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Very close to the local railway and the drop off point for the airport bus service to Naples.
The apartments are set away from the tourist spot. When you exit the door you are imeadiately in part of the old town.a couple of doors up is a great shop doing fresh baked bread and a host of local delicacies.
We had a standard apartment which was more than adequate at a very reasonable rate.the higher priced ones must be special.
The owner Luginee spoke perfect English and was help full in the extreme.
All in all a great experience.
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Siamo stati molto bene..il proprietario Sig.Luigi e'stato molto cortese.L'appartemento dispone di tutto il necessario .Solo il terzo piano risente della mankanza di un ascensore ma..prezzo conveniente e attivita fisica 'non fanno mai male soprattutto in vacanza.Consigliatissimo!!
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Wij hadden appartement nr. 15, Ruim appartement met 2-persoonsbed en douche/toilet op vide. Leuk terrasje en op het appartement groot dakterras met ligbedden. De eigenaar van Villino Castellano is de meest vriendelijke en behulpzame man die je je kunt voorstellen. Meta is niet erg toeristisch en dan vonden wij juist de charme van de plaats: je voelt je in het "echte" Italie. Wil je wat meer terrassen en winkels, dan is Sorrento met de Circumvesuviana (trein Napels-Sorrento) in 2 haltes bereikbaar. Het strand vonden wij (70+) wat ver om te lopen, maar er is een uitstekende busverbinding naar toe. Halte vlakbij het appartement en bus stopt bij het strand. Leuk strand met ligstoelen en parasols. Wij waren 2 weken in Meta en hebben het uitstekend naar ons zin gehad. In een uur ben je met de trein bij Pompei of Napels. Wij vonden Napels ook een geweldige stad. Wij bevelen Villino Castellano zeer aan. Het appartement is eenvoudig maar doelmatig ingericht en alles functioneert. Dat hebben wij in Italie ook wel anders meegemaakt. Een aanrader voor diegenen die niet van constante toeristenmassa's houden. En niet te vergeten Pasticceria Romani, de banketbakker, met het heerlijkste gebak. Vanuit Napels komen mensen hier hun gebak halen. Onze vaste stop elke ochtend in het dorp. Vlakbij het appartement een bakker met elke dag vers brood.
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Overall rating:TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: 4.5Based on 36 traveler reviews
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We booked the room 22 for five days in July. It was nice and clean, all needs met. There was a TV, shower, cooker, fridge and freezer. No air conditioning, but as we had a balcony and a big fan, it made no difference. This apartment was in two floors, separated by a nice spiral staircase. We have two children under the age of six, but had no bother with the stairs. The biggest problem we had around the children was the upstairs, as although it was safely fenced off so that you couldn't fall down, the kids were still small enough to fit through the metal poles. thankfully they took our word for if and stopped trying soon enough. We had a double bed, single bed and a sofa bed for a family of four which was plenty. Only issue we had with the apartment was that there was no hot water when we got there, but we turned the boiler on in the bathroom and got hot showers within the hour. Not a real problem.
The owner,Luigi, was a total star. He lives on the upstairs apartment and was always on hand when needed. He provided us with loads of maps, recommendations and useful information throughout our visit. He was great with children too, who absolutely loved him. His English was excellent, although we preferred to practice our pidgeon Italian on him.
This apartment is located in Meta, which is a lovely place full of locals, not tourists. It's only five minutes away from Sorrento on a train, which goes every fifteen minutes or so and only costs 1,30 per adult and children go free. The tickets could be bought at the station. No bother at all. You can also get to Napoli in the same train, costing 3,60 for an adult. It takes about an hour, or you can get off earlier at Pompeii. So the transport is not a problem at all.
