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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hotel Dania Capo di Sorrento

Friendly, family run hotel has wonderful views across the Bay of Naples

The Hotel Dania is surrounded by greenery
If you are looking for a good hotel in a quiet location outside Sorrento, consider booking a stay at the Hotel Dania.
Housed in an old villa on a panoramic point along the Sorrentine peninsula at Capo di Sorrento, the Hotel Dania is good value and the perfect choice for a relaxing holiday.
The three-star hotel on the Via del Capo has a large terrace overlooking the sea with magnificent sweeping views, from Vesuvius to the point of land known as Capo di Massa, which has the remains of a Saracen stone tower at the tip where the land meets the sea.
From the Dania's dining room you can see cruise ships going past at night, lit up so they look like glittering diamond necklaces strung out over the sea. Sunset over the island of Ischia across the bay also offers a stunning spectacle.
In the mornings you can watch the ferries and hydrofoils crossing from Sorrento to Capri and Ischia, or sailing past Capo di Massa to round Punta Campanella and reach the resorts along the Amalfi coast.
The Hotel Dania is beautifully furnished with traditional antique pieces and local ceramics that have been in the owner’s family for generations. The hotel is well run by the friendly staff, some of whom have worked there for many years.
Sunset over Ischia
Although the hotel is handy for the centre of Sorrento, with two bus services passing the entrance, you have the feeling that you are out in the countryside as you are surrounded by gardens and there is a path flanked by lemon trees and olive groves, in places overhung by grape vines, leading down to the sea.
The hotel has a large swimming pool and a sun terrace with a bar serving drinks and snacks.
A generous buffet breakfast is served each morning and the dining room also offers a lunch and dinner menu.
Editor’s note: “It is nearly 20 years since I first stayed at the Hotel Dania in Sorrento, arriving late at night with my husband and two young children, but I can still remember how we were instantly made to feel welcome and put at our ease by the family who own the hotel. When we woke up the following morning to see the fabulous views from the hotel of the bay of Naples, our love affair with the Dania began and we have returned to stay there many times since.”

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Why stay at Hotel Dania at Capo di Sorrento?

Hotel Dania is in a beautiful, peaceful location at Capo di Sorrento but is still handy for the bars, shops and restaurants of Sorrento, a 10-minute bus ride away.
Capo di Sorrento is the first of a series of lovely villages and beaches along the Sorrentine peninsula, overlooking the bay of Naples.
It is a wonderful base for exploring the Roman ruins and old pathways of this beautiful and unspoilt area, which is not nearly as well known to tourists as the resort of Sorrento itself.

What to see near Hotel Dania at Capo di Sorrento

A short walk from Hotel Dania is the point of land protruding from the Sorrento peninsula known as Punta del Capo.
Many wealthy Romans built holiday villas on the panoramic points along the Sorrento coast and so it is not surprising that there are the extensive remains of a first century Roman villa on Punta del Capo, which you can explore at any time of the day free of charge.
From Via del Capo follow the signs pointing to i ruderi romani (Roman ruins) down to the sea along Via Punta Capo past the church of San Rosario.
Il Bagno della Regina Giovanna
You will come first to a natural triangular pool with an archway of rock over it which is known as il Bagno della Regina Giovanna (Queen Joan’s bath). The clear shimmering water in the pool attracts swimmers and snorkellers in the summer.
On the tip of Punta del Capo are the ruins of a large Roman villa which would once have had grand rooms from which the panoramic views of the bay could be enjoyed. The villa would also have had access from the sea for visitors arriving by boat.
It is believed that the villa was built by wealthy Roman citizen Pollio Felice and that the ruins are of the magnificent holiday home described in the writings of both Horace and the poet Stazio. Pollio Felice was a learned historian, orator and poet who founded a library in Rome and was the protector of Virgil and Horace.
Queen Joan’s bath may have once been the swimming pool for the villa and it is thought there were also some beautiful gardens and a vineyard.
The natural pool may have acquired its name because a 14th century Queen of Naples named Giovanna was known to have frequented the spot with her ladies-in-waiting for bathing. Giovanna was famous both for her beauty and her cruelty towards her subjects and it is believed she came to a violent end, strangled by her nephew.
A lovely beach with an expanse of sand that is free to use can be found at the old fishing village of Marina di Puolo, further along the peninsula.
From the Hotel Dania, you can make your way down to the beach along an old path that goes past olive groves and a vineyard. There is a good sized stretch of grey, volcanic sand open to the public. You can hire sunbeds, deckchairs and umbrellas from Angelo, the resident bagnino, who can usually be found near the restaurant Da Raffaele.

Restaurant recommendation: VerdeMare

VerdeMare Ristorante Pizzeria
A short walk from the Hotel Dania you will find VerdeMare Ristorante Pizzeria, which serves authentic Sorrentine dishes of a very high quality for less than you might pay in the centre of the resort.
The restaurant, at the junction of Via del Capo and Via Nastro Verde, has an extensive menu to choose from.
Look out for gamberi e rucola (fresh prawns on a bed of rocket in a lemon dressing) and spaghetti alla VerdeMare (spaghetti with a rich tomato, vegetable and seafood sauce).
VerdeMare is closed on Wednesdays.

Local specialities: Try gnocchi alla sorrentina, little dumplings made from potato, egg and flour cooked in a rich tomato sauce with mozzarella and basil, or scialatielle ai frutti di mare (fresh pasta strips with shellfish).
A typical fish dish from the area is pezzogna all’acqua pazza, white fish cooked with tomato, garlic and parsley.
Sorrento is a good place to try an authentic pizza, a dish born in nearby Naples . Try Pizza Margherita (with tomato, mozzarella and basil) created in honour of Queen Margherita, wife of Umberto I, King of Italy.

Local wines: White: Light dry, fragrant Falanghina goes perfectly with fish and dishes made with mozzarella, such as insalata caprese.
It is made from grapes grown on the slopes of Vesuvius, along the Sorrentine peninsula or near the Amalfi coast and you don’t very often see it outside Campania, let alone in other countries.
Look out for producers such as Feudi San Gregorio from Avellino and Ocone from Benevento, who are considered to produce high quality wines.
The name falanghina is thought to derive from the latin word phalanga, meaning stake or pole, in reference to the early Greek method of training vines to poles. This proves the wine has very ancient origins and was probably the forerunner of other Campanian white wines, such as Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino.
Falanghina is best drunk young and the more chilled it is, the better.

Shopping: Taste limoncello (Sorrento’s lemon liqueur) while on holiday and then buy a bottle of  it to take home with you. Inlaid wooden objects and locally produced leather goods are also good buys.

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