Reviews of Villa Fernanda

Self catering accommodation in Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Mela C.

Hartford

United States

VERIFIED

PHENOMENAL stay!

June 2024 - The hosts were so very gracious and hospitable... The villa was immaculate. The space was PERFECT for our needs - family of 5 with adult children - 3 full bathrooms - fantastic water pressure and comfortable beds!!!

The location SUPERB - about 30 steps up to one street and more down to next, but that's how the entire town is - just be ready for MANY steps throughout but then you can eat what you want! Overall, this location was walk-able to everything we wanted to do within Positano like shopping and restaurants and beach. The VIEWS... Were absolutely breathtaking - 4 terraces that we couldn't get enough of! Even one of the bathrooms had a view to die for! HIGHLY recommend - we cannot wait to go back!

Yes, I will book again! Not cheap, but for our needs this vacation where we pulled out all the stops, it was well worth it!

Travel tips

  • Restaurants we loved: Restaurant Mediterraneo, Restaurant Next2, Casa e Bottega for breakfast was AMAZING, Café Posides - incredible for breakfast too, Restaurant Il Ritrovo for cooking class.

Taylor C.

Dallas, TX, TX

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2024 - So clean and beautiful!!

Heather N.

Midlothian, VA

United States

VERIFIED

Incredible villa

May 2024 - Incredible is an understatement! Amazing views from every porch, extremely clean and in a fantastic location. Property manager was on-time and responsive.

Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Travel tips

  • Close to fantastic restaurants, one staircase away from Mediterranean, Da Vincenzo and many more.

Hailey C.

Athens, GA

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2024 - The villa was absolutely perfect! The location was very convenient and the views were incredible!

Leanne C.

Boston

United States

VERIFIED

It was everything we were looking for and more!

September 2023 - We loved our stay at Villa Fernanda - it was everything we were looking for and more! The location was great and it was perfect for our group of 6 people.

The host was available for any questions or needs we had.

I highly recommend Summer In Italy for anyone planning a vacation - They were extremely helpful, provide amazing properties and answered all of my questions or concerns. They also referred me to an amazing travel agent who helped me to coordinate all of our excursions including transportation - everything went extremely smooth and exceeded our expectations!! Luca and his staff are wonderful to work with!! Can’t say enough about them - I could not have planned this trip without their expertise!! I have stayed at 2 of their properties in Positano and both were amazing!! I will definitely be using them again in the future!!

Travel tips

  • There were several nearby shops and excellent restaurants!
  • We did day trips everyday including Capri, Pompeii, Amalfi, Ravello, Tramonti and Sorrento.
  • Also recommend going in September - not as crowded and weather was great.

Kelye S.

Colleyville, Texas

United States

VERIFIED

Great location

September 2023 - Very clean, excellent. Everything worked perfectly

We only use Summer In Italy for our Positano stays. We’ve stayed in 5-6 different villas and they’re always outstanding.

Tom F.

Windermere, FL

United States

VERIFIED

We loved the villa and the amenities offered

July 2023 - The kitchen was well stocked with what we needed to make our breakfasts and our afternoon charcuterie and cheese plates. The villa is closely located to a number of small stores and restaurants. Having 3 full baths was an added benefit for our larger party.

Travel tips

  • Really enjoyed going on great walks and yes, even the steps/stairs!
  • There's plenty of restaurants in the area and great wine stores as well as a grocery store within a 5 minute walk.
  • We enjoyed visiting these locations and made our own breakfast and lunches often sitting on the terrace to eat and enjoy the view.

Jill K.

TBC

United States

VERIFIED

Just perfect

June 2023 - Villa Fernanda was GORGEOUS! Lots of space for 7 of us. Beautifully appointed with all the modern conveniences we needed.

The manager (during our stay) and Summer in Italy (before our stay) were both fantastic for information and if we had any questions during our stay. We will stay at Villa Fernanda again without question.

Summer in Italy had a wonderful selection of villas to choose from. Super responsive and answered all questions imaginable. Great service! Thank you!

Travel tips

  • There are restaurants/grocery close to the villa so there is no need to go all the way to the main beach below if you don't want to.
  • The local bus will run the one-way loop but can vary with time/schedule. If you are on a time schedule then take a taxi.
  • The views are beautiful from everywhere and the larger outdoor space is fantastic.

Janet S.

Indian Springs, Alabama

United States

VERIFIED

The villa and location were perfect!

April 2023 - We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The villa and location were perfect! Just wish we could have stayed longer! The villa had very easy access (not too many steps).

Working with Summer In Italy was a wonderful experience, they were so helpful and responded very quickly to all of my questions and gave superior support. Summer In Italy could not have been better to work with. We had rented a villa from them during COVID and they were so nice and easy to work with in getting us booked back into a villa once it was over. They went above and beyond helping with questions such as directions, buses, car service, etc. I would definitely use them again.

Travel tips

  • The buses are the best for getting around and easy to use. There are local buses for Positano and "big" buses for trips to other parts of the coast.

Laurene G.

Bethesda, MD

United States

VERIFIED

Perfect location, stunning views

October 2022 - Villa Fernanda was wonderful! Perfect location with quick access to restaurants, groceries, cafes. Above the very touristy areas it is quiet and serene. The views were stunning. The house is well laid out with 2 ensuite bedrooms.

The host is great. Giancarlo provided advice on where to eat, shop, etc. He was also quick to respond to questions or concerns.

We would highly recommend others to stay.

Great experience with Summer In Italy. Easy to work with, responsive, friendly.

Travel tips

  • Don’t miss Gargiulo Positano for ready made lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and essentials. Rosanna is lovely.
  • Restaurant Villa Gabrisa is great for dinner.
  • Our favorite place was Restaurant C'era una volta for pizza. Nino and Lorenzo took great care of us!

Rana M.

Toronto

Canada

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2022 - Everything was wonderful at this house, we had a great time!

Rhonda M.

Del Mar, CA

United States

VERIFIED

We loved everything about it. I would highly recommend everything! Eat it up!

August 2022 - LOVED IT! I love the villa and the owners are awesome.

Summer In Italy was incredible to work with. I will work with them in the future!

Stephanie B.

Fairfax

United States

VERIFIED

Perfect location in Positano

August 2022 - This villa was the perfect location. Newly updated and handled the summer heat beautifully. All the other spaces were beautiful for our family of 7 to include 2 children.

Pricing with Summer in Italy was better than going with places like AirBNB and VRBO. It was very easy to book and communicate with. Check-in and information leading up to the visit was great. Would use this site again and recommend it for future travelers.

Dylan G.

Winston-Salem, NC

United States

VERIFIED

This villa was a dream

August 2022 - Ample space for two families. We were able to give our two year old some privacy in his own room too. The views were spectacular.

If you do any type of aerial/drone photography the large deck provides a great take off and landing zone.

We loved how everything was very clean. Check-in and check-out was a breeze.

I would go back in a heartbeat.

Patricia G.

Chicago

United States

VERIFIED

We would definitely recommend the villa and hope to come back again one day

July 2022 - Our family of 5 had a wonderful time at the villa. The space was great to stretch out and relax when we needed it too. The views and several different balcony's was beautiful. The kitchen was a great size to prepare meals, but we just used it for quick breakfasts and snacking.

In order to get to everything in Positano, be prepared to climb. In the evenings on our way back from dinner, we would walk up the road versus the stairs due to the extreme July heat. It was a lovely way to look around and see the shops, cafes and restaurants.

We would definitely recommend the villa and hope to come back again one day.

Thank you again and Maria was great to work with at check in.

Summer In Italy was wonderful to work with and Luca was very helpful. They provided a great list of vendors to use in the area as well.

Travel tips

  • There is a washing machine and drying rack in the unit. There was also a hand written sheet with the translation of certain washing machine words. It would have been helpful to have a cheat sheet in English of what to press or move the dials to for a basic load of laundry. When we were in a different city, they had the guide book, so it was a bit easier to translate which symbol on the machine meant what function. Regardless, this was minor and we managed to get a few loads washed without any problems. [Yes, indeed -- future guests, at the check-in, if you have any doubts, feel free to ask how appliances work. Your questions are more than welcome!]

Leslie W.

Weston, CT

United States

VERIFIED

Amazing views from every room in the house, each terrace, and even the bathroom!

July 2022 - We loved our stay at the villa - amazing views from every room in the house, each terrace, and even the bathroom! All updated and nice layout makes it very spacious. We were a family of 4 - and plenty of room for more. Would highly recommend - great location!

Great service from Summer In Italy.

Travel tips

  • Need to buy sandals from the shop down the street - amazing family and beautifully made.
  • Great location for restaurants.

Eric B.

San Clemente, CA

United States

VERIFIED

Wow! It takes your breath away as soon as you walk in. Stunning villa...

June 2022 - Stunning villa... We were lucky to call home for a week.

Perfectly located only 15 or so steps from a main road. Bus stop at the top of those steps to take you down to the beach and shops if you don't want to walk to the stairs. Minutes from great restaurants overlooking the beautiful sea.

We loved the terraces, where we would hang out, enjoy a cocktail and take in the beautiful views. Great views from every terrace, big size, great AC units and the best view from any master bathroom I've ever seen! Grazie Mille... You exceeded all expectations!

Maria checked us in and was VERY helpful in suggesting restaurants, booking us car service back to Naples airport and anything else we needed. Top notch service by Maria and Giancarlo. Thank you! Wonderful vacation. Beautiful home, 5 stars!

Summer In Italy is a great company, great communication and no surprises. Flawless execution!

Travel tips

  • Restaurant Da Vincenzo and Restaurant Chez Black were some highlights!
  • The hotel right above the villa also has a nice dinner!

Steve W.

Poulsbo

United States

VERIFIED

If you want the best place in town, you can’t beat this villa!

May 2022 - We have loved this villa for a long time. The villa is absolutely beautiful inside and outside with the terraces with sweeping views of the sea.

Positano is a loud, crowded town due to so many things like the beauty and the food. This area is away from the busiest part of town and has access to a less crowded, nicer beach (although it’s still about a half mile of steps… Which is good for you if you can do it).

The owner is very attentive to every need and even calls on friends to make sure you have the best time at one of his favorite restaurants.

Summer In Italy has been professional in every way since we first used them 10 years ago.

Travel tips

  • There are several very good restaurants on the street just below the villa, one with a Michelin star.
  • There is the “Interno Positano” bus, which you can catch just a few steps from the villa. Buy tickets in the tabacchini shops or pay a little more on the bus. This will take you into the main part of town and back. It runs every half hour.
  • The only complaint is that Positano is a loud, crowded town, even now in the “shoulder” season. If you’ve never been there, go and if you want the best place in town, you can’t beat this villa!

William S.

Milwaukee

United States

VERIFIED

We really enjoyed our stay

September 2021 - The villa was very nice, clean with excellent views and good location.

Booking thru Summer In Italy was fine. Overall they were very helpful.

Travel tips

  • Take a private boat tour.
  • Hike the Path of the Gods.
  • Take a cooking class...
  • There's much to do, go enjoy.

Khedjia N.

St. Petersburg, FL

United States

VERIFIED

A magical place

July 2021 - Villa Fernanda is a magical place. The location is excellent, with spectacular views.

The home is beautifully decorated, well laid out and very spacious. The multiple outdoor spaces have divine views.

The host's mother Rosetta was an absolute delight. In fact our most wonderful memory of Positano. We were welcomed with such heartfelt graciousness we felt we were part of the family.

Villa Fernanda is an amazing home ! Can’t wait to return .

Summer in Italy is a professional and well run rental agency . Throughout, the booking process, rebooking because of COVID Luca and his staff were responsive, knowledgeable and a delightful. Many thanks.

Carmine L.

Winter Springs, FL

United States

VERIFIED

Everything was just perfect!

October 2019 - Absolutely loved it! We didn't want to leave. We had 5 grown adults and everyone had their own privacy.

We made sure we made time to sit on the terrace in the morning and enjoy our espresso on the terrace. I'm just sorry that we only had 4 days. I can't even give any advice. Everything was just perfect!

Nanette F.

Parker, CO

United States

VERIFIED

Well equipped and clean. The views are unbeatable!

September 2019 - This is an amazing place! Well equipped and clean. The views are unbeatable! A must stay in Positano!!

I had a great experience booking with Summer In Italy. I will book again if I get back to Italy!

Sandy B.

Shoreline, WA

United States

VERIFIED

The house is like new, and spotless. The views are simply spectacular

September 2019 - We were a group of 6 that had the pleasure of staying at Villa Fernanda for 5 nights in mid-September.

The house is like new, and spotless. The views are simply spectacular and we enjoyed sitting out on the terrace every morning with our coffee. It was quite warm while we were there, but there was AC, so we stayed nice and cool. The beds were very comfortable, and my son, who slept on the pull-out couch had no complaints! Everyone had their own bathroom, which was ideal.

We ate out for all our meals, but the kitchen seemed to have everything you might need to prepare your own meals. We usually ran out to get a cappuccino up the street. We stayed nearby for dinner and there are lots of great restaurants to choose from within walking distance. After hiking up and down the streets and stairs of Positano all day, we didn't feel like venturing back down to the beach-side restaurants!

The house is fairly high up on the hill from the beach area, but we liked being away from the crowds. It seemed like the closer you got to the beach, the more touristy things became, with crowds to match.

This has to be one of the nicest rentals in Positano. There are many beautiful hotels, too, but if you are traveling with a group, don't hesitate to book Villa Fernanda. We had such a wonderful time; it was hard to leave those amazing views!

We were greeted by Giancarlo's mother, Rosetta, who was so sweet and welcoming after a long day of traveling. We would definitely book again if we ever return to Positano. Thanks!

I was very impressed with Summer In Italy service and would highly recommend them. Their service was top-notch. Luca and the whole staff were so helpful, friendly and accommodating. They always responded quickly to whatever question I might have, before and during our trip (taking into account the time difference, of course). We hope to travel to Italy again someday, so now that I have your number, I will be sure to contact you! :) Thanks again! You're the best!

