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i_am_kane Mar 17th, 2012 11:23 AM

Luna Caprese, Ercolano, Italy
Do I have this right? The only day Luna Caprese is closed is Sunday? Hopefully, I am wrong. This restaurant was our choice for lunch as we walked back to the Ercolano train station.

Does anyone know if there is a comparable pizzeria on IV Novembre that is open on Sunday?

i_am_kane Mar 18th, 2012 03:59 AM


Marianna Mar 18th, 2012 04:24 AM

Hello i_am_kane,

My cousin lives in Ercolano. I will email her son and see if they have any info on Luna Caprese.

Are you going there to see the ruins of Herculaneum? We were there almost 25 years ago when they were still excavating.


i_am_kane Mar 18th, 2012 04:53 AM


How are you doing? It's been a while since we last "talked." You are an angel...thank you so much for contacting your cousin!

Yes, we will be visiting Herculaneum Scavi in the morning, plan on eating lunch on our walk back to the train station. After that we will stop at Torre Annunziata (Villa Poppea).

Marianna Mar 18th, 2012 04:59 AM

I sent an email. Her son sometimes takes a while to respond but I will let you know as soon as I get any info.

You are going to the places we went to with our mothers (both now deceased) so many years ago! My mom was born in Torre del Greco. She has relatives in Torre Annunziata, too! I do not keep in touch with them as I do with the Ercolano cousins.

i_am_kane Mar 18th, 2012 06:27 AM

Many thanks for your help.

Marianna Mar 20th, 2012 01:14 PM

Sorry, but I have not heard back yet from my cousin in Ercolano. I will email again in a day or two. He usually takes a while to reply.

kybourbon Mar 20th, 2012 01:19 PM

>>>We were there almost 25 years ago when they were still excavating.<<<

Twenty five years later, they are still excavating. I videoed some of the excavating on my last trip. They had just made a couple of small finds and were cleaning the dirt away.

Marianna Mar 20th, 2012 01:27 PM

Amazing, kybourbon! I must go back! My cousin in Ercolano took us there and hired a guide. Our mothers and son (12 at the time) loved it and so did me and DH.

I miss Italy. We haven't been there for 3 or 4 years, I think.

i_am_kane Mar 21st, 2012 05:11 AM


I appreciate you keeping me updated. I'll keep my fingers crossed that he responds to you.

Marianna Mar 29th, 2012 04:20 AM

Hi i_am_kane,

I heard from my cousin. He did know specifically about the Luna Caprese and if it is open on Sunday or not. He said there is a pizzeria across the street from the ruins and another a little up the street. He said, to his knowledge, that the pizzerias are opened on Sundays.

He sent me a Google map link of the street and Luna Caprese. I thought that was a good idea. In fact, I had so much fun "walking" on that street that I Googled my mom's house address in Torre del Greco and found it!

He also mentioned his favorite pizzeria is Ristorante Gianni al Vesuvio with panoramic views but it is not near the ruins. It is near Vesuvious.

Sorry that it wasn't much help to you. I think perhaps the best thing to do is wait and see what is opened or to call the restaurant.

Good luck!

Marianna Mar 29th, 2012 04:36 AM

Meant to say he did NOT know specifically about the Luna Caprese.

adrienne Mar 29th, 2012 05:50 AM

<< He said, to his knowledge, that the pizzerias are opened on Sundays. >>

Are the pizzerias open for lunch or only for dinner?

Marianna Mar 29th, 2012 09:31 AM

Sorry, Adrienne, I cannot answer that since I didn't ask him that question.

i_am_kane Mar 29th, 2012 04:02 PM

Marianna, Thank you for your efforts. I will try to research Luna Caprese's open days/hours further.

Marianna May 8th, 2012 04:55 AM

Hello i_am_kane, just wondering if you found out anything about the Luna Caprese being open on Sundays.

Have a great trip!

i_am_kane May 16th, 2012 09:52 AM

Hi Marianna,

Just got back last night from Italy (one month). We did visit Herculaneum at Ercolano Scavi on a Sunday. The answer is YES, LUNA CAPRESE IS CLOSED ON SUNDAY.

We made do for lunch at another small pizzeria, which was just fine.

The trip was fantastic.

Marianna May 17th, 2012 02:46 AM

Welcome back!

I am delighted to hear that the trip was fantastic. A month in Italy sounds fabulous. Will you be writing a trip report or posting some pictures? I would love to know where you stayed on your trip. I know that you do a ton of research when planning your trips!

i_am_kane May 17th, 2012 03:43 PM


A month in Italy means a lot of laundry when you return! I will not post a trip report...tried that quite a few years ago, and found it difficult.

The planning process was intensive. We were joined by a friends of ours (a married couple), who were with us for the entire eight days in Sorrento. Easy people to be with, and lots of fun. The remainder of the trip we were by ourselves.

Porto Santo Stefano (Hotel Torre Cala di Piccola) was an entirely different venue for us for eight days. The hotel is located on top of Monte Argentario in the Maremma (southern most Tuscany). We will probably never see a view like we did from our hotel again in our lifetime. We did, however, visit Isola Giglio where the Costa Concordia still lays...very sad.

The last eight days were in Venice - as we have never seen it before. Because it was our 3rd trip to Venice, we were able to visit Verona plus every sestiere as well as all the outlying islands at a relaxed, slow pace. Even in the early part of May, Venice was crowded.

It was an amazing trip.

ekscrunchy May 17th, 2012 04:01 PM

Glad you had a great trip! Your hotel in Porto Santo Stefano has been only list for ages; were you happy with the hotel apart from the view? How did you spend your time there? Any day trips apart from Giglio? Any and all comments welcome!! Many thanks!

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