Villa Astor

Sorrento, Italy

Perched on a cliff on the Amalfi coastline, Villa Astor is a 19th-century showplace built by Ambassador William Waldorf Astor while he was the U.S. Ambassador to Italy. It has a grand architectural style both in and out, and its garden is known as one of the finest in Europe. Inside the villa there are seven grand bedrooms, and scattered throughout gathering areas are priceless Roman columns and statuary as well as rare art. There are panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Amalfi coastline, Naples and Vesuvius.


  • On the outskirts of Sorrento
  • Dramatic cliff-top location
  • Showcase of 19th-century architecture and ancient art
  • Views of sea and coastline from bedrooms and terraces
7 Elegant Bedrooms
75 Foot Cliffside Terrace
30 Minutes from Naples Airport

Location and Surroundings:

Villa Astor is on the edge of the charming town of Sorrento, on the Amalfi Coast. It stands dramatically atop a sheer, 100-foot cliff over the Mediterranean. Sorrento is less than an hour from the Naples Airport. A number of charming, seaside villages are a short drive away.


There are seven elegant ensuite bedrooms on three floors, all with air-conditioning and the majority with king-size beds. Bedroom windows open onto views of the sea. The entire house was totally renovated and refurnished with priceless antiques just two years ago. One of the most appealing features of the house is its expansive stone terraces for dining and lounging in the spring, summer and fall, with clear views all the way to Naples and Vesuvius.

Experience and Activities:

The fabulous garden and cliff-top terraces are the focus of summertime living. In the garden is a lovely curvilinear swimming pool surrounded by palms, oriental gardenias, orchids, mosses, ferns, and all types of succulents. A unique option for swimming is the platform on the sea reached by stairs from the house; it ends at sea level with Roman-constructed tunnels and swimming grottoes still in use. There is a game room with ping pong, table hockey and other table games. And beyond Villa Astor is the fascinating Amalfi coastline. Sorrento is just outside the house’s gates, and Vesuvius and Naples take less than an hour by train.