Agropoli Villa Hotel

Authentic Italy - Best-Value Lodging - Seaside Hotel
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Character: Well-restored historic villa totally surrounded by a private lemon grove with breathtaking views of Cilento Nature Park and the Mediterranean.
Advantages: Offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the cleanest, most picturesque beaches and waters, visit the temples and experience authentic southern Italy, at a fraction of the cost you'd pay on the nearby Amalfi Coast.
Location: In the hills outside the ancient town of Agropoli, 10 km from the Greek temples at Paestum. Frequent flights from Milan go non-stop to Salerno Airport, about 40 minutes away. There is bus service from/to this airport and from/to Naples Airport twice daily April 25-October 31. Click here to see the map for Agropoli Villa Hotel.
Size: 7 rooms and 2 suites. All have sea view and private bathroom with stall shower or bathtub, all are spacious, sunny, and furnished with good quality antiques. Two rooms also have a terrace.
Features: Air conditioning, big-screen satellite TV in the bar and suites, Italian TV in the rooms, wireless access throughout, direct-dial telephone with modem capacity, Internet point in the lobby, mini-fridge, private bathrooms with stall shower or tub and hair dryer. Gorgeous swimming pool; restaurant; bar; free covered parking; shuttle from the train station available. Price includes breakfast..
Minimum stay: Two nights (but we recommend at least three!).
Disadvantages: It's a little far if you are interested only in seeing the Amalfi Coast.
Car needed: Not mandatory, but if you are planning to do many day trips, it will be considerably easier to get around if you have one. If you intend to just relax and stay close to the area, you can use the hotel's free shuttle (three times daily to town and the train station).

About an hour south of Naples lies one of the most beautiful and uncontaminated stretches of Italy's astounding coastline. Overlooked by the Jet Set who first made the Amalfi Coast a household world, it is also virtually unknown to the hordes who invade and crowd that world-renowned destination year in and year out. The ancient town of Agropoli, continuously inhabited since Neolithic times, is the gateway to this calm paradise known as the Cilento. Here the water is as clean as it was 5000 years ago, the headlands are ablaze with colorful flowers, the breezes bear the scents of Mediterranean herbs, the powdery sand beaches are often deserted, and the residents still consider foreign visitors a rarity to be pampered and treasured. This is also the home of mozzarella, a culinary delicacy that is now known around the world but which, any true gourmand will tell you, can only be truly appreciated if eaten within 25 miles and on the same day of its creation. The creamy, almost soupy cheese that you eat in Agropoli bears no more resemblance to supermarket mozzarella than it does to Black Forest ham.

Travelers who are looking for a truly authentic Italian experience, this is the place for you! Not only will you have a chance to meet the locals on their own terrain, to eat the delicious foods that form the basis of the Mediterranean Diet (a concept that was first discovered right here, in Agropoli, at the end of World War Two), and discover unforgettably beautiful nature, but there is also world-class history to be seen in this area, for it is the site of Paestum. First settled by the Greeks in the 7th century BC, it is home to three of the most important and well-preserved Greek temples anywhere in the world. Its Archeological Museum houses countless treasures from the colony called Magna Graecia, but the really magical experience is to linger alone near the temples in the quiet twilight, as the sun bathes the 2800-year-old marble in golden light. Few places in Italy can bestow such a pure sensation of antiquity!

Less than half an hour's drive from the temples is a tranquil lemon grove overlooking an unspoilt valley and the breathtaking coast. Cradled in the heart of this oasis is Agropoli Villa Hotel, which occupies a gracious country mansion topped by a round tower much like those used for centuries to spot the North African marauders who continually invaded this area. Luckily, today's inhabitants of the property extend a warm welcome to visitors! As soon as you leave your car in the covered garage, you will be able to enjoy a refreshing beverage in the salon, which has a big screen satellite TV and faces the 5-star swimming pool. It is here that delicious meals featuring local specialties are also are served.

Inside the villa, each of the seven guest rooms and two suites has air conditioning, central heating, TV (satellite TV in the suites, Italian TV in the rooms), and a private bathroom with stall shower (except two that have a tub with wall shower – please be sure to let us know if you want a bathtub!). All rooms are decorated uniquely, with top-quality antique furniture, tile floors, beautiful trompe l'oeil wall paintings, crown moldings and stuccos, and charming accessories. There are three rooms and a suite on the ground floor. The rooms are doubles with two twin beds or one queen bed (two of these rooms can also be for three people) and garden/sea view; the suite offers a sitting room with single bed and sea view, a bedroom with one queen bed or two single beds, two bathrooms with showers, as well as its own private patio.

Upstairs, there is a double or triple room with a sitting area, plus two windows with sea view. Next door is a double room whose small size is compensated by a spacious sea-view terrace fitted with sun chairs and table. The suite is at the end of the hall, with a double bedroom, a separate living room with sea view that can convert to a single bedroom, and two bathrooms with showers. From the sitting room you must walk through the bedroom to get to the bathroom.

Last but definitely not least is the Tower Room. If you do not mind using a spiral staircase, here you will find a double bedroom with sea view from the bed, a spectacular sea-view terrace that is totally private, and, on the floor above, a round bathroom with stall shower.

Thanks to his wonderful southern hospitality and the small size of the property, your host Luigi is able to offer personal treatment for each of his guests. Breakfast, a light lunch and a very substantial dinner are served beside the large swimming pool, one of the nicest we have seen in Italy. Here, with the sparkling Mediterranean in the background, you will relax after a day of ancient sightseeing, a visit to a mozzarella farm, a drive to the many pristine hill towns around the valley, a swim in the crystalline Palinuro waters, or a hike in the nearby Nature Park.


For this property:
Children 0-3 years old sleep free in their parents' double room. A crib is available and must be reserved at time of booking; the charge is 5 Euro/day.
A child 4-10 years old may sleep in its parents' double room for 15 Euro/day.

The pool is open May 20-September 15 (or later, weather permitting).

There is now bus service between Naples Capodichino Airport and Agropoli twice daily. The ride takes about 2.5 hours. Currently, the bus leaves the airport at 11:30 and 3:30 daily.
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service three times a day to/from the Agropoli rail/bus station and downtown, or a private transfer from Naples Airport for 100 Euros, or a private transfer from the new Salerno Airport for 50 Euros. Arrangements can be made after you confirm your stay at the hotel.

Click here for information about regular boat service between Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Agropoli and Cilento.

Click here for information about private transfers to the property.