Hotel Olimpico

May 20

Peppino at Hotel Olimpico

In the morning Peppino was on duty in the breakfast room again with his smiling face. He was holding a  frying pan with four sunny side up eggs, decorated with a tomato in the middle. Breakfast at Hotel Olimpico was a huge buffet with everything you could imagine.

Breakfast at Hotel Olimpico

It was a beautiful morning so we ate outside on one of the terraces and enjoyed the ambience. The grounds were perfectly manicured and landscaped and everything was gorgeous. I wish we were staying here for a couple of days.

Grounds at Hotel Olimpico

Private Beach

There was a private beach just across the street and I could not believe all the amenities included in the price here.There were tennis courts that were free, bocce courts, a free shuttle service to Salerno and other locations on the Amalfi Coast.

Tennis courts at Hotel Olimpico

Swimming pool at Hotel Olimpico

This place is wonderful. It is family run and this morning I had the pleasure of meeting Gaetano, who is one of the young owners.

Hotel Olimpico Bar

When I mentioned that we were driving to the Amalfi Coast and then on to Rome, he was so helpful in providing a map with detailed instructions to get to the Amalfi Coast road by bypassing Salerno.

Amalfi Coast road

There was a marathon going on today in Salerno, he explained and the streets would be closed to traffic in the center of town.

He also said that the autostrada from Sicily to Salerno is the worst one in Italy and is always under construction. He said that the one between here and Rome is a much better one, and in fact, the best in Italy. So at least that is something to look forward to for this last day of driving in Italy.

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About margieinitaly

The first time I traveled to Italy I fell in love with it. I started this blog when I was preparing to go to Italy for the third time. It seemed like I could never get enough of this beautiful place.I thought after that I wouldn't feel the need to return, but in less than a year I made my 4th trip to this beautiful country of my grandparents. I have just returned from a wonderful trip there and I know that I will be back sometime in the future. I feel at home there! I am a second-generation Italian-American with a passion for travel, and a particular love of Italy. I am a freelance writer and photographer, and write for La Gazzetta Italiana as well as several websites. I recently published a photo book from the first of three months in Italy, and have just completed writing my first book, "Memoirs of a Solo Traveler - My Love Affair with Italy," which is based on this blog and my solo travel adventure to Italy.
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7 Responses to Hotel Olimpico

  1. Bonnie D. says:

    Sounds like a great day and the owners instructions on how to get from point A to point B is a cosmic payback for the all day marathon of misery driving in Sicily! In re the Hotel Olimpico, beautiful place, in re the bocce courts being free, that is probably mandatory in Italy, lol! Here is a question that I have not seen answered. What does Amalfi stand for? We call this side of Florida the Gold Coast for the high number of millionaires centered in the Sarasota area and points south. Most coasts pick up various names like that so I wonder if Amalfi stands for “Margie keeps coming back” or something more local (____smiling____).

    • Bonnie, Although one of the major towns along this coast is named Amalfi, and this area used to be the “Republic of Amalfi,” the name actually was from a beautiful nymph that was buried here by the Roman gods, and people flocked here to pay homage to her. You can read more about here here…http://www.italyvacations.com/destination/amalfi-coast/history-culture

      • Bonnie D. says:

        This is my second attempt to respond. I love this blog but I am begining to hate wordpress. It keeps asking for my password and then taking me to a page that has nothing to do with this blog. I have no patience as you well know