Villa Merlata is a lovely 40-square-meter (about 430.5 square feet) apartment
which sleeps 2 people. The apartment has been created inside an old watch tower,
and it features a garden, a terrace, and a splendid view of the sea and with air conditioning. The
apartment is 1 km (about 0.6 mile) away from the sea.
Villa Merlata is in Conca dei Marini, a fishermen’s hamlet located between
Amalfi and Positano. It is about 4 km (about 2.5 miles) away from Amalfi and 13
km (about 8 miles) away from Positano.
There is a living-room with a kitchenette, a double bedroom on a mezzanine, and
a bathroom with shower.
Villa Merlata is a watch tower which dates to mid sixteenth-century. During that
period several watch towers were built along the coast of Amalfi in most
panoramic places in order to protect people from raids by the Saracens coming
from the sea. Torre Merlata is one of the aforementioned watch towers, and it
has remained intact up to nowadays as it preserves the elegant merlons of the
battlement or crenellation on its top, which renders it unique all over the
The tower stands high on a prominent stretch of coast about 100m (about 328 feet)
above sea level. From its top, your eyes will behold a vast panorama of sea, the
picturesque Cape of Conca dei Marini. Every bit of scenery in this area is
really breathtaking. The house is part of the small historical center of Conca
dei Marini. You will be able to reach it quite easily: from the main road, all
you have to do is walk for about 50 m (about 164 feet) on a footpath. You will
be able to reach it quite easily: from the main road, all you have to do is walk
for about 50 m (about 164 feet) on a footpath consisting of about 50 steps.
You can park you car along the road.
In this area the houses are distributed along a little road carved out on the
slopes of the coast. All the houses face the sea and the sun, being separated
one from another by their flower gardens, lush vegetable gardens, and small
lemon pergolas. Going to the upper/lower part of the village here, just as in
all the Amalfi Coast, means taking the several picturesque narrow stone-step
The real inhabitants of the place live here, with their tranquil pace of life
away from crowds of tourists.
However, all the tourist attractions of the coast are quite at hand, specially
one of the most famous and visited one, which is the Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald
Grotto), only 2 km (about 1.2 mile) away.
Villa Merlata is an actual tower. You reach it after crossing a small square
garden paved and fenced-in by an old stone wall. The garden is rich in flowers,
and you will find a table, chairs, and deck chairs at your disposal. There is
also a barbecue corner.
From the garden an outdoor staircase will allow you to get into the tower.
Inside you will have unique interiors, with a really high barrel ceiling. A tall
arched window illuminates the room: through this window you will see the Cape of
Conca dei Marini from above, which is a subtle green promontory surmounted by an
impressive watch tower. It is a view if exceptional beauty which will please
your eyes throughout your whole vacation!
The space inside the tower has been arranged so as to turn it into a comfortable
and nice vacation home. Those holes which were once ancient embrasures through
which arquebuses were aimed at assaulters are now small windows or niches where
decorative pieces of local artifact are displayed.
The tower has been vertically divided by a mezzanine. On the lower part you will
have the living-room and the bathroom, whereas on the mezzanine you have see the
double bed. The living-room is cozy: you will have a comfortable couch, a table
with chairs, a television, and a kitchenette. From the living-room you can reach
the bathroom with shower.
The kitchenette is equipped with a four-burner stove, an oven, and a fridge with
...the panoramic terrace
From inside the tower you can reach the top terrace. The floor of the terrace is
not flat, but a bit inclined and slopy, just like the shape of the tower’s
ceiling. That is why placing a table or chairs on the terrace is not possible.
From the terrace you can enjoy a 360° view of the sea and the coast, which is
rendered even more enthralling seen through the beautiful crenellation frame.
To reach the beach you have several options. The closest beach is the small
beach of Cape Conca, located in a suggestive inlet and rated amongst the ten
most beautiful beaches of Italy.
It is at approximately 2 km (1.5 miles). You will be able to walk there leaving
from the main coastal road, along a pathway that also includes 200 steps.
In order to arrive at the beach during spring/summer, you can use the local
minibus which is offered to you free-of-charge by one beach establishment, where
you will even see seawater pools.
World-famous celebrities (from Jacqueline Kennedy to Caroline of Monaco) have
chosen this place to spend their vacation in villas hidden among the rocks and
scattered along this pathway.
You will also be able to reach another suggestive beach by car (approximately 3
km, 2 miles) or along a real hiking trail, with a difference in height of 100 meters (330 feet). This
is the beach of the Fjord of Furore.
Both are walks that you can't miss if you are fond of breathtaking seascapes,
and if climbing steps gives you no troubles.
Other beaches that can be reached more comfortably, by car or by bus, are the
beach of Praia and the beach of Amalfi, which are approximately 4 km (2.5 miles)
Restaurants and bars are open during the good season on all these beaches. You
will also be able to rent beach umbrellas and deck chairs, as well as board
small boats to reach lovely and secluded small beaches.
Nearby tourist attractions
Villa Merlata is a great starting point to visit the entire coast. It is only 5
km (3 miles) from the quay of Amalfi, where you will be able to board ferries
and mini-cruises to visit the islands of Capri and Ischia, Positano, Sorrento,
Naples and Salerno, Agropoli and the coast of Cilento National Park.
The SITA buses link together the villages along the coast, and it is easy to
reach Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Royal Palace of Caserta. The bus stop is at
500 meters (550 yards) from the house. The closest shops are at 50 meters (55
yards) from the house.
Moreover, if you like hiking you will be able to easily reach the famous trail
along the ridge of the mountains that overlook the Amalfi Coast. For its
extraordinary beauty, made of precipices and breathtaking views, the trail is
called "Sentiero degli Dei": Path of the Gods.
The closest airport is in Naples (60 km).
Region: Amalfi Coast
Accommodations: Independent house or villa in small complex