Steeped in history, overflowing with art pieces and surrounded by what is widely considered one of Italy’s best gardens, Villa Astina is in a league of its own. This luxury villa in Sorrento is perched on a cliff top, overlooking the Bay of Naples and with views from its dining terrace to Mount Vesuvias.
Dating back to the 1st century AD, previously owned by Sir William Waldorf Astor and with notable names such as Princess Margaret and Sofia Loren having graced the villa with their presence, this is definitely a property who’s walls you wish could talk. Now a private villa welcoming in guests, it’s time for you to add your name to the guest book amongst the greats.
It’s built on and within the fascinating ruins of the ancient Imperial villa, making it a fascinating place for lovers of history. The villa can also organise excursions to Herculaneum and Pompeii during your stay for another chance to step back into the past.
Inside, there are more than 150 beautiful antique pieces to catch your eye, bringing a real depth of character. Each en-suite bedroom has been thoughtfully designed in a classic, sophisticated style, with rich colours and fabrics and antique furniture. The living areas are equally splendid: with marble floors, pillars and a wonderful collection of antique statues, it’s like living in your own private art gallery.
The gardens are as much a work of art themselves. Around the pool is a lush, tropical style garden fringed with palms and there are endless terraces to walk along, gazing through stone arches at the amazing views out to sea and the neighbouring islands. Lose yourself among shaded walkways in ‘The Garden of Eden’ or go on a guided walk around the outdoor spaces with a botanist who will let you in on all the secrets of this wonderful garden. As well as the swimming pool, there’s even a Roman thermal bath fed by the sea. Villa Astina truly is one of a kind.