Absolutely stunning 6 bedroom villa on cliffs above the sea in Sorrento, with dock and beach access. This villa and it's gardens are one of the most impressive in Europe.
Seacoast-Amalfi Coast/Campagna Villa 12
Perched on cliffs of the Amalfi Coastline, Villa Sorrento is a wonderful residence completed by Ambassador William Waldorf Astor while he was the U.S. Ambassador to Italy. It is built on top of a Roman villa and a medieval structure. It has a grand architectural style both inside and outside. The garden is one of the finest in Europe.
Upon entering this luxury villa, guests are greeted by priceless Roman columns and statuary. Rare art is found all around the house. There are panoramic views from the rooms and terraces of the Amalfi coastline, the Mediterranean Sea, Naples and Vesuvius.
The three story villa measures 12000 square feet and includes the remains of a Roman villa and a collection of 145 archaeological pieces of great cultural and historical significance.
A villa was first built here entirely of precious marbles from the farthest provinces of the Roman Empire and with many Egyptian and Greek works of art.It was here that Ovid accompanied Giulia, Augustus’s granddaughter, for what was to prove a most disquieting encounter. The first floor of the original property was completely buried in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvious in 79 A.D. Forwarding to the 13th Century, the site was turned into a convent by a group of cloistered nuns. In 1888 the villa became private when it was sold to a count, a distinguished collector of antiquities and friend of Schliemann, the excavator of Troy, who bought the site and began to build its present house. He also created what is now one of the finest, private gardens in all of Italy. At the beginning of the twentieth century, William Waldorf Astor (the first Viscount Astor) came to Italy as an Ambassador, immediately fell in love with Sorrento, defining it as “the most beautiful place on earth”. The convent was destroyed and a wall along the property’s seaward side was raised, where various openings were made and decorated with medieval ruins and Greek-style temples. The garden was enriched by a precious collection of exotic plants, which soon acclimated to the mild Mediterranean air: Beaurcarneaue from Mexico; Cycas from Polynesia and Australia; Erythrineae from Brasil; Jacarandeae from Chile; Jubeaue from Egypt. After Lord Astor, the villa changed hands several times until, from 1943 – 1945, the property hosted Benedetto Croce, turning it into a political crossroads for the rising Republic of Italy. Today, a welcoming Italian family, who purchased the property in the 1970’s and have continued to uphold the historic significance of its history, gardens, and artefacts, owns the villa.
The villa, with it's own private descent to the sea, is built in an elegant and luxurious neoclassical style on four levels and is adorned by tens of archaeological objects of inestimable value.The property enjoys 270-degree sea views, while the entire Western, Eastern, and Southern sides are surrounded by a large, private garden (considered Italy’s five most impressive, private gardens with more than 700 species of plants, flowers, and trees up to 60 feet high. A walk through the property – its garden, open spaces, and internal rooms is a truly emotional experience: elegance and classicism, all with a very strong relationship to local southern Italian traditions, can be found through the property’s décor, paintings, and various artefacts. Marble columns and fragments complete its style, while it is difficult to verbalize what the villa truly represents.Guests will surely be overwhelmed by its history, as well as its gardens, style, detail, and stunning sea views.
The garden and cliff-top terraces are the focus of summertime living. Plants from all over the world provide a serene resting and strolling place - palms, oriental gardenias, orchids, mosses, ferns, succulents. In the garden is a small but lovely swimming pool. Shutters in the garden wall, when thrown open, provide luxurious breezes and sweeping sea views. A most unique swimming alternative is the platform on the sea reached by steep stairs from the house, ending at sea level with Roman-constructed tunnels and swimming grottos still in use.
Air conditioning and ensuit bathrooms.
Privacy combined with sophisticated security.
Lastly, the magnificent roof top offers guests a great panorama of the village of Sorrento and the Gulf of Naples.
6 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms 12,000 sq. ft.
- Property Type
- Seacoast-Amalfi Coast/Campagna
- Special Selection
- Deluxe World Class Property
- Outdoor pool
- Within walking distance of a village
- Historic Property
A private driveway leads through the garden right down to the entrance door. 8 steps down a paved area of the garden there are several benches, while two Carrara marble sculpted lions, crouched as if guarding the entryway, lead to the main door. The elegant hall, lined entirely in marble and white columns, is adorned with important marble fragments and Roman statues. This hall offers ½ bath with black floor tiles. Access into an elegant lounge facing the sea has 3 French doors, which lead out onto a terrace. The lounge has parquet floors, 4 sofas and 4 comfortable, white armchairs; glass topped table, with capitals from Roman villas; TV and DVD; antique statues and sculptures, wall paintings, and decorative small tables in mother of pearl, as well as special lighting, adds to the elegance and intimacy of the property. Access from the lounge is into the Study with parquet floors and French doors leading out onto a terrace. The study, with its antique chest of Ming and Byzantine vases, offers a desk and many antique pieces. The terrace offers incredible views out over the Gulf of Naples with the majestic volcano, Mount Vesuvious, lying directly in front of you, on the opposite side of the Sea. Views are truly spectacular on days when the sun plays with the colours of the deep blue sea as the sky lines the top of the volcano. The marble floored terrace, adorned with beautiful potted cactus plants, has a glass-topped table with the capital Roman columns as a base. One table seats 8 people and the other two tables each seat 6-8 people. (In case of an event or important dinner, the terrace can be arranged to accommodate up to 50 people). The terrace also features an electronic canvas to balance the heat and shade. Along the other area of the first floor of the villa lies the kitchen and dining rooms. The spectacular and large kitchen is divided into two areas and with vaulted ceilings, is tiled entirely with black and white tiles.It features a large semi-round cooking station with 6 stovetops and a sink.The kitchen has several facilities, which allow for preparation of everything from snacks and light meals to full meals or gala dinners. It features a double sink, double ovens, large refrigerator with freezer, ice cream and sorbet maker, toaster, microwave oven and meat-slicer. A small marble table with 2 chairs serves as a spot to drink a morning cup of coffee. The kitchen leads to a terrace, which is an extension of the main kitchen, as it offers external cooking and dining facilities including a brick oven (ideal for pizzas, homemade bread, and meats) and a ceramic tile table with 4 iron chairs. The dining area consists of two, separate dining rooms (one formal, one informal). Both are elegant and portray the style found throughout – Waterford crystal chandeliers, antique furniture, and marble columns. The informal dining room leads directly into the kitchen, on one side, and to the external dining terrace, on the other.
One of the most beautiful gardens in Europe on two hectares of land. Swimming pool. Numerous terraces and dining areas. Swimming grottos and platform on the sea.
BOAT DOCK--SEA ACCESS A path of approximately 100 plant lined steps leads down to the sea and the villas private boat dock.Once you’re down there, you’ll be surprised at what you see – a thermal pool with a circular vaulted ceiling, is partly a natural cave (grotto) excavated by the Romans and used as a thermal pool. It is the original, functional remains of what was once the thermal baths of the Roman villa belonging to Emperor Augustus’ grandson. A real wonder of nature and history. The grotto is still fed by the sea with fresh sea water and an ideal, sandy area to swim and relax.The East side of the grotto holds an ancient, Roman fish-breeding pool. A ½ bathroom is comfortably, located along the way down to the sea. 5 steps lead from the grotto to the private boat dock, where a set of stairs leads directly to the sea – ideal for sunbathing and swimming.
Spring-Autumn, other periods on request
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2018 prices from $140,000 per week
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