Casa Settima is an apartment of 62 square meters (about 665 square feet) for
six people, with patio, swimming pool and garden, and a splendid view of the
valley. The use of the swimming pool and the garden is shared among the guests
of the other apartments. It has a parking space.
It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room with kitchenette and a divan
bed that opens into two single sleeping places.
Casa Settima is on the ground floor of an ancient villa with thick stone walls,
which is literally built straight into the cliffside. It is built on sloping
land, along the flank of a narrow valley.
This is the Valley of the Dragon, a green canyon enclosed by craggy walls.
Along these rocky cliff walls, there are alternating areas, some covered with
the rampant natural Mediterranean vegetation, and others cultivated with orderly
lemon bowers, bringing to life a landscape of incredible beauty, shaped through
the centuries by humans and by nature.
Here and there, on the rocky ridges that overhang the valley, and the areas
carved out of the cliffs along the coastline, you will see small white houses,
or a little church, or the remnants of a medieval guard tower.
A river runs through the bottom of the valley, and there is just a pedestrian
pathway along the coastline, so the only noise you will hear is the water
rushing towards the sea, and the lighter whispering of the breeze that blows off
the sea, across the mountains and through the valley.
Upon your arrival at Casa Settima, you will be welcomed by the spacious
terracotta-paved patio, which is equipped with table and chairs, umbrella, and
The patio of Casa Settima is like a large terrace, which has a view of the
swimming pool, located further below, and of the flower-adorned sun deck that
Sitting in the open air on your patio, you will see in front of you a broad view
of the valley, ending with the rocky buttresses that close it.
On one side of the patio, you will have an area in which there are flowers, fig
trees, and exquisite grape pergolas. On the other side, a sturdy hedge separates
the patio reserved for your use from a part of the garden in which there is a
large stone barbecue area and a wood-burning oven where you can make pizza. Next
to these, under a pergola, there are tables and wooden benches, available for
use by all the guests.
From the patio, you enter into a large living room, which contains the kitchen
area, the dining table and a divan bed for two people.
From the living room, a corridor leads to the two bedrooms and the bathroom. One
of the bedrooms has a double bed, and the other one has two single beds. The
bathroom is with shower.
The bedrooms have windows with a view of the patio.
The kitchen is equipped with four-burner cooker, oven and refrigerator with
freezer. The furnishings are graceful and comfortable.
Casa Settima is one unit of a residential complex consisting of a villa and
three annexed buildings, scattered across a few hectares of terraced land
cultivated with olives, lemons and the wild-growing Mediterranean scrub native
to the Amalfi Coast.
The complex is situated on the slope of a small, narrow valley known as the
Valley of the Dragon, where it is perched above the village of Atrani, which is roughly 2 km (about 1.3 miles), and beneath the residences of Ravello, located at roughly 4 km (about 2.6 miles).
The valley is traversed by just a pedestrian path, but the complex is easily
reachable by car, journeying along a road adjacent to the valley, and is
equipped with parking.
The swimming pool
All the guests of the complex will enjoy access to a lovely pool, equipped with
umbrellas and deckchairs.
Stretched out in the sun on the terrace surrounding the pool, you will be able
to enjoy a rich and strikingly unique panorama.
If you raise your eyes upwards, you will see just above you the rocky
outcroppings on which Ravello clings to the cliffside, and in particular, from
the balustrade adorned with statues, you will see the terrace of Villa Cimbrone,
known as “The Infinite.” Naturally, you must not miss the chance to visit Villa
Cimbrone, and this terrace: from here, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful
and romantic panoramic views in the world!
Standing by the pool, you will see before you the opposite side of the valley,
where jagged cliffs alternate with lush terraces cultivated with lemon groves.
Below, framed by the nearly vertical walls of the valley, your gaze will find
the glittering gem that is the town of Atrani, as well as the ocean beyond.
The pool and the gardens are illuminated in the evenings.
The sea and the beach
Next to the complex to which Casa Settima belongs, the ancient pedestrian path
and stairway that links Ravello with Atrani passes close by.
Descending by this path, you will pass through the center of Atrani, which is
accessible only to pedestrians. In a few minutes, you will arrive in the
gracious and historic piazza with shops, cafés/bars and restaurants with
open-air tables. Seated at these tables, you will not find just tourists, but
also many local residents. You will find it delicious to rest here, enjoying an
Italian gelato, and watching the world pass by while doing absolutely nothing.
The beach is 20 meters (about 65 feet) from the piazza; it is a scythe-shaped
wedge, strikingly beautiful both by day and by night, with the moon over the sea.
The foot path which descends from Casa Settima to the sea consists of about 300
stairs, distributed along the pathway.
To get back up to the house, you can take the bus towards Ravello from Atrani,
and you will arrive in just a few minutes.
You can also reach Amalfi on foot, walking along a romantic pedestrian alley
which will allow you to avoid the nuisance of cars.
Also on foot, if you are in good shape, you can take an ancient stairway to
climb up to the village of Ravello. You will arrive more quickly than if you
drove along the paved roadway. And furthermore, by walking you will be able to
discover breathtaking views.
Naturally, all these locations are also reachable by car or by bus. But, during
your vacation, do take the time, at least now and then to take some of these
walks. You will discover that this is the best way to enjoy the beauty and
unique nature of these places.
Besides being able to walk to the beach, in this area you will have a chance to
swim in rather characteristic places: from the port of Amalfi, every 30 minutes,
you will be able to board small boats that will take you, in ten minutes, to
some of the most beautiful beaches, inset in the rocky coast, which can only be
reached by boat.
These small beaches are very romantic, the sea is stunning, and you will also
find beach facilities, such as cafés/bars and restaurants, on the free beach.
Nearby tourist attractions
From the docks in Amalfi you will also be able to board ferries and hydrofoils
to Positano, Capri, Salerno, Sorrento and Naples, as well as mini-cruises for
tourists. You must indeed take a tour of the coast from the sea.
From Casa Settima it is also possible to reach the tourist spots of the Amalfi
Coast by bus. If you are fond of archaeology, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum
are easily within reach, and, of course, Naples and Salerno as well.
Staying at this house you will be able, comfortably and without the need of a
car, to reach the beach, to take guided tours, visit the characteristic fashion
and artisans' shops, as well as attend the many cultural and artistic happenings
that take place throughout the year.
Those who like go out at night will find that the Amalfi Coast has a lot to
offer: from piano-bars to very exclusive night clubs.
The closest airport is Naples.
Region: Amalfi Coast
Accommodations: Independent house or villa in small complex