Proven accommodation in Italy – list, descriptions, photos

One of the questions, that you most often ask me is: “What checked accommodations are you recommending in (here is the name of the place), but only checked by you personally!” Exactly! This post should be created four years ago, so I hurry to catch it up. Here’s the base of the tested accommodation in Italy. All without exception I checked in person! I slept, ate, relaxed there. There’s no fake and no hidden advertising here. There’s no recommendation “after acquaintance”. Besides, you will also find info about the places which were my bloomer and which I recommend to stay away. Hotels from 2 to 4 stars, agritourisms, B&B, camping sites. Sicily, Tuscany, Naples, Rome and more. Moreover, this database will be updated by me after every trip. See for yourself!

As I mentioned, this post should have been made four years ago as one of the first on the blog. I had such an idea, but at some point I resigned stating that each of these places I will describe in a separate posts. Unfortunately, now I know that I can not do it, because interesting topics for the articles come with my every trip, and you are very interested in accommodation, which I had the opportunity to check in person and constantly ask for a list. How many times have I received e-mails of thanks, you went to the place recommended by me and it was a bullseye. How many small B&Bs and agritourists wrote to me thanks for the recommendation, because suddenly a large number of tourists come from Poland and say: “Natalia recommended to us this place.” You ask me about different locations. I haven’t been anywhere yet, so there are many white spots on this list. For now. I grouped my accommodation in regions, isolated cities such as Rome and Naples or Lake Garda. There are places that I wrote about in one of our travel reports, and those are the ones that I posted in a separate post for my uniqueness. In such cases under the name of the object I paste a link to the post where it is widely reviewed. In addition, I give information on how long I stayed in a given place and entered the following points for particular objects:

4* revelation – a place I would like to return

3* good – really cool place but no fuss

2* decent – maybe for one, two nights

1* bypass with the wide berth – the place I left with relief

 

Note! Scoring is not related to the level of luxury the facility offers! Considering I took the location, the surroundings, the comfort of the room and the bathroom, the food, the ambiance and the service.

 

Dear All, two things. In this post I describe my experiences starting from 2008. Something could change in a hotel or agritourism, for better or for worse. In addition, if possible, I upload my own pictures here, but not from all places I have some. The idea of creating a blog appeared in my head in the second half of 2012, and it was only in subsequent trips that I began to pay attention to the photography of accommodation. Besides – like everyone – I learn all my life and those photos a few years ago (like some posts from the beginning of blogging) sometimes make me embarrassed. Nevertheless, I hope the following list, which I have been trying for a long time and making small steps for a few months, will be helpful to you. The second issue is honesty. Among presented places are those for which I did not pay, because I was a guest. I receive a lot of invitations from hotels and agritourism from Italy, where I’m asked to come and review on the blog for a free stay. Such places are described on the blog, marking each time that the post was made as a result of cooperation. My opinions are positive, but it does not come from the fact that I must write a positive opinion, but from the fact, I make selections of invitations. If I open a booking and see bad reviews, I just refuse. Somehow so far, fortunately, I was not in a situation where I would have to criticize the client’s offer, but no less I would have no resistance to do so. Honesty towards the reader is the most important motto of this blog, and your trust is the most valuable asset. Therefore, I reject – and I will reject – the offer to place in this base places where I wasn’t, in exchange for financial gratification.

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Proven accommodation in Tuscany

Florence and northern Tuscany

Florence – Hotel Ariele

Was here – July 2010

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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© Hotel Ariele

First of all a very good location, almost in the center of Florence, moreover the parking lot! Although parkig is extra paid and only three places, so requiring a prior reservation, but for a hotel in the historic center of the capital of Tuscany is still so luxurious. The hotel is in an old palace and its rooms are very ambience. Breakfast did not impress me at the time, but maybe something has changed over the years.

Borgo a Mezzano (Garfagnana) – Hotel Ristorante Corona

Was there – May 2013

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 1* bypass with the wide berth – the place I left with relief!

Borgo a Mozzano Hotel Albergo Corona

The biggest fuss in my Italian travel history! Okay, the price was wonderfully low, but I was looking for something cheaper, because for the previous night – absolutely phenomenal castle Fosdinovo – I spent much more than my daily limit on that trip. Nevertheless, such scandalous conditions I did not expect in anything that has the name of a hotel, and it is 3 *! The cracked and falling paint in the rooms was not the reason why we only once escaped from the hotel after the first night, although we paid for two. The wires came out of the dryer, which was very easy to get an electric shock, the shower was dirty, with the someone’s hair in the bottom of the shower tray, and breakfast? Old eggs cooked hard, at least from the previous day. Arthur almost vomited on the plate after the first bite, although he should have done so, probably would have avoided stomach upset. I did not eat anything. The only pros? Good location and a few parking places in front of the building, staff attentive. But I would not go back there for any reasons. Avoid with the wide berth!

