After a long day of travelling from Viareggio to Naples by almost every mode of transportation known to man, we made it to the B&B Orsini 46 and called their number to advise them of our arrival.
I must admit that I was feeling some trepidation at the prospect of finding ourselves swindled in some way, like so much of the pop culture would have you believe, by the Napoletani.
I needn’t have worried.
We were greeted by our lovely host, Manuela, who explained that she was suffering from a headache, but who then graciously spent the next hour (along with her husband, Gabriele, who joined us later) advising us on places to see, places to eat (and where NOT to eat), potential plans if the weather was good, or bad, and, of course, where to get the BEST babà, sfogliatelle, and pizza. She marked everything down on a map of the city for us.
This, of course, does not mean that the B&B itself was not spectacular. If the hosts were the epitome of what you would expect from a B&B-teur (if I may) then the B&B itself was the epitome of the place you would want to lay your head at night.
Our room, the Ischia, was very spacious, bright, tastefully decorated, and CLEAN. We had initially thought to bring our daughter and a single bed had been made beside the queen size with matching bedding. I don’t know about you, but these touches matter to me. If anything, I like consistency!
The bathroom had a lovely, large, shower with rainfall head that heated quickly and lots of counter space for my various beauty ‘necessities’.
We spent the rest of the day sightseeing, then eating pizza at a little restaurant I will tell you about later (with the BEST tomato sauce I have ever eaten in my life) and then came back ‘home’ and went to bed.
In the morning, we were awakened by a soft knock at the door with our breakfast.
Oh….did I forget?
Manuela told us to leave a sticky note on the door at night with the time we would like our breakfast to be delivered in the morning.
Talk about going above and beyond! Talk about delighters!
The tray that was brought in was a breakfast dream come true.
Hot coffee with steamed milk, pre-measured cereal in bowls, an assortment of fresh fruit, two brioches, yogurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, and an assortment of crackers. Of course, there were tea cups and a variety of teas, but, well, I couldn’t have cared less. I need my coffee in the mornings!
The tray itself was decorated just as tastefully as the rest of the room, the tablecloth that was provided matched the colors of the room. Now, I don’t know if this is done on purpose, but if it is – wow!
We ate our breakfast leisurely and marvelled at the service. This was the first time either of us had had such service and I don’t think either of us had felt so relaxed for AGES.
After a breakfast like this, we were ready to start our day.
The B&B is centrally located in the Santa Lucia area and if you can’t reach most of the major sites by foot, you are extremely close to public transportation hubs. In the 2 days that we were in Napoli, we were not once burdened by our location. It was a pleasure to walk past the church, San Francesco di Paola, each day and to take in the everyday scene of Napoli – kids racing past on motorinos, wildly gesticulating people having passionate arguments about politics (or maybe just coffee), or stylish men and women setting the fashion trend for the rest of us.
Our experience at the B&B Orsini 46 exceeded our expectations and now, aside from having a new place to stay when we visit Napoli, we have two more friends.