Stayed in Villa Franca Pompei for 10days using it as a base. There are many quirks to staying at Villa Franca. When we arrived we were shown to our room over a railway line in a large appartment building with a tremendous view of Vesuvius. We had an interestng room which was more like an appartment. Kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom enormous 30ft square balcony. Once you get used to crossing the railway line for the pool and meals it seems normal I have certainly been much further away in traditional hotel. Giuseppe, Lorena and Dominique are charming, so friendly you feel that you are guests in their home.
the location is perfect for Pompei ruins and Railway station 250m.
The pool is clean and very refreshing!
The food is home cooked local food. We chose to eat every night. The menu is what Guiseppe cooks that night. The man has no concept of portion size! I chose to try Dominic's red wine, I liked it, slightly frizzante but full bodied and perfect with the many types of pasta I tried. Breakfast is pastries, croissants filled with a whole tub of Nutella or Apricot jam and the largest doughnuts I have ever seen. Fruit juice and excellent coffee.
We had a hire car, I drove the Amalfi Coast road, to Herculaneum and up Vesuvius but I would not drive in Naples! The local driving style is interesting. Giuseppe suggested public transport each time I told him where I was intending to drive!
This hotel does not claim to be 5 star luxury. It is close to the railway line but if you want a central, clean, perfectly placed hotel in Pompei with the friendliest helpful hosts,guaranteed to increase your waistline this is the place.
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