My 8 girlfriends and I got together to celebrate a big birthday year. The house was beyond our expectations, with beautiful furniture, linens, and bathrooms, ample space to allow groups to get together, and plenty of nooks to be alone, inside and outside dining, surrounded by lush gardens. The highlight of the trip wasn’t the house- it was the staff. Anna and her family fussed over us like we were their own family, catering to our dietary needs and wants, and made our trip so unexpectedly fun. They arranged for discounts with local vendors (including the spa) and were truly the highlight of our trip. The food they prepared was delicious, and we really enjoyed the creativity in decorating the table every evening with a new theme. We didn’t speak conversational Italian, but between her son who spoke fluent English, and google translate (the house has wireless internet), we didn’t lack for anything.
The house sits on a very quiet bluff, near the town of Forio. We found walking to the nearby gardens (a must see) and bus stop (about 15 minutes one way) not difficult. Getting to the island villa was easy- the house arranged a driver to pick us up in Rome, get us and our luggage on the ferry, and return us to Rome. However, once on the island, taxis are a bit pricey- so you may wish to rent a car, especially if you plan to do a lot of exploring. Getting around by bus is easy and inexpensive, as long as you don’t mind waiting occasionally.
If you are looking for a unique and exquisite experience for vacationing with a large group, this is the house for you. We understand that it has been the set for many movies, and the setting for many weddings. Make sure you hire Anna and her family, so your trip can be even more Bellisima.