Travel tips

  • We used the limo service that many previous reviewers recommended: Renato Cuomo. Their driver "Peppe" picked us up at the Naples train station. He was great and pointed out interesting sights along the way. We took a little side tour, on the way from Naples, to visit Herculaneum on the way south. Peppe stayed with the van to be sure our luggage would be safe. We were anxious to get to Positano, so we didn't stay at Herculaneum as long as we would have liked, but it was well worth the stop, and not that crowded (compared to what we have heard of Pompeii.) Once we were back on the road, Peppe called Giancarlo to let him know our arrival time.
  • Be prepared to walk up and down lots, and lots of stairs. And then some more! Even though there are "shortcut" stairways up and down, we found it easier to walk along the roadway. That way, you can always stop into a shop for a little bit of AC along the way!
  • We ate dinner at Restaurant Villa Gabrisa two times, because it is literally just above the house: walk up your stairs, and you're there! They have lovely outdoor seating, and the food was delicious. The waiters were all very friendly.
  • It was my son's birthday while we were there, so we had a celebration dinner at a very unique and beautiful restaurant: Luna at Villa Magia. If you have a special occasion, or want a romantic dinner for two, check into this restaurant. It was a night we'll always remember.
  • We also had a wonderful lunch at Restaurant Al Palazzo, which is a beautiful garden restaurant outside the Palazzo Murat Hotel, and took a shuttle over to the Treville Beach Club for lunch one day. It sits right next to Da Adolfo, another famous beach club restaurant.
  • We had plans to go to Restaurant Next2 for dinner, but we had such a big lunch that day, that we couldn't manage another meal.
  • All the beach club shuttles and ferries (to other towns along the Amalfi Coast and to Capri) leave from one main pier in Positano. It can be very busy and crowded with people coming and going from the boats.
  • We took an afternoon ferry to Amalfi one day, and from there, took a taxi up to Ravello. Such a beautiful town! Worth a visit.
  • We also rented a boat for the day for a tour around Capri. We booked through Lucibello and had a wonderful day out on the water. Our captain was Giovanni, whom we would highly recommend. He took us directly to Capri, where we spent a couple hours in town, then came back to the boat for a tour around the island. We stopped for two swims off the boat, had snacks and drinks, and he even extended our tour a little longer, so we would be sure to see all there was to see. Giovanni had also offered a chance for a late lunch in the seaside town of Nerano, on the way back, but we stayed a little too long in town on Capri, so didn't have time. This was such a relaxing day, after all the sightseeing we had been doing the previous week. I would highly recommend, if you can.
  • We booked the same limo company to pick us up for our return to Naples, and had another driver who was equally nice. We had an early morning departure and he was there right on time and helped us with our luggage.

Douglas Z.

Carmel, IN

United States

VERIFIED

We had a glorious stay

August 2019 - We had a glorious stay at the villa. It had everything we wanted - including the luxury of air conditioning! Everything was spotlessly clean.

The kitchen and bathrooms had all of the conveniences. The third bedroom is very small and the only one without a balcony but it worked out ok. The views from the terraces were awesome.

We would recommend this to friends without hesitation. It was perfect!

Luca was SO delightful to work with and responsive to all of our queries and needs during our stay.

Travel tips

  • There is a grocery store, quick laundry service, restaurants within a few minutes of the villa. Very convenient for supplies.
  • There are a lot of steps around but the walk to the beach was lovely.

Melissa R.

Lake Charles, LA

United States

VERIFIED

This place was lovely

August 2019 - This place was lovely. Amazing views and very spacious. Party of 5 adults with plenty of room/privacy.

Summer In Italy was very helpful and easy to use. I felt like I had all of the information I needed for our trip and it was clearly explained. Would definitely use again if I go back to Italy.

Ruben A.

Chatham, NJ

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2019 - Our family of 5, including 3 teenagers, loved Villa Fernanda.

Location, space, views, value... All were amazing. And Mamma was a lovely hostess.

We found Summer In Italy to be efficient throughout the booking process, highly responsive before and during our stay, and informative throughout. We would recommend Summer In Italy. Grazie mille!

Travel tips

  • You'll arrive to Villa Fernanda from the street above, but during your stay, consider the stairs that descend from Villa Fernanda as they're shorter than other options.
  • We loved Restaurant Da Vincenzo, Casa Mele and La Taverna del Leone (given its location, ask them to call you a cab when you leave).

Caroline H.

Queenstown

New Zealand

VERIFIED

Not too many steps from street above (unusual)

July 2019 - A great house - surprisingly roomy. Not too many steps from street above (unusual). Quiet at night. Main bedroom en-suite has the best bathroom view!

Giancarlo [the owner] was very helpful and helped us book restaurants, etc.

Summer In Italy were really good.

Travel tips

  • We enjoyed Restaurant La Tagliata - family restaurant up the hill in next village. They collect you on their bus and return you. We didn't catch the shuttle bus up/down the hill. Only goes every half hour or so and we couldn't see how to get tickets. We walked - which as everyone will tell you - is steep but do-able and good for the legs!
  • Our transfers to and from the house with guided side trips to Naples Museum, Herculaneum and Pompeii with Limousine Sorrento Renato Cuomo were good.

Victoria V.

Melbourne, Florida

United States

VERIFIED

Villa Fernanda was magnificent for our party of 5 adults

July 2019 - Villa Fernanda was magnificent for our party of 5 adults. Very spacious and beautiful! Sometimes it was difficult to leave because of the breathtaking views.

All amenities and furnishings were in excellent condition. It felt and looked brand new. Our party is looking forward to the day we can return!

Every thing was superb!

First experience with Summer In Italy was exceptional with service and communication. I will definitely return and use your services.

Travel tips

  • There are several shops and cafes within walking distance.
  • We did frequently visit hotel across the street for breakfast, buffet 14 euro.
  • If you not want to climb stairs to and from main beach area, the bus is right outside your house for 1.80 euro.
  • We used limo recommended by Summer In Italy (Cuomo) to and from Rome with a stop in Pompeii and they were excellent. Also used private boat rental service, excellent for a day at sea with visit to Capri.
  • One special day dinner at Restaurant Il Ritrovo in Nocelle. Make reservation and they provide transportation! This also was exceptional!

Richard P.

Roseville, CA

United States

VERIFIED

By far the best!

June 2019 - This is by far one of the best host and location you will find. The location is excellent, the views are amazing. The unit has been updated, to a 5 star hotel quality, looks brand new on the inside. Everything you need is in the unit .

The owner and staff met us on arrival, even arranged a pick up at the airport in Naples, they went beyond normal and helped us with our luggage. The staff made a reservation in one of the best restaurants in Positano for our family the day of our arrival.

The villa worked perfect for my wife and me and our two children . They even arranged through their contacts boat tours, just call the number left by the owner and mention where your staying, the red carpet is rolled out for you with champagne. Highly recommend this villa.

Debra B.

Gold Canyon, AZ

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2019 - Lovely design and great amenities with a beautiful interior and exterior ocean views. You really cannot beat the location either.

Linda L.

Evansville, IN

United States

VERIFIED

Very clean and tastefully decorated. Beautiful view and easy access to the city bus.

May 2019 - Very clean and tastefully decorated. Nice view and the three balconies were great!! Everything in good working condition.

Travel tips

  • Bus access was very just outside our entrance!
  • Michelin rated restaurant, salon and shopping within walking distance.

Yukari O.

Campbell, CA

United States

VERIFIED

Beautiful property, well appointed with all the basic items you need for a comfortable stay

May 2019 - We very much enjoyed our stay in Villa Fernanda... It is a beautiful property, well appointed with all the basic items you need for a comfortable stay. It is very clean and spacious and all the furnishings are modern and up to date. The view from the villa is amazing and breathtaking...

There are separate balconies, each accessible from different rooms in the house which made the space feel a little choppy but the largest terrace off the second living room is spacious with table and chairs, perfect for aperitivo while watching the beautiful sea.

One thing to be aware is that the house is on the west side of Positano bay so you will not see the full span of Positano coast. There are 20 steps from the upper road to the front door of the villa. 100+ if you take the shortcut to the lower side of that same road to walk into town, so be prepared to do some stair climbing.

Summer In Italy was easy to work with, communication was smooth and prompt and provided us with helpful tips.

Travel tips

  • Some of our favorites in Positano and Amalfi Coast...
  • - Dinner at Restaurant La Tagliata: a family restaurant with their own farm way up in the hills serving family style meal.
  • - Amalfi Lemon Experience: lemon farm tour and Amalfi lemon-centric cooking class. 7th generation family run operation, fun and intimate experience with very nice people.
  • - Nanà for custom made sandals. Great selection, customization and customer service.
  • - AequaLimo private transfer and tours: a family run business, the best private transportation service - prompt, courteous and knowledgeable. They can provide transfers as well as arrange various tours in the area.

Cheryl M.

Danville

United States

VERIFIED

The house was absolutely spectacular and very clean

May 2019 - The house was absolutely spectacular and very clean. There were four of us, adults traveling together, and we all had our own bedrooms, bathrooms and terraces, with plenty of room to spread out.

The kitchen was well stocked and the water pressure in the bathrooms was perfect. The beds were extremely comfortable and lots of towels and linens were available to us. This home was top notch and so convenient to restaurants and bakeries.

We appreciated the owner's welcome basket of fruit which came in handy after a long 24 hours of travel.

The staff of Summer In Italy are amazing and attentive. They were easy to communicate with and I really enjoyed receiving their newsletters each month prior to our trip. They take care of all the details and I will definitely use them again when booking my next trip! We read wonderful reviews about Summer In Italy which is why we chose to book through them. I have no suggestions as to how they can improve their service. I thought they were amazing!

Travel tips

  • There is a shortcut of stairs next to the property which will get you down to the street below which was a welcome surprise.

Anne H.

Easton, CT

United States

VERIFIED

A glorious respite in Positano

April 2019 - Villa Fernanda is a glorious respite in Positano. There is ample space and the different terraces allow for both group gatherings and private moments. The villa is beautifully decorated with stylish and comfortable furniture, original artwork, and fragrant plants (jasmine!). There were lemon trees with ripe fruit for the picking.

Our stay was easeful and enjoyable thanks to them. Next time, I'll stay for longer!

Giancarlo and Rosetta [the owner] were attentive and responsive hosts.

Summer In Italy did an excellent job. They were in communication with us often prior to the trip and followed up afterward. They instilled confidence that our stay would go smoothly. And it did.

Travel tips

  • On the street above the villa, there are several good restaurants (Restaurant Villa Gabrisa) and one food/wine shop that is excellent (I can't remember the name but the woman who owns it is a fabulous cook).
  • I recommend doing the tour of the Villa Romana Archaeological Museum. You need to make a reservation for this 30 minute tour. It was a highlight of the trip.

Renee B.

Gulf Breeze, Florida

United States

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What a spectacular place to call home for a visit to Positano!

April 2019 - What a spectacular place to call home for a visit to Positano! The home is very well appointed, lacking nearly nothing and if you needed it, all you had to do was ask and it would appear!

All of the furnishings are comfortable and clean and there was plenty of space for the 7 of us to enjoy each other’s company or find a quiet place to retreat. Although the villa’s location involves lots of stairs to the beach and main shopping areas, we viewed that was a good thing because we walked off our pasta and other delicious foods.

It was very easy to book Villa Fernanda, the follow-up prior to arrival was outstanding, and to be greeted by Giancarlo himself [the owner] was very comforting as you knew you were in great hands.

Summer In Italy will be my “go to” site for booking villas and places to stay in Italy. My contact Luca made it very easy and worked with me the entire way. He not only helped me pick the best villa for my family, he also gave me wonderful advice on things to do in the area and where we might like to spend our time since we were coming early in the season (April - which is nice and quiet and beautiful).

Travel tips

  • There are wonderful stores, restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries right near the villa.
  • We visited Restaurant Villa Gabrisa for wine and a wonderful shop nearby for the best homemade meatballs, cheese and bread.
  • We really enjoyed dinner just down from the villa at Restaurant Da Vincenzo, and they have a beautiful linen shop!
  • The pretty hotel across from the villa has the nicest people! We did a pizza making experience (fantastic!) with Positano Pizza in Montepertuso and the hotel staff kindly directed us to the local bus stop and saved us lots of euros in taxi fare. The elderly gentleman nearly walked us the entire way to make sure we knew where to go and he made it soo easy.
  • Public bus transportation is wonderful.
  • We hiked the Path of the Gods, starting from the bottom just outside of Positano. Would recommend starting from the top near Montepertuso instead.

John C.

Balwyn North

Australia

VERIFIED

It exceeded our expectations by a mile

January 2019 - Villa Fernanda was fantastic. It exceeded our expectations by a mile. It is well maintained and fully fitted out. We enjoyed everything about it. Its views and location were second to none.

Summer In Italy looked after all our requirements and provided us with exceptional service. Would highly recommend them. Luca and the Summer In Italy team where easy to communicate with and made sure our stay was hassle free and easy.

Travel tips

  • My advise to any future guests would be go there open minded and relaxed and enjoy the culture. The locals are very pleasant and willing to talk, so go for a walk and enjoy every thing you see as this villa is well located from local shops and the beach.

Anthony K.

Ringwood North

Australia

VERIFIED

Exceeded our expectations and more than met our requirements

October 2018 - Villa Fernanda exceeded our expectations and more than met our requirements. On the other hand, considering the cost, we would have been disappointed if it was not so. Overall we are glad we stayed there.

Summer In Italy's service was very efficient and they were always ready and available to answer any questions in a friendly manner. I would definitely recommend them as a holiday rental agency.

Travel tips

  • We primarily self-catered and it was easier than we had anticipated to buy suitable supplies, though the actual shops buying them were not large. There was one such shop a few minutes further up the main road from the house, and one larger one down in the town centre, near the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
  • The choice of restaurants was very good and, though we did not often eat out, we liked the Restaurant Saraceno d'Oro, which is a few minutes walk further down the main road towards the town.
  • The local bus that regularly does a circuit, beginning at the Piazza dei Mulini, at the town centre, was excellent for the uphill journey back to the house and there is a stop right outside.