Meta itself is quite small, all walking distance. The beach is 900 metres away and took us about twenty minutes with the young kids. It's all downhill going there, and uphill on the stairs on the way back. Luigi has a deal with a local shuttle bus though, who will pick up from the beach and take back to the apartment for just an euro per person. We found this totally unnecessary, though. There are two big supermarkets in Meta, plenty of small shops and some restaurants. Better self-catering, or going to Sorrento where restaurants are everywhere - though prices are a lot higher there. The pizzeria across the road from the apartment is lovely, with brilliant staff and good prices. It's only 12 Euros for a huge family pizza, 6 for a regular one and 5 for a nice meal of gnocchi. Well worth a try. There is a nice place called Ristobar right up the stairs from the beach too, with nice food and lovely staff - again, with really good prices. We had three pizzas, an antipasti, two bottles of juice, water, two bottles of wine and a plate of gnocchi for sixty Euros.
We stayed in apartment No.12 for 2 weeks and it was lovely. The apartment was lovely and clean with a beautiful little terrace, where we had breakfast each morning. Our host Luigi was very helpful and always on hand to give us advise. The roof terrace was amazing with views of the sea and mountains, which we often had all to ourselves. We chose Meta as our base, as it was so easy to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento and the Amalfi coast. The apartment was only a short walk to both the bus and train, which were very cheap and reliable.
We would definitely recommend this apartment.
We lived in amazing apartment No 15. It is a studio with terrace and beauty views to mountains and Sorrento. A very quiet, cozy apartments house and area.Only 300 meters walk from the railway Circumvesuviana, from which you can reach Sorrento, Pompei, Ercolano, Oplantis (charming), and bus stop to beach, Sorrento, in a time Amalfi, Positano. We used the trains daily because this area is wonderfull. From roof sun terrace we overlooking surroundings and unique sun set. Near very good pizzeria Guliano, all pizza very tasty and a small price. Luigi was so kind and helpful, he is take care about every guest.We are grateful Luigi.
We chose Meta as a base for exploring the area around Sorrento as it gave good rail access but was not in busy Sorrento itself. Luigi met us on arrival and was very thorough with all the information to make our stay in the area and the apartment itself, a memorable one. We chose an apartment with a mezzanine bedroom and it would be a little difficult for those who are not able bodied. We did find cooking meals on the stove where only one burner could be used at a time to be a little challenging. The foibles of a century old house I suppose. The suggested restaurant nearby provided lovely home cooked food for a bargain 12 Euro.
We stayed in apartment 15,a large room for a studio and mezzanine bedroom with a lovely terrace outside the patio doors.A very quiet house and area.Only a few minutes walk from the railway and bus stop,very convenient.We used the trains daily,it couldn't be easier,very helpful staff at railway-a cheap way to travel without traffic jams.The Sorrento area is fantastic,so much to see and do.Luigi was so kind and helpful and he gave so much advise and information and was always available,we took advantage of the restaurant he recommended twice.The food was as good as anything we'd had all holiday and for 12 euros for 3 full courses with a bottle of wine and a large bottle of water -a real bargain!!We had a fantastic holiday.Thank you Luigi.
Just home following a relaxing holiday at Villino Castellano. The accommodation is as described by others and Luigi is an excellent host. His English is excellent and he is a mine of information. Our only problem was the lack of comfortable seating as my husband has a bad back and found the chairs not great - in fairness this was not Luigi's fault as these things are hit & miss for those with back problems. The location is great being near the train station and bus stop. You can be in Sorrento in a few minutes but as it is full of tourists and generally very busy, it's good to stay in a small town(for us anyway).
We had a great stay in one of Luigi's apartments. Everything is as described and the location is great. Only a few minutes away from the train station where you can get the train to Sorrento - the ride is only 6 minutes.
Meta is a nice little town with almost no tourists. Within in a few metres from the apartments there are both a nice pizzeria, pasticceria as well as a cheese factory with a shop.
