Last week before going to Naples the first thing I did was to check with the blogger community for suggestions on a place to stay. I have to thank Walks of Italy for the two accommodation suggestions made as both were fabulous. We ended up staying at the Dante B&B, so named due to its spectacular location overlooking the beautiful Piazza Dante.
Our room (like all the rooms) was spacious and comfortable. The building is old so ceilings are high and the windows are the fabulous thick wood (about six inches thick) that it's hard to come by nowadays.
The rooms are simply furnished with a comfortable bed & fold out couch and immaculately clean. All rooms have their own bath, each well lit with good showers and plenty of hot water.
Owners Simona and Marco are delightful. Marco works full time and when he's free his passion is fishing. He took his boat out a few times while we were there and managed to catch a few calamari. The next time we're in Naples we hope to go fishing with him. The idea is so enticing we may just go down for a day of fishing. Marco helps out with the B&B, but it's Simona who dedicates herself full time to its operation.
Simona and Marco live in another location, but Simona arrives first thing in the morning arms full of freshly baked pastries & breads for breakfast. The breakfast area is cozy and bright. During the day when Simona is not around you can still make yourself a tea or coffee or help yourself to juice and water. Wifi is available on the premises so I used the breakfast room to work in when I wasn't in my room.
My favorite breakfast item by far was this casatiello, a thick bread stuffed with salami, prosciutto and eggs. The morning Simona served it it was so warm, soft on the inside and with a crunchy crust. It's considered ann Easter bread but is available year round.
The best thing about this B&B is its unbeatable location: right smack in the center of Naples centro storico overlooking the lovely and expansive Piazza Dante: my favorite piazza in Naples. Beautiful view, great restaurants and pasticcerie wherever you turn; one of the streets leading off the piazza is the hub of Naples bookstores....both current and antique. In the afternoon and evening the piazza becomes a playing area for kids and there are always a half dozen or so impromptu soccer games going on. Recently the piazza has become a pedestrian only area keeping it quiet and beautiful.
Simona has arrangements with local parking garages for those arriving by car. The term garage is perhaps a stretch, but it's an economical and ideal place to leave your car. A tad sketchy, but adequate.
And the price? Shockingly affordable for such a perfect spot. The Dante B&B is now my home away from home in Naples.