Villa Sofia offers peace, tranquillity and privacy after enjoying a day’s site seeing at Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Naples or Rome. And so much more to the adventurous traveller. Within easy access of the regions hidden gems you can see beautiful hidden monasteries, cathedrals and churches. Majestic medieval castles. An amazing national park offering breath taking views on every turn. The Southern Italian royal palace with the most amazing English gardens you’ll see outside of Versailles. A working Roman baths and spa with sulphur springs. Stunning unique Italian ceramics that would grace any mantel piece.
For the more active there’s cycling, horse riding, quad biking, walking and hiking through one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world lakes and glorious clean beaches.
For the less energetic top quality wines, olive oil, homemade cheeses, salamis, meats, sea food, mushrooms. Shoes and handmade leather designer handbags normally only available to the Italian market at Italian not tourist prices.
Villa Sofia offers a haven summer or winter. Inside Villa Sofia there is a large spacious air conditioned/centrally heated bedroom with super king bed. A lounge with open fire/ wood burner. Television, CD and DVD player, a vast selection of DVDs, books and games, Wi-Fi and printer. The kitchen is fully equipped with a six burner hob, large gas oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, kettle and blender. Washing powder, dishwasher tablets, salt, pepper, spices and extra virgin olive oil are always available free of charge. There’s a large bathroom with walk in power shower, large bath, WC and vanity unit with mirror and lighting. A hair dryer, hand soap and toilet paper is supplied.
The villa sits in its own private wooded area. There are two outside dining areas to choose from and a dining area in the kitchen. The dining areas outside offer views of the gardens and fruit trees where you will find wild rocket, asparagus, mushrooms, lemons, olives, oranges, peaches, apricots and figs. You will also find a pear/apple fruit. Just behind the villa is a vineyard and olive grove.
There is a barbecue, sun loungers and rattan furniture. A large umbrella compliments the outside area and allows you to enjoy the cool shade whilst eating fresh locally produced food.
Additionally there is an area to enjoy a glass of wine or coffee by the outside sofa and chairs. On the gravel area are sun loungers which attract the sun all day. Relax in the hammock by the old fountain and enjoy the shade of the four large oak trees. There is nothing better than reading a book whilst enjoying a cold beer or glass of wine looking up at the trees and enjoying the cool shade.
A two minute walk is the Il Cortesano restaurant which not only offers excellent food but excellent prices as well. You can enjoy a two course fish starter for 12 euros ahead or a four course meal of Antipasta, Pasta with Porcini mushrooms, Veal with rocket and parmesan, homemade tiramsu ice cream and coffee for 20 euros ahead. This also includes wine and water.
Further afield is the Il Sauro restaurant with stunning views of vineyards, Faicchio, mountains and the monastery. The village of Faicchio has lots of shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. Local produce is sold in the supermarket and grocers. There are farmers markets on a Friday and Sunday which is lovely. Butchers sell local meats and there is a wonderful cheese shop in the village. A pastry shop sells beautifully crafted cakes, delightful pastries and authentic Italian ice cream. Well worth the visit. On Tuesday and Saturday morning you will see the local fishmonger sell fresh clams, mussels, squid and different types of fish. Just stunning.
Faicchio itself is close to Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Amalfi Coast and ideal for day visits to these famous tourist sites. It is famous for its medieval castle and festival held every September. The festival is visited by many Italian people from the surrounding villages and Naples itself. Faicchio is off the beaten track and boasts sunshine the majority of year. Best times to visit between April and October. Faicchio has a wealth of quaint shops, a local supermarket and many bars and restaurants. It is approx 40 mins from Naples, 90 mins from Sorrento and Amalfi Coast where you can see attractions such as Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, the bay of Naples and the famous Amalfi Coast. Convento San Pasquale is located above Faicchio and dates back to the late 15th century.
Telese is approx 5 mins from Faicchio or an hour’s walk if you are feeling energetic. Telese is famous for is sulphur springs which have the reputation for helping the treatment of skin diseases, digestive, respiratory, rheumatism problems. Caserta is some 30 mins drive from Faicchio and is renowned for its Royal Palace (La Reggia di Caserta). Caserta also boasts the Old Palace (Palazzo Vecchio), an 18th Century Cathedral and the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli. Casertavecchia is the ancient centre which houses the older properties dating back from 861 AD. Modern Caserta has many shops such as Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino etc. Caserta is a lively town with many shops, restaurants and bars.
Piedimonte Matese has many churches to visit. The town itself has many shops, bars and restaurants. You can find good quality leather shoe shops with shoes handmade. You can even find a tailors who will, for a price, made a beautiful Italian suit for you.
Matese is situated ½ hour drive from Piedimonte itself. Matese sits on top of Mount Matese. It is striking. Its lakes are cool and views truly breathtaking. Matese can be thought of one of lives hidden treasures. Take time to go and visit. Skiing is available throughout the winter months.
Montecassino famous for the WWII battle which destroyed the town and monastery is only a 40 minute drive. It offers stunning views and a historical perspective of the battle.
Santa Agata d Goti is a lovely little town with quaint cobbled streets, bars which sell fabulous ice creams and wonderful views from the bridge. The town is only 20 minutes drive from the villa. Worth seeing as hardly any tourists go there. Hidden Italy at its best.