Tucked on the sleepy little island of Ischia in the village of Lacco Ameno, just off the Amalfi Coast of Naples, Italy on one quiet lane of oleander, grapevine, olive and bougainvillea-- one block from the Mediterranean lies the Hotel Villa Campos Bed And Breakfast. Run by a lovely local family; if value, comfort and relaxing atmosphere are your pleasure, this is your destination. From the sun drenched pool-- clay vase splashing water into azure depths to the shaded archways of the outdoor dining area; sun dappled patio complete with inviting tables and chairs to the scent of herbs growing in the garden--this establishment feels more like your own private hideaway than a hotel.
The international traveler will appreciate the addition of in-room televisions, hair dryers and fans. Shuttered windows provide both privacy and access to soft breezes. Included is an Italian breakfast of custard filled coronet crescent, your choice of coffee, juice, cereal and yoghurt. The true delight is in the evening meal (astoundingly included). The bounty of the island presented each night; two choices of repast offered. Locally caught seafood, island rabbit, pasta course including Ischia herbs or tomato pomodoro, garden tomatoes, soft mozzarella and (optional) wines are served in the amber tones of twilight.
Local connection to businesses such as car/scooter hire, discounted thermal baths and treatments are available for the asking. A small fleet of buses circle the island, ‘CD’ going clockwise and ‘CS’ going anticlockwise offer the cheapest form of transport from one enclave to the next. (1.20 EUR for ninety minute access). For those with motorbike license and experience, scooter rental is THE way to explore all the winding byways. Around each turn is a new delight. Whether terraced vineyard, azure cove with gaily coloured umbrellas dotting pristine beaches, or stunning rock face tumbling to the sea, be prepared to have the breath stolen from you, camera ever at the ready.
The village of Lacco Ameno offers a quiet cove, yachts moored in its gentle water and the famous mushroom shaped ‘Il Fungi’ rock formation standing silent watch at the end of strolling pier. Daily pause (siesta) from 1 to 5pm allow shops full of tempting wares to re-open well into the evening. The annual Ischia Film festival in late June/early July bring international attention and celebrity to the tiny village. Other than this brief two week period, one can expect to hear Italian as the lingua franca with the occasional German voice. Largely undiscovered by the English speaking world, this is a find worth the travel. Ferry boats access the island at regular intervals from the Mergellina pier in Napels/Napolina. (16,00 EUR per person) Eight p.m. last sailing.
Be prepared to fall in love with Ischia and your hosts at the Hotel Villa Campo.
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