Shital P.

Chicago

United States

VERIFIED

Conveniently located

September 2018 - It is conveniently located to close to restaurant, grocery shop and amazing view. I would definitely go back.

Everything was perfect.

Luca from Summer In Italy, convinced me to rent this place and said I won't be disappointed. And I am glade I did.

Travel tips

  • All of the restaurant near by is great. We loved Restaurant Next2, Restaurant Villa Gabrisa was excellent.

Angela S.

Lahaska, PA

United States

VERIFIED

Exceptional!

September 2018 - Exceptional! My family of five has wonderful memories of our stay at Villa Fernanda and Positano. We hope to be fortunate to return to Positano and Villa Fernanda.

Our host, Giancarlo, is very hospitable and provides well-appointed accommodations with incredible views. Our stay was perfect.

Summer In Italy provided excellent communications for the booking process and in preparation for our arrival.

Travel tips

  • We walked to the beach, shops, and restaurants.
  • For distances I recommend Positano Car Service.
  • I highly recommend Positano Boat Charter and Positano Fishing Tour.

Ali M.

Boston, MA

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2018 - I loved it. Thank you!

Stephen G.

Philadelphia, PA

United States

VERIFIED

Perfect stay in Positano

August 2018 - Exceptional! This property is the perfect stay in Positano. Very clean and the private patio with outside table is unbeatable.

The owners were very nice and there to answer any questions you may have to help you explore Positano.

Only about a dozen steps down from street level which for Positano is great when it comes to getting your luggage in and out with ease.

Summer in Italy was great, I really cannot think of anything you need to change.

Jill B.

Newtown, Pennsylvania

United States

VERIFIED

Our family very much enjoyed our stay

August 2018 - Our family very much enjoyed our stay at beautiful Villa Fernanda. The view from the terrace and balconies was spectacular and the location was excellent — close to small neighborhood shops and restaurants and walking distance to the heart of Positano. Villa Fernanda is very well-maintained and the recent renovations to the property are impressive.

We booked Villa Fernanda through Summer In Italy. Luca was our Summer In Italy contact. He was exceptionally helpful and provided much useful information regarding our stay.

Travel tips

  • The nearby Fornillo Beach area was lovely. Beach chair/umbrella rentals are available there and Fernando’s seaside food is delicious and reasonably priced.

Joseph G.

Ringoes, New Jersey

United States

VERIFIED

Villa Fernanda is spacious, and we enjoyed the views from the multiple terraces

August 2018 - Villa Fernanda is spacious, and we enjoyed the views from the multiple terraces. The house is easily accessible from the road above and a great location close to shops, restaurants and bus stop.

Excellent customer service and communication response time from Luca and his team. The recommendations for ground transportation and the boat were excellent as well.

Travel tips

  • Favorite part of our trip was the private boat rent with Valentine's Boat Rent in Positano, day out touring the coast.
  • Dinner at Restaurant La Tagliata, Restaurant Da Vincenzo, Restaurant Mediterraneo.
  • Shopping for shoes at Nanà.

Charles G.

Philadelphia

United States

VERIFIED

We had a wonderful visit to Villa Fernanda!

July 2018 - We had a wonderful visit to Villa Fernanda! It is a beautiful house, and my family of 6 found it to be very roomy and comfortable. The views are simply awesome, and we found the location to be perfect.

Giancarlo and his mom [the owners] made sure that our stay was memorable, and we can't wait to return someday! Everything was great!

Summer In Italy was so responsive to any questions we had, We used them based on our friends recommendation a few years ago, and they definitely lived up to our expectations! Wonderful service and communication. Thank you for helping to make our first trip to Italy so memorable!

Travel tips

  • We found the hotel near the villa was a great place to get coffee in the morning, and the grocery store and wine store are just up the street.
  • Some of our favorite restaurants were Restaurant Da Vincenzo, Restaurant Mirage at Hotel Posa Posa, and Restaurant Il Capitano.
  • It was so much fun taking a stroll down the one way road all the way to the beach in Positano. So many cute shops, restaurants, and gelaterie!

Kelli B.

Rancho Santa Fe, California

United States

VERIFIED

We had a marvelous time!

July 2018 - We had a marvelous time! Villa Fernanda is more beautiful than the photos online. Breathtaking sea views.

Giancarlo [the owner] has thought of everything.

Wonderful communication throughout our booking and stay. We would definitely book with Summer in Italy again.

Travel tips

  • Conveniently located.
  • Easy drop off of luggage from the car to the villa (no need for porter service).
  • Total private entrance.
  • Lovely hotel/restaurant located next to the villa.
  • Grocery store 1 block up.
  • No need for a car rental.
  • Walk to beach and shops and restaurants.
  • Lots of stairs in Positano be prepared!

Barbara H.

Chicago, IL

United States

VERIFIED

The perfect home base for our time on the Amalfi Coast!

July 2018 - Located in a tranquil part of Positano, near grocery, restaurants and with easy access to the beach, Villa Fernanda is an oasis in an already idyllic town. Spacious enough to welcome a family, with enough separation of space to allow individuals to pursue different activities, it was the perfect home base for our time on the Amalfi Coast!

Very convenient, a wonderful property, and very service-oriented.

Travel tips

  • Definitely dine at the Restaurant Villa Gabrisa. It’s location just above the villa may make you feel like you aren’t trying hard enough to explore - this is a gem worthy of a destination and serendipitously it’s at your door!
  • I would also venture up to the Sentieri (paths) to climb high above Positano. You will get more of a local feel and be rewarded with an incredible vista over the sea.
  • Don’t miss Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, an easy day trip from the villa.

Laura S.

Toronto

Canada

VERIFIED

Our family had a great stay

June 2018 - Our family had a great stay. It was a wonderful house and the owner was lovely to deal with.

Summer In Italy was a great agency to work with. They were very responsive and helpful.

Charlene D.

Denham Springs

United States

VERIFIED

Perfect in every way!

June 2018 - Perfect in every way! Villa Fernanda was the perfect house for our family. The villa is conveniently located by the bus stop, restaurants and shops. It has an amazing view of the water and offers privacy on the decks. Villa Fernanda has everything that you need and more!

Giancarlo [the owner] met us when we arrived and showed us around. He and his mother have done a wonderful job decorating and were a pleasure to work with. Thank you!!

Working with Summer In Italy was like having your own travel agent. Luca was very responsive and gave recommendations. Will use them again!

Travel tips

  • Would recommend a private boat trip to Capri or around the Amalfi Coast. The scenery is amazing!

Constance M.

Worcester, MA

United States

VERIFIED

Amazing views!

May 2018 - Spacious and outstanding accommodations and outdoor spaces with amazing views! Exactly as advertised.

Excellent communications.

Chant T.

Montreal

Canada

VERIFIED

Clean and comfortable

May 2018 - Beautiful villa, clean, well decorated and very comfortable.

Judy H.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

United States

VERIFIED

Pure pleasure!

April 2018 - Staying at Villa Fernanda was pure pleasure! Everything in the house — decor, electrical, lighting, bathroom fixtures — is only roughly a year old, so plenty of outlets, excellent condition (very modern), great beds and nice linens, and spotlessly clean. The main terrace (there are four!) was the perfect place to relax together before and after some very active days, with its breathtaking view of the town below and the sea beyond. We would most definitely stay at Villa Fernanda again and will recommend it to all of our traveling friends.

Our host, Giancarlo, could not have been more helpful, welcoming, and responsive, even to assisting us with getting heavy bags down (and up) the 30 stairs between the street and the house. Requests for help with the coffeemaker and, later, the WI-FI, were dealt with immediately and smilingly.

It was a pleasure doing business with Summer In Italy. Very organized, excellent communication, and lots of helpful information provided.

Travel tips

  • The local bus stopped right at the top of the stairs, and two markets within a couple of blocks made it easy to pick up essentials.
  • Bring your own toiletries (soap/shower gel, shampoo, etc.) or buy them there.
  • When using the Italian coffeemaker on the stove top, make sure it’s centered on the burner or it won’t work (it’s a little small for the induction thingies to make full contact).

Marisela P.

Charlotte, NC

United States

VERIFIED

We loved Villa Fernanda!

April 2018 - We absolutely LOVED Villa Fernanda!! We can't wait to go back and I dream about our time in Positano.

The balconies and terrace were so nice with beautiful views. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and perfect for our family.

Giancarlo was there to greet us upon arrival to help us with our luggage and show us around the villa.

I found Summer In Italy on line... Your service has been outstanding. I will definitely recommend and book with you again. You made me feel comfortable and answered every email promptly.

Travel tips

  • We hired Cuomo Limo to pick us up in Rome and drive us to Villa Fernanda and they were excellent. We hired them again for a day trip to Pompeii and Naples. Our driver Peppe was great and made us feel relaxed. We hired him again to take us to the Naples train station upon check out.
  • There is a little deli/shop just up Via Pasitea where we purchased charcuterie, cheese, bread, wine, olive oil and balsamic. The owner was very helpful.
  • We enjoyed dinners down by the beach at Le Tre Sorelle, La Cambusa, Chez Black and just down the steps from the villa and to the right was Ristorante Mediterraneo. All were delicious and offered great service!
  • We had cappuccino and a dinner at Collina Bakery.

Sue R.

Markham

Canada

VERIFIED

Beautiful

August 2017 - Villa Fernanda was beautiful - impeccably clean, bright and very comfortable. It was much bigger than we expected as well. The terrace views were breathtaking and it was just 15 steps from restaurants and groceries.

Thank you Giancarlo [the owner] for a wonderful week.

Luca was wonderful - thank you!

Travel tips

  • It was a quite trek down (lots of stairs) to get to the main beach/water - great exercise for those of us who love that sort of thing. There are shortcuts to get to the water - be sure to find them - as it's a long way down and even longer way up.

Jane A.

Toronto

Canada

VERIFIED

The place is gorgeous

Travel tips

  • All of those terraces! I'm still dreaming of the view...
  • We rented a private boat to take us to Capri. Worth every penny. So private and peaceful - and jumping into the blue sea pretty much whenever we wanted was heaven!

Doug M.

Brandon

Canada

VERIFIED

Exactly what we hoped for

August 2017 - Villa Fernanda was exactly what we hoped for. Clean and well appointed. Fantastic outdoor patio.

Great to work with Summer In Italy.

Sean C.

Marietta, Georgia

United States

VERIFIED

Great location

July 2017 - Great location. Very clean, comfortable and well decorated. Easy access to the main road and the bus stop.

Giancarlo and his mother were fantastic hosts and very accommodating. He was very quick to respond if we had a question or needed anything.

Very easy to work with Summer In Italy.

Travel tips

  • There's a bus stop right at the top of the steps to get down to the beach and shops. If you don't want to take the steps or better yet to drop you back off after a great day at the beach.
  • Go to Restaurant Next2 for a great dinner.
  • Charter a boat from Positano Boats for an Amalfi Coast tour.
  • There's a great little sandwich and pastry shop owned by a mother and daughter at the top of the steps to the right about a half block up the road.

Elinor L.

Trumbull, CT

United States

VERIFIED

Very beautiful terraces with plenty of seating

July 2017 - The villa itself was beautiful, as shown in the pictures, however it was the attention and service provided by Giancarlo and his mother [the owners] that made our stay 5+ stars. For example, Giancarlo was able to book some transportation around the coast for us. The washer was broken and Giancarlo mother offered to do our wash for us until a brand new machine was installed (the next day) just a few examples. The walk to the beach was long and up many stairs, but this is Positano!! Very beautiful terraces with plenty of seating.

I really had a great experience dealing with Sumner In Italy and with the villa owners. The recommendations I have are trivial when compared to our entire experience and vacation. Could not have been easier or more pleasant!! Thank you for an unforgettable vacation.

Travel tips

  • A day trip to Capri was wonderful. We hired a private boat before our trip.
  • The Amalfi Musical was fantastic and not to be missed. We took the SITA bus to Amalfi and a private car back.
  • Try to barter with shop owners and vendors. Often a deal can be struck.
  • Gargiulo wine and cheese shop great for breakfast pastry and a nice sandwich for lunch. Also good for very limited groceries - go up the stairs to the road, turn right and a 3 minute walk. It is on the left side of the road.
  • Our favorite restaurant: Saraceno d'Oro. Good inexpensive (by Positano standards) food. Great service and involved owners. Go down the stairs to the street and take a right. It is about a 3 minute walk and the restaurant is on the right, seating is on both sides of the road. We ate there 3 times during our week in Positano.

Julie A.

Concord

United States

VERIFIED

The house was amazing

June 2017 - We absolutely loved Villa Fernanda. The house was amazing - views were stunning, and the location was perfect. Excellent place to stay - highly recommend.

The owner could not have been more accommodating with check-in and check-out.

Loved Summer in Italy - great experience all around.

Travel tips

  • The restaurant at the top of the hill (in the hotel) was really good.
  • Market is located within walking distance.
  • At the bottom of the steps you are right on the main street with plenty of shops and bars / restaurants nearby.

Ben A.

New York

United States

VERIFIED

An absolute delight

June 2017 - An absolute delight. Excellent for family travel. We shall return.

Giancarlo is an excellent host.

Loved Summer In Italy. Superb customer service. Thanks.

Travel tips

  • The bakery just up the street is superb and opens at 8 am with fresh stuff.
  • Restaurant Next2 was the best meal we had in Positano (other than those I cooked).

Coral J.

Mandurah

Australia

VERIFIED

Love, love, love it. We will return.

May 2017 - We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Fernanda. So close to everything. Only 12 steps down to this amazing house. Restaurants, shops, groceries all you need. Love, love love it. We will return.

Thank you Giancarlo and also your Mum [the owners] for all your help.

Highly recommend Summer In Italy. Service was impeccable. Will definitely book again with Summer In Italy.

Sandra P.

