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Residence Casale Nunziatina
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Overall we enjoyed our stay at Casa La Nunziatina. We were in apartment GARDENIA.
Pasquale replied promptly to any e-mails or questions before we arrived. The apartment is situated in a rural area in the hills above Sorrento. Access to the property is via a very narrow track so Pasquale met us at a local supermarket & showed us where to park the car. We kept our fingers crossed and hoped we didn’t get a parking ticket, loose our wing mirrors or get bumps & scratches from other vehicles. (There was alternative pay per day parking which may have been safer). He then drove us in his car to a place near the apartments and we then had to drag our luggage up the last part of a steep hill.
Check-in was fine and Pasquale went through everything, giving us all the information we needed.
We paid well under 100 euros a night for the apartment. We feel the figure is about right and was good value for money. We did not expect much and so we were not disappointed. The cleanliness of the property on arrival was generally okay but there were several cobwebs around, hairs in the shower plughole and one of the surfaces hadn’t been dusted. The kitchen is not really designed for doing much cooking; there is no oven or microwave. A panini machine is being used as a toaster, which takes a long time for a slice of toast & only cooks one side. There is a big notice saying it is ONLY to be used for toast. How much would a little toaster cost? Also, on the hob there are 2 normal-sized rings plus a tiny one. The forth, larger one, is blocked off, probably to discourage any serious cooking. This was very annoying as when we book an apartment we are there to self-cater & not eat out every night.
There is a kind of TV (possibly a small computer monitor) but it only has a few Italian channels and very weak signal. It’s not worth having really.
The internet was okay in the kitchen area of the apartment but not at the rear. Generally the signal was okay but was intermittent.
Even though the apartment is in a rural area I think it is very hard to find any really peaceful areas in Italy. Everybody has dogs and the owners don’t care if they bark all night. Once one starts they all join in. There are also scooters rumbling around most of the time.
You must be prepared to walk up hills to stay here. We are reasonably fit but found the uphill walk a drag. After a long day at Pompeii, Herculaneum or on the Amalfi coast the walk from the station finished us off. The hill meant we did not want to do it twice in a day. For example we did not want to walk into Sorrento in the afternoon for a few hours then go back again in the evening. The ‘road’ up to the apartment is very narrow (even the Smart cars have no wing mirrors and are all dented and scratched) and lighting is poor at night. We felt the need to take a torch with us so that the speeding scooters and cars were able to see us clearly. Some places are too narrow for even a Smart car to pass a pedestrian. From the center of Sorrento back to the apartment it is approximately a 15 to 20 minute walk, mostly uphill. The last 5 minutes is steep.
I need to make clear about the internet and hill because if you ask Pasquale about these subjects before you arrive he will brush it off and say “it is not a hill and the wifi is fine”. Obviously he does not want to loose customers but my parents would not have been able to walk up the hills and would have been disappointed to be told the apartment was not on a hill. When you arrive Pasquale will tell you the internet is intermittent because they are fitting new fibre optic cables and the apartments have thick walls. He does not tell you this before arrival.
We liked Sorrento and used public transport to visit all the local sites. Travel is cheap but expect the trains to be crowded. Also on our visit we heard lots of people talking about pick pockets. Our rucksack was slashed on the train but nothing was taken. Please be careful in all crowded places, especially the train. Never carry anything you don’t need. NEVER drop your guard or get too confident.
We took the red sightseeing bus to the Amalfi coast. It cost more than the public bus but meant we had a comfortable seat and our driver respected his passengers on all the twists and turns.
Overall we enjoyed our holiday. We were here in May and already the roads were very busy and with a lot of traffic jams. There are an awful lot of scooters cutting up cars and overtaking on bends. I would not drive around most of Italy. Once you reach your destination it is advisable to park the car and take public transport. I don’t think I could enjoy Italy in July or August. It would be much too hot & busy.
Overall we enjoyed our time in Sorrento. The apartment is okay and away from the hustle & bustle of the town centre. If walking up hills, no TV and intermittent wifi does not bother you I am sure this is a good value option for exploring Sorrento and the surrounding area.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Pasquale and Rosa made us feel so welcomed. Fresh oranges every morning for juice, a lift from the grocery store and a child friendly cot for our toddler. Was like staying at our grandparents. Great location for exploring the Amalfi coast and surrounding areas. Lovely garden.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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captain49, Owner at Residence Casale Nunziatina, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2014

