Hotel San Francesco al Monte
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Morning started with breakfast at our hosts a fine spread was put on by Francesco's family and the courtyard was certainly a very pleasant place to dine. Then it was a short walk to the ruins of Ercalano, if Pompeii was impressive with its size then Ercalano (Herculaneum) is impressive with its preserved detail of artwork, sculptures and mozaics. The amphitheatre which appears preserved in its entirety is also impressive. A ...
And then… finally I reach Cava di Tirreni, which not only has a large train station still in use on Christmas, but also a beautiful old city, with open restaurants and even a gelateria! Definitely tonight is going to have a much happier ending than last night. I find a beautiful garden to strum in, with the mountains peeking from behind the trees, and then enjoy a classy stroll down a the cobblestone pedestrian ...
... Nocera Superiore has a wide main boulevard, but a much emptier feel than its sister town. But it does have an interesting round church that looks very ancient—and yes, Nocera Superiore does trace its history back to Roman times… also have the remnants of an ancient acqueduct…
But, back to the present, I'm a bit concerned to find a semi abandoned train station ...
Day 063: 2 hours, 4.0 kms
Nocera Inferiore—despite its unpretentious name is a large town and a small railroad hub: hear the railway up to Avellino and Benevento, the two other provinces of this region, heads off. I pause in a cramped little plaza near the station with a nice view of the ...
... parts of Asia we’ve been to, with huge piles of rubbish on the street & lots of slum apartment buildings. When we finally get to our hotel there is a massive pile of rubbish nearby and an Oriental Massage right next to the hotel main entrance. The staff at the hotel are nice enough and we dump our bags and then head back to the city via the metro. Walking towards the National Archeological Museum from the metro station we notice that ...
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Great Start in Naples
Just returned from two weeks in and around Naples/ Amalfi coast. We caught a Hotel-arranged taxi from Napoli Airport to the Hotel [cost 35 euros]. The hotel and staff were fabulous, especially with the swimming pool on the roof garden. Naples can be a bit busy / daunting and this hotel is a real refuge. Breakfast was excellent. And the views, especially at night were spectacular.
Dirty Metropolitan City
We just returned from a week in southern Italy. We stayed in Naples for 6 nights at a lovely hotel - San Francesco Al Monte - that we would highly recommend for all travelers. However, the city itself is extremely dirty so we do not recommend staying in the city for more than a few days to just use as a base to get to other locales such as Sorrento, Capri, Almalfi Coast, etc. It would be better to stay in the lovely town of Sorrento.
The streets of Naples are so littered with trash, animal poop, etc. that it is difficult to walk anywhere! After the 5th day there the trash was finally picked up on our hotel street from the trash containers but the streets and sidewalks were still littered with filth. What a sad commentary for a city that has so much to offer.
Beware of cab drivers also - agree on a fixed price before getting in any cab!
Also, dont' take guided tours of the city, Capri, etc....just tourist traps at high prices with little commentary. Be adventurous and do it on your own...it's really quite easy!
Absolutely top class
Excellent hotel. Very friendly staff, unique rooms, excellent service. We particularly loved the views from the restaurant. We didn't think the neighbourhood was that menacing. The funicolare (walking distance from the hotel) is a very convenient way of getting into town.
We got a room with a spectacular view on the vesuve, but also on all the Naples City because the hotel is situated on a hill. It's really splendid.
The rooms are in the spirit of a monastere. So the decor is quite simple.
There is very beautiful terasse, but that must be the paradise in spring or summer. In March the weather is not enough perfect for using this terasse and the swimming pool.
We stayed two nights.
The funicular is 5 minutes away, and it's convenient for going in the center. An other mean is to walk for going directly in Spaccanapoli. But that is sport because of numerous "vespas" in the beginning of the street.
We recommend this hotel. You can stay all the day at the window for contempling the city.
Unforgettable, after all!
It's a special place with a great, unforgettable view and a nice atmosphere. We have been there for a weekend in february and so we paid half the price for a nice little room (i wouldnt' spend 300 euros for it!). In the whole, I would recommend it to a friend but suggest to ask for: 1. a "superior" room if you need more space than a monk in XVI century 2. a room on the 5th or 6th floor if you dont' want to hear the traffic in the street below. The "funicolare" would easily take you (three minutes) from the hotel down to the center of Naples. People at the front office are nice and helpful and breakfast on the terrace is definitely unforgettable and romantic!
Magical mix of history and comfort
This was one of the most special hotels I have ever been in. If you love history and architecture (don't all visitors to Italy??), this is the place for you. We loved exploring the network of passageways and rooms of this former monastery built into the mountain, filled with frescos, mosaics, ironwork and lovely furniture. The rooms are quite comfortable with wonderful linens and a 'gratis' mini-bar restocked daily. The views over Napoli and the looming Vesuvius are unforgettable, as was the gracious service of the staff, especially Guido. Because it was January, we didn't avail ourselves of the rooftop pool, but this is where I would bring the kids in a heartbeat.
A lovely hotel
What a gem. Stayed here for 7 nights in August, half-board - highly recommended - and would go back tomorrow. Reception staff very helpful, rooftop pool with view of Vesuvius delightful. Breakfast excellent, as was dinner. Still, must not rave about it too much, as it will be too difficult to book next time!
Really enjoyed staying in this hotel and wish we could have stayed longer. Hotel is a converted monastery and retains a wealth of original features including wonderful wall paintings and religious artifacts. There is a unique atmosphere and staff are very friendly and helpful. Hotel is well located in a quiet area but the city centre is easily accessible by public transfort via the "Funicular" railway.
There is an elegant swimming pool with a jacuzzi built into the rocks face (not yet up and running, but it will be wonderful when it is). Spectacular views over the bay of Naples and of Vesuvius. Every comfort, including spa showers in the ensuite and free minibar.
Highly recommended by a seasoned traveller!
I think the hotel has 5 star value. The service was excellent. On the reservation, they kindly accepted our request of late checkout till 4pm without extra cost. Drinks in a fridge are all free. All staff were very kind and polite. Swimming pool was elegant. Breakfast was like a star restaurant... We loved everything!
The circumstances are calm and not noisy. Frankly speaking, location is not very good because you cannot reach there without passing through an insecure area. However, two cable car stations, one of which connects to the new shopping street (via Toldo) and the other to old area (Plazza Dante) are close at hand.