VILLA LA TERRAZZA SORRENTO ITALY, THE BILLION DOLLAR VIEW OF THE AMALFI COAST
"La Terrazza", a pearl white and pastel yellow villa built and owned by the Royal Gunderrode Family since 1896, opens to the public Winter 2003.
The villa is still privately owned and operated by Andrea Azzariti Fumaroli, fifth generation of the Royal Gunderrode Family of Frankfurt, Germany.
"La Terrazza" is located at 38/40 Via Luigi De Maio, Sorrento, Italy, and offers unique vacation accommodations and a venue for private events.
The villa crowns Sorrento´s tuffaceous coastline and overlooks the Bay of Naples. The three-story villa, with four spacious apartments, boasts a private mosaic terrace spanning 500 square meters/5,400 square feet, with a panoramic view of Capri and Ischia islands; Vesuvius dominates the foreground. A private swimming pool, surrounded with palm trees, poplars and bougainvillea caps-off the terrace. Guests can walk down the cliff to the private beach of the Marina Piccola. Ferry and hydrofoil services run regularly from the marina to Naples, Capri, Ischia, Positano, Procida, Amalfi, Li Galli and Faraglioni.
The villa, built on ancient Roman walls, is an historical landmark, and its construction marks an important period in the nineteenth century. It was built by the great german Baron Maximilian Von Gunderrode and was originally named "Villa Nardi." At the end of the 1800s, while sailing the Mediterranean, he arrived in Naples and fell in love with the coastline. After traveling throughout Europe for a perfect location, he chose this site to build his summer residence.
In 1896, the villa was re-named "La Terrazza." The great Florentine builder, Romanelli, reconstructed the entire villa, making it larger and one floor higher. Fashioning it in the Italian Liberty-style, he incorporated stuccos, images of angels, flowers, fruits, marble columns and staircases. The villa is coined "the house of love" for its hospitality and spellbinding charm.