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