Villa Annunziata is an elegant historic villa perched in an unforgettable position dramatically overlooking the island of Capri at the very tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is what in Britain would definitely be called a “stately home”. In this case, the villa served as the occasional residence of one of Napoleon’s brothers-in-law, who happened to be the King of Naples. Inside, frescoed ceilings and period decoration evoke the genuine atmosphere of centuries past, and yet Villa Annunziata has many modern conveniences as well. All rooms enjoy spectacular sea and garden views, with Ischia and Vesuvius plainly visible as well as Capri. And speaking of gardens, those at this property are just gorgeous, with beautiful Mediterranean plantings. The gardens are terraced, and it is thus full of steps here and there, making the property not suitable for children under 7 or 8 years old.
The villa is serviced by a full-time dedicated staff, including a house manager who acts, among other things, as a concierge. Buffet breakfast is served every morning, and it is possible to arrange other meals as well; indeed, most guests avail themselves of meal preparation almost every day. The staff don’t even give you the keys, as they are always there to let you in, even at 4am if you’ve had a late night out at a local nightclub or discotheque.
You are actually right in a little hamlet, and you can walk to basic shops and services, as well as coffee bars and restaurants. Unbelievably for an area so sophisticated and world-renowned as a first-class destination, you can still find the most authentic little family-owned trattorie where the owners’ smiles are not entirely related to their desire to take your money! Of course, you can also find some of Italy’s few Michelin-starred gastronomic temples as well (where the smiles may be less sincere).
Daytrips from the Villa Annunziata include some of the most famous cultural sites and beauty spots in all Italy: Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples, Positano, Paestum, and Amalfi, plus the already-mentioned Capri, Ischia, and Vesuvius. The staff will help organize private excursions by boat, as well as hiking excursions along some of Italy’s most spectacular coastal trails.