Fosdinovo (Prowince Massa – Carrara) – Castello Fosdinovo

Was here – May 2013

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 4* revelation – the place I would like to return!

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Toskania. Dolina Lunigiana – z wizytą u Markiza Fosdinovo

Southern Tuscany

Chianti / Montevarchi – Agriturismo Podere Luisa

Was here – April / May 2013

Number of nights: 4

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Nocleg w Chianti – gospodarstwo agroturystyczne Podere Luisa

San Gimignano – Podere Bellavista

Was here – April 2013

Number of nights: 3

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Grill z widokiem na San Gimignano – Podere Bellavista

Maremma/ Fonteblanda – Agriturismo Peretti

Was here – May 2013

Number of nights: 3

My rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Nocleg w Maremmie na południu Toskanii – gospodarstwo agroturystyczne Peretti

Val d’Orcia (Pienza) – Agriturismo Il Macchione

Was here – May 2013

Number of nights: 3

My Rating – 2* decent – maybe for one, two nights

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Toskania Pienza Agriturismo Il Macchione Włochy Tuscany Italy

Toskania Pienza Agriturismo Il Macchione Włochy Tuscany Italy

This beautiful agritourism is one of the two places in my Italian travel history, which aroused in me extremely conflicting emotions. Agriturismo Il Macchione is a beautiful place, ideally located just 2km up north of Pienza. Apartments in an old typical Tuscan farmhouse are very elegant and functional with well-equipped kitchen, and a bottle of wine from the owner’s fattoria awaits for the guests. If there was a nice atmosphere here, like Agrotirismo Perettis or Podere Luisa, I would give 4 * with a clear conscience. Exactly. Throughout my stay I had the impression, that we were perceived as second-class guests. When the owner saw us at the driveway in our old Seat Leon mk I, an eleven-year-old, parked next to his Jeep and other expensive guest cars, he looked at us as if he had doubts about whether we would be able to pay for the stay, not cheap at all, because even though it was low Season, it cost us only 102 euros, and we were 3 nights. I don’t like much when someone evaluates others in such shallow categories. There are people who prefer to be, than to have. I prefer to go on vacation to Italy, than to buy a new car from a dealer, my friend on the contrary would like to leave from a car dealer with brand new car and go to the Baltic Sea. His choice. I wish to everyone so rarely see mechanics workshop like me when our Leon was still in full strength and twice traveled distance between Poland and Sicily, once he cross Sicily around, and the third time he watched Sicilian coast from the edge of Calabria, not to mention shorter routes. But it’s not everything. Another element we didn’t like was the breakfast. Quite a large room, a few tiny, round tables, ideal for a cup of coffee and next to the buffet. Not very large, but quite cool, varied, quite a lot of homemade products, including cakes. But imagine the three “helpers” standing next to you and watching what you put on your plate and then trying to fit it on the micro table next to the plate of your travel companion. Massacre. We felt embarrassed there.The big final was at the time of payment. Just a few weeks earlier, the city of Pienza decided about new city tax, which – like most Italian cities – has to pay for every night and every person. That time it was only 0.7 euros per person per night and it did not matter, but the owner did not hesitate to comment that he doesn’t understand this fee, because Pienza is a rich community. Cool, I agree completely. In further discussion asked us about our journeys, and we are truthful answer, that we go mainly to the south of Italy, especially we loved Sicily, etc. Then we heard that Italians in the south regions are spivs, where honest people from the north have to work and such taxes need to be added. Massacre. We left mega disgusted. I really wanted to stay in this agritourism because watching it on the internet for me was unique, besides, it has excellent reviews. Well, everyone has the right to a subjective opinion, you know mine.

Val d’Orcia (Monticchiello) – Agriturismo Barbi

Was here – September 2014

Numbver of nights: 2

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Tuscany. Monticchiello – Does it a good idea to Val d’Orcia?

Proven accommodation in Sicily

Western Sicily

Trapani – B&B GranVeliero

Was here – May 2016

Number of nights: 4

My Rating 4* – revelation – a place I would like to return!

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From passion to Sicily to love to Trapani. Bed & Breakfast GranVeliero

Erice – Il Carmine

Was here – June 2012 & September 2014

Number of nights: in total 3

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Erice Il Carmine Sycylia Sicily Italy Włochy

Erice Il Carmine Sycylia Sicily Italy Włochy

Il Carmine is one of my two favorite places in Sicily. The old 15th century monastery, in which was made small B&B (8 rooms), has an amazing ambience and so thick walls, that even when it’s hot outside, the inside is pleasantly cool, despite the lack of air conditioning. When I’m at Il Carmine I feel great. Erice’s center is close by, but at the same time it’s surrounded by greenery and total silence, a bit off the beaten track. Compared to what I wrote in the post, created at the beginning of blogging, and based on the experience of 2012, Il Carmine improved breakfast during our stay in 2014.

