We booked 4 nights at B&B Vienna through Venere. It was easy to reach from Naples airport with an hourly bus dropping us 5 mins from the B&B (10 euros each way). Vienna is the owner and her mother was there to welcome us on day 1 as she was away. The entrance is rather off puting as you go through a gloomy garage, then enter the block through a dark hallway before taking the lift to the fourth floor. You have to put a 5 cent coin in the slot to make the lift work.
The B&B is basically an apartment with three bed rooms - all ensuite - with a communal kitchen where breakfast is taken. It is fairly well kept, if simple. The three rooms overlook other blocks of flats and a useful but noisy railway line passes near the back of the building. Vienna sets out the breakfast each night and it is a self service job in the morning. Breakfast tends to be toast, jam, tea,coffee cake and cereals. Supplies of things like tea bags are a bit hit and miss, and when they ran out were not replaced.Trains run between Sorrento town and Naples (4 euros each way). It is a metro system with many stops including Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is well know as a haunt for pick pockets, although fortunately we had no experience of this. The trains are very shabby but run every 30 minutes, keep to time and are cheap.
There is a rocky beach accessed by lift about 15 minutes stroll away. There is a small scruffy free beach or you can pay for sunshades and loungers on the pay beach.
There are about four reasonably priced restaurants within a few minutes walk of the B&B, alternatively you can catch the train or bus into Sorrento town where there is a good choice of more expensive eating establishments.
We only had four nights at Vienna and made trips to the famous Pompeii ruins, which is a huge site - 11 euros admission. We travelled by fast ferry to Capri - a very busy place in high season 33 euros return, and took the train into Naples which was real culture shock. A dirty crazy city, but somewhere you should visit.
Overall. B&B was clean and comfortable but not luxurious. Vienna; a very pleasant lady who lets you get on with your own thing but will offer advice if needed.
We visited in July which is high season. The whole region is very crowded; almost claustrophobic. It is very hilly so be prepared for a lot of walking. We did not think it was our sort of place for a summer holiday, no pool and hardly any beach. The area is busy and not what I would call relaxing. For a minibreak to somewhere steeped in history, with spectacular views it proved enjoyable, and reasonably affordable. The location of B&B close to the station made it easy to get around.
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