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Southern Italy Girls Trip to a Fairytale Villa

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A 10 day girls’ getaway with a stay in Salerno

Belle Views: Krista and friends

Krista and Friends Playing House near Perdifumo in Southern Italy

Lace curtains billowed from shuttered windows that opened to reveal a misty valley of orchards, vineyards and beautifully aged Italian country homes. The Tyrrhenian Sea glistened a few miles off the Salerno coastย as I breathed in air fragrant with sun-warmed herbs and smiled at the excited squeals of my friends echoing throughout the villa we’d rented for an entire week in Southern Italy.

It was Day One of a splendid two week adventure in Italy and Greece, culminating in a ten-day all girl’s road trip through the Balkans. We had some wild times ahead of us, but for now it was blissful escapism at its best.

The Villa Trotta is a 5-bedroom, 3-story treasure tucked in the back country near the coast and above Perdifumo. At mere $1200 US dollars for a week, the 5 of us girls found ourselves with a fairytale villa for about $250 each. We couldn’t believe our good fortune! After dashing about the cool, tile floors flinging open windows and exploring every nook and cranny, we settled on our rooms, unpacked and realized we were famished.

Back down the winding mountain road we went, exclaiming at the profusion of wildflowers tossing in the wind, the aged olive groves, the gorgeous stone walls covered in clambering vines. We wandered through town striking up conversations with amiable grocers, and filled our arms with ripe strawberries, massive loaves of flour-dusted bread, pasta, peppers, garlic, wine, and a tray of cannoli and amaretti from the bakery.

It was so fun setting up the villa as if it was home. Tucking our clothing in cavernous wardrobes, figuring out the oh-so-European washing machine, and snipping lavender in the garden for tea. The simple rituals of putting away groceries, cooking without recipes, and even doing laundry were a delight for me.

Each day we ventured off to lovely places like Capri, Napoli, or our favorite Italian beach at Santa Maria. But each night we returned home and basked in the peacefulness of our retreat. We went for evening strolls down the mountain, sipped wine on the terrace at sunset, and gathered around the kitchen table just before bed for fresh lavender tea, crisp Italian cookies, and much laughter as we reminisced on the days adventures.

I can’t wait to go back.

About the author

I am a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle. Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband,ย where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving.ย For more visit: Rambling Tart

This article has 21 comments

  1. Margo Millure

    even though I’ve never been there, after reading this I want to go back too! Lovely shots and writing, Krista ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. bellini valli

    Why this is the villa I have bookmarked and on my desktop of where to stay in Italy!! It has been part of my plans for over a year now. So cool that you and your girlfriends were able to stay there. It is the owners summer home and so well loved.

  3. Krista

    Thank you, Margo! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know you would just love it.

  4. Krista

    No way, Val!!! That’s amazing!! It was truly the most wonderful place I’ve ever stayed. ๐Ÿ™‚ I dream of it when I’m stressed or when the weather in Washington is wretchedly dark, cold and rainy. It’s my happy place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Velva

    What a wonderful way to spend time with the girls. I hope you enjoyed wine each afternoon and evening.

    Krista has a great travel and food blog.

  6. Krista

    We sure did, Velva! Out on the terrace as the sun set. I loved it so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for coming to read!!

  7. pronetonap

    Sounds like a little bit of heaven!

  8. Lazaro


    Great guest post. Fantastic writing and lovely photography.


  9. Jacqueline

    How utterly gorgeous! I hung on to each word, Krista, and wanted to hear so much more about your adventures. Great congratulations on your guest post — so proud of you!!

  10. Krista

    It really was, pronetonap! I still dream about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Krista

    Thanks so much, Lazaro! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Krista

    Thank you so much, Jacqueline! I’m so glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Carey Watters

    I just read your post after doing a search on Villa Trotta. I have been planning a trip to this part of Italy for many years, and we are finally going next summer. We are staying at Villa Trotta for a month next summer. I would love to hear more about the Villa, the weather, what you did, etc. etc. I am bringing my two boys (Jackson 7, Franklin 2 1/2). Any advice for staying with kids? Thanks so much for your post, and photos! Carey Watters

  14. Krista

    Oh, that’s fantastic, Carey! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have all sorts of information I can share with you: our favorite beach, day trips, tips, all that sort of thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you click on my name it will take you to my blog, then click on contact and send me a quick email and I’ll load you up with info, and you can ask any questions you like. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Michelle

    Just found your blog, love it! But imagine my COMPLETE SURPRISE to happen upon a picture of…my sister?! Love it! She’s the one on the far right, and Krista is a good friend of hers. Thanks for the best surprise I’ve had in a while!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. Margo Millure

    Wow, Michelle! What a wonderful coincidence! I love stuff like that and am so glad you tripped on by here… and let us know about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Krista

    That is so fun, Michelle! ๐Ÿ™‚ You made me laugh today. SO excited you’re going to be traveling soon! I know you’ll find so many great ideas here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Deborah Thompson

    Love your site, Belles! Will be checking you out regularly on Twitter and Facebook. Hope you will check us out too!

    Sincerely, Deborah

  20. admin

    Hi Deborah,

    So nice to meet you! And thanks! I will definitely check out your site very soon – looking forward to it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Margo

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