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Erice – podróż do średniowiecza. Dzień 8, część II

Erice – poranek na bezludnej wyspie. Dzień 9, część I

Custonaci – Residence delle Cave

Was here  – September 2014

Number of nights: 3

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Sycylia Custonaci Residence delle Cave

Sycylia Custonaci Residence delle Cave

Sycylia Custonaci Residence delle Cave

New development with garage for guests on the first level, elevator and several dozen elegant and well furnished apartments with balconies or small gardens. Clean, cozy, airy and very nice, young owner, who in addition runs a visitor’s information desk at his garage. I highly recommend this place, we felt great and would happily return again. Garage is a great advantage because it not only gives you the opportunity to park your car but also protects it from sunlight. Superb!

Castellammare del Golfo – Locanda Scirocco

Was here – June 2012

Number of nights: 2

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Scopello – sycylijskie Faraglioni. Dzień 6

Rezerwat Zingaro, czyli gdzie każdy miłośnik przyrody trafić powinien. Dzień 7

Sciacca – B&B Conte Luna

Was here – June 2012

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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W stronę Afryki – Marsala i Sciacca. Dzień 9, część II

Agrigento – B&B La Dolce Vita – Luxury House

Was here – June 2012

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return

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Beds in the style of Louis XIV I will never forget! Greet Dario if you go there. This is the most positively twisted Sicilian I have ever met. I hope someday I will return to La Dolce Vita.

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“Schodami Tureckimi” do Agrigento. Dzień 10

Enna – pępek Sycylii. Dzień 11

Palermo – Torre dei Federico

Was here – September 2014

Number of nights: 2

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Torre dei Federico Palermo Sycylia Włochy Sicily Italy

Torre dei Federico Palermo Sycylia Włochy Sicily Italy

Torre dei Federico Palermo Sycylia Włochy Sicily Italy

Torre dei Federico Palermo Sycylia Włochy Sicily Italy

Have you read or seen Lampedusa’s ” Il gattopardo”? Are you fascinated by those times? Would you like to take a trip in time and live in the Sicilian palace of that era? Here you are! Situated right next to Ballaro Palazzo Conte Federico, one of the oldest places of this type in Palermo, is inhabited by an authentic couple of Counts. Part of the palace – the tower, so-called Torre dei Federico, inhabits the brother of Count – Don Francesco and his wife Vittoria. There just created a small, but so ambience B&B. The location is excellent, and you can park your car in the palace courtyard, which in the center of Palermo is quite a luxury. We felt perfectly at this beautiful place where the spirit of history is exiting from every corner. Breakfasts served on the roof, at one table for all the guests, are very tasty and includes pastries personally prepared by Vittoria. We had the oportunity to tase one morning cannoli </ em>. All dogs are welcome. I gave 4 *, although Vittoria a little disappointed me at the end. Once we payed for the room and the butler (yes, it’s not a joke, butler in a white tie and a black bow tie) took our luggage to the car, the phone rang in the courtyard, after which the butler asked us to pay 30 euros for the parking fee for two days. Apparently Vittoria forgot, but somehow I don’t believe it.

Palermo – Hotel Garibaldi

Was here – June 2012

Number of nights: 2

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Ciao Sicilia, amore mio! Dzień 4

Favignana – Residence Favignana

Was here- May 2016

Number of nights: 2

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Residence Favignana

Residence Favignana

Residence Favignana B&B

Great place on Favignana. Close to the city center, but relatively on outskirts. Apartments very well equipped, elegant, cozy, each with a balcony or patio. What’s more, you can rent a bike or scooter in the complex, so popular in here to explore the island.

Marettimo – B&B Mare e Timo

Was here – May 2016

Number of nights: 4

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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B&B Mare e Timo

B&B Mare e Timo

B&B Mare e Timo

B&B Mare e Timo

Marettimo Trapani sprawdzony nocleg

A lovely and well organized B&B at Marettimo. There are no apartments with a kitchen, but there’s one communal kitchen and a roof terrace where you can lie on a sun lounger or dine. Everywhere is close, but it’s the domain of this small village, the only one on the Island.

Eraclea Minoa / Montallegro – Camping Eraclea Minoa Village

Was here – September 2014

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Eraclea Minoa Sycylia Sicily Camping

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Campingi we Włoszech – gdzie szukać, jak rezerwować, czego oczekiwać. Moje doświadczenia.