Bradford

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

I would definitely recommend Villa Fernanda without hesitation

May 2017 - I would definitely recommend Villa Fernanda without hesitation. The accommodation has been recently updated to a very high standard and is extremely comfortable with everything you could wish for. We enjoyed using the four (yes 4!) separate balconies all with fantastic sea views. The villa is at the higher end of Positano so you need to put your walking shoes on to go down into the lower end of the town, but its great exercise with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants on the way down the hill.

We found Summer In Italy by browsing the Internet and as they had such great reviews we decided to book with them. Luca and his team are fantastic and keep you informed every step of the way, even sending regular newsletters with lots of useful information. We hope to visit Italy again and will definitely book with Summer In Italy.

Travel tips

  • If you don't fancy walking into town there is a bus stop directly outside the house.
  • There are lots of lovely restaurants close by and we particularly enjoyed eating at Hotel Villa Gabrisa (just across the road), the staff were so welcoming and friendly.
  • If you want to cook for yourself there is a great little food shop a short walk up the hill and they stock everything you will need.

Derek N.

Gatton

Australia

VERIFIED

Would highly recommend

October 2016 - Had a great stay in a beautiful part of the world. Would highly recommend.

Communication was great - keep up the good work.

Travel tips

  • A must is to go to Ravello.

Susan M.

Amesbury, MA

United States

VERIFIED

Loved it

September 2016 - We loved it! It was just perfect!

We are very happy with the service we received from Summer in Italy. We would highly recommend them.

Travel tips

  • Our favorite restaurant was Restaurant Il Ritrovo. It is high on the mountain so when we called for a reservation we asked for a car to pick us up. It was wonderful.

Patricia Q.

Rio De Janeiro

Brazil

VERIFIED

Great spot

August 2016 - Villa Fernanda is a great spot to stay in Positano. Very good!! Beautiful views, comfortable furniture, great bathrooms. We just suggest to modernize the kitchen.

Thanks to Giancarlo and his mother.

We have had the most professional and detailed service from Summer In Italy. Congratulations!

That has been done! :-) Villa Fernanda has been refurbished and upgraded in 2017!

Marty P.

Vancouver

Canada

VERIFIED

Would highly recommend

August 2016 - Villa Fernanda was an excellent house to stay in beautiful Positano. Such magnificent views from the two decks and tons of space to spread out in. Three full bedrooms with slightly choppy plan but great separation between rooms for privacy each with their own bathroom. Would highly recommend to friends for a wonderful stay in this beautiful village.

Giancarlo our host was hospitable and personally met us at the property.

Great service from Summer In Italy!

Travel tips

  • Perfectly located with a short walk to beach, best restaurants, pharmacy, etc.
  • Great cafe/restaurant steps away and loads around the corner.
  • Close the windows in the master bedroom at night and turn in the air conditioning so you don't hear the late night bar patrons coming up the steps.
  • Enjoy some home made candle light dinners on the view deck.

Camela M.

Larchmont, NY

United States

VERIFIED

Terrific place!

August 2016 - Villa Fernanda was a terrific house with a gracious owner. Spacious and featuring terraces with amazing views at all times of the day and night. The space was great for two couples and one adult child. We felt lucky to have found this place and would like to stay there again someday.

Great service and communication from Summer In Italy!

Travel tips

  • This is a beautiful area and you can relax or be active.
  • Understand that the steps are strenuous and someone who is ill or injured will have difficulty getting around.
  • The hotel right above it has a nice restaurant and there is a wine store and tiny grocery nearby so you can get some basics without too many steps.
  • We explored the town and did a cooking night, and took a day trip to Pompeii and Vesuvius. The laid back days and cook at the villa nights were among our nicest.

Michael C.

Canning Bridge

Australia

VERIFIED

Fantastic location

July 2016 - Fantastic location - despite the steps. The view was worth the effort. Great for two couples as we each had our own space.

Lovely host.

Travel tips

  • The deli down the steps was great.
  • Restaurants up near the house were wonderful - no need to go down to the beach for a meal each night.

Kenneth D.

Arlington, VA

United States

VERIFIED

Beautiful views!

July 2016 - Beautiful views, well located.

Travel tips

  • For getting around Renato Cuomo, we used him for transfer from Naples, to the Path of the Gods and Pompeii. He can also arrange a tour guide in Pompeii (Anna was great).
  • Rent a boat to go swimming or to go to Capri from Lucibello on the beach, ask for Dario.
  • We enjoyed Arienzo Beach, which has a restaurant.

Teresa A.

Whites Creek, TN

United States

VERIFIED

Really loved

June 2016 - We really loved our stay at Villa Fernanda.

We were pleased with the level of communication, the availability and the response time of Summer In Italy staff.

Travel tips

  • We had an amazing meal at Restaurant Rada while we were there.
  • Had fabulous day trips to Capri and Pompeii with private boats/guides.

Cathy E.

Glen Mills, PA

United States

VERIFIED

Loved the location and view

June 2016 - I loved Villa Fernanda's location and view. The villa was perfect for our family.

Giancarlo [the owner] was a very nice man and very accommodating.

All the people I have come into contact with Summer In Italy have been very kind and helpful. Thank you all!

Travel tips

  • If you plan to eat out, it would be good enough. There are plenty of places to eat around the villa that are amazing!
  • If you plan to do any cooking, the kitchen might be not so conducive to preparing meals.

Jill E.

Elizabeth Bay

Australia

VERIFIED

Hope to return sometime soon!

June 2016 - We loved staying at Villa Fernanda.

It was perfectly positioned, a brilliant view with generous spaces living and outdoor spaces. It was great, we loved all the kitchen equipment. We had a wonderful few days and hope to return sometime soon!

Travel tips

  • It is perfect for two couples. Sit back and relax.
  • We cooked at home and enjoyed meals on the deck. We bought all our supplies from the local store recommended by Giancarlo.
  • Don't forget to catch the bus up to walk the Path of the Gods.

Susan P.

Tesbury

Australia

VERIFIED

Great location

April 2016 - Villa Fernanda was in a great spot. High enough to have a fantastic view but not so high that it was too far to walk to the beach area. We made use of the kitchen a couple of nights and found it well equipped.

Travel tips

  • A day trip to Capri was a highlight for us.
  • We really enjoyed relaxing on the terrace at the end of each day with a glass of wine and taking in the views.

Alicia B.

Las Condes

Chile

VERIFIED

Very good

October 2015 - We really enjoy Villa Fernanda, it was as shown in the pictures.

Susan R.

Napa, California

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

October 2015 - We were very pleasantly surprised with Villa Fernanda.

The views were excellent from all the balconies. We liked the way the two main bedrooms were separated. The villa was exceptionally clean and beautifully decorated.

Giancarlo [the owner] greeted us as we arrived, showing us around the villa and offering places to see.

Summer In Italy was very helpful before the trip. I will definitely use them next time and have recommended them to friends. They made the experience very pleasant and easy.

Travel tips

  • We loved the grocery store up the street. We shopped there daily and prepared our own dinners and breakfasts at the villa.
  • We arranged a tour trip to Pompeii: we were picked up at the villa, driven to Amalfi where a small tour bus took us to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius.

Charles L.

Strongsville, Ohio

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2015 - We loved the villa and the location.

There were great restaurants above and below the villa. Also a very inexpensive laundry place that washed/dried and folded your clothes for a very cheap rate.

The owner, Rosetta, was very nice and advised us how to get around and where to go. She gave us total privacy and the villa was spotless. We even met some of her cousins around the coast who where very friendly and gave great advice and directions.

Travel tips

  • Bring electric converters.
  • Always walk down to the beach area for more great restaurants and shops, you may take a taxi back up to the villa for 20 to 25 euro (reasonable when divided by four).
  • Talk to everyone. The locals are full of friendly advice and referrals.

Stephen W.

Poulsbo, WA

United States

VERIFIED

Fantastic

September 2015 - Villa Fernanda is beautiful inside as well as the terrace. We spend almost all our time on the terrace.

It’s a great location, if you prefer not to be in the middle of the touristy part of Positano. It's a quieter neighborhood with nice restaurants, a nearby grocery store, wine shops. We like it better on this side of town. We also like the Fornillo Beach on this side of town much better than the Spiaggia Grande beach (you need to be able to handle lots of stairs to get to the beach -- my wife's arthritis was making it difficult for her).

Jeff K.

Glen Ridge

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2015 - Villa Fernanda was beautiful and in a great location.

The owner lives close and was available to us at a moment's notice.

Sandra R.

Woodbridge

Canada

VERIFIED

Good

Travel tips

  • Villa Fernanda is located in a wonderful spot and the view from the villa is beautiful.
  • Walking distance to grocers, wine shop, sea and all other amenities is very convenient.
  • Visit Lucia’s Latteria - she is a wonderful lady and makes a great caprese-panino.

Kathleen V.

Denville, NJ

United States

VERIFIED

Very good

June 2015 - We enjoyed Villa Fernanda very much.

Summer In Italy was great to work with. They answered all of my questions promptly and made the entire rental process very smooth. Thank you!

Travel tips

  • We were very pleased with the location.
  • There are many great restaurants only a few steps away.

Mary G.

Havre de Grace, MD

United States

VERIFIED

Fantastic

June 2015 - Beautiful views and very good villa layout - bedrooms are on opposite sides so there is some privacy when traveling with friends / relatives. Nice furnishings and art work. Kitchen is a little dated but we didn't spend much time in kitchen. Nice to have dishwasher and washing machine. We would stay here again -- very nice property and owner.

Giancarlo, the owner, is very nice.

It was very easy to work with staff, very responsive. Thank you Summer In Italy and Giancarlo.

Travel tips

  • Grocery store around Chiesa Nuova was good and a short walk to the house.
  • Parking down the road was reasonable, 20 Eur/day (in and out privileges pay at the end).
  • Had breakfast at Hotel Gabrisa every morning.
  • Good restaurants nearby (Next2 and Da Vicenzo).
  • There is a laundry service nearby that will do a big big batch of laundry for 16 Eur.
  • After one week we felt in shape due to all the steps and walking. If you don't like steps take the street for an easier climb.

Paul H.

Indialantic, FL

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2015 - We had six in our party and Villa Fernanda was spacious.

Everything you need is there - from coffee makers to big pots for cooking - but it is the view from every room that makes this place outstanding!

It is located just the right distance from downtown to be quiet at night, but close enough to walk down to everywhere.

Summer In Italy was outstanding.

Travel tips

  • Walk down, bus up is the easy way to go.
  • Make time to kayak along the coast. It's the best way to see the cliffs.

Kathryn C.

Shorewood, Wisconsin

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2015 - Loved Villa Fernanda!

Great terraces, views. Very nicely furnished.

Easy walk to grocery store, lots of close restaurants. Walked to beach and shopping areas. Some of our group took the bus home rather than walking back up the stairs, but a manageable walk in either direction for those willing and able.

Jackie B.

Southport

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Fantastic

May 2015 - We all had an excellent time at Villa Fernanda and would certainly recommend it and return again ourselves.

The balconies and terraces were particularly lovely and the views were enthralling.

Summer In Italy are professional, knowledgeable and helpful. We felt confident that our holiday would be fine in their hands. Would definitely book through them again. THANK YOU.

Robert D.

Cypress, Texas

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2015 - We couldn't have been happier with our stay at Villa Fernanda.

The view from every room was spectacular. Access to restaurants and shops was good and we had plenty of peace and quiet to relax. Check in and check out were smooth friendly and quick.

Highly recommend it.

Summer In Italy guys were great: helpful prompt responses and great suggestions.

Travel tips

  • As with any location in Positano be prepared for steps lots of them. It is easier to walk to streets but it takes longer and you must watch for cars and motor bikes.
  • Forget driving, it's only for locals.
  • We were lucky to find Renato (of Limousine Sorrento Renato Cuomo service), he was awesome on time every time, fun, knowledgeable and personable. Only way to go.

Etta M.

Bracetown

Ireland

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2015 - Thoroughly enjoyed Villa Fernanda!

The villa is very spacious and has balconies/terraces with good views.

There is a lot of stairway steps - as one should expect in Positano - but we enjoyed it because it is so beautiful.

We would love to return in the future.

Travel tips

  • Be prepared to walk/climb.
  • There are about 20 steps to the road above, where there are some nice places for coffee and croissants.
  • There's a further toughish climb up to the (small) grocery shops (2) and the bus stop for Sorrento and Amalfi.
  • The bus trip to Sorrento takes about 40 mins.
  • Our grandchildren had no problem with walking/climbing steps and walk around in the center.

Shaun P.

Hertford

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Fantastic

September 2014 - Villa Fernanda was superb and it was much larger than envisaged. The outside terraces had magnificent views and the location was good for accessing all Positano had to offer.

Thank you all at Summer In Italy for your attentiveness in arrangements. We would definitely recommend and look forward to using your services again in the future.

Travel tips

  • Expect plenty of steps in Positano.
  • There are plenty of short cuts to be discovered.
  • The local Positano shuttle bus stops just above the villa.
  • There are plenty of restaurants just down from the villa and also an extremely good restaurant just above.

Susan J.

Bellevue, Iowa

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2014 - Villa Fernanda is a beautiful villa, in a great location, with incredible views!

The villa was extremely clean and the host was very helpful and friendly.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Positano was our favorite stop in Italy, and we were so fortunate to find the gem of Villa Fernanda for our stay.

We were extremely happy with our experience with Summer In Italy. If we are fortunate enough to be able to return to Italy, we will definitely use your services again! Thank You.

Travel tips

  • Sunset cruise was amazing!

Marc B.

Richmond Hill

Canada

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2014 - Great Villa, very enjoyable.

Travel tips

  • Be prepared to do a lot of walking.

Tania D.

Indianapolis, IN

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2014 - Villa Fernanda was a very nice house in Positano, with great views and amenities.

Everything was wonderful and we truly enjoyed our stay!

The service offered by Summer In Italy is very well organized, with a great information packet sent prior to the arrival.

Travel tips

  • We did not have to use any of the air conditioning units since the weather was perfect.
  • Lots of stairs to the beach!!

