"Seafront, luxury private residence, perched on a cliff overlooking the Sorrentine Peninsula"

Need to know

    • 6 rooms
    • Sorrento, Italy
    • Price from € 9,450/day for up to 4 guests
    • Minimum stay 3 or 7 nights depending on season

We love

  • The magnificent sea views from the hilltop private residence.
  • The direct access to the sea
  • The garden - one of the ten most beautiful gardens in Italy
  • The unique interior designed and executed by Jacques Garcia in every room.
  • The dedicated care of a team of staff

Top Secret

Villa Astor is graced with a wonderful, internal pool in a natural grotto (known as the Bagno dei Frati) with direct access to the sea.


At the beginning of the 20th century, William Waldorf Astor, the U.S. Ambassador to Italy, acquired the property and designed a splendid garden at the back of the house where a 13th century convent once stood.

Another notable name associated with the Villa is Benedetto Croce, a famous philosopher and political activist, whose presence temporarily turned the property into the “headquarters” of Italy’s political chronicles. In the study of this unique, historical environment, enhanced with marble columns, Greek and Roman statues and many other works of art, the official declaration for the first post-World War II Italian government was signed.

The Review

Perched on the cliffs of the Sorrentine Peninsula, overlooking the distinctive bays of Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, Villa Astor is an astonishing private residence boasting one of the ten most beautiful gardens in Italy.

The villa includes 6 premium bedrooms and comprises a main three-floor building with a separate lounge connected to the main building by an external staircase off the main terrace.

Spectacular views may be enjoyed from the ample windows, or while dining on the large terrace facing Mount Vesuvius and overlooking the crystal-clear sea.

Inside, the layout benefits from high ceilings, six luxury bedrooms, designed by Jacques Garcia, each with en-suite bathroom. The expansive kitchen is well equipped and ideal for cooking anything from simple snacks to exquisite dinners.

In addition to the rich historical background, the property is graced with an amazing, internal pool in a natural grotto (known as the Bagno dei Frati) with direct access to the sea. A private swimming pool in the idyllic garden setting complements the villa.

Last but not least, the location combines beautiful scenery with practical appeal. Although nestled in the heart of a tranquil neighbourhood, accessed by the typical, narrow roads of the old town, it is just a five-minute walk to the lively town centre where one can fully enjoy the charming atmosphere of local daily life.

For the more adventurous, the Sorrentine peninsula has become the hub for a variety of destinations on the Amalfi coast. Within reachable distance by car or by boat are Naples, Pompeii, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi, as well as the islands of Capri, Procida and Ischia.


Villa Astor

  • Address: Within walking distance from Marina Grande di Sorrento. A short taxi ride to the Marina Piccola ferry service for trips to Naples, Capri, Ischia, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno
  • Travel info: 50 km from centre of Naples or Naples Capodichino airport

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Stunning Views

  • Free Wifi

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Spa