We had the pleasure of staying at the Hotel Frank from March 14th to the 16th, a party of six, my sister and her partner, and myself with my husband and kids. We had begun our trip from Rome and were stopping in Atripalda our Grandfathers hometown. As we did not have much information about him or our Grandmother who was from Cessinali, we just came to walk around and see where they came from 100 years ago.
We were greeted with kindness and welcomed to a clean comfortable room. Later in the afternoon I had a conversation with the gentleman who worked at the front desk, as he did not speak a lot of English he used his google translate and asked questions about our stay. I was able to tell him the purpose of our travel and he was able to make us a map of a walking route from Atripalda to Cessinali. Potentially the route our Grandfather might have took to visit our Grandmother. Honestly he made our stay all the better. That map was everything we hoped to do, and filled a lifetime of curiosity of my heritage and where part of my ancestry came from. He was such an extremely kind man, I only wish to have written his name down as my memory for names is short, but for experiences, he created one we shall always remember. Especially when my son was laughing at us all and he typed into his computer," what are you laughing at Mr. Arizona man", then had the computer say it. He really brought smiles to our faces.
Also we had a dilemma for my sister had bought tickets, online, for a Sunday morning train leaving Avellino early in the morning. We were told by people during our stay who worked in the bus station that they did not think such a train existed. The kind gentleman arranged for one of the younger boys to take us to the train station, two trips as we were such a big party, and he would not accept payment. It was there pleasure to help us they said. Truly our hearts felt full having been met with such kindness and warmth. We are so grateful for staying at the Frank Hotel and for the wonderful people who work there. We also loved how close it was to the town square, where one can enjoy lovely foods, pastries, and gelato. We also ate at an amazing slow food restaurant, family owned down the road within walking distance. All this plus the lovely experience at the Frank Hotel made our journey back to our family roots so very special.
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