Writing a review of A Casa di Mario is really a tale of two parts - Scafati itself and where the b&b is located, and then what awaits you once inside. The two are very different.
If you're looking for a 'Monaco' type of environment, then Scafati is most definitely not for you. It's what might be termed a 'working class', suburban area - with all of the traffic, noise and general commotion that is to be expected. Likewise the apartment block in which the b&b is located isn't the prettiest of buildings, and also isn't the easiest to find. That doesn't mean that the area is bad however - not at all. The local residents are for the most part extremely friendly and helpful and there are plenty of shops within easy walking distance selling everything under the sun - including a fairly large Carrefour supermarket. Once there for a while you begin to sense that Scafati is the 'real' Italy, experiencing as you do day-to-day life for Italians themselves, a million miles away from what it is like in the main tourist areas and hotels.
The b&b is run by Anna, her daughter Maria and her son Mario. To say they are friendly is a complete understatement - they are some of the warmest, most genuine people you will ever come across anywhere, and they care on a scale very rarely experienced. Nothing, but nothing, is too much trouble and you need only ask if there's anything in particular that is required and it will appear. They don't actually live on the premises - occupying as they do an adjacent apartment - and so depending on how many guests are staying you may find you have the entire apartment to yourself. The three bedrooms are all comprehensively equipped - as are the adjacent bathrooms - and the whole place is an oasis of calmness and is also both spacious and spotlessly clean. The balconies face south and have views of the hills over which you can drive to get to Amalfi and Positano. From the kitchen/breakfast room balcony there is a view towards Vesuvius. If you have a car there is a private garage in which to park, or alternatively Scafati Circumvesuviana railway station is about a 10 to 15 minute walk - from Naples Garibaldi look for trains to this station, since trains to Scafati mainline station, although closer to the b&b, are far less frequent. From the airport, firstly use the Alibus which goes direct to Garibaldi every 20 minutes or so.
Despite what some reviewers have written, the pleasant, level walk to Pompei only takes about 20 to 30 minutes maximum along a main road full of people and shops. Alternatively, you can use the aforementioned rail line or the local bus. It is also easy to get to Sorrento on the same rail line, with one change, and onwards from there to both Positano and Amalfi. Ercolano is en-route to Naples itself and does not require any changes. Driving around the Naples area and also along the Amalfi coast is definitely not for the faint-hearted, and although having a car has its benefits it is certainly not a pre-requisite - indeed, it's less stressful to use public transport.
Would we go back to A Casa di Mario? In a heartbeat - it represents an excellent, value-for-money alternative to what can be very expensive accommodation in this part of the world. It may not have stunning views from every angle - but those views come at a very high price. Save your money and stay where you will be welcomed as part of the family and experience something you will never forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The B&B “acasadimario” is ready to receive you in a structure with renewed and pleasant atmospheres. For its perfect centrality in the zone more high cultural historical artistic thickness//lives is own an optimal starting point in order to carry out excursions in the most famous partenopei places. Beyond ancient Pompei, in fact, approachable in comfortably on foot single 10 minutes or with the car or public transports in 5 minutes. ... more less