With this villa, it's all about the views. The full length of the beach in Zambrone, down to Tropea and, when it's not hazy over the Tyrrhenian Sea, the outline of the volcanic island of Stromboli...all on display from floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area, kitchen and master bedroom. The sunsets are truly spectacular: we spent our first couple of evenings in the villa just watching the sun go down.
The villa itself is just a couple of years old so everything is new and it's well equipped. It's also generously proportioned so even with 5 of us, there was ample room. Plenty of crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking ware too so we had breakfast and lunch on the balcony most days and, with the aforementioned sunsets plus a decent barbeque, we also had many dinners at the villa. There is also a gym room with weights and a cross-trainer but I have to confess that we didn't trouble them at all.
The town of Tropea, only 10 or 15 minutes drive away, is visually stunning with its narrow cobbled streets steeped in history and its abundance of great value restaurants. Our regular routine was an early morning walk along the harbour, seafront and up the steep steps into Tropea to reward ourselves, usually at the Bar Royale, run by a very welcoming mother and daughter, and where my wife developed an addiction to 'aragosta', a layered flaky pastry filled filled with a lemon chantilly cream, named because it is said to resemble a lobster tail.
A trip to Stromboli is highly recommended. Leaving at 1430, it's a 90 minute boat ride and, on arrival, passengers are encouraged to 'make a bath' (they mean 'bathe') from the volcanic rock and sand beach, followed by a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants then back on the boat to see the volcano. Although the volcano didn't erupt on our trip, preferring to smoke heavily instead, all of us really enjoyed the trip. We travelled with Commerci on a very clean, well-equipped boat with very friendly staff.
Andrey, the owner of the villa, is very helpful and obliging, responding very quickly to emails - although nothing went wrong for us. He even offered us the use of yacht in Tropea. We highly recommend this villa.
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