A Room With a View

Stylish Italian Holiday Villas and Townhomes

In the Shadow of Spartacus (Airbnb Caserta)

This freshly renovated villa is all about the view. The terrace has a magnificent view of the ruins of the oldest remaining Roman theater- Amphitheatre Campano where Spartacus once fought. You can see the theater from the front door.

The garden is beautiful and full of chirping birds. During our stay we had the garden all to ourselves, behind a private gate.

Parking, which is always an issue on our European–especially our Italian—road trips was right outside the door.

The cost to stay is an excellent value. We could have had an additional room for another 20 Euros per night, but we went basic at a price that could not be beat. The antique building was renovated in a contemporary style and well equipped and maintained. Best of all the hosts Monica and Pasquale were kind and very helpful!

Spectacular Rooftop Views (Airbnb Assisi, Italy)

Assisi is a jewel. The Basilica of Saint Francis attracts many visitors—tourists, pilgrims and clerics. Many churches, large and small, are within a short walk of this extraordinary townhouse, so, too are excellent shopping and restaurant venues.

This well-located residence has fine views of the town. The photos that you take here from the terraces might look like you had a drone. These two private patios will leave you breathless!

Parking and steep narrow streets can be a challenge in Assisi. Thanks to Gabrielle, we faced none of these on our arrival. He met us at Assisi’s main parking garage—a 10-minute walk from the apartment—and insisted on taking our luggage. We would have had trouble finding it without him. He carried our luggage up the 50 steps from the street to our top floor flat. Then gave us a card that allowed in-and-out use of the garage without paying every time we entered.

From the flat, we enjoyed wonderful views, and a very comfortable bed, wifi, and TV, too.

We hardly used the small kitchenette, for a number of fine restaurants are almost at the doorstep. More are close-by in the active town square.

This is the best place in Assisi to stay if you are looking for excellent views, a central location, and a very kind and helpful host.

Adriatic Sea and Historic Town Views from Every Room (Airbnb Vieste Italy)

Vieste is an impressive wonder on the Italian Adriatic Coast. It has a dazzling old town which stretches out impressively to the sea. We stayed along this peninsula, and had dinner most nights in the vibrant, more contemporary section along the harbor. Our apartment was spacious with a brilliant view of the sea where the morning sun sparkled.

Our apartment was in a historic building, up a narrow flight of stairs. We had two bathrooms and two patios, separated by the kitchen. The rooms have all the amenities for a pleasant stay. The kitchen layout was especially unique. Beautiful views of the sea and the historic town could be seen from the windows or glass doors located in every room. (including the kitchen) Parking was secure and an easy walk from the residence.

Our host Sandor was very helpful and gracious He even made a gift of a special book about the Gargano region of Italy. Another post about this special region is forthcoming..


Peaceful Apartment with Extraordinary Views (Airbnb Rome, Italy)

We spent six days in a unique, penthouse apartment near the Colosseum in Rome. From the two patios we had a fine view of the Colosseum, and the Monument to Victor Emmanuel III. There are plenty of great restaurants and shopping within walking distance.

The apartment is well laid out and perfectly adequate for two people. The walls are lined with original paintings, and unique contemporary art. It is well equipped for an enjoyable stay: washing machine, kitchenette, wifi, TV (with Netflix and Amazon Prime). The building also had an elevator which is not easy to find in many older buildings close to top historic attractions.

The owner, Cristiana, made our stay special. Bottles of wine and a basket of goodies greeted us, and she allowed us to check in 4 hours early. She arranged taxis on the days we needed them. Thanks to her, we were alerted to the possibility of taxi strike on the day that we left, and we adjusted our plans accordingly.

We slept well and totally enjoyed our stay in this quiet and well-located apartment with Colosseum views!

A Secluded Treasure on the Amalfi Coast (Airbnb Atrani, Italy)

We love the Amalfi Coast, and our favorite place to stay is Atrani. The towns of Amalfi and Positano are exciting to visit, but even during the off-season can be crowded and bustling. Peaceful Atrani is a better place to relax for the night, wedged between rocky outcrops with terraced patios draped with tiny lemon and grape orchards and vineyards. There is a small piazza (town square) just above the sea, lined with a few restaurants and shops.

We stayed a short walk (uphill, but everything is uphill or downhill on the Amalfi Coast) from the (almost) seaside piazza. Casa Lauritano is three level. On the upper deck is a Jacuzzi. The home is beautifully renovated yet preserving the unique design and character of the area. The views of town are splendid, and the deck and upper deck give you plenty of space to spread out and really enjoy the beauty of Amalfitano. The bed was very comfortable, and the apartment is well-furnished with everything we needed for a pleasant stay. Netflix and Amazon Prime gave us access to non-Italian language television. You never lose track of time here—the village church bell chimes the hour and quarter hour. Some may not care for that, but we thought it delightful. No need to look for a clock!

Our hosts Isaia and Linda were extremely helpful and responsive. Linda provided us with cards that got us free breakfasts at a café on the square. It is our new favorite place to stay on the Amalfi Coast.