Villa Beatrice -A private villa featuring wifi for rent in Italy in Belvedere di Fiaiano, Ischia
Villa Beatrice was designed, built and furnished by a career diplomat whose various posts and extensive travels enabled him to gather a delightfully eclectic collection of art featured throughout the villa. A traditional Mediterranean style home of thick stone walls and red terra cotta tiled roof, the private home is decorated with statues, tapestries, rugs, furniture and ornamentals. His collection of paintings, which are largely European, includes a well-rounded collection of Mediterranean gouaches. The result is a private villa combining the beauty of antiquity with modern convenience.
The villa is built into the side of a hill so that all three floors have access to sun-drenched terraces, shaded areas and the surrounding land. The 4,500-square-meter gardens afford privacy, freedom of movement and views of the Mediterranean, including the island of Procida, (setting of the beautiful film "Il Postino") the ancient island castle Argonese guarding the port of Ischia (as seen in the film "The Talented Mr. Ripley"), and the great volcano Vesuvius, dominating the bay of Naples.
The library of approximately 2,800 volumes is on the third floor, and includes an extensive assortment of books on art, history, exploration, literature, religion, philosophy, and political periodicals. There are also guides to Ischia, the sister islands of Capri and Procida, and such nearby mainland attractions as Pompeii, Herculeum, Naples, the Amalfi Coast and Paestum. The library at Villa Beatrice is an excellent center from which to study Italian culture from north to south, in all its variety. Most volumes are in English, with many in Italian, German and French. There is a study area at one end with a view of islands in the ever present Mediterranean.
The Living Room
The exclusive villa features a beautiful, vast living room, with antique tiles, two circles of chairs and couches, a desk at one end, other antiques dispersed throughout, and an open marble fireplace. The room includes a CD stereo and a satellite television. There is a DSL internet line and computer provided for guests use. The living room exits onto the central terrace with hand crafted stone grill and outdoor dining area by way of a jasmine-covered loggia.
The kitchen is equipped with 2 modern refrigerator-freezers, five-burner grill, oven and broiler stove, microwave, dishwasher, and two sinks, all recessed in or arranged around a black granite counter top with wall tiles and cherry wood cabinets. Everything needed to prepare and serve sumptuous Italian repasts is provided in an efficient and pleasant environment.
The third floor bedroom, with adjoining bathroom and study has a private loggia with views of the garden below. There is another small terrace outside an independent exterior door that leads directly to the gardens and then to the pool. The bed is queen-sized. The en-suite bathroom has separate shower and two person tub.
One of the second floor bedrooms has a queen-sized bed, en-suite bathroom with separate shower and bathtub, and its own outdoor garden loggia. The other second floor bedroom has a queen sized bed, private arched porch overlooking gardens, and an en-suite bathroom with combined tub and shower. The three ground floor bedrooms are configured as follows: one with two single joinable beds which has an en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, one with two single joinable beds that shares a shower bathroom with another smaller bedroom that has a single bed and can have a cot added.
All six bedrooms are elegantly decorated with tapestries, paintings and furniture. All have bedside reading lights, ample closet space, and new orthopedic mattresses. The five bathrooms have been all completely renovated and refurbished.