Naples is a crazy beast of a city. Don’t be fooled by the notion of an Italian dolce vita, the pace of life in this southern salty port is decidedly sassy not sweet. Spray paint swarms across cloistered historic buildings while mopeds tear up the cobblestones between magnificent houses that are centuries old.
That’s why finding this peaceful retreat was all the more soothing and all the more special. Even if the door made a good disguise…
Some people swear by hotels. Others love B&Bs. Then there are firm house swapping, self-catering aficionados.
Me? It depends what I’m in town for and what I’m doing.
For catching my breath and having a beautiful base right in the centre of town, this place was perfect.
I’ll show you the photos and take you on a tour in a moment but first I’d like to point out the outstanding aspects of this stay:
1) No need to make a phone call to coordinate the key pick up (always a slight irk when you’ve just arrived in a new country and may not have reception.) Just a simple, prearranged time sorted out via email.
2) Basic food supplies… supplied! What a blessing! Anyone can face the world after a refreshing cup of tea! Or, perhaps more seriously, when you arrive late at night, exhausted and with no idea where the nearest shops are it’s reassuring to know you have breakfast covered.
3) Fantastic location – right in the heart of the city. Fresh basil grew in painted ceramic pots on the walkways and the shutters opened onto a light yet private courtyard.
4) Fast wifi (this should be a given if it’s been advertised but sadly that’s not always the case.)
5) Modern, clean, inspiring design.
6) Maps! (Without which, you’re (ahem) lost.)
7) Inside information from a passionate mother of Naples. She told me what monuments to bother seeing, the best places to shelter from the scorching sun and, of course, gave directions as to where to find the city’s most famous dish: the humble Neapolitan pizza, all bathed in thin, crispy, juicy, once in a lifetime glory. Delicious. Oh wait, I’m getting sidetracked…
So, here’s the guided tour:
There’s no lift here. So that’s four flights of stairs (eight, really) with all your bags
You need 100 Euros cash as deposit – no cards taken
Naples, while fascinating, really isn’t the sweet n dreamy Italian town you may be expecting! But I liked it anyway ;-)
Disclosure – I received a complimentary stay with Home Away for review purposes. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write whatever I liked about the place.
Prices start at 80 Euros/night