We spent 8 nights at A'Scalinatella and had a fantastic holiday. Atrani is a beautiful, small village with very few tourists. It is authentic and realaxing, with only 900 inhabitants but 10 restaurants, a post office, and several small shops. Our room faced onto the small village square, and we often sat on our balcony watching village life unfold: families having dinner together, shop owners opening up their shops in the morning, fishermen going to work, children heading for the school bus, and locals sitting about at night just relaxing and chatting. Wonderful entertainment, much better than watching TV! (And there was no TV in the room, by the way, which suited us perfectly.) Yes, the building was old, as in 4th century old, but this just added to the charm. There was a delightful fresco in the ceiling, and the characteristic ceramic floor tiles in the bathroom. The room was simple, but comfortable, and we slept like logs, despite the social activity in the square and the church bells going off four times every hour. In fact, the sound of people enjoying themselves in the square (there was no thumping music, just the sound of people chatting and laughing), and the mad church bells, actually added to the atmosphere and the quirky charm, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Furthermore, we were only 50 yards from the beautiful beach, near the bus stop, a 10 minute walk from the tourist crowds of Amalfi (which was lovely to see, but also nice to escape from), and right on the hiking path towards Ravello. The bus services are excellent, and there is also a ferry service from Amalfi.
Because we were there for a whole week, we got to know some of the shop owners, and we managed to hold conversations with them in our broken Italian and using lots of sign language. The locals greeted us in the street, and the shop owners helped us with advice on bus routes and bus tickets.
Filippo and Gabriel, the owners of A'Scalinatella, were lovely and helpful and provided us with a great breakfast every morning, as well as advice on nearby tourist attractions, hiking routes, etc. They were always smiling, and we appreciated their warm personalities.
Wifi was available in the breakfast room and on our balcony.
We will definitely be back! Many thanks for a great stay, Sofie and John
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