Megan M.

London

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2014 - Villa Fernanda is a beautiful, spacious villa in a spectacular location.

We had a lovely time staying here and would definitely recommend it - owner was very helpful and our stay couldn't have been more smoothly managed by the owner and the team of Summer In Italy.

Found Summer In Italy by chance as a result of a Google search but couldn't be more impressed by the customer service provided - everyone we dealt with on this booking was lovely, helpful and efficient.

Piper H.

Orlando, FL

United States

VERIFIED

Fantastic

June 2014 - Villa Fernanda was absolutely fabulous!

The villa has the most outstanding views, truly better than the pictures and you can see it from every location in the villa practically. It was clean and had everything we could need. The kitchen could use a little attention but not enough to not still give it a strong recommendation, we did leave some wine glasses for future guests.

The location is very good as well, central but not in the very busy tourist area down near the beach. We personally loved being there for 2 weeks and meeting all the locals.

Giancarlo [the owner] made us feel welcome upon arrival and even helped us to set up dinner reservations for our first night. Well done Giancarlo, and thank you for letting out your lovely villa.

I would highly recommend Villa Fernanda, the owner and Summer In Italy! Thank you so very, much!

I give Summer In Italy my highest recommendation. Great communication from Luca and all. Very smooth transaction. Everything was as represented. Would use again in a heart beat. Thanks!

Travel tips

  • Bus down to the beach is super convenient at the top of the steps (buy tickets from the driver). When returning back from the beach avoid peak times... Bus is not fun at all when too busy.
  • Local market, go down the stairs and walk the main road for quite a bit. It's on the right. They also deliver if you buy enough.
  • Next 2 is the best closest restaurant. Make a reservation.
  • Restaurant Mediterraneo is very fun too!
  • You can buy wine and spirits from Enzo at Art and Wine next door.
  • Restaurant at Hotel Franca - up the stairs and up the hill - is great, fine dining with views.
  • Down near the beach, Restaurant Max one of the best we ate at.
  • At the Marina Grande Beach, Chez Black, service is a bit flip but the food is great. Muscles, clams and pizza. :)
  • Restaurant Da Vincenzo is also a great restaurant down the steps from the villa on the main road to the beach.
  • This is a MUST - from the Molo Grande in Positano take the water taxi with the red fish to Restaurant Da Adolfo. It was surprising fabulous right on the beach. Make a reservation for lunch and a lounge chair.
  • Try Blue Star at the main beach for a 12 people boat trip with captain to Capri.
  • Ferry over to Amalfi... well worth it.
  • Definitely a ton of stairs and a lot of walking in Positano, so be prepared for that.
  • We flew into Naples and took a transfer to the villa by Amalfi Car. They did a great job with all transfers - 90 EUR each way.
  • We also went to Florence and Rome afterwards by train.
  • Best vacation we ever had!!! You will love it if you are not sure.

Bc S.

Jacksonville, FL

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2014 - Loved it!

Tracy W.

Duncraig

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2014 - We had a wonderful 4 nights stay in Villa Fernanda.

The views were to die for! The apartment is huge and bright.

Giancarlo [the owner] is very nice and helpful.

We would love to come back!

Thank you Summer in Italy. Your service was outstanding in every way!

Travel tips

  • Not too many steps from the main road and the bus stops right at the stairs.
  • There are great restaurants close by and it is an easy 10 minute walk down hill to the beach.

Meagan B.

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2014 - Beautiful villa with everything you need! We stayed a week in Villa Fernanda and did not want to leave! There are gorgeous views from everywhere in the villa. Our favorite spot was the large outdoor porch! We sat out there every evening and enjoyed wine and cheese watching the boats pass by!

Giancarlo [the owner] was wonderful and very helpful. He is so nice!

We would highly recommend this villa and will stay here again if we ever have the pleasure of returning to Positano!

Thank you for making our stay amazing!!! You were great!!!

Travel tips

  • Eat dinner at Restaurant Next2 right below the villa and Restaurant Da Vincenzo right down the street!
  • Casa e Bottega is an awesome breakfast and lunch spot!

Linda G.

Broken Hill

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2014 - Villa Fernanda was excellent. It is so spacious, clean and has everything we needed during our week long stay. The veranda is wonderful and the view spectacular.

Very quiet location, with restaurants, grocery stores, bus stop etc. All very close. Even better, there is only about 20 steps down from road to the entrance of the Villa.

Giancarlo [the owner] and his lovely mother were very helpful and available to answer any questions we had.

I wish we could have stayed longer, I rate this accommodation very highly. Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

Good job Summer In Italy booking was so easy. I really enjoy receiving your newsletters too.

Travel tips

  • Better to buy tickets on the bus as we bought tickets from a shop but were waiting at the wrong stop.
  • Take the ferry to Capri for a look, well worth it.

Chiara P.

Point Cook

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2014 - Loved Villa Fernanda. Not too many stairs to get into town. Central to the main shopping area and restaurants. Close to bus stops to go to Amalfi and Sorento.

Views were priceless, even on a rainy day.

The villa was extremely clean, spacious, functional.

I would recommend this villa to families or small groups.

Thank you for being patient with all the questions and for guiding us with your professionalism.

Travel tips

  • There is a supermarket at top shops near bus stop that sells loads of gluten free food for those seeking it. Restaurants cater to gluten free needs and meals overall were great. Lovely spot to eat, Saraceno D'Oro.
  • If you get car sick on bendy roads I highly recommend travel sick tablets if you plan to go to either Amalfi or Sorrento.
  • If you are traveling in a small group or family, it is easier to organize a maxi taxi to collect you from the airport and take you to the villa. Call Summer In Italy for suggestions.
  • Vesuvio, Ercolano, Pompeii are all easy to get to as well as Ravello, Amalfi, etc.
  • You will not be disappointed here.

Kerstin T.

Oslo

Norway

VERIFIED

Very good

October 2013 - We were very satisfied with our stay at Villa Fernanda.

James M.

Turramurra

Australia

VERIFIED

Very good

October 2013 - Outstanding location and views. The property does need to be seen to appreciate the full beauty.

Susan Z.

Hanover, MA

United States

VERIFIED

Fantastic

September 2013 - We had a wonderful time at Villa Fernanda.

Mr. Giancarlo [the owner] and his mother were always available for any questions.

The location and view are just beautiful.

You were a pleasure to work with on planning our trip. If I had any questions, I always received a response.

Catherine D.

Beverly Hills, CA

United States

VERIFIED

Very good

September 2013 - We enjoyed our stay at Villa Fernanda. Excellent view!!!

The Villa was roomy, clean and comfortable. I really did enjoy the place, but the kitchen needs some attention. It was very dark. Also, unfortunately, the dogs and garbage trucks were very loud, making sleep rather difficult.

The property owner was respectful and curteous. Thank you.

You guys rock!! Thanks for answering all my questions. I really appreciate your patience.

Travel tips

  • Beware of steps. The description of the property says 12 steps to Villa that is true from above, which is helpful when arriving with luggage. As you walk through the town, you will encounter many steep steps. This was not a problem for me, but it may be for others.

Amanda R.

Burlington, Massachusetts

United States

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Excellent

June 2013 - My whole family loved the villa! View is amazing! Rooms are big and everything is so clean! We had the best time in Positano!

Everything was perfect! Grazie!

Travel tips

  • Just be aware there are a lot of stairs to get down to the beach but you can also follow the road down and it does not take that long plus you pass all the cute shops! The villa is not bad with luggage because there is only one set of stairs when you go up to the street where the bus stop is or where a taxi can drop you off.

Brian F.

Kallaroo

Australia

VERIFIED

Fantastic

June 2013 - Loved Villa Fernanda! The owners were very helpful and it is a great location.

Thanks for a fantastic service provided.

Stephen W.

Poulsbo, WA

United States

VERIFIED

Very good

June 2013 - This is a wonderful villa if you want to stay on the quiet side of town. If you want to go to town, you just need to master the internal bus, which is inexpensive and runs every half hour. Go to the street below and buy tickets from the tobacco shop.

It's a serious climb down and up steps to the beach (and again, it's not the central beach, but we prefer the quiet one west of town anyway). There are good casual restaurants there, and it's away from the crush of tourists in central Positano. There are some nice restaurants right near the villa, too. But nothing beats cooking with fresh ingredients bought up the street and eating outside on the main terrace.

Travel tips

  • If you want to do the tourist sights, stay at a villa closer to the center of town. If you want to chill and feel like an Italian, stay here.
  • The wine shop below the villa has a very nice and helpful owner. The grocery store uphill is well-stocked with everything you need.

Lirong C.

London

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Very good

May 2013 - Great location with great view. Nice and clean room, very spacious living room and dining room.

Absolutely enjoyed it. Will come again.

Rebecca C.

Champaign, IL

United States

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Excellent

May 2013 - Loved our stay at Villa Fernanda. Very spacious, great location, and amazing views.

Summer in Italy was great throughout the entire process.

Travel tips

  • Many restaurants close by... convenient shopping and beaches.

Sondra A.

West Perth

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2013 - Villa Fernanda was perfect for our family.

Darrell H.

Panora, IA

United States

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Excellent

October 2012 - Excellent villa, lots of room, great views, great setting. It was a very clean and comfortable villa.

The location was excellent and in walking distance to everything in Positano.

The owner and caretaker were very helpful easy to work with.

Summer In Italy were very helpful and easy to work with. Villa Fernanda was an excellent choice for us. Thank you for your services.

Travel tips

  • The family-run restaurants close to the villa were some of the best in Positano.
  • Everything is in walking distance but there is also good bus service to the shopping and beach areas.

Chris D.

Oakville

Canada

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2012 - Overall I thought Villa Fernanda was good... the location was great...

I thought your service was excellent and I would book through your agency again.

Julie L.

Brisbane

Australia

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Excellent

September 2012 - What a wonderful, gorgeous location this villa offers.. glistening in the sun with stunningly beautiful views over Positano and the Amalfi Coastline. This stunning villa offers an amazing quality and truly an awe inspiring atmosphere to enhance a truly wonderful holiday. The Giancarlo family were very welcoming upon our arrival.

The town of Positano offers an unique experience with beautiful alleys, beach, shops, cafes and welcoming restaurants. There is a local bus service which enables you to enter the quaint township or a beautiful walk down meandering streets (lots of steps), grocery stores which offer a free delivery (over a certain purchase price) and an overall friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Thank you for the most wonderful and enchanting holiday experience.

Travel tips

  • Local bus service is available to take you around Positano.
  • Grocery stores will deliver for free if you make a reasonable purchase.

Shiva W.

Lafayette, CA

United States

VERIFIED

Fantastic

August 2012 - Giancarlo and his mom were great hosts, they really helped with transportation for airport and sightseeing. Their English is excellent and they are very well-traveled and worldly. We enjoyed their villa and having them downstairs.

Thanks Summer In Italy, you were great!

Travel tips

  • Lots and lots of stairs in this town! If you have walking issues go to a different town!

Roxanne M.

Cypress

United States

VERIFIED

Very good

August 2012 - We enjoyed Villa Fernanda very much. There was enough space and the location was ideal.

Would do business through you again.

Travel tips

  • Fornillo Beach is closer than the main beach and in our opinion nicer.
  • Rental is close to local bus transportation and convenient.

Cindee R.

Bedford, NH

United States

VERIFIED

Very good

July 2012 - Loved Villa Fernanda for in-town Positano villa. Beautiful view, had plenty of hot water and air conditioning in bedrooms at night.

Travel tips

  • Get private transportation from Sorrento to the villa, bus too crowded and difficult with luggage.

James D.

Shetland

United Kingdom

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Excellent

July 2012 - Villa Fernanda is excellent. Everything is provided for in the villa

The owner met us on arrival and explained everything regarding the villa.

Me and my family thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.

Summer in Italy were brilliant. Everything was organised for us and was straightforward. I would definitely recommend Summer in Italy to organise for me again.

Travel tips

  • Small shops are close by to provide daily basics.
  • Lots of nice restaurants close by.
  • Lots of steps in Positano!
  • Bus operates regularly.
  • Good boat trips to Capri.

Stephen W.

Poulsbo, WA

United States

VERIFIED

Very good

June 2012 - We loved Villa Fernanda.

It's a bit far from town, but we liked being out of the main crowd of tourists. And there is a bus stop just above the villa that you can ride into town and back. We also loved the smaller, less crowded beach down below our villa.

For those who want to be in the middle of Positano, this would not be your choice. For those who want to go in occasionally, but live more like a local, this place can't be beat.

The view is fantastic. The main terrace was where we spent all our team, even the meals we cooked we ate out here. The other four terraces are very small, and we only used one of them a couple of times. The four smaller terraces were the only thing I was disappointed in.

Everything was flawless. We would rent again and we would rent the same place. I'm afraid anything else would be disappointing.

Travel tips

  • The "Next 2" restaurant on the street below the property was the best restaurant we ate at in Positano. It was so good, we went back on our last night. The owners are related to the owner of the villa, so be sure to mention that, and they will give you first class service.
  • I strongly recommend you take the tour with Christine Ornelas ([email protected]) on your first day. You'll get a great overview of the history, shops and the highlights of Positano. She will also introduce you to her husband, Vincenzo, whose family owns the best meet, cheese and wine shop in town. Tell Vincenzo the kind of wine you like, and he will sell you some of the best wines you've ever had. Then when you run out, email Christine, and Vincenzo will bring you more, right to the villa. It's like having local friends.

Heather C.

Dartmouth

Canada

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2012 - We had a wonderful stay at Villa Fernanda. Far exceeded our expectations. The Villa is so well appointed, furniture, bed, etc. The view is unbelievable. We didn't want to leave.

The Giancarlo family are lovely.

The staff at Summer In Italy were outstanding. They answered all our questions in advance, prepared us for what to expect in Italy. They were fun to work with. I found the villa on the internet and was automatically hooked up with Summer in Italy. Outstanding service.

