Jen has been taunting me with photos La Tartaruga, the villa she's rented for summer vacation.
A truly exceptional property, La Tartaruga owes its unusual design and extraordinary setting to its origins as a Saracen tower. Built into the slope of a steep hillside, the circular tower forms the core of a villa that develops over different levels, each one of which offers a spectacular view of the Amalfi coast. The turn-of-the-century restoration preserved the round spaces and converted them into wonderful rooms leading onto terraces or to more conventionally-shaped living areas. At the very top of the property a mosaic swimming pool shares a terrace with a pool house and loungers. A hot tub screened by palm trees is set on a separate terrace just below. One level down is a guest house and below that, the main house, all surrounded by gardens and all benefitting from the glorious view. The interiors are comfortably furnished in a simple, coastal style.Note the spectacular view from the pool.
I must get over the guilt that inevitably guides me to schedule family visits during my vacations.