Eastern Sicily

Piazza Armerina – Villa Trigona

Was here – June 2012

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Enna – pępek Sycylii. Dzień 11

La Dolce Vita w starożytnym Piazza Armerina – Villa Romana del Casale. Dzień 12, część I

Modica – I Tetti di Siciliando

Was here – September 2014

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Modica Sycylia Włochy Sicily Italia I Tetti di Siciliando

Modica Sycylia Włochy Sicily Italia I Tetti di Siciliando

Modica Sycylia Włochy Sicily Italia I Tetti di Siciliando

Very cool place to stay in Modica. Old buildings, but you get quite a big rooms, bathroom of standard size (which in the hundreds years old townhouses aren’t obvious at all), wonderful view from the public terrace in the dining room and also free parking on the main street under the building. You have to get a bit tired – especially with a lot of luggage – to climb the stairs that are at the same time street, but really worth it. Why didn’t I give 4 *? Two things. Firstly the breakfast was miserly, but I would give it go, because the view from the terrace allows to feed the senses as much as possible. Service pissed me off asking for a high fee for a dog stay. The fees for such service of course in many places are in part, in part arn’t ant for me it’s not as problem. Point is when someone is trying on a cheap B&B to chargé a fee for a small dog which weight probably 10 kg as much as for third person, it has a star lower in my ratring.

Ragusa – B&B Giardino di Pietra

Was here- June 2012

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Ragusa pachnąca jaśminem. Dzień 12, część II

Modica – barok i czekolada. Dzień 13, część I

Siracusa – Hotel Casa Mia

Was here – June 2012

Number of night: 3

My Rating – 1* bypass with the wide berth – the place I left with relief!

© Hotel Casa Mia

I’ve no idea what the hell this place has a high average rating on the Booking and sensational reviews. Maybe from my stay there something changed for the better, but in June 2012 we were definitely not laughing. Describing my stay in Syracuse at that time, I skipped this unpleasant experience, and today I cann’t even remember why. Booking also doesn’t store such old reviews, so I just have to use my own memory. Room was terrible. This picture on the website has at least tables on the sides of the bed, our had a one table and nothing else. Neither chests, nor shelves, the same in the bathroom. On this unfortunate table layed all our cosmetics, telephones, chargers and other small things needed on the trip. Also – although there was a balcony – no one even came up with the idea to stretch a piece of string on which a wet towel could be thrown. The air conditioner was, but when turned it on, the smell of mold came through, and we let go and preferred the heat in the room. The bathroom was a real drama. Broken and hollow filling of shower door caused the water to flood on the floor, and first thing we saw in the shower we saw someone else’s hairs. Breakfast would be OK, but was a small detail. The service didn’t refill the dishes, so if you did not show up at 8am, then you could eat leftovers. Serving to the guests what was left on the previous day was also the norm, though it is the practice of many hotels.

Taormina – Hotel Condor

Was here- August 2008

Number of nights: 6

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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© Hotel Condor

This inconspicuous hotel has a special place in my heart. We got there in August 2008 for a week as a part of our honeymoon. Earlier I had booked a Villa Giannina, which is on the road to Castelmola. Her owner cheated on me. I paid 100 euros as an deposit (in 2008 the cost of transfering 100 euros from Poland to Italy was over 20 euros) and I had confirmation from the bank that everything was fine but supposedly money never reach the owner. When I wrote a courtesy email a week before asking Is everything ok and does the reservation confirme, I was left holding the bag. Our stay was include ferragosto, </ em> or August 15th – the absolute peak of the high season. That time while looking for another accommodation, but without having to pay another deposit, we hit the 2 star Hotel Condor. This is the place where I ate my first breakfast with a view, because the panorama extending from the dining room terrace is breathtaking. Although the breakfast itself – at least then – was very modest, but really we waited for the mornings. The hotel itself from the street looks like a small house, but only because its construction falls sharply down the slope, and the size of the building can only be seen from the other side, from the bottom. There are also the best rooms with balloons and sea views. Our room unfortunately belonged to the “Basic” category, because when we made the reservation, it was the only one available. Of course those with views are more expensive but I assure you that it is worth it. Another advantage of Hotel Condor is the private car park, located about 100 m from the property. However, the biggest advantage of this place is in my opinion absolutely excellent location. On a quiet street, away from the crowds at Corso Umberto and events until late night, but at the same time very close to the old town, and it’s on the better side. Why better? The old town of Taormina begins (or finishes) the city gate of Porta Messina, and on the other side Porta Catania. However, the location of the Porta Messina is far better becouse as we say here in Poland the distance is like a potato throw to the cable car which connect city and the beach. And one more detail. At the beginning (counting from the old town), the street of Dietro Cappuccini, where Condor is located, stick out of the nasone </ em> wall, which is a water fountain ready to drink, always cold and tasty. Taking the money in this popular resort of Taormina, the possibility of drinking water and filling bottles is important for anyone who has to count cash on holiday. And not in every room is a refrigerator to buy cool water.