Travel tips

  • We arranged private tours, Amalfi coast, Capri, Naples, Sorrento through Positano Transfer - excellent.
  • Walking and wine tasting tour with Christine - Discover Positano - Excellent
  • Cafe above our villa - Restaurant da Gabrisa - excellent - best food.
  • Trip to Fattoria La Tagliata - shouldn't be missed. What a trip!!! and the food unbelievable - lots of it. Go on a Tues. or Fri for dancing.
  • Chez Black on the beach in Positano is excellent.

Mardi C.

Millear Road

Australia

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Excellent

September 2011 - We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Fernanda - we had everything we needed and the villa was divine not to mention that magnificent view that we never grew tired of.

Our family now have fabulous memories of Positano for years to come.

Excellent service and fabulous website - very informative. Photos and information were very accurate. I've already recommended to others in Australia.

Travel tips

  • Thank goodness for the small grocery shop about 300 m from the villa: they were so friendly and accommodating.
  • Our dinner at the Restaurant Mediterraneo down the stairs below the villa was absolutely memorable, one I would highly recommend.

Lisa E.

Woy Woy

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2011 - There were 5 of us that stayed here and we all absolutely loved it and would highly recommend this place to anyone, the photos on the website don't do it justice.

The owner, Giancarlo, was lovely and he was so friendly and welcoming and was happy to answer any questions that we had and give us suggestions of places to eat and visit.

The location was great, the view was amazing and to die for, I feel in love with the villa and with Positano itself and I can't wait to visit again.

Travel tips

  • Even though there a mini market right near the villa, if you wanted something bigger with more choices, there is a mini market about 10 mins walk from the villa heading towards the top, it is well worth the walk.

Terri W.

Clovis, CA

United States

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Excellent

August 2011 - The property was beautiful. It was clean and spacious. The view was fantastic. The area is very noisy, though.

Travel tips

  • If you plan on purchasing groceries, most stores close at 2 pm on Sunday.

Janice M.

Middleton, Wisconsin

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2011 - Villa Fernanda is wonderful. The views are simply amazing and can be enjoyed from all of the beautiful terraces. It is spacious and clean.

Summer In Italy is a great resource for planning your trip. They people who work there are friendly, responsive and professional.

Travel tips

  • Villa Fernanda would be the place to stay when visiting Positano.

Diane J.

Wollstonecraft

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

Travel tips

  • Buy a standard all-day bus ticket for EUR 7.20 and it gives you a sightseeing tour around Sorrento, Amalfi or Ravello.

Mary T.

Arlington, MA

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2011 - Spectacular views. Giancarlo's Mama greeted us with hugs and kisses, warm and welcoming. We felt very at home.

If you want to cook, the kitchen is a bit of a drawback, but we came to Italy to have other folks cook for US - so it worked out fine.

Come prepared for stairs and walking - excellent way to work off the pasta!

Clean, fabulous location, would absolutely come back again.

You guys were helpful and attentive - anytime we had a question you were immediately available even on weekends.

Travel tips

  • Be ready to walk.
  • Walk up the stairs for morning coffee and croissants - Villa Gabrisa. Friendly and amazing view.
  • We took an all day boat ride to Capri - worth every penny.
  • Also look for tour with Christine: she's great.

Marsha F.

Normal, IL

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2011 - Our two adult sons, my husband, and I stayed at Villa Fernanda for a week in June. It was just perfect for us. We enjoyed the large terrace off the dining room together and everyone had plenty of privacy when they wanted it.

The villa is below the main road, so it is quiet and very private, yet close to the bus to take us to the town center and the beach.

The owners are lovely people and were extremely helpful. They were very complimentary about Summer in Italy, too.

The furnishings are lovely, and the owner's garden below is also very pretty.

Travel tips

  • The steps or the road down to the beach were not too bad for us, and we mostly took the bus back up. It was very easy.
  • There's a little shop just up the main road where we went almost everyday for mozzarella fresca, cherry tomato, fresh basil, and other things.
  • The views from the villa were so spectacular, that we spent a lot of our time just enjoying the sea from there.
  • We had to go down to a cafe in the center with wi-fi to use internet.
  • We had a cooking class at Il Ritrovo in Montepertuso, which we enjoyed very much.
  • Had Gaetano from Positano Car Service for a day tour of the coast and that was a lovely day.

Alan & Clare H.

Matamata

New Zealand

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2011 - Villa Fernanda was a perfect place to stay for a family holiday where we all could have our own space, eg ensuite bathrooms, spacious living area.

We had a reunion with our adult children and we all really loved this beautiful villa.

I happened upon Summer In Italy through Google search looking for accommodation in Positano. It is an excellent website.

Travel tips

  • You definitely need to hire a taxi to bring your luggage initially to the villa as it is a long way up from the beach and shops.
  • Hiring a car with a driver was an excellent way to travel to sights like Pompeii, Vesuvius etc. if you have a family group.
  • Likewise, negotiating a deal on a small boat to sail around Capri gives freedom to swim from the boat and get an informed commentary on the island. Great fun.

Norman T.

East Rockaway, New York

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2011 - We loved it. It was spacious, clean, gorgeous. It was easy to locate. The views from the terraces were spectacular.

We could not have asked for a more gorgeous view, and there are 4 of them.

We will be back.

Summer in Italy was very responsive, professional, useful and helpful and we would certainly use them again.

Travel tips

  • Plan on getting to a negozio to buy extra bathroom tissue, coffee, milk, breakfast items and whatever else you might need on a daily basis. Bring Kleenex. We brought from Starbucks our own ground espresso coffee because we NEED coffee the very next day, it's not negotiable. These items are not included in any kind of "welcome" or "starter" kit that we have experienced in other houses in Italy. There's a small shop for alimentari just prior to the house and another down the steps and down towards the beach that has more selection.
  • The restaurant Saraceno d'Oro is terrific, with great food, appears to be family-run.
  • Take the walking tour with Christine Ornelas, it made a huge difference for us in getting to know the town, the shops, history, what was going on, etc. She also had great advice for transportation around the area.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Ask Giancarlo [the owner] how to work the dishwasher because it is not self-evident.
  • Be prepared to study the garbage schedule. No joke. We're lawyers and it wasn't easy.

Janice M.

Ilford

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2011 - The villa was perfect. Spacious, clean and well furnished, it provided everything we needed. We slept well and the view from the terrace was fantastic. A lovely retreat after a busy day.

The kitchen was basic but it was clean and adequate for holiday use. The small back bedroom was a bit dark, so my son preferred to sleep in the sofa bed in the living room.

Everything was within easy walking distance.

I am very pleased with the service I have received. Being a smaller company, you can give that personalised service that larger companies can't. Thank you for dealing with all my queries promptly and I have enjoyed reading your newsletters. The information pack was very useful and the humorous writing conveyed the facts and made me smile at the same time. I will certainly recommend your company to friends and family.

Travel tips

  • The bus stop, shops and post office are up the stairs, turn right, cross the road and take next stairs on left up to next road. You will arrive at a bend in the road, there is a larger food shop down the road and everything else up the road.

Marina T.

Sydney

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

October 2010 - View was breathtaking. Villa was clean, well equipped and spacious.

Close to many excellent restaurants and the bus stop.

Excellent service. Thanks for a great holiday.

Travel tips

  • Get the boat with the red fish on it from the main pier to Restaurant Da Adolfo. And take your swimmers. Food was sensational and very relaxed and casual.

Ian B.

Saskatchewan

Canada

VERIFIED

Excellent

October 2010 - This is an excellent villa. Notably it was larger then I expected. Nicely furnished with excellent terraces.

It was short a few wine glasses but that was the only thing. Everything in this villa exceeded our expectations. I would definitely refer friends to stay here.

Very nice service from SII. Clear communications were very helpful. I will look for you in the future. Thank you!

Travel tips

  • Buy food from the grocer up the hill and definitely eat breakfast or supper at Restaurant Villa Gabrisa at the top of the stairs.

Kathleen O.

Ridgewood, NJ

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2010 - Villa Fernanda exceeded our expectations. It is a very large villa with sweeping views out to sea.

We had a great time.

Travel tips

  • Great neighborhood with a grocer, butcher, nail salon, hair salon and breakfast with Robin at the top of the stairs (33).

Duchesne B.

Redland

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2010 - My husband and I stayed there for 7 nights with our grown up son and daughter and their partners in September 2010. It was just perfect.

The views, accommodation and the location were fabulous. The view from second bathroom over the sea is breathtaking.

We just loved it and will be back.

Summer in Italy is fantastic. The process was so easy -- no complaints!

Travel tips

  • Great position for restaurants -- just a few minutes walk down the hill to many fine places to eat. Also a close walk up the hill to Bar Internazionale for a drink and the wonderful pasta restaurant Grottino Azzuro.
  • Trips on the free boat ride to a day at Arienzo also a must as is a half day trip to the Li Galli Islands for an unforgettable swim.

Sandra K.

Montville

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2010 - Overall we did enjoy our stay at Villa Fernanda. The location was great and the privacy for each member of the family was good. However the small single room is dark and our daughter decided to sleep in the main living room on the pull-out bed and use the small room as a dressing room.

The view was fantastic and we enjoyed going up to Hotel Villa Gabrisa just above the villa. The owner and her staff were very friendly and were particularly helpful with information. We had our morning coffee there most days.

It was also fun to go up to the Bar Internazionale get a drink and then have dinner at Restaurant II Grottino Azzurro next door. They cook wonderful home style cooking and it is very popular so we decided to book each time.

Your service was outstanding we would book through your company again.

Jamie L.

Weston, CT

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2010 - Our family of 6 (3 teens and an elderly grandparent), found the villa to be perfect for our needs. The best thing about the villa is the 4 terraces!! It's hard to choose which terrace had the best view.

Giancarlo is a very warm, personable young man. He was there upon arrival and always available to help us with any information (ie. restaurants, boat tours, location of grocery store, etc). He actually lives next door so you definitely don't feel like he's not around.

The actual villa is clean, however there is a lot of paint chipping off the walls (and stains on them) which gives it an older, not so clean feeling. Everything was clean, however, including the linens. The only other problem was an infestation of ants. We were warned, and left with ant powder to get rid of them. After awhile, you just learn to accept them!!

The location was perfect for us. at the top of the steps as you exit the villa is an inn with a wonderful owner (Robin) - every morning we got our croissants and cappuccino from her. The grocery store is also a 5 minute walk up the hill.

The location was ideal because it's set in the middle of the mountain where the view of the sea is spectacular.

The bus stop is also right outside the door if you don't feel like walking.

Summer In Italy were incredible. I found you thru a search online. You spent hours with me figuring out the right location (esp. since I had a dad with me who didn't do steps very well and needed to be by the bus)- you helped me chose the perfect place.

In addition, you helped me understand Positano with regard to my dad getting around and offered up great resources with the process.

I only hope I can get back to Italy in the near future so I can use you guys again. Ive been spreading the word in the States about you!

Thank you.

Travel tips

  • Walking distance from our villa, our favorite restaurant was Restaurant Next2 -- different from all the other restaurants, a bit classier, great decor, incredible food.

Joye S.

Clayton, Georgia

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2010 - My husband and I spent the entire month of June in Villa Fernanda and loved every minute from the beginning second until the end. Our adult children joined us for a week and they also loved it.

Giancarlo was the perfect host and was always responsive.

The location was perfect and the villa very spacious even when we had a full house!

The view is spectacular and the terraces very inviting.

What a wonderful month in a lovely home in a lovely town! We definitely plan to return.

Thank you. You are very organized and everything was perfect with all of our arrangements.

Travel tips

  • Just plan to walk a lot in Positano.
  • We enjoyed many restaurants but especially Restaurant Saraceno d'Oro, Restaurant Villa Gabrisa, Restaurant Mediterraneo, and Restaurant Grottino Azzurro. These all happened to be close and were our favorites though we also ate several times at the beach.
  • We used Amalfi Car constantly for long and short trips and they were excellent. We will also use them next time.
  • Just enjoy!!

Timothy A.

Chicago, Illinois

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2010 - The villa was great and the layout suited our needs (3 couples) well. The bedrooms are separated by enough space to give adequate privacy. We flipped a coin to see which couple used the living room hide-a-bed along with the single bedroom and bath.

After spending a full week in Positano I can't imagine a better location. Critical to our enjoyment was the fact that the villa was only about 20 steps down from Via Pasitea (the main one-way road up and down town).

Although the weather was unusually cool for mid-May the views from the 4 separate terraces were spectacular.

Summer In Italy.... you really have this villa rental thing down. Great job! You were recommended to me by my travel consultant, Bob Little (Bob the Navigator) and the website Slow Travel. We hope to see you again.

Travel tips

  • The villa is located between 2 segments of Via Pasitea (the one-way street up and down town). Up 20 steps on the upper segment are two convenient Hotels. The Hotel Pasitea is a great drop-off and pick-up point for luggage-drivers-taxis-etc.... although the hotel staff are not very villa friendly. The Hotel Villa Gabrisa, on the other hand, was an unexpected find. The family run hotel was very accommodating to us non-guests. We had 3 of our best dining experiences with Isabella and her mom, dad and brother. Everything from leaving postcards to be mailed to catching an early morning roll and espresso was gratefully accomplished by the Villa Gabrisa staff.
  • I would say that a don't miss experience would be a Tuesday night dinner at Restaurant La Tagliata up in Nocelle. They pick you up and deliver you safely back. The menu is "whatever Mamma is cooking" and it was all great. They make it a fun night. Make a reservation in advance.
  • We also had great meals at Restaurant Da Vincenzo and Restaurant Next2.
  • We did the Capri trip with Gennaro and Salvatore and enjoyed the day. If the sea is rough I would recommend taking the ferry service to and from the island for a smoother ride and a less queasy day.
  • Anyone interested in hiking a portion of the Path of the Gods... it is easily reached by taking a taxi or bus to Nocelle and hiking back down to town. At age 62 it took me about 6 hrs... with frequent stops for photos and rest.
  • All in all the villa is well situated for a fun filled stay in one of the most spectacular places on earth.

