Villa San Gennariello
It is a splendid eighteenth-century villa set in leafy grounds with palms, rare plants and trees over a hundred years old. This remarkable place, which was once part of the old Bourbon pheasant-shooting retreat connected to the Royal Palace in Portici, is still as beautiful and impressive today as it was when Portici was the favourite destination of eighteenth-century noblemen. Today the town is attractive in itself and also a good starting-point for those wishing to explore the area and visit sites of archaeological interest and great natural beauty. It is close to the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii and to Sorrento and Naples, while the coast, dominated by the brooding Vesuvius, looks across to the enchanting islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida.Villa San Gennariello is a corner of paradise. The Bed and Beakfast, part of the villa's lodge, consists of three sunny rooms - one of them with a small terrace and cooking facilities. Each room is provided with private bathroom.
In summer it is possible to have breakfast outside in the magnificent courtyard with its charming marble fountain, sit and relax or read on the benches in the grounds, or sun-bathe in a natural sun-trap.
Car-parking is available.
Pets are allowed but please give advance warning.
Dinners and receptions are held in the reception rooms and grounds of the villa.
You can easily reach the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, and also Sorrento on the Circumvesuviana, a picturesque and value-for-money local railway. Shopaholics can visit the nearby Torre del Greco, famous all over the world for its production of pearls and coral, while nature-lovers can explore the superb national park of Vesuvius. It is also possible to visit the eighteenth-century Vesuvian Villas which, in Spring often provide the setting for concerts and cultural and literary events.
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This page was last updated: 06 July 2010