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Magiczna Taormina. Dzień 18, część I

Castelmola – Villa Regina

Was here – June 2012 & September 2014

Number of nights: In total 5

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Castelmola Sycylia Villa Regina Włochy Italy Siclliy

Castelmola Sycylia Villa Regina Włochy Italy Siclliy

Because in the posts describing the stay in Castelmola I didn’t pay much attention to this object, let me say a few things. I love this place! The view from the balcony, while looking Taormina down below, the coast of Calabria and the sea is one of the most magnificent views across Italy. The hotel is modest, the rooms are modest, clean and with a decent bathroom but I don’t know what, I will be coming back here again and again! I love Castelmola, I love sitting on this balcony in the afternoons, I love the sun rising over Calabria, which wakes me up looking out the window, and in the evening I love to close the door behind “my” room (I have my favorite one) and go out for dinner to Taverna dell’Etna overlooking the volcano, then (or alternatively, if I’m not too hungry) to Bar Turrisi, where everything from the door handle to the lamp, the bathroom faucet, the fountain, the wine bottle and the menu are penis shaped to honor the five sons who at that time were beget by the founder of the bar. Note, post only for gloopers, if worse you an overview of the Kama Sutra painted on a wall or on a stone table tops, then do not read 😉 And here still view from the balcony, which I love so much. And here also the view from the balcony that I love so much.

Castelmola Sycylia Villa Regina Włochy Italy Siclliy

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Castelmola – najpiękniejsze miasteczko Sycylii. Dzień 16, część II

Plaże Taorminy. Dzień 17, część I

Cefalu / S.Ambrogio – Case Saponara

Was here – June 2012

Number of night: 1

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Zachód słońca nad Cefalu. Dzień 18, część III

Catania – Camping Jonio

Was here – September 2014

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Campingi we Włoszech – gdzie szukać, jak rezerwować, czego oczekiwać. Moje doświadczenia.

Proven accommodation in Campania

Proven accommodation in Amalfi Coast

Ravello – Hotel Bonadies

Was here – March 2016 & March 2017

Number of nights: in total 10

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Amalfi Coast. Hotel Bonadies – 136 years history of Ravello

Amalfi – Hotel Il Nido

Was here – July 2010

Number of nights: 2

My Rating 4* – revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Hotel Il Nido Amalfi Włochy Italy

My first stay on the Amalfi Coast. I was looking for something with a good location and car park, which is in this beautiful corner of Italy very valuable. Il Nido offers a garage, elevator, nice rooms with balconies, which after sunset have a beautiful view and a dining room with large windows overlooking the sea and – at least then – very good breakfast.

Proven accommodation in Cilento Coast

Santa Maria di Castellabate – Grand Hotel Santa Maria

Was here – March 2016

Number of nights: 3

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Grand Hotel Santa Maria

Grand Hotel Santa Maria di Castellabate

Grand Hotel Santa Maria

I give four stars, although the rooms a year and a half ago I assessed as demanding renewal. Besides this place is great. Located on the outskirts of Santa Maria di Castellabate, but on the seafront, with its own beach, where guests will find deck chairs for the season and fine dining both in the morning and in the evening. The dining room terrace allows you to eat and hear the sound of the waves.

 

Peastum – Savoy Beach Hotel

Was here – Marchc 2017

Number of nights: 2

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Savoy Beach Hotel Paestum

Savoy Beach Hotel Paestum

Savoy Beach Hotel Paestum

Savoy Beach Hotel Paestum

Absolutely phenomenal place. The luxurious hotel and restaurant at the highest level, the garden and the outdoor pool are a real showpiece of architectural craftsmanship. Excellent service and proximity to the beautiful, long and sandy beach where the hotel also offers its own club. I highly recommend lovers of luxury vacation.

San Marco di Castellabate – Hotel Hermitage

Was here – March 2017

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 2* decent – maybe for one, two nights

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Hotel Hermitage Castellabate

Hotel Hermitage Castellabate

Hotel Hermitage Castellabate

This hotel is not my style, although it’s nicely located in the midst of greenery and overlooks the famous “Welcome to the South” of Castellabate, located on a hill. Breakfast is good here, but the room I received was worse than in the 2 * hotels, and it’s 4 *! The bathroom door did not close and I had to held it still with the trash bin. An embarrassing thing, the entrance door to the courtyard room are glass. Allegedly, the hotel also offers rooms of a higher standard.

Palinuro – B&B Ecco del Mare

Was here – March 2017

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return!

