Of the many millions of tourists who visit Italy each year, a small minority choose to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the country’s famed cities and towns and opt for a country retreat off the beaten track to relax and regenerate their batteries. While enjoying the clean air, peace and quiet, they also like the option of sightseeing in the area when a change of pace is required.
Our villa, Casa Sofia, is one such idyllic destination, in the town of Faicchio. It is the ultimate get away retreat for couples or families with children and offers all the luxuries of modern day living within a verdant forest setting far from the madding crowds. Casa Sofia is secluded from its neighbours but is still close to a whole host of fantastic architectural and historical sites, quaint villages, excellent restaurants, pizzerias, cafes and bars. The villa is fully equipped with every kitchen gadget, a double bedroom with plenty of storage space and a well fitted bathroom, as well as extra sleeping accommodation in the lounge, which has a TV and other mod cons. Cribs for babies and other necessities for children are provided. There is an outside splash pool, a gym available on request, a barbeque and seating areas to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. There is a fireplace for winter warmth and air conditioning for the summer months. The town has a supermarket, but when self catering becomes a chore, there is a great restaurant just a two minute walk away. A cleaning service is provided on Fridays.
There are excellent transportation links by bus and train to the tourist sites of the area and to the glorious beaches on the coast, but visitors to Casa Sofia will benefit from having a hired car to get to Telese Terme, the nearest station. Casa Sofia is located an hour and a half from the spectacular Amalfi Coast where one can visit the medieval towns of Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano and Ravello, as well as the famed islands of Capri and Ischia. Naples is a forty minute drive away and Pompeii and Herculaneum are also close enough for a day tour. The quaint towns and villages in close proximity to Faicchio include Telese, which has rejuvenating sulphur springs; Caserta, famed for its exquisite Royal Palace and gardens, as well as its haute couture boutiques; and the mountaintop Piedimonte Matese, with its stunning churches and views. Winter visitors enjoy skiing in the mountains around Matese and hiking around the azure lakes, while summer tourists can head to the miles of beaches where chairs, sun loungers and umbrellas are provided and there is a proliferation of restaurants, cafes and bars close to the sand, as well as great shopping venues just a few metres from the beaches.
We are also able to organise special packages, which include a fitness program for a wellness option, walking tours of the area for the energetic, or cookery classes for those with a culinary bent.