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.
- 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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