Susan K.

Glen Iris

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2010 - We had a wonderful time at Villa Fernanda. Great location & view!

The owners were very helpful and kind.

Thanks for making our holiday so pleasant.

Lisa A.

Boston, MA

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

October 2009 - Yes, we loved staying there! It was a much larger villa than we expected! More space than we even needed, and that was good for "alone time" and peace & quiet.

The views were wonderful! It was so bright as we first entered the villa and you could immediately see the views as you walked in!

The terrace off the dining room was a very good size and it was nice having small terraces off the two bedrooms and living room, too. Also great having 3 full bathrooms.

The owners were extremely friendly, helpful, and checked in a few times to make sure everything was OK.

We loved the location and enjoyed the walk down to the beach and back.

Summer in Italy was great and I will definitely use it again for a vacation in Italy. All our reservations went through without a hitch. The people at Summer in Italy were responsive and friendly. The information provided for our arrival (directions, other instructions, etc.) was very helpful.

Travel tips

  • Restaurant Next2 has excellent service, nice atmosphere (less touristy feel than near the beach), and delicious food.
  • The restaurant on the patio at the Hotel/Albergo Montemare (it's either the pizzeria or Capitano restaurant) has a great view and good food.
  • Must go to Restaurant Da Vincenzo - very authentic family-run restaurant. We were in Positano in October when many of the restaurants were slow during the weeknights, but not Da Vincenzo - busy every night!
  • My favorite caprese salad and limoncello was from Buca di Bacco (restaurant at the hotel right on the Spiaggia Grande).
  • We highly recommend a semi-private boat tour to Capri through Cassiopea - you can find them in the "orange" booth on the Spiaggia Grande. Capri is loaded with tourists, so enjoying the cozy boat ride around the island before and after you navigate the crowds the island is ideal. Definitely try the chairlift to Monte Solaro.
  • Reserve a cooking class (more like an eating class) at Mamma Agata's in Ravello. Chiara (Mamma's daughter) is a gem at entertaining. The lemon cake and eggplant parmigiana are both mouth-watering. The walk through the garden overlooking the cliffs and the Mediterranean was divine! And Ravello is a must-see.
  • Amalfi was a bit touristy and over-crowded.
  • Do the Path of the Gods hike - probably our favorite experience.
  • Bus schedules are a bit sketchy and overcrowded (we were turned down after waiting for 30 minutes in the rain in Praiano), but taxis are a very expensive option. Ferries would be best.
  • Hotel Villa Gabrisa - just across the street at the top of the steps, is an easy place for breakfast to get a yummy cappuccino and a fresh croissant. I wish I could remember the woman's name that worked the front desk (she has reddish hair and is from New Zealand). She was very friendly and helped us reserve a taxi among a few other things, even though we were not guests of the hotel.

Heather H.

West Vancouver

Canada

VERIFIED

Excellent

October 2009 - Loved Positano, the area, the town, people and village.

Could have stayed there for weeks.

Travel tips

  • There is no need for a car. Best way to get there is by boat or driver.

Audrey B.

Stafford

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2009 - We were a little apprehensive about what our villa was going to be like, as we had booked everything over the Internet. We had never been to Italy before so we really did not know what it was going to be like.

When we first got to the villa we were amazed by how beautiful it was, we didn't want to go out, we could have spent the whole holiday in the villa. It is really spacious and nicely decorated.

It was a wonderful experience, waking up in the morning and walking straight out onto our sun terrace.

I have already recommended summer in Italy to friends. We received good communication from you which is really important. I had one amendment to make with the booking and it got dealt with instantly.

Travel tips

  • The villa was so fantastic, that we chose to stay in and cook one night.
  • If you go up the flight of stairs outside the villa and turn right at the top, along the street you will find a butchers shop, the butcher was very helpful to us and suggested an Italian recipe for us to try that evening.
  • If you go down the steps outside the villa, at the bottom turn right and you will come to a restaurant that has seating on the street, it has great food, friendly staff at a reasonable price.

Michelle T.

London

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2009 - Villa Fernanda was perfect! The weather was so nice that we spent most of our time on the terrace - hardly used the living room or the other 3 balconies. The views were all stunning.

We didn't cook but kitchen was more than adequate for breakfast and nibbles.

Don't be put off by the stairs - do them down to Fornillo beach and then at end of day do gentle walk around to the main beach and get the bus back to the top of the stairs.

Travel tips

  • Restaurant at the top of the stairs was very handy for breakfast and dinner. Also good cheap pizza place right at top of road into town away from the touristy places.
  • Get the bus to Nocelle for the amazing ride and lovely village and then stop at Il Ritrovo in Montepertuso for lunch on the way back.

Karen J.

Tumbi Umbi

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2009 - We had a fantastic time. The views were sensational, the location is great. Lots of steps but there are lots of steps in Positano. Restaurants great, the whole atmosphere of Positano is wonderful.

Would love to return.

Summer in Italy were great, I would not hesitate to use them again.

Travel tips

  • There is a supermarket down the steps and to the right about 50 metres.
  • The bus stops at the top of the stairs to go down to the village.
  • We went to Pompeii which is easy to get to by train from Sorrento.: Also did a day trip of "swimming" with Gennaro and Salvatore - one of the best things we have ever done.
  • Do visit Ravello.

Cathy P.

Atlanta, Georgia

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2009 - Villa Fernanda is a lovely apartment, with beautiful views of the sea from every room.

The largest balcony, off the kitchen, is a wonderful place to sit & watch the boats go back & forth.

It was also quiet, which was surprising as it is right below & right above two lively streets.

The website photographs are representative of what the actual villa looks like, and we would most definitely stay there again.

We used Summer in Italy last summer for a villa in Praiano, and then as now everything went smoothly and was as represented on your website. We definitely will use Summer in Italy again.

Travel tips

  • Da Gabrisa (restaurant on the street just above Villa Fernanda)is a very good restaurant, as is Bucca di Bacco (the beachside cafe -- not the restaurant proper), right down on the beach at the Marina Grande -- both are fine for children also.
  • The Fornillo beach, which you can almost look down upon from Villa Fernanda( and can walk to from the villa), is quieter than the main beach at Positano's Marina Grande, and every bit as much fun -- although it is rockier.
  • Be sure and take the little orange bus that travels throughout Positano (bus stop right there at Villa Fernanda), and also goes to the lovely little town of Praiano.
  • Have dinner at La Strada in Praiano -- a terrific restaurant, and go see the absolutely beautiful Praiano cathedral -- the inside all inlaid with majolica tile -- just amazing.
  • Either the larger Sita bus (bus stop down near the Grande Marina), or the many boats at the Marina Grande, can take you everywhere up & down the Amalfi Coast.
  • The 9 am to 4 pm boat that goes to many of the natural grottos, lets you swim in some of them, and then drops you at Capri for several hours, was an especially lovely way to spend the day. This boat was the Lady Seas -- smaller, wood trim boat, and it was a lot of fun (enjoyed by the children & the adults).

Janice M.

Blayney

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2009 - Absolutely loved our week staying at this Villa in Positano.

The Villa is located mid way up/down the only road through the Positano town and whilst initially disappointed that we were not closer to the beach and action, after 24 hrs. we were realising the benefit of being close to everything. Only a short walk (5-10 mins to beach and centre, or up to the top), the bus stop was next to the villa and the steps up and down to the villa were fine. Positano is built on a very steep valley decline, so no one escapes steps.

The villa was beautifully appointed with 4 balconies and views to die for.

You won't be disappointed with this choice -- we certainly would return to this one.

Yvonne N.

Newcastle

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2009 - My Family and I had a wonderful time at Villa Fernanda.

The position and the view were spectacular. We really enjoyed the balconies, 4 in total and all with magic views. The villa was well furnished and had everything we needed.

Some minor negatives included cleaning, generally the apartment was clean but inside wardrobes and drawers and cupboards needed a good clean.

My kids counted 450 steps down to the beach which was ok going down and we did manage to come back up on a few occasions.

The bus stop was very close to the villa and nice restaurants near by. Found coming back on the bus would get quite congested particularly in the evening. However we thought if we were in accommodation by the beach we would miss out on the magic views which this villa certainly did have.

Travel tips

  • Definetly do a day trip to Capri. We used the company which were English speaking and English at the pier. Only put about 12 people on their boats so there was room for all. We had a great day.

Arlene Y.

Winnipeg

Canada

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2009 - We loved Villa Fernanda. It's a great place for two couples or a family.

The owner was friendly and helpful, as were just about all the people we met in Positano.

We had a great holiday.

Travel tips

  • The restaurant at Hotel Gabrisa (at the top of the stairs to the villa) is good and has a great view. Restaurant Next2, close to the bottom of the stairs leading down from the villa, is a little more upscale and really excellent. Both restaurants have friendly and helpful staff.
  • The boat tour to Capri was well worth it.

Richard A.

Bloomington, MN

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2008 - Our stay at Villa Fernanda could not have been better.

The pictures of the villa can not show how beautiful the views are from the balconies or how spacious the rooms are.

Giancarlo was a great host and very helpful. All was perfect

You are a great company. There is no false advertising and you are very helpful. We would not think of using another company if we stay in Italy again. Thanks for wonderful service.

Travel tips

  • The villa could easily handle three couples if one was willing to sleep on the pull out sofa in the living room and use the third small bedroom/bath as a dressing area.

Teresa B.

Maidenhead

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2008 - Villa Fernanda is lovely: spacious, nicely furnished, spectacular views - we spent most of our time, and ate all our meals, on the biggest balcony. I think it is even nicer than it looks on the website, particularly the two main bathrooms. The kitchen has yet to receive the same attention as the rest of the house, but was adequate for the four of us.

We wanted to be in the centre of things; the downside to this is that Positano is very noisy at night. Restaurants are open late with live music, dogs bark, scooters roar, fireworks are let off, and everything echoes off the cliffs. We valued our central position, and soon got used to it, but it wouldn't suit a family seeking peace and quiet!

Travel tips

  • You don't need a car. Public transport by bus or boat is excellent, and we got everywhere we wanted to go this way, including a visit to Pompeii.
  • Take one of the 'semi private' boat trips to Capri rather than the ferry. After a morning on the island, we got taken round the island by boat to explore the coves and grottoes, swim from the boat, and sip Prosecco!

Raphael S.

Berlin

Germany

VERIFIED

Excellent

Travel tips

  • Come without a car!
  • Good bus transportation to the sea shore.

Dave J.

Chicago, IL

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2008 - We loved it! The house was tastefully furnished but not over the top. It was comfortable without being stuffy and the space was large.

The bedrooms all had their own bath and shower and the two main bedrooms also had their own private terrace. Everything was well maintained, clean, and professionally prepared for our stay.

Giancarlo was a wonderful host and was easy to contact if you needed something. He also speaks very good English.

Views from all the terraces, needless to say, were spectacular, day or night.

We never used the air conditioning as it cooled off nicely in the evening and slept with all the terrace doors open. Some noise was present in the evening but never enough to disturb our sleep. Usually after midnight it became very quiet.

The steps down to the house from the main road are pretty steep and deep but there are only about 23 so it's not so bad. If you stay a week in Positano, your legs will be in great shape by the time you leave.

There are three or four grocery stores within a 5-10 minute walk. The one we like the best was about a 10 minute walk up the main road.

The house is centrally located and about half way up the mountain and about a 10-15 minute casual stroll down into the main center of town.

I really can't think of a better place to stay in Positano for the value. Bravo Villa Fernanda!!

Linda F.

East Falmouth, Massachusetts

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2008 - We enjoyed our stay at Villa Fernanda. The location was wonderful and the view fantastic.

The kitchen is small and not well appointed however. If you plan on doing any cooking while you are there you may have some difficulties.

Excellent experience dealing with Summer in Italy. Most of the people we met that were staying in a Villa had gone through Summer in Italy. We didn't have any problems at all.

Ooops! Time for Giancarlo to have a look at the kitchen and make sure that all the original equipment is still there. We'll see that it happens. A word of general advice: if you need any piece of equipment that is not available, please do not hesitate and ask either the owners or our help center, we all will do our best to help.

Travel tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes. There are 22 steps to get down to the villa from one street and 100 steps up from the lower street. Lots of exercise and fresh air... it was great.
  • Street noise on the weekend, you do get used to it though. The majority of people we met were from the US.
  • Read up on transportation in the area. The buses are easy to use and inexpensive. No need for a car other than for a trip to the sites around Naples and you can use a car hire for that.

Suzanne H.

Brisbane

Australia

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2008 - We loved our stay at Villa Fernanda. There was plenty of room for 5 adults and the 3 bedroom 3 bathroom configuration suited us very well.

We were very close to the bus stop and we enjoyed being away from the hustle bustle. Plenty of restaurants and delicatessens close by.

The views were fabulous. Giancarlo was very helpful and made sure we were happy with everything.

If we ever come back to Positano we would love to stay here again.

The presentation of Villa Fernanda on your website was very good but we were even more impressed when we arrived.

When we return to Italy (and we will because we loved what we saw) we will certainly be using your website again.

Travel tips

  • Hotel Villa Gabrisa has a lovely restaurant at the top of the steps!
  • There is also a delicatessen down the road past the church where the lady was very helpful and had a great supply of local produce and everything we needed.

Deborah G.

Falls Church, Virginia

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

October 2007 - We had a fabulous time at Villa Fernanda.

The place was actually bigger than I had thought. Everything was spaced out beautifully.

We shared the place with another couple, and didn't feel we were in each other's way.

Summer in Italy was very helpful. Every piece of advice made our planning and arrival easy. Thank you.

Travel tips

  • Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes.
  • Take advantage of the local grocery store(s). It made breakfast easy and a whole lot cheaper than eating out everyday. We bought a dozen eggs for 2 euros, cheese, and tomatoes and made eggs everyday. The kitchen has the necessary pots and pans to make your morning breakfast. Then grab an espresso at Cafe Positano just a short walk/steps away.

Mark W.

