Villa Astor

Sorrento, Italy
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Sorrento, Italy

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Villa Astor is a magnificent edifice towering the Gulf of Naples.

The Villa and the distinctive garden is one of the 20 most beautiful gardens in Europe. Spread out over two hectares of land facing towards Naples and the Vesuvius with a sheer drop to the sea. The three story Villa has large roof top. The domain includes an annex, a garden with fountains, lily ponds and a small pool. There is also private access to the Mediterranean and several large caves from different points of the villa. The property measures 12000 square feet and includes the remains of a Roman villa and a collection of 145 archaeological pieces of great cultural and historical interest.

The Luxury Villa comprises a main building over three floors sleeping 14 people
Ground floor the main entrance is located on the ground floor. It is enhanced with marble floors and columns. There is one large room, a study and a spectacular white salon, all with separate balconies and a view of the sea.
From the ground floor, a stairway leads to the lower floor with 2 salons, 2 dining rooms, a kitchen and utility room, all built around an area adjacent to the stairs.
Lower floor: The lowest level, which can be reached from an outside staircase, is composed of a terrace, a salon in a glass-covered portico, an ideal summertime area for dinners, parties and barbecues.
On the first and second floor, 7 luxury bedrooms designed and executed by Jacques Garcia, each with ensuite bathroom.
On the first floor, two master suites one on the garden side and one with a view of the Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius.
The second and top floors include 4 guestrooms with their bathrooms and dressing room.
And lastly, the magnificent roof top offers the panoramic view of Sorrento and the Gulf of Naples.

Location

Situated on the Gulf of Naples, the Villa is in the town of Sorrento, 50 kms south of Naples. The major international airports around are Naples Capodichino (one hour drive), and Rome Fiumicino (3 hours drive). For private aviation: Naples Municipal airport

Historical overview:

Villa Astor is in Sorrento, the land of the Syrens, (the mythological creatures, the Sirens). Long before Wagner, Ibsen, or Byron discovered its delights, the Sorrento peninsula attracted powerful and perceptive visitors. On the 1st century A.D. Agrippa Postumus, grandson of Emperor Augustus built a fine villa on the very same place as the Villa Astor. Ovid was a frequent visitor. On the same site, in the thirteenth century, a convent was built for cloistered nuns. Later, at the end of the sixteenth century, after a destructive invasion by the Saracens, the house was rebuilt by Dominicans who began to cultivate the garden, bringing the first citrus fruit trees from the Middle East. At that time, in 1577, Torquato Tasso, Sorrento’s foremost poet, author of “Jerusalem Delivered”, shared his torments with the prior of the monastery.

In 1888 Count Labonia, a distinguished antique collector and friend of Schliemann, who discovered the city of Troy, bought the land and began to build the present house which he named “Aux Roches Grises”.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, William Waldorf Astor bought the house and in place of the convent he designed the garden behind the villa and on either side, walls and balustrades were built to protect the palms, oranges, cycas, cypresses, eucalyptus and pines. Secret paths and alleys run through the lush vegetation revealing statues, urns, fountains and glimpses of sea and sky through the windows cut out in the high wall along the seaward side.

Activities:

  • Water skiing, Snorkelling, Windsurfing
  • Golf
  • Mount Vesuvius Climbing
  • Helicopter tour above the Vesuvius volcano
  • Boat Tours and cruises in the gulf of Naples, Capri, Procida & Ischia
  • Sightseeing in Sorrento, Naples, Capri and the Amalfi coast
  • Shopping in Capri, Positano and Naples
  • A Visit to the ruins of Pompei and Herculanum
  • Gastronomy & wine tasting
  • Cooking Lessons

Services:

  • A/C, TV, WI-FI, INTERNET
  • Limousine service
  • Restaurant reservation
  • Organisation of cultural events and reservations
  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge service
  • Services provided by one of the top hotels in Europe
  • Nanny

Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Top Luxury Villa
  • Pool or Hot Tub
  • Wedding Villa

Magnificent property on Sorrento Gulf
7 bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom designed by Jacques Garcia
One of the 20 most beautiful gardens in Europe, 12000 square feet includes the remains of a Roman villa and a collection of 145 archaeological pieces

  • Resident staff
  • A/C, TV, WI-FI, INTERNET
  • Limousine service
  • Restaurant reservation
  • Organisation of cultural events and reservations
  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge service
  • Services provided by one of the top hotels in Europe
  • Nanny
  • Historical villa recently restored
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Amenities

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Air Conditioning

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Daily Breakfast

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Elevator

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Maid Service

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Parking

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Private Chef

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Private Dock

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Swimming Pool

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View

Experiences included

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Villa Tour & Welcome Drinks

Extra Optional Services

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Airport Transfer

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Butler

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Driver

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Extra Housekeeping

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Guided Tours

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Private Chef

Pricing and Availability

The benefits of the Luxury Collection

Pricing Notes

Special Notes Test

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Campania

Campania borders with Lazio and is on the shin of the boot leg. Chaotic Naples is the capital city which is the birth place of Pizza. Campania is famous for the best pizza in the world so it is a must see simply to indulge in a margarita pizza.

With their lazy siestas, blue waters and warm sun, one feels like they could be a million miles from business like Milan.

The Main towns in Campania are Naples, Amalfi, Agropoli, Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Gallo Matese, Maiori, Massa Lubrense, Positano, Praiano, Salerno and Sorrento.

Attractions include the Roman archaeological sites (Pompeii) and Herculaneum (Ercolaneo).

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