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Villa Eva

Cottages scattered about have been turned into guest rooms stuffed with idiosyncratic details.

By Reid Bramblett, Thursday, Jun 1, 2006, 10:49 AM

Villa Eva

About this Hotel

Price From $115

The Villa Eva isn't just Eva Balestrieri's hotel. It's her childhood home; she was born in room 5.

The room, which now welcomes guests, has a huge terrace, cupola ceiling, and walls covered in watercolors and chalk drawings.

Eva's husband, Vincenzo, is the artist; he also made furniture throughout the property, and spent decades transforming the grounds into a carefully tended jungle.

Stone paths twist past nooks and gazebos, and the outdoor pool and attached bungalow bar (with TV lounge and Internet stations).

Cottages scattered about have been turned into guest rooms stuffed with idiosyncratic details: sculpted columns, Moorish windows, painted tile work, stained glass, old fireplaces, and Gaudi-esque chimneys.

The main house consists mostly of oversized, multiroom suites designed for families or small groups of backpacking buddies.

It's a warren, with many rooms accessible via outdoor staircases over the roofs of the rooms below, and lounge chairs on every available flat space.

Villa Eva is halfway along the country road from Anacapri to the Blue Grotto. Take a taxi, or arrange for the hotel's shuttle to pick you up at the main Capri port or in Anacapri.

If you really want to get there on your own, ask for specific directions when you make reservations or you'll never find the place. It's a 20-minute walk downhill from Anacapri—and a world away from the hobnobbing crowd in Capri town.

Closed November 1 to mid-March.

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