We had a great stay at Villino Castellano last Fall, for 9 days of our belated honeymoon. Luigi is very helpful and a fantastic resource, which was one of the many reasons we chose his apartments. Traveling to Italy for the first time we enjoyed having his expertise available and as a host he was very gracious. My husband and I stayed on the first floor in a big one-bedroom garden courtyard apartment including an outside seating area, a kitchenette (we made many meals with local produce) with dining area, a comfy couch, and a TV. Perfect! The apartment isn't fancypants but it suits our purpose and is quiet, so we were well-rested for our travels to Pompeii, Vesuvius, Oplantis, Herculano, Paestum (a day-trip via hired car), and of course Sorrento. What an amazing area to explore! We wanted to saturate ourselves in a region rather than "if it's Saturday it must be Rome" for our first trip to Italy, and we chose wisely by staying in Meta.
The Villino is well-situated for easy access via bus or train all over the region, yet away from the hustle & bustle of Sorrento. Just a short walk will get you to public transit. We recommend taking advantage of the discount passes to several ruins, and the train passes were a good deal too.
A walk around the charming town of Meta di Sorrento was amazing, everyone was very nice especially the lovely lady at the bakery a few houses down; there's even a cheese maker right across the street! The pizzeria across from the bakery is very good. Being a small town many places close up in the afternoon for a "siesta", and some are be closed on Sunday too, so we stocked up on groceries in the fridge. There's so much to enjoy in Meta, from the historical church (the heart and soul of Meta), to the cobbled streets and pastel-colored homes, to the popular beach just a quick bus ride down the hill. We didn't have a chance to enjoy the dinner deal Luigi has set with a nearby restaurant but we heard from other guests that it's good. A romantic place for dinner overlooking the ocean is from the terrace of "Tico Tico", such a lovely view and great food. We also enjoyed having drinks with Michelangelo at the "Like Cafe" across from the Covent Garden pub.
There's not a lot to add that everyone else hasn't said. We'd love to come back and stay again, for sure. There's so much more to explore! A must-see is the ruin of Oplantis, not the most famous but our favorite of the scavis. Pompeii is also a must, of course. The train from Meta will take you to many ruins. The Greek temple ruins at Paestum are a full day's trip that can be arranged and include a scenic drive through Ravello (go to Cumpa' Cosimo for lunch and say hello to Mama!), and the picture-postcard towns of Amalfi and Positano.
Our host Luigi is wonderful and we greatly enjoyed his hospitality. We're so happy he's opened up his beautiful home to guests, what a treat. Watching the sunset over Ischia from the roof of the Villino is breath-taking and unforgettable. Luigi, thank you so much for helping make a memorable and unique vacation, it could not have been more perfect. Molte grazie.
We stayed here for a week in April. Our 2nd floor apartment was spacious, clean, and reasonably well equipped and comfortable. The cooker was adequate to prepare simple dishes and large mugs were provided for tea and coffee. (No kettle of course though). Basic cleaning materials were provided, and other guests had left salt and sugar in the cupboard. The bed was comfortable if firm (sheets and blankets, no duvet) and the bathroom and shower were fine. Towels were thin and definitely not fluffy,but effective.
The apartment building was lovely, and I imagine it would be cool in summer. There are stone lions in the hall and lemon(citron) trees in the garden. It is a short walk from the station and main road/bus stop. The nearby bakery sells most of the food you would want to buy, including lovely buffalo mozzarella, and the small supermarket is not too far away. The area is pleasant and feels safe. Lots of hills and not many pavements of course.
As mentioned by others, Luigi the proprietor was friendly and helpful and provided us with all the information we needed.
Some points to consider:
You will almost certainly be going out sightseeing every day; this means taking the commuter train (circumvesuviana) whenever you go out. You might get sick of it after several days! If you are doing a trip from Sorrento, eg Positano by bus or Capri by ferry, you will need to coordinate the transport with the train timetable, which is fine for early risers but not so convenient for those wanting a more relaxed start: there are only 2 trains per hour with a bit of a gap between 9-10am.
