I don't even know where to start - this villa was simply amazing. Not only it's located in such beautiful place and has really everything you can wish for on your vacation, but what makes it absolutely exceptional is the owners. We were greeted and taken care of during our stay by Gennaro. He was more then helpful in absolutely anything we needed. He explained us everything providing pictures of the pass to the apartment, to Positano. He brought his dad to give us advise on what roads preferably to take when driving to nearby cities. He brought us fresh fruit, welcome drinks, offered fresh eggs. Made a tour of their garden when he saw that my husband showed an interest, Nothing was really too much for him. And all this without being intrusive in any way.
The absolutely amazing thing about the villa - you have roof top terrace with breathtaking view. Please treat yourself to dinner prepared by Gennaro's mom and served on this terrace. We did it twice and it's really a highlight of our trip. Her cooking skills are superb. If you are up to authentic fresh food and great views - no restaurant can compare with it! Prices are super reasonable as well.
Thank you so much Gennaro for your hospitality!
Great, highly recommended place to stay!
This lovely villa in the hills of Montepertuso was the perfect location for our family vacation. Words cannot express what a wonderful stay we had here! Our host, Gennaro was so welcoming, meeting us in the square and helping us take our luggage to the house. Once inside we felt instantly at home in the beautiful accommodations. After being given a tour by Gennaro and his mother, and greeted with snacks, drinks, prosecco and limoncello, our hosts offered to make dinner reservations for us or cook us dinner. We could not believe the level of hospitality! Of course we opted for the home cooked dinner on the terrace with it's amazing views. It was by far the best dinner we had in Italy. Fresh, home cooked ingredients from Angela's garden - perfecto! We happened to be visiting during the Festival of the Madonna - the whole town was in party mode, there were bands playing, bells ringing, fireworks going off for two whole days. It was WONDERFUL! Such an amazing experience for my children to see this small-town festival in action.
The location of this villa is just up the mountain from the bustling town of Positano. We were SO glad we chose to stay here instead of trying to book an overpriced hotel down in Positano. It was not difficult to get there when we wanted to, and we were able to get away from the crowds and just immerse ourselves in true Italian living when we were done. There are two easy ways to get to Positano - you can either take a 30 minute walk down the steps from the house, or you can take the bus from the town square. The bus runs every hour and takes about 20 minutes to get to downtown Positano - from there another ten minute walk to the beach. I would recommend walking down as the walk is beautiful and scenic, and taking the bus back up as I can't imagine walking those steps UP the mountain! You can purchase bus tickets on the bus or from the market in the square (or any market in Positano - there is a Tabachi right by the bus stop).
Things to do: For the beach, I would recommend going to Fornillo beach. We rented chairs at Da Ferdinando's beach restaurant and spent the day, it was the perfect location at a small, family beach; the guys at the restaurant were so friendly, and the food and drinks were delicious! We also took the ferry to Capri and then a boat tour around the island (very easy to book at the stands by the harbor in Positano). I would also recommend taking the bus UP the mountain to the next town - the tiny village of Nocelle. This is the technical end of the "Walk of the Gods", however you can start here and work your way over. My husband and I hiked for about an hour on this very nice trail that winds in and out of the mountain, and then hiked back down to Montepertuso. It was great exercise and we caught some amazing views.
Eating: there are of course many places to eat in the town of Positano, but you MUST experience one of Angela's meals on the terrace - it is not to be missed! We did this two out of four nights :) There is also a very nice restaurant in town by the market, and Gennaro's uncle has a cliffside restaurant a little way up the mountain (free shuttle). Reservations are key, as we were unfortunately not able to get a spot at the family restaurant.
Getting there: we took the train from Rome to Naples, then the train from Naples to Pompeii and spent the day in Pompeii before being picked up by our taxi driver, Carmen, which Gennaro arranged for us. I would highly recommend using Carmen as a driver! We considered renting a car but were so glad we did not after seeing the mountain roads in person.
Villa Genny and Emily was the PERFECT, PERFECT place for our Amalfi Coast vacation. Our family enjoyed it so much, I think my kids would stay there forever if I let them! I already can't wait to go back!
Gennaro and his family were fabulous. Helped with anything we needed during our stay (including making us dinner on our arrival night, breakfast the following morning, he even brought us fresh eggs for breakfast and arranged a fantastic driver for our excursions). The villa is lovely. View is amazing. Host family is warm and kind and welcoming. Couldn't ask for more!
We really could not have asked for more. The unit is clean, well equipped, and roomy. It has a stove, oven, toaster oven, microwave and fridge. They even stocked the place and stocked it very nicely. We also had a washing machine and our hosts provided the laundry soap. Our hosts couldn’t be kinder, more accommodating or more helpful. Any question was quickly answered. If we asked about a restaurant they offered to call and make a reservation. If we had a question about how to get somewhere we got directions and pictures to go along the with instructions. We were offered prosecco and a snack when we arrived. And mama would be happy to make breakfast (at the cheapest price going) and or dinner, which came with a menu. And, it was all very good. The place is peaceful and quiet and yet is a short, and inexpensive, bus ride to the center of Positano.
First photo is our welcome snack. Second and third were from mamas dinner. And the forth is the rooftop patio on which we dined. Couldn’t ask for more.
After reading the reviews on villa genny and emily, we decided this would be a great place for my husband and I during our 3 days/nights in Positano. It was not a disappointment! Gennero provided excellent directions, starting at how to best find the villa and where to park. Angela is an excellent cook - be sure to plan on having a dinner and breakfasts at the villa. So much family involvement here - we saw their fruit and vegetable gardens, chickens, had dinner in the family restaurant, and emily booked a beautiful sunset boat tour for us. With the crowds in Positano, it is a treat to go back to the quiet village of Montepertuso.