Annapolis, Maryland

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

October 2007 - Great location, with wonderful views. Good value for the money.

We were two married couples, and we liked that both bedrooms were large, and at opposite ends of the villa, making for comfort and privacy.

We found it difficult to cook as much as we had planned, as the kitchen was more sparsely outfitted than other houses we have rented.

This was our first time using Summer in Italy, and we found your company to be very helpful and very professional. Your communication was timely, and always contained easy to understand and helpful information. The billing process was easy and accurate. Overall, it was a pleasure renting through you. Thank you.

Therese R.

Johannesburg

South Africa

VERIFIED

Excellent

Travel tips

  • Make sure you know how to get to the villa from the start - and use the local bus to drop you at bus stop almost at the villa, instead of trying to walk down with your suitcases - loads of steps!! Also use "porter" facility when leaving the villa to carry your suitcases, heavenly idea and worth every cent!
  • Restaurant above villa is divine with such friendly owners! Certainly recommend the fish soup.

Colin S.

Reading

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2007 - The villa overlooks the second bay of Positano not the main one hence quieter but the view is spectacular anyway.

Giancarlo [the owner] is helpful and attentive. It is a big villa, fully self contained, easily sleeping 7.

Everywhere is easy to get to on the Amalfi peninsula. Use the buses and trains for ease of travel. Car parking in Positano will cost 20 Euros a day.

Travel tips

  • Quickly find out about the local bus - it's a God send as the town is on a steep slope. The bus to Sorrento goes from the top and is the best way to travel.

Lee L.

San Anselmo

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2007 - It was a great place for us to stay. It was even nicer than the photos.

Giancarlo [the owner] was very helpful and pleasant with our check-in and any tips and suggestions we needed. He made a great host.

Thanks for making it all so easy

Travel tips

  • As it is quite a walk down (and up again) from town and the beaches, bring comfy shoes and strong thighs!
  • The international market at the top of the hill (at the Amalfi road) had great wine and baked goods.

Parker B.

Roma

Italy

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2007 - Villa Fernanda is a remarkable place to spend a relaxing time in Positano. The site is spectacular and the house such a pleasure to stay that one can easily pass many hours without leaving. We had no intention of cooking or taking any meals at the house, but decided that it was such a pleasant site that we chose to do so almost once a day.

Our one complaint would not be about Villa Fernanda, but about Positano. The entire town is sufficiently vertical that it is next to impossible to go anywhere without walking up or down hundreds of steps. We counted fifty steps to the street below the house and some 600 steps to the beach. The hikes in the hills were magnificent, but all entailed three to four times the number of steps than the trip to the beach.

Travel tips

  • You may easily decide to spend more time at the house than you intended. Take it easy and enjoy yourselves.

Michele M.

Westfield, NJ

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2007 - We absolutely loved it and will definitely rent it again.

The three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and multiple terraces gave our family of 5 more space than we even needed!

It was very clean with beautiful plants throughout which gave the apartment a very "homey" feel. The view was fabulous... from every room and terrace.

There are many steps to get down to the beach and the center of town... 474 to be exact. It was not a problem for us... even our 4 year old managed the steps every day for 2 weeks! I actually enjoyed the exercise and found a nice jogging route down the steps, across the path along the sea which connects the beaches and back up again. But, future renters should be prepared. There is a bus which you could catch just steps away from the apartment, but we preferred the beautiful walk down the tight staircases, squeezed between the old buildings... what an experience!

Everything went very smoothly! You did a great job coordinating everything for us! Thanks.

Mary K.

Colombus, IN

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2007 - Villa Fernanda provided our family with the setting for our most amazing vacation in Italy.

Every room was beautifully decorated with everything we needed to relax and enjoy our stay. We decided to try our hand at cooking an Italian dinner one night and found that the kitchen was nicely stocked.

The view was breathtaking. In fact, I'd brought along a stack of books which I never did read, because the view was too good to miss.

We loved the location; not too close to the market center with it's noise, but halfway up the hill in a mostly residential area that still had stores, groceries and restaurants. It was an easy walk to most places we wanted to explore.

In our opinion Positano is the perfect Italian city to visit: not hot and crowded like Rome or Venice. It retains it's Italian charm yet is very welcoming to American tourists.

I have already recommended Summer In Italy and the Villa Fernanda to my traveling friends back home in the US. We are all getting ready to retire and are all looking for dependable travel services as we look forward to more time and expendable income with which to travel.

Since we were not traveling on a tour there were times when I asked the Summer In Italy staff general questions about other hotels for our commute from Rome and other travel issues with which we needed help. The staff always came through with a quick phone call or e-mail to guide our planning.

In sum we couldn't have been more pleased with Villa Fernanda and the Summer In Italy experience.

Travel tips

  • A dinner at Trattoria La Tagliata is not to be missed. Call 39-089-875-872 for reservations. They provide the transportation and the trip is beautiful. But the food and the owners are the real treat!
  • Cannoli every day - diet when you get home.
  • Take the boat trip to the Isle of Capri that circles the island.
  • Walk to the smaller beach - the view is worth the walk. Take the bus back up the hill.

Martin S.

Northbrook, IL

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

June 2007 - Villa Fernanda is a great place to stay. The view from the terraces are great. It's air conditioned but we only needed it one night (in the last week of June).

Positano is wonderful - nice people, great food, good wine, good beer. It's many steps up but it's a pleasant walk up the road. We got to the dock in about 8 minutes down the stairs when we had to hurry a bit catch a ferry.

Summer in Italy was very helpful in planning our Amalfi coast vacation. The description of the villa was accurate. The website was easy to use and the communication was excellent.

Travel tips

  • There are 3 small grocery stores within reasonably short walking distance (and the fruit was excellent), one down, and two up.
  • Go to the restaurant near the top of the stairs down from the road above the villa. You will get a 10% discount by mentioning Villa Fernanda. The food was the best we ate in Positano and the prices are very reasonable. We went there the first night and then back again the last night.

Domnick B.

Jacksonville, Florida

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

Travel tips

  • Get in shape. There is a lot of walking involved.

Paula B.

Pawleys Island, SC

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2007 - Villa Fernanda was wonderful! It was spacious, bright, beautiful and had fantastic views of the sea.

I thought the villa was in the perfect location of Positano and the whole area was breathtaking.

The description and pictures on your website were wonderful and thorough. The villa even exceeded our expectations and the villa owner was very nice as well.

I will definitely be back to Positano soon and stay in Villa Fernanda again!

It was a pleasure using your company and I would strongly recommend Positano, Villa Fernanda and your website to everyone. Thank you for everything!

Ed P.

Laguna Beach, CA

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

Travel tips

  • Restaurant Max is very romantic with excellent food.

Sandra B.

New York, New York

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2006 - The villa exceeded our expectations. It was a healthy walk from town and the beaches, but the internal "orange" bus stopped just in front of the villa's steps. We loved the outdoor spaces and spent a great deal of time on the terrace just off the dinning room. I would suggest adding another lounge chair to the terrace for.

The large open space in the living room and sitting area was a pleasant surprise. We never felt we did not have enough individual space.

All the terraces were a delight for additional space and enjoyment of the Mediterranean views.

I would highly recommend Villa Fernanda and my friend expressed an interest in returning to the villa for another vacation.

The only shortcoming I found was at night. It seems the automobiles drive over some sort of metal plate in the road and you can hear the pounding sound during the stillness of the night.

No one will be disappointed with their stay at Villa Fernanda.

I have used your services twice and will use them again. I have nothing but praise. Your description of the properties, location, facilities, etc. are always 100% accurate. There have not been any disappointments with any information, responses, inquiries, quality of the properties or attentiveness of the staff. I have referred your site to many friends, acquaintances and travelers I have come in contact with over the past 2 years. Continue what you currently offer in the way of services and rental properties.

Erin S.

Somerville, MA

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2006 - Villa Fernanda was in an ideal location, had a beautiful view over the gulf, and it was clean and comfortable.

It met my expectations based on the description given on the website. Overall, I was happy with my experience here.

Rebecca B.

New York, NY

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

August 2006 - Villa Fernanda is a beautiful flat with a very spacious feel.

The room layout allows for plenty of privacy. The views are spectacular.

Giancarlo is a very considerate host and we had no problems.

One note: the third bedroom is pretty small - not at the same level of comfort as the other two. Worth knowing if you are planning a three-way share, as we were. We had to draw straws for the third bedroom.

The location is about halfway up the hill - very convenient to have a last drink at Next 2 (great place!) before turning in for the night. We had a lovely week...

Summer in Italy is the best, my compliments once again. I will certainly rent from you again. Thank you for your kind attention.

Duncan T.

Trowbridge

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Excellent

July 2006 - We had a great holiday and really enjoyed staying at Villa Fernanda.

The manager (Giancarlo) was very helpful and ensured that both the check in and check out were carried out quickly and without any fuss.

The villa is quite a long walk from the town centre and the walk involves lots of steep steps - but we were saved by the local bus.

We found the villa comfortable and generally well equipped, it can be quite noisy because of the bars and restaurants on the road below but we were there when Italy won the World Cup!!

All in all I would recommend this villa and would certainly consider staying there again.

The service and information you provided was timely and accurate. I would use Summer in Italy again - hopefully next year when we will come back to Positano.

Bengt B.

Alvangen

Sweden

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2006 - We very much enjoyed the house and its location.

The two double bedrooms were excellent.

Although we were 6 adults in the house we never felt it crowded but very comfortably.

I have appreciated the positive contacts with Summer in Italy from the start. Description in the advertisment on Internet for the house was good and facts met what was written. The sad thing is that 7 days pass too quickly but in total, we had a great holiday.

Carolyn N.

Carmel, Indiana

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

May 2006 - Our family of 5 loved staying at the Villa Fernanda. There was plenty of space for all of us and the view is amazing.

The location is great. Though more towards the top of the hill, the local bus stops right at the stairs to go down to the Villa. Our children are older, all in their twenties, so we needed a place which could accommodate 5 adults. By the week's end we had figured out the quickest way down to the beach via the stairs.

We would definitely rent the Villa Fernanda again. It's a lovely villa with plenty of room and fabulous views.

I found your website surfing the net. I think I read about you from someone who had used you and liked you. My husband had found some other villas on other websites but the Villa Fernanda was by far the best looking and the best price. Giancarlo was very nice and helpful. He even brought us extra sets of keys which we really needed. We would definitely book with you again. Everyone at Summer In Italy I had contact with was very helpful and prompt. I've recommended your website to others. Thanks

Christine P.

Long Beach, NY

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2006 - The villa was breathtaking to say the least! The pictures do not do the villa justice!

Fresh flowers in every room, plants on every balcony. Every morning I woke up to french doors that opened to the Mediterranean Sea!!

The location was perfect. Just steps away were some fantastic restaurants.

The owner was very accommodating. He went out of his way to assist us in anything we needed!!

I will definitely be going back to Villa Fernanda!!

Mark B.

Leicester

United Kingdom

VERIFIED

Excellent

April 2006 - Excellent location. Plenty of shops and restaurants in the area.

Interior decor to a high standard. Villa owners were very helpful.

Rental of the villa ran smoothly. Friends and family also rented other villas through SII during the same period and all seemed satisfied.

Barbara N.

Bryn Mawr, PA

United States

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Excellent

March 2006 - Our stay was in March so the weather was variable.

Our stay at the Villa Fernanda was enjoyed by all of our party. The furnishings and bedrooms met our expectation of a clean, comfortably suited accommodation.

The view, as always, is spectacular, even when the storm of the century (it seemed like that) made the shutters bang all night. Actually, that was great fun.

The owner was attentive and thorough in demonstrating the appliances and explaining how to reset the circuit breaker after a fuse blew. The heaters were very efficient in taking the chill off in each room.

We met the owner while he was chatting with friends in the town and he took the time to speak with us. Very friendly.

Then the weather changed back to sunny and comfortable for walking for the rest of our stay. We are looking forward to booking again.

Summer in Italy was very attentive to our questions. We contacted a local taxi through your recommendations that was reasonably priced. We booked with you through the internet on an earlier trip and found your assistance valuable... so we came back to Summer in Italy. And will again. Thank you.

Virginia M.

Norfolk, VA

United States

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Excellent

October 2005 - Villa Fernanda was wonderful!!!! The pictures do not come close to showing what a beautiful property it is.

The owner was terrific... the view is beyond description and the people of the town are very welcoming.

We will return. It exceeded our expectations.

Frank S.

Highland Park, Illinois

United States

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Excellent

October 2005 - It was wonderful. Selecting a villa on the internet is a guess at best and we couldn't have done better. Giancarlo and his family were warm and gracious.

If we came back we would definetly return to Villa Fernanda. We will also recommend it to any of our friends that are planning a trip to Positano.

I think you all did an excellent job. When I asked for information on parking you told us the rate of 25e a day. We were able to negotiate to 16e a day. You might mention to anyone who inquires that it may be possibe to negotiate the rate depending on the season.

Marla M.

Redmond, WA

United States

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Excellent

October 2005 - The photos of Villa Fernanda were true to form and the villa was very nice.

The rooms are large and were very clean.

We had everything we needed.

James G.

Pelham, NY

United States

VERIFIED

Excellent

September 2005 - Overall, we had a great time at Villa Fernanda. Giancarlo was very friendly and helpful.

The villa is honestly described and the views are great. The villa is lovely with beautiful antique furniture.

There is a local bustop at the top of your 20 step "street" which is very convenient. It takes you right down to the center of town and the beach. We would usually walk down to the beach/center of town and then take the bus back (up). It is about a 10-15 minute walk down to the main beach. It is probably a bit more than 200 meters (unless you have a hang-glider. There are small grocery stores, newspaper shops, and restaurants all within easy walking distance to the villa.

We would definately return to Villa Fernanda especially now that we know how to get around Positano and enjoy all it has to offer.

We never needed to use the air-conditioning because of the beautiful breezes. There is a charge for electricity if you use over 100kw. We used about 70 or 80 kw for the week without using any air conditioners.

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