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Palinuro on the Cilento Coast – the undiscovered beauty of the Campania

Proven accommodation in Naples

(Mercure) Ibis Styles Napoli Garibaldi

Was here – June 2012

Number of nights: 2

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Hotel Ibis Styles Napoli Garibaldi

 © Ibis Style Napoli Garibaldi

This hotel, when I stayed in it, belonged to the Mercure branch, now it’s an Ibis, so it could change almost everything. Surely there was a good location in the side street of Piazza Garibaldi, right by the train station. I remember, that the previous owner of the hotel served a great and very varied breakfast, while the rooms needed urgent renovation and replacement of furniture.

Best Western Hotel Plaza

Was here – December 2013

Number of nights: 4

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Śniadanie w Neapolu

The rooms are pretty cool, though without the frills, the bathroom decent, and the breakfast served on the roof was really great. The location of the hotel is good, close to centro storico and Piazza Garibaldi.

Hotel Napolit’amo

Was here – June 2012

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Hotel Napolit'amo Neapol

© Hotel Neapolit’amo

Hotel Napolit'amo Neapol

© Hotel Neapolit’amo

Breakfast good, great location, great room (we got better for a cheaper price), location very good for exploring Naples and the Gulf of Naples as it is easy to get there by foot to the Pier of Beverollo Pier.

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Neapol – poranek w cieniu Wezuwiusza. Dzień 20, część I

Hotel Nuvo (district Fuorigrotta)

Was here – September 2014

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return

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Hotel Nuovo Neapol Fuorigrotta

© Hotel Nuovo

Hotel Nuovo Neapol Fuorigrotta

 © Hotel Nuovo

If you want to drive to Naples by car, Hotel Nuovo is a good option. Located a bit from the center, it has private parking, and next to it is a suburban train station Cumana, which will take you both to the center and to Pozzuoli (Solfatara volcano). Rooms are nice, comfortable and spacious, breakfast buffet very varied and tasty.

Hotel Cineholiday (Piazza Garibaldi)

Was here – March 2016

number of nights: 1

My Rating – 2* decent – maybe for one, two nights

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Hotel Cineholiday Neapol

© Cineholiday

Good and cheap place for one, two nights at Piazza Garibaldi. The room itself was poor, the bathroom without any revelations but the location good, and the breakfast for such a low standard really cool. Great coffee and very nice service.

Nel Cuore di Parthenope (centro storico)

Was here – March 2017

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 2* decent – maybe for one, two nights

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Campania. Over the roofs of the historic center of Naples

Napoli Retro (centro storico)

Was here – March 2017

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – revelation – a place I would like to return

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In the heart of Naples. My unforgettable stay in Napoli Retro

Proven accommodation in Lazio

Proven accommodation in Rome

Residenza In Farnese

Was here – August 2011

Number of nights: 6

My rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return

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residenca-in-farnese-rome-rzym

© Residenza In Farnese

A phenomenal location in the heart of Rome, just off Campo de ‘Fiori and on the cross from Via Giulia. I thoroughly thought of this location while heading for a week’s trip to Rome and it was a bull’s-eye. Everywhere is near from here, although to the Vatican I advise to take a bus, because the reserve of leg strength is invaluable, especially if you are going to visit the Vatican Museums. Back to the hotel. The rooms aren’t as nice as in this photo, the photographer is a good magician. They are darker and smaller, although the equipment is the same as on the picture. Breakfast was excellent, very varied, communal areas also impress.

Navona First Rooms

Was here – September 2013

Number of nights: 1

My – Rating – 4* – revelation – a place I would like to return

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Navona First Rooms Rzym

Somehow it came out that I do not have pictures from the inside. These very nice rooms are scattered in several places in the very center of Rome, in the old palace of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II street and overlooking the street are the pictures above. Room and bathroom pretty cool, though without frenzy, elevator (at least in this building) and beautiful staircase, that’s the palace! Of course the location was excellent, very close to the aforementioned Hotel Residenza In Farnese.

Maison Giulia

Was here – March 2016

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 4* revelation – a place I would like to return

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Maison Giulia Rzym

© Maison Giulia

The location is virtually identical to the two facilities mentioned above. It should also be emphasized that there are several buildings. The main offering rooms is located on via Giulia, and our mini-suite with a micro kitchenette hidden in the closet was two streets away. Importantly, after being accommodated in the main building we were transported (and brought back the next day) with a electric vehicle. This is called caring for the guest. Our apartment was lovely and very stylish. The photo above shows it, although it comes from the website of the object. To the left was the bathroom door and the mentioned kitchenette, and to the right the table, chairs and TV cabinet. Super stay, we wished we had so short.

Proven accommodation in Puglia

Central Puglia

Alberobello / Noci – Podere Papilio

Was here – September 2013

Number of nights: 3

My Rating 4* revelation! – a place I would like to return

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Please see the article I posted below.

