We were exhausted. Justin and I spent the entire day bouncing from train to train, pulling our heavy luggage behind us. We started our morning in Cinque Terre: from Riomaggiore, we traveled to La Spezia. From La Spezia, we took a high speed train to Rome. In Rome, we transferred to another high speed train to Naples. And in Naples, we had a tiresome hour-long ride where we stood in an overheated and crowded train car that made dozens of stops on the way to Sorrento. Needless to say, when we reached the train station in Sorrento, we couldn’t wait to find our apartment and lay down for a while.
When we arrived at Villa Elisa Sorrento, all of the troubles that we had encountered all day had vanished. We walked towards the centre of town from the train station and before long, we reached the guest house at Piazza Sant’Antonino. Amongst a few shops and small cafes, we approached the gate for Villa Elisa. Upon entering the gate, we immediately left the hustle and bustle of a busy piazza behind and were immersed in this quiet sanctuary. You’ll see what I mean shortly – I’ll save the best for last. We were warmly greeted by the owner, Antonio, who showed us to our first floor apartment.
Antonio and his family live on the second floor of the guest house, and we stayed in a room on the first floor. The building has been in his family’s possession for generations. Before the property was a guest house, it was a monastery. When the property was originally sold way back when, Antonio’s family purchased it – it’s been owned by his family ever since. You can tell by the way some of the walls are shaped that the original structure of the monastery was maintained, which adds to the room’s flair and charm.
The guest room itself was clean, quiet, comfortable, and had everything that we needed. There was a comfortable bed, a TV, air conditioning, a full kitchen with a stovetop, storage space, a small safe, and a refrigerator. The room was cleaned on a daily basis and was spotless every day when we returned from sightseeing. We also enjoyed free Wifi from our room and the property.
The bathroom was newly renovated, bright, and clean. The towels were refreshed whenever we wished. There was a walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head.
Now, I’m going to share why we were so relaxed and relieved when we first entered the property. The central piazza outside of Villa Elisa was bustling with tourists, but when we entered through those gates, it was like visiting a whole other world. There was a beautiful courtyard with flowers and greenery all around. Leafy vines climbed the walls and tropical plants completely surrounded us. There were some patio tables and chairs where we could relax, dine, or read a book. Antonio’s father, Mario took care of the garden. It was obvious that he took great pride and pleasure in maintaining this lush garden filled with colorful flowers. After a long day, it was so comforting to return to such a cheerful place.
We were sitting outside one evening chatting to another guest. She stays at the Villa Elisa every year while she attends Italian language lessons in Sorrento. She said that we were very lucky to find this spot to stay as it is a true gem. The price is very low for being in such a central location with great amenities, like a kitchen. The lady told us, “I almost don’t want to tell my friends about this place as I’m afraid it will be all booked up the next time I want to travel here!”
I guess I’m sharing her secret! But, everyone should know about this place so they can know where to stay in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Staying in Sorrento is Best
If you’re looking to explore the Amalfi Coast, I would argue that staying in Sorrento is your best choice. You can explore the breathtaking town of Sorrento easily if you stay here, particularly from this apartment. Everything is within walking distance. You can also hop on a ferry to the island of Capri for the day very easily. You can book a tour to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento with Lovely Amalfi Coast Tours – they will pick you up right from your doorstep in Sorrento and drop you back off at the end of the day. It’s easy to explore the entire region from here.
Plus, don’t skip Sorrento when you come to Italy. The town has fantastic restaurants and bars, great shopping, and breathtaking scenery. You can swim here in the summer at the beach, visit incredible natural pools, marvel at the cliffs, and catch a glimpse of Mount Vesuvius off in the distance. Despite being a tropical city lined with palm trees and lemon groves, I never found it to be overly crowded here. It was vastly different than any other place we visited in Italy, and I’m glad that we spent five glorious days here.
Villa Elisa SorrentoPiazza Sant’Antonino, 1980067 SorrentoItalyContact/Booking: Villa Elisa Sorrento Website