Hi Fiona,
thanks for your review.
Rosa and myself are very happy that you liked your stay with us.
A big kiss to the big boy.
Pasquale

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

My husband and I, along with our two children (13 & 11), stayed at Casale Nunziatina for 4 days in mid-March. Pasquale, the owner, was a wonderful host. He was very responsive when I was first inquiring about the accommodations as well as during our entire stay. Pasquale provided us with directions and the necessary information for parking our rental car and greeted us upon our arrival. We stayed in the Camelia apartment, which was very clean, spacious, and worked well for our family. We enjoyed the garden and walking outside seeing the lemon and orange trees each day. Pasquale took the time to share the history of Casale Nunziatina with us and provided information on Sorrento, the sites we planned to visit, and Amalfi coastal towns, which was helpful. Although not a long walk from the city center, the location of Casale Nunziatina is very quiet and felt as if it was a world away. We will forever hold in our memories the old Roman roads and our walks! We really hope to be back!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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captain49, Owner at Residence Casale Nunziatina, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

Dear Kristen.,

Rosa and myself are very glad that you liked your stay at Casale Nunziatina , and it has been a privilege ,for us , meeting guests so kind as you are.
Looking foreward to meet you again .

All the best

Rosa and Pasquale

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

My husband and I stayed at Casale Nunziatina for a week in August. We had spent a week sightseeing in Rome and it was lovely to stay somewhere that was away from the hustle bustle of the town. The apartment was just outside Sorrento but in walking distance and not far from the trains, buses, shops, restaurants, beach and harbour. The walk takes between 10 - 15 minutes going down, a little slower going back up, but we were in the heat of the summer so we took it slowly.
The apartment was peaceful, clean, comfortable and catered for all our needs. We had a lovely patio area surrounded by plants and greenery which we found very hard to leave.
Pasquale was great, he was friendly, informative and accommodating and showed us the far reaching views over Sorrento from his balcony. A lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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captain49, Owner at Residence Casale Nunziatina, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2013

Hi Marion and Richard thsnks for your kind review about you stay with us at Casale Nunziatina. It has been a great pleasure for Rosa and myself to have you , both ,as our guests. We are also very happy that you liked your stay with us and , wishing you all the best , we do hope to accommodate you again in future.

Rosa and Pasquale

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

My wife and I recently spent 5 nights at Casale Nunziatina, which we chose after referring to some previous reviews on TripAdvisor. The accommodation was better than we could have hoped for, both for the apartment and its situation. From Pasquale's first prompt and welcoming email confirming that an apartment was available, to his help in picking us up and finally to returning us to Sorrento train station on our departure, everything was done with us in mind. The apartment was well-furnished and clean, and oh so quiet and relaxing after the "busy-ness" of Sorrento and the attractions of the Amalfi coast. We loved these outings, and enjoyed the walks back up to Casale Nunziatina (about 10 minutes) - a haven in an orange grove. We would go again tomorrow if we could. Thanks so much Pasquale for making us so welcome and for giving us all the tips we needed as first time visitors to Sorrento to make our holiday there so memorable. It was especially nice to stay with hosts who had lived in Sorrento all their lives, and knew all there was to know about it, and who so willingly shared some of this with us.

Room Tip: All the suites at Casale Nunziatina appeared to be equally desirable.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Andrew W
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captain49, Owner at Residence Casale Nunziatina, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2013

Dear Mr. Andrew,
we are so happy that you fully appreciate your stay at Casale Nunziatina.

Also for Rosa and myself has been a great experience to meet your both ,and , we always will have great memory of you .

We are ,always , used to treat our guests as family's friends and share with them the story of the house and we also like to have our guests being comfortable and welcome.