Z mediolańskiego apartamentu do Trullo, czyli spełniając marzenia o południowej Italii

Proven accommodation in Calabria

Northern Calabria

Praia a Mare – Hotel Garden

Was here – July 2010

Number of nights: 2

My Rating – 4* revelation! – a place I would like to return

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Praia a Mare Kalabria Włochy Calabria Italy Hotel Garden

Very nice rooms and a decent bathroom, a private car park closed for the night behind the gate, great location by the beach and beautiful view from the balcony. The breakfasts were modest, as was late turned out, you had to ask. Somewhat embarrassing, but maybe somebody has tamed and corrected this mistake. The coffee was great. I really like to stay at the Garden Hotel.

Southern Calabria

Tropea – Accomodation Libertino

Was here -September 2014

Number of nights: 1

My rating – 4* revelation! – a place I would like to return

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Calabria. Tropea and Capo Vaticano – turquoise pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea

Capo Vaticano – Hotel Marinella

Was here – July 2010

Number of nights: 4

My rating – 1* – bypss with wide berth – the place I left with relief

© Hotel Marinella

Popatrzcie na to zdjęcie ze strony internetowej hotelu. To się nazywa sztuka fotografowania, bo basen ten w rzeczywistości okazał się dużo mniejszy, niż sugeruje fotka. Ale nie basen jest powodem, dla którego Hotel Marinella na Capo Vaticano oceniam na 1*, jako jeden z trzech najgorszych obiektów na tej liście. Pokój w poziomie parkingu to dramat, bo albo siedzisz w ciemni z zamkniętymi okiennicami, albo narażasz się na zaglądanie do pokoju przez osoby przechodzące obok. Ręczniki miały formę jakiejś cienkiej ścierki, która kompletnie nie chłonęła wody. Śniadanie to kolejny dramat, bardzo ubogie i niezbyt smaczne. Ale prawdziwie żenująca była w tym hotelu obsługa, przynajmniej wtedy. Odczuliśmy, jakby gości biur podróży, przyjeżdżających na dwa tygodnie traktowało się lepiej, ale tacy na cztery dni z booking byli gośćmi drugiej kategorii. Wyobraźcie sobie pindę w recepcji, do której mówicie informując, że następnego dnia płyniecie rano o 7 na Wyspy Liparyjskie i prosicie o przygotowanie śniadania na wynos (o takiej możliwości nas poinformowano przy zakwaterowaniu), a dziewucha żuje gumę i odpisuje na smsa w ogóle na Was nie patrząc. Czy wałówka czekała na nas? Oczywiście nikt nie wiedział, że o nią poprosiliśmy, przez co płynęliśmy na wyspy głodni. A z Capo Vaticano na Vulcano płynie się prawie trzy godziny. Look at this picture from the website of the hotel. This is called shooting art, because the pool in fact turned out to be much smaller than the photo suggests. But not the swimming pool is the reason why Hotel Marinella on Capo Vaticano is rated at 1 * as one of the three worst facilities on this list. The room at the parking level is a drama, because either you sit in a dark room with closed shutters, or you risk peering into the room by people passing by. The towels were in the form of a thin cloth that did not completely absorb water. Breakfast is another drama, very poor and not very tasty. But really embarrassing was the hotel service, at least then. We felt as if guests of the travel agency who came for two weeks was treated better, but those for four days were in our opinion guests of the second category. Imagine a recepcionist at the front desk, telling her that the next morning you will in the morning – at 7am travel on the Aeolian Islands and ask to prepare a takeaway breakfast (that was told to us at the time of booking), and the girlis chewing gum and replying to some text and ignore us totally . Was the breakfast waitedg for us? Of course, no one knew that we had asked for it, so we went to the Islands with hunger and by the way from Capo Vaticano to Vulcano is almost three hours one way.

Sant’Elia (Palmi) – Villaggio Camping S.Elia

Was here August / September 2014

Number of nights: 1

My Rating 2* decent – maybe for one, two nights

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I do not have pictures of this camp, because we got there unexpectedly after the incident, which was theft of Arthur’s phone just outside, on the panoramic terrace, where you can admire the amazing sunset over the Aeolian Islands, an article and photos you can see here.After the sunset we had to go to sleep to Scilia but it was different. In general, camping has nice lots to break the camp, but the bathroom is a real drama. I don’t even mean the level of their aesthetics, and the usual stench. I would not go back to this camp.

Proven accommodation in Basilicata

Eastern Basilicata

Matera – Fra I Sassi Residence

Was here – September 2013

Number of nights: 2

My Rating – 4* revelation! -a place I would like to return

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Cappuccino z widokiem na Sassi. Nocleg w Materze – Hotel Fra I Sassi Residence. Dzień 2, część IV

Western Basilicata

Castelmezzano – Agriturismo Grotta Dell’Eremita

Was here – September 2013

Number of nights: 1

My Rating – 3* good – really cool place but no fuss

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Please see the article I posted below.

Basilicata. Flight of the angel – unknown gem of southern Italy

Proven accommodation in Umbria

Southern Umbria

Narni – La Rocca

Was here – July 2010

Number of nights: 1

My Rating 3* – good – really cool place, but no fuss

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Hotel La Rocca Narni

© Hotel La Rocca

Hotel La Rocca Narni

© Hotel La Rocca

This friendly hotel off the beaten track, surrounded by greenery was a very nice stop for one night, but it could be a stay for longer there. Rooms are modest and not distinguished, but the food in the hotel restaurant is very tasty. We didn’t have the opportunity to see the area, because a terrible storm broke out and we had to wait a few hours in the room.

Proven accommodation in Trento – Alto Adige

Proven accommodation at Lake Garda

Limone sul Garda – Casa Albergo Sorriso Only Adults

Was here July 2010

Number of nights: 2

My Rating 3* – good – really cool place, but no fuss

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Limone sul Garda widok na jezioro

Limone sul Garda

Yes, this hotel does not accept children. When I was there seven years ago, it was called Casa Albergo Sorriso, and after a while it disappeared from the booking to return under a slightly altered name and maybe with the new owner. There are not many such establishments in Italy, because Italians generally love children, but the decision of management should be respected. The hotel itself is very nice. When I was there in 2010 the rooms did not have air conditioning, the breakfast was tasty, but poor, hence 3*. Aircondition is already there, for breakfast I will not say anything but if it is better I would highly recommend this place to travelers of course without children. Firstly, the location, practically in the center of Limone, a beautiful view of the Lake and mountains (I had a corner room) and little parking for guests, which in the town such popular as Limone is extremely valuable.

Proven accommodation in Southern Tirol

Pardel, Val di Funes – agroturistic Tschampertonhof

Was here – September 2012

Number of nights: 5

My Rating 4* – revelation! – a place I would like to return

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Tschampertonhof Val di Funes Dolomity Południowy Tyrol Włochy Italy South Tirol Dolomites

Tschampertonhof Val di Funes Dolomity Południowy Tyrol Włochy Italy South Tirol Dolomites

Beautiful farm in the wonderful Val di Funes. Typical Alpine buildings, three intimate and well-equipped apartments, lovely location of the property. Next to it was a large meadow covered with clover, on which our Gucia passionately ran. There were many cats in the yard, sometimes even pony. The whole valley is one great miracle of nature. I’m putting a link to the post, because although there is nothing about this agritourism, I want to draw your attention to this part of Italy, usually visited in winter for ideal ski conditions, but in summer there are no less attractions. From here is very close to the A22 motorway Brennero, that is the one that is going to Italy through the German ninth through Munich. If you are looking for a stop, then definitely go to Val di Funes.

Dolina Val di Funes – magia Dolomitów

Valdaora, Alta Pusteria – Hotel Fameli (Aparthotel Pircher)

Was here – September 2012

Number of nights: 2

My rating 4* revelation! – a place I would like to return

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Valdaora Alta Pusteria Hotel Pircher

Ten świetlny hotel zmienił nazwę i prawdopodobnie właściciela. Znajduje się w miasteczku Valdaora w sercu doliny Alta Pusteria, drugiej z moich ulubionych dolin Południowego Tyrolu (znów przemycę link poniżej). Sama Valdaora jest ładna, a tereny dookoła cudowne. Pięć lat temu hotel zapewniał bezpłatne rowery, którymi pojechaliśmy na wspaniałą wycieczkę. Śniadania były tu rewelacyjne, a wieczorem każdy gość bez dodatkowych opłat mógł relaksować się w strefie spa, obejmującej kryty basen i sauny. This hotel changed its name and probably the owner. It is located in the town of Valdaora in the heart of the Alta Pusteria, the second of my favorite valleys in South Tyrol (again, the link below). Valdaora is pretty and the grounds are wonderful. Five years ago the hotel provided free bicycles, on which we went for a great trip. The breakfasts were great, and in the evening everyone could have a relaxing stay in the spa area, including an indoor pool and saunas.

Jezioro Braies – perła Południowego Tyrolu

Dear, that’s it for now. As I mentioned, the base will be updated after the next trip, and any object, whether it is a guest or a regular customer from the street, will be evaluated according to the same criteria. I hope you find the information you need here. If no, please ask in the comments under the text, I will try to answer each. I would also like to read about your experiences of traveling in Italy, confidently sharing information, they will certainly help those who are planning a trip. You may post in your comments, but the posts will not go to the reasons I wrote in the beginning. Here are accommodation exclusively checked by me personally.

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