Luna Caprese, Ercolano, Italy

May 18th, 2012, 11:22 AM
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May 19th, 2012, 02:10 AM
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Where did you stay in Sorrento and in Venice?

We went to Venice last summer after visiting the French Riviera. DS and DDIL were with us - a great trip! This was their first time in Venice.

We haven't been to Sorrento in a few years. It is time to go back!
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May 19th, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Hotel Torre Cala di Piccola is comprised of a series of rustic buildings. The main structure, which houses reception, restaurant, garden is built around the old Spanish tower. The interior of the public rooms is decorated with large wooden antique furniture.

The hotel's restaurant has an interesting menu, which changes frequently...the chef is innovative and introduces new dishes every few days. The desserts are out-of-this world. Actually, the last night we ate there, the chef took a photo of me and my husband with the entire kitchen staff. I haven't logged onto Facebook to look for it.

The people who work at this hotel are professional and lots of fun. They are friendly and accommodating to their guests. Never, ever did I see any of their guests rushed at the front desk - any a large percentage of the guests always had a smile on their face when speaking to the front desk.

The first room we were shown was an abomination. Dirty, ripped fabric all over an easy chair, mismatched furniture, and draperies that were filthy - but with a fabulous view. The second room we were shown was better, but not up to the image the hotel tries to project on the Internet.

I will say the size of the rooms were large, but neither one of us felt compelled to sit down in the upholstered chair. The furniture again was mismatched, old and chipped. The tile floor was clean, but the dark brown and cream pattern made it always look dirty...not a place that made you want to linger.

The bathroom was adequate, and had been updated in recent years - but not with high end products.

The pool area is lovely, but again it needs repair as well as the stone walkways that lead you to the pool.

The view is what you pay for right now. It is, IMO, spectacular.

Also, the hotel is 5 km up Monte Argentario with 120 degree hairpin turns. There are no guardrails along parts of the road, which is like driving along the Big Sur in CA. For the driver it's tough, but he has control of the car and has the steering wheel to hold onto. The front seat passenger (me) has no control of the car and I am a small person, so I was flopping around in the front seat...real scary. Also, at night there aren't any street lights. My husband was driving (on my insistance) about 20 kph.

We visited the towns of Pitigliano and Capolbio in the Maremma. Both are lovely Tuscan towns and well worth a visit. Porto Ercole is much smaller than PSS with fewer restaurants, but more upscale retail shopping (still small).
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May 19th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Marianna, Ahh, Sorrento!! We stayed (for the 2nd time) at the Manniello Hotel Grand Royal for eight nights with our friends. I just love this place. It far enough from Piazza Tasso and located right on the Bay of Naples to give their guests the feeling of luxury and quietness. It's only about a 5-6 min. walk to the center of town. The breakfast is one of the best we've ever been served in Italy (not your usual Continental breakfast).
The grounds are well landscaped, and the pool area is large and private with a beverage bar and outdoor showers.

I do remember your last trip to Sorrento. Didn't you stay out on Massa Lubrense? This trip we rented a car in Sorrento and drove out to M.L., had lunch in Nerano on a perfect sunny day.

We stayed at Hotel al Ponte Mocenigo in Santa Croce for eight nights. This was a 3rd trip to Venice and the long stay allowed us to visit the outlying islands, and every sestiere. We even took a day trip, by train, to Verona.
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May 28th, 2012, 05:07 AM
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Just seeing this!

On our last few visits to Sorrento we stayed at an apartment on the Bay about a 10 minute walk from the town. We did stay in Massa Lubrense in two gorgeous villas quite a few years ago, but that was when the mothers, DS and my sister were with us.

On our first visit to Venice, we stayed at the same hotel you stayed at. Last year we stayed at the Hotel Londra Palace.

I enjoyed reading about your trip! Thanks for the info.

Knowing you, you are probably already planning your next trip someplace! Happy Travels!
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