Food: the nearest restaurant is amazing value with Luigi's 12 euro dinner deal, but the menu is restricted, the decor a bit canteenish and for my taste, I couldn't have eaten there every night. My opinion - the mussels were lovely, the pizza and seafood pasta good, the wine pleasant (especially the white) but the Aubergine roll is a slice of Aubergine battered, deep fried and rolled up. So if you like the sound of that, you will probably be happy to eat there every night and will welcome the arrival of the large plate of complimentary deep fried dough balls.
Other restaurants (eg Tico Tico which we really liked) are a 20-30 minute walk or a bus ride.
If you stayed in Sorrento there would be less commuting and a bigger choice of restaurants, but then it's very touristy and quite expensive. The choice is yours.
We wanted to stay away from Sorrento as it gets too crowded for my liking in summer months. But at the same time I wanted to stay somewhere nearby to visit all the attractions like Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. Meta fits the bill perfectly and it even has probably the only decent beach in the whole region.
Came across Luigi's apartment through TA and e-mail communication went smoothly. He wanted my credit card deatils but did not charge me anything in advance. Payment had to be in cash on arrival. There is an ATM nearby if you do not want to carry cash but beware of withdrawal limits.
We felt very safe in the neighbourhood walking late at night and hardly came across any tourists. Compare that to Sorrento!! I noted a previous comment about Meta being not very touristy. Everyone is to their taste. I was very happy to sample a little bit of local life rather than resort like towns.
We were family of 4, kids 12 & 8 and opted for a 3rd floor apartment whcih was reasonably spacious and had a slither of view over the bay with 2 balconies. The apartments are basic but you have to consider the rent which is very reasonable. It was nice and clean on arrival with plenty of bed sheets, pillow and towels. Understandably don't expect very fluffy fancy towels but perfectly acceptable.
The 2 negative points were : there was no a/c in the living area and the bathroom was small and the hot water ran out pretty quickly. But overall these were not big issues. A/c in the main room worked very well. I had no problem with noise or hard bed and slept like a baby after tiring days.
Importantly plenty of storage space for families travelling with kids.
TV had only italian channels.
Kitchen had an electric hob, plenty of utensils. No ketttle and make sure not to switch on all the hobs ain full blast at the same time as that'll blow the fuse. The water is really hard and leaves mark but perfectly OK to drink straight from the tap.
Washing machine came very handy.
Internet was a bit dodgy in the beginning. There are 2 modems and later I found out the better one and it worked well. Note w-fi and A/c are not included but not too pricey.
Luigi is a very friendly chap, who lives on the top floor and provided plenty of good advice. He has arrangements with Ninnuccio restaurant and Lido Marinella and we took full advantage of those. I honestly can't fault Ninnuccio. Yes it's not that posh but the food was one of the best that we ate in Italy. I thought 12 euros including wine was a cracking deal and their a-la-carte menu was also pretty good. In my opinion the food was better than much more expensive Tico Tico.
As mentioned freshly made bread and take away pizza joint literally a stone's throw.
I can't undestand the problem of not finding the apartment in this day and age of Google street view. 5 minutes from the church, main bus stop and to Station and 20 minutes to the beach ( longer in mid day sun).
All trains stop at Meta. Familiarise yourself with the time table and make sure you don't miss the last train !!
The only gripe is that to catch the SITA bus it is better to go to Sorrento as although the buses do stop at Meta but in August you won't have any chance of seating in rush hour.
The beach was OK for southern Italian beaches which are not that great and as expected one has to pay. One morning was enough for us.
I am not saying this is the best aprtment that we had ever stayed but considering the money I paid it was an extremely good value and the money saved by not eating out or staying in fancy hotels was well spent on buying lovely inlaid wood works and Limoncelo from Sorrento and travelling across the Amalfi coast.
So don't come here if looking for luxury or all mod-cons but do come here if you are looking for a relatively cheap family apartment in a small town very conveniently placed.
Milie Grazie Luigi.
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