Before we go onto the second part of our trip, we wanted to show you the hotel we stayed at in Sorrento!
As we are quite an 'arty' couple, we picked this hotel based on it's art deco marble architecture- and 'Villa La Ventana' didn't disappoint! The B&B is stunning, and Natalia (who works there) even gave us a brief history about the art and interiors when she gave us our tour on arrival. Most of the furniture/artwork is original, and the whole place just oozes character. All of the staff are very welcoming and kind, and when they realised we were celebrating our anniversary, they left us some flowers in our room! The hotel was very quiet (apart from occasional mild road noise and the odd chicken-which didn't bother us at all), and at times it felt like we were the only ones there!
Breakfast every morning was lovely! Plenty of choice and cooked eggs if you wish! If you want to eat at the B&B for lunch or dinner they have a wonderful chef who will cook you a tasty meal for an extra cost, and we'd say it was some of the best food we'd eaten in Italy! Just let them know that morning that you want to eat there so they can prepare something for you. They even grow some of their own vegetables in the garden.
The hotel is in/near a place called Colli Di Fontanelle, which is at the top of a mountain about 15 minute drive from Sorrento and the sea. There are some resident cats, including 'Panda' who had some 4 month old kittens when we were staying. If you go up to the pool or rooftop, the views over Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and Vesuvius are stunning.
We booked the 'Superior Double Room' with Sea view, and we also asked for bathroom with 'bath'. The balcony wrapped around both sides of the room so that on one view you could see Vesuvius and the other you could see the Amalfi coast line. The room was spotless and the bed was made every day.
This villa is great for people who are renting cars/vespas during their stay. There isn't much/anything you can get to by walking (we didn't want to walk along the winding cliffside). There is a bus stop outside the hotel, but the time tables are all out of date. The buses are meant to run every 30 mins, but we waited for one for over an hour on our first day and nothing came. The hotel assured us that the busses were simple, but coming from the UK where buses are regular and often we didn't find it easy at all. There wasn't even anyone in Sorrento that could help us/understand us when we wanted to get the bus back. HOWEVER! The hotel will give you a lift any time you like into Sorrento, and they will come and pick you up again. It costs 5 euros per person, each way and all you have to do is give them a time, or give them a call and they'll be there. So we decided to put some spending money aside and just do this as it would make our 5 days more enjoyable.
We had a lovely trip and would recommend this hotel to anyone! It cost us just over £100 a night, but it's worth so much more than this.