We spent five nights at Villa Hilda in January. The first thing to be aware of is the narrowness of the only road – Via Alberi – just before it reaches Villa Hilda. On no account accept a rental car upgrade, even if offered free. We had a Fiat Panda and that just about squeezed between the stone walls on either side of the road at one point. A rental car is really essential if you are staying at Villa Hilda. We picked up our car at Naples Airport. There are no car rental desks in the airport arrivals hall. You need to go out of the right side of the hall, past a taxi rank and across the road to a car park. Keeping to the right, there is an area marked car rentals where a regular minibus transfers back and forth to the rental cars area which is in a large compound just around the next corner on the right – easily walkable if the minibus is delayed.
Villa Hilda is in the village of Montechiaro, just off the main coast road down to Sorrento after passing Vico Equense. There is a new sign for Montechiaro to the left that gives more warning than the one opposite the turning on Googlemaps. The road immediately turns right parallel to the main road and begins to climb up the hill. Villa Hilda is effectively at the very end of this road so it is a case of pressing on even when the road seems to be impossibly narrow. The scraped and dented nature of local cars served to underline that great care is needed!
Villa Hilda is on the ground floor of a large house in its own compound – elevated on the coastal side with a lovely view across the bay to Vesuvius. The weather in January did not unfortunately allow us to sit on the terrace and admire the view. A good breakfast was instead provided in the kitchen by Hilda each morning. Hilda also provides fairly basic evening meals if requested. Most of the time we ventured down into Sorrento to eat and found the very central Syrenuse Bar/Ristorante to be a good and reliable option.
The location is very central for Sorrento, the Amalfi coast, Pompeii and Vesuvius – all of which we easily accessed by car. One other place we can recommend is the Palace of Caserta, just north of Naples. This is on the scale of Versailles, with lovely rooms and gardens.
Perhaps we didn't see the best of Villa Hilda in January - it is much more a summer than a winter kind of place, but we enjoyed Hilda's hospitality and kindness (including flags and cake with candle for my birthday!) and the wonderful views across the Bay of Naples.
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