I know it would be difficult , as you live so far from Italy, but it would be wondeful to meet you again.

All the best
Rosa and Pasquale

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

Myself, my husband and daughter stayed here on 1st September for 10 days. Pasquale, the owner and his sister Rosa are lovely people, very helpful and it was reassuring to us that they actually live on the premises. From the minute we arrived we felt very welcome and we stayed in Apartment Giglio which was very clean and comfortable. We especially liked the little private patio area outside, which has lemon trees and various potted plants dotted around. There is even a lady up the road who sells her own mozzarella, wine, bread etc if you need a few provisions!. Sorrento is a lovely place to visit and was quite nostalgic for us as we had previously been there 25 years ago! There is a lot to see and do but we paced ourselves and just enjoyed the whole ambiance of the place. We travelled a lot by bus and enjoyed exploring the towns nearby. Everywhere we went we had good service and the Italian people were very welcoming. We would defininately stay at Casale Nunziatina again

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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captain49, Owner at Residence Casale Nunziatina, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2013

Thanks for your kind appreciacion about Casale Nunziatina and ourselves. It has been a privilege to have you as our guest and looking foreward to accommodate you again.
Kind Regards
Rosa and pasquale

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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Our prime reason for visiting Sorrento was for a family wedding, but we decided to extend our stay for a further week's holiday. We were very pleased that we chose Casale Nunziatina for our stay. Sorrento is busy and noisy but here, only a 15-minute walk from the town, we found an oasis of tranquility amid beautiful surroundings - close enough to return to 2 or 3 times a day whenever we felt the need for a break or to just to drop off shopping. Before arrival, we were a little anxious from previous comments that the route from the town might be somewhat taxing but there is only one steepish section of around 50 yards immediately before reaching Casale Nunziatina - the rest is easy going and interesting.

The apartment itself (we were in Edera) was comfortable and met all our needs, with an idyllic outside seating area surrounded by greenery. We have no hesitation in recommending it to others. We can only echo previous comments about Pasquale and Rosa - kind, friendly, accessible and entertaining. Our thanks to both of you for making our stay so pleasurable.

Sorrento is of course a tourist hot spot and the obligatory excursions to Capri, Amalfi and Pompeii can be somewhat arduous if one has to stand on the train or bus (on which there seems to be no limit to the number of standing passengers allowed), and then queue for the funicular up to Capri town or for entry to Pompeii. But having got the sightseeing out of the way, we found much pleasure in the unsung towns and villages closer to hand. We were particularly taken by the quiet alleyways of Vico Equense, and found that the downhill walk from Sant'Agata, perched high on the ridge overlooking Sorrento, to Casale Nunziatina, took little more than an hour, less than it would have taken by bus followed by the walk from Sorrento. We only wished that we had discovered the restaurant on the Via Baranica, at the top of the steps just beyond Casale Nunziatina, in time to eat there. Sorrento Old Town has hundreds of restaurants, but none with as good a view or atmosphere.

Ann & John

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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captain49, Owner at Residence Casale Nunziatina, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Hi John and Ann,
I am very glad that you enjoyed your stay at Casale Nunziatina and in Sorrento. For Rosa and myself has been a pleasure to have as our guest , persons so kind as you are.
We do hope , of course , to meet you again in future and we wish you all the best.
Rosa and Pasquale

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Address: Via San Valerio 1, 80067, Sorrento, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Sorrento
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 71 Speciality Lodging in Sorrento
Price Range: £62 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Residence Casale Nunziatina 1*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residence Casale Nunziatina has three double room apartments with kitchen and all the utensils for selfcatering including oven and frigo.Internal bathroom. The three apartments can accommodate 3,4,5 guests. We have also a (large ) single room apartment with cooking area and bathroom. It is ideal for two persons. All the apartments has air conditioning and heating. 300 square meters of gardean with tables, chairs , umbrellas where you can have the meals or just relaxing. The owners are living in the same building and always at hand to provide any kind of informations. ... more   less 
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