Couple in our mid 20’s – stayed here for 3 nights during a 3 week Italian Tour, this is the fairest way to assess our stay:
- The Villa San Gennariello is a beautiful 18th century building with charm, history, and amazing panoramic rooftop view
- Francesco our host was fantastic, informative on arrival and continued to go out of his way to accommodate us with lifts to the station, local information and pointers on excursions
- The breakfast in the courtyard garden was one of the best we had during our 3 week Italian tour with wonderful surroundings, and extras as flavoursome local fruits and produce
- Needed assistance every time we wished to enter/leave (had no independent key to the villa – all guests were reliant on one of three hosts personally opening/closing a gate which in turn induced a ‘curfew’ and buzzer which audibly eclipsed the rooms day or evening)
- No wi-fi connection available in individual rooms – had to visit a communal room on first floor (although this is a beautiful room)
- Portici as a town is hideous – really was shocked at the consistent ‘poverty’ almost – streets did not feel safe (day or night), large quantities of animal droppings on most public walkways alongside household refuge strewn in the streets
- The public transport makes the London DLR seem glamorous – the train line between Napoli Garibaldi and Sorrento was dreadful with no signage/information and the ‘Direct train’ usually stopping at all 15+ stations – adorned with graffiti and derelict industrial scenes
Wonderful hosts, premises, and great location for day-trips (e.g. Vesuvius, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast) but ONLY recommend hiring a car. DO NOT use the public transport (trains or buses).
Anticipate little independence, and avoid Portici/Ercolano as it is a town in squalor, it amazes me how a coastal area of such natural beauty and history may possess such undesirables (locals) who fail to realise tourism is providing the majority of their legal economic activity. The irony is that the place we felt safest was the summit of Mount Vesuvius.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is a splendid eighteenth-century villa B&B set in leafy grounds with palms, rare plants and trees over a hundred years old. The Bed and Beakfast consists of three sunny rooms - one of them with a small terrace and cooking facilities. Each room is provided with private bathroom, Air-conditioning, WiFi Internet.Close to the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii and well connected to Sorrento and Naples. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa San Gennariello b&b Portici, Province Of Naples, Italy