When you plan your holiday in Italia, you must begin in Napoli and it must be for at least a week with Mario and Anna. WOW. Number One recommendation!! We are back home in Seattle, WA just two days after a month of touring Italy staying in pensiones and B&B's starting up North. This charming family-run B&B was hands-down the most well-equipped B&B of our entire trip, our last place we stayed and the best. The lovely flat and quiet garden were perfect; we had more than everything of what we needed-comfortable beds and a beautifully decorated room PLUS a shower that had pressure AND hot water! Breakfast was in the garden with unlimited REAL coffee we actually got to make ourselves-taught by Anna, a REAL Mamma Napolatana-in the tiny Italian percolator, but the most important feature of The Secret Garden was the heart and soul of this lovely Neapolitan family. I wanted my family to be able to see the REAL Napoli...why I fell in love with Italians and their food-especially the Neopolitans. We were offered every bit of information and assistance we needed to see the entire area. Mario, Anna and their adult son, Edgar, provide access to resources which will guarentee you see and experience the Compania region without getting lost or frustrated. Mario and Anna and their kids lived in the Netherlands for 10 years, speak Dutch, French, German and English. They understand the traveller. We happened to be smack dab in the middle of Festa San Gennaro and Il Giardino Segreto is a short walk from the Catedrale on Via Duomo. It was a good crazy. Napoli even won the football match the night before the blood of San Gennaro liquified, which made for a VERY ALIVE Napoli. As we ate amazing pizza at Lombardi's down the street from Il Giardino, "we" scored 2 goals in the game (both of Lombardi's TV's were on) and the ENTIRE city exploded around us with a swell of shouts we could FEEL in the atmosphere. Our stay was perfect. When we return, we will stay here again and we will stay longer! I have already recommended this amazing find to others. Yes, I have been dreaming of ricotta, mozzarella di bufala, pizza margherita and vino di rosso with tears in my eyes. It is almost unfair to the rest of Italy, the quality of the food in the Compania region is unmatched and as you travel north, you will experience disappointment with the pizza because Naopoli has the best in the entire universe. It was hard to leave. I am just happy to know that I get to go back and that I know the most perfect place to stay!
During the summer months, you MUST have A/C. Book your hotels 4-6 months out.
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