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Villa CoclesPositano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
UNIQUE & ENCHANTING
A feast for your eyes and your stomach, this villa sleeping four but perfect for two, part of a 17th century convent, has a private terrace with magnificent coastal views and is surrounded by lemon trees and fragrant herbs to inspire your palate. Wonderful for foodies, the villa's owner, Marina, is a private chef and runs cookery classes teaching authentic Italian cuisine.
Writer John Steinbeck said of Positano, a town on Italy's spectacular Amalfi Coast, that it is a 'dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.' The picturesque town has also been the backdrop of many films and was where the Rolling Stones wrote their song 'Midnight Rambler.' Popular with writers, musician and film-stars for years, it's celebrated for its spectacular scenery, aquamarine sea, fascinating architecture, restaurants and boutiques.
The Villa Cocles is situated in the higher part of Positano; a quiet, peaceful location with incredible views of the town and sea. It's literally just a couple of minutes walk away from the town's restaurants and bars. But there are also butchers, fish shops, cheese shops and groceries selling delicious and fresh ingredients, if you wish to cook at the villa. And if you feel like shopping, there are many winding roads, dotted with stylish boutiques to splash out in.
The property is also just 500 steps up from the sea; so if you feel like a swim, you don't have far to go. There's lots to see and do in Positano, such as visiting the town's most famous church, Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta but go slightly further afield and you'll discover a wealth of other sights and activities. If you enjoy walking try the 'Walk Of The Gods' trail; a fantastic way to fully discover the area's scenery. For day trips, Sorrento is 15km away and Amalfi is 16km away. There's taxi service as well as a Sita bus service. The nearest international airport is Naples, which is approx 60km away. Flights from the UK to Naples take approx 2hr 45.
About The Owners
Marina is originally from this part of Italy, but has mostly lived in Turin and Venice and traveled frequently in Asia and United States.
Since she was a little girl she spent all her summers at her grandparents house in San Nazzaro del Sannio, (80km far fro Positano) a small village perched on the hills. She learned how to cook the classics from the neapolitan cuisine and how to produce wine and olive oil. She wrote “Chinese cuisine: eccentric or gourmet?” when she graduated from Oriental Languages University and she also wrote “Amalfi Coast Architecture: a study on the local-eating-spaces” when she finished her architecture studies. She now lives in Positano with her beloved dog Febo and cooks for anyone passionate about food.
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