We booked this B&B high in the hill above Positano (in the tiny village of Nocelle) almost exclusively due to the reviews we read on Trip Advisor. As nearly always has been the case, Trip Advisor did not steer us wrong. We loved this place, owned and operated by the lovely couple Giuseppe (“Pepe”) and Geraldina. We had seen comments in other reviews about how staying here was kind of like staying with your Italian uncle and aunt, and while we have stayed at many other B&Bs and understand the special interaction they provide with the resident owners, never did the uncle and aunt analogy fit more so than here at Casa Cuccaro. Pepe and Geraldina literally welcome you into their home as if you were family. Pepe is the single most colorful character we met in our nearly 3 weeks in Italy. He is a man with many stories, lots of helpful advice regarding the local area, and a heart as big as Italy. If you make the decision to stay here, do yourself a favor and spend a little time talking with Pepe (he is always willing).
Casa Cuccaro is not for everybody, and Pepe will be the first to acknowledge this. People definitely need to research in advance so there are no incorrect expectations. First off, if you can’t or don’t like to walk long distances or go up and down lots of stairs and inclines, opt to see the Amalfi Coast in a car tour or on a boat trip along the coast where you don’t need to get out an walk around. If you want front door service to your accommodations, don’t to spend half and hour getting into or returning from town, or if you need to be amongst lots of other people in a more lively social setting, stay directly in Positano or Amalfi. Beds in Italy were all firmer than what we were used to, but Casa Cuccaro's were the firmest we had on the trip, so if very firm beds are an issue for you you’ll probably want to look somewhere else. Finally, so if this might be a problem for you look elsewhere. Because Casa Cuccaro is located high in the hill there is frequently a nice refreshing breeze, but when the weather is hot and the air is still, the rooms at Casa Cuccaro can get stuffy (there is no air conditioning), so be aware of this when traveling in the warm weather months.
Otherwise... if you appreciate staying at B&Bs and love extraordinary views, genuinely warm hospitality, delicious breakfasts (with some items fresh from Pepe and Geraldina’s garden), an authentic Italian experience, and clean and comfortable accommodations, then Casa Cuccaro is for you. It is also one of the most outstanding values on the Amalfi coast.
There are 2 good restaurants within a short walking distance, and a number of others will send a car to pick you up and return you so you can save on taxi/bus fare.
Rooms are good sized, as are the nice, modern in-suite bathrooms. Some rooms have small balconies with seating/loungers that maximize the view up and down the the legendary coastline. Great for relaxing with a book and a glass of wine. Even if your room doesn't have a balcony, there is plenty of room with chairs and loungers on the large verandah where breakfast is served in the nice weather. Did we mention the views?
Another benefit of Casa Cucarro is that it is just steps away from the Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) hiking trail. Any healthy, mobile person can do this trek, and it is well worth it for the serenity and stunning views (bring the camera). At a leisurely relaxed pace the trail from Casa Cucarro to it's end (or beginning, depending on which direction you hike) in the village of Agerola takes around 3 hours (one way). Take a taxi or bus to/from Agerola to avoid the round trip trek.
Thank you Pepe and Geraldina for taking your breathtaking location and making it into such a wonderful little place that you can share with the world. We enjoyed staying with you so much and give Casa Cuccaro our highest recommendation!
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