Astapiana Villa Giusso, Sorrento peninsula
In Sorrento peninsula, exquisite hospitality in charming historical house of 1600. To its guests, it offers an oasis of tranquility and well-being and relaxation, giving a wonderful view on Sorrento and on Vesuvius. In a strategic position to visit Sorrento (10 km), Pompeii (22 km) e Amalfi (40 km).
It is difficult to imagine being a few km from Sorrento (10 km), Pompeii (22 km), and Amalfi (40 km) and at the same time away from the crowds and traffic, but any doubt fades as you approach Astapiana Villa Giusso. Suspended between sky and sea, this home of other times, so full of past life ... but present, suggests the need to return to peace with themselves and with others, through the contemplation of nature and the rediscovery of the rhythms of the agricultural world .
This historic residence of 1600, originally a Camaldolese monastery, offers its guests an oasis of tranquility and well-being, offering a wonderful view of Sorrento and the surrounding area. Gulf of Naples. Guests are reserved 6 rooms, furnished with authentic period furniture and a small independent apartment, ideal for 4 people. Breakfast is buffet style and is served inancient maiolicata kitchen, where we also find ourselves in the evening for dinner, characterized by traditional recipes that give ample space to fresh and genuine products of the company. Guests will enjoy the pleasant relaxation of the panoramic terrace, go into the countryside, walk in the park of holm oaks or try your hand at the healthy path "life and nature".
The rooms are located in the main building the large guest house or in the adjoining cells of the monks. In the old guest house there is an atmosphere of other times, here the rooms, equipped with private bathroom, have the charm of the past, with antique furniture and wrought iron beds.
The cells, are small dépendances that have been the subject of careful restoration. The rooms are very cozy and charming. Furthermore, guests have their own outdoor space at their cellars.
Available for those wishing to stay a week in full autonomy the entire cell "Announced". Ideal for four people, it has two bedrooms - San Cesare and Affresco - one double and one twin, each with a bathroom, as well as a nice kitchenette.
The complex of Villa Giusso Astapiana represents a model of human settlement maintained in harmony with nature and developed respecting the environment that surrounds it.
The company is located at 400 m above sea level, in a splendid natural position overlooking the Sorrento peninsula.
The estate consists of numerous buildings and is surrounded by approx 15 hectares of land, partly ad olive grove, vineyards and orchards, partly chestnut woods. There are many activities: a very large area is occupied by olive trees, so where the soil is drier, we find the vineyards. Then there is the area dedicated to farm animals (hens, geese, ducks) and to our cows, Carolina and Margherita. In the chestnut woods, on the other hand, it is possible to take walks with special naturalistic observation sections. In an area closer to buildings and rainwater cisterns, we find the vegetable gardens, the corner of aromatic plants, and the ancient fruit trees (sorbi, jujube, arbutic arbutus).
The story of Astapiana Villa Giusso
Astapiana is remembered for the first time (with the ancient name of Astichiano) in the 1578 from Monsignor Sacra, who, in an apostolic report, laments the state of ruin in which the ancient church of S. Maria in Jerusalem, probably of Angevin-Aragonese origin.
At the beginning of the seventeenth century, the area of Vico Equense is chosen for the erection of a Camaldolese monastery and in the 1604, on an urgent invitation of the Prince of Conca and Lord of Vico Equense, Matteo di Capua and thanks to the generous legacy of a certain Cesare Zaffarano, work began, ended three years later late.
Twelve cells were built for the monks and two guest houses, one of which is of considerable size and value for the majolica kitchen. In addition, a double wall was built on which stood two turrets. Only one church worthy of the missing was missing religious complex, which has now become a priority site. It was remedied in two successive occasions: initially in 1641, when on the place of the ancient church there arose another, consecrated to S. Maria in Jerusalem and S. Romualdo, founder of the Camaldolese order; a century later a renovation of the building was proceeded from its foundations.
The new church, finished in 1774, with a single nave and four side chapels, was embellished with five altars (particularly the main one, which later had singular vicissitudes) and three large canvases commissioned to Nicola Cacciapuoti: the Nativity, as altarpiece and, for the walls of the nave, the Salita al Calvario and the Crucifixion. Such splendor, however, did not last long: in the 1807, during the Napoleonic domination, the ecclesiastical bodies were abolished and the monastic orders dissolved. The monks had to leave the convent, forfeited by the royal estate and the whole complex was in a state of neglect. In particular the volumes of the library were dispersed and the church was stripped, the main altar was brought to S. Marcellino in Naples and in Duomo of Sorrento then (where he currently occupies the place of honor, though now dismembered).
In the senior guest quarters he found shelter, in the 1815, Gioacchino Murat fleeing after the military defeat.
The former monastery, which became the Royal Site after the return of the Bourbon on the throne of Naples, he was then surrendered to the duke Luigi Giusso who set up an experimental production for the kingdom: silkworm breeding. It had an excellent start, but after a few decades had to be abandoned, following an epidemic that decimated silkworms and that eliminated this type of culture from the Sorrento peninsula. The Duke then renounced his innovative purposes and turned the guest house into a country residence, a function he held throughout the twentieth century. Since then, the site has acquired the current name, Astapiana Villa Giusso.
Various generations of the Giusso family they are now alternated and the current descendants deal directly with the estate, consisting of numerous buildings and surrounded by about fourteen hectares of land.
In ideal continuity with the past, when the monks welcomed and refreshed travelers, Astapiana Villa Giusso invites you now, as then, to become participants in its history and to enjoy its hospitality and its magical atmosphere.
Services: suspended between sky and sea, a monumental villa on the Gulf of Sorrento
The stay at Villa Giusso will make you live his first enchanted atmosphere; time seems to stand still while you discover the everyday objects of life a century ago in the attic rooms: old family clothes, games for children, the necessary for personal hygiene and many other curiosities.
You will then pass by discovery to discovery: the family chapel with its furnishings, the cell, the ancient water cisterns, the walks in the shade of the holm oaks, the healthy path "life" where you can exercise your body and enjoy a spectacular view: the whole Sorrento peninsula and the Gulf of Naples with Vesuvius are offered to your sight.
- guided visit to the interiors of Villa Giusso Astapiana and to the activities of the farm;
- possibility to attend and participate in the activities of the farm (compatibly with business needs): ignition of the wood-burning oven and pizza preparation; the harvest and the olive harvest;
- practical cooking and food preservation courses;
- sale of farm products: extra virgin olive oil, preserves, pickles, jams.
Villa Giusso Astapiana, for its enviable natural position and for its rich and varied history of over four centuries is an ideal set for events characterized by originality and charm and offers a number of different opportunities: first of all the daily visits, from the simple visit with welcome drink, a visit combined with a cooking school or pizza preparation.
It's the perfect scenario for theorganization of ceremonies and private events, to host exhibitions and cultural and musical events, literary salons and show dinners, concerts.
The structure lends itself to a flexible use for the organization of meetings and business events outside the usual circuits: the conference room and the cenacle are suitable for hosting seminars, training courses, business meetings, work shops and small conferences up to to 50 people.
Villa Giusso in Astapiana represents a location and an ideal partner for all companies operating in the outdoor training field.
A structure that lends itself to meet the multiple needs for this type of innovative training: historic home, nature, trekking routes among the most evocative in the world, scenarios and unique places for historical-naturalistic and symbolic aspects, conference room, informal hospitality.
A location to be discovered, where the Nobel Prizes John F. Nash, Riccardo Giacconi, Sir Harold W. Kroto, Paul J. Crutzen and many other luminaries have remained enchanted contemplating the beauty of nature and its intimate perfection.
Places of interest nearby: the Amalfi coast
Ideal starting point to visit the naturalistic, artistic, historical and archaeological treasures of this area of Campania: Astapiana Villa Giusso, for its happy geographical location in the center of the Sorrento peninsula, is the ideal base for discovering many beauties already admired. over the centuries by millions of travelers.
It is located a few kilometers from Sorrento (10 km), Positano (16 km), Amalfi (35 km) mentre Pompeii (22km) it is reached in about 40 minutes, e Naples i Campi Flegrei - with the monumental complexes of Bay e Cuma - in an hour. Paestum e Velia I'm at 80 km.
From Sorrento there are frequent hydrofoils e Ferries that lead to Capri and in the summer months also to Ischia and Naples as well as from here depart minicruises every day for the Amalfi Coast.
- Nearest beaches to 6-8 km (Bikini, Capolagala, Marina di Vico, Marina di Seiano)
- Agreement with the Lo Scrajo thermal establishment at 30 minutes
- Sports center (horse riding, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball) on Mount Faito (10 km)
- WWF Oasis at 15 km
- Punta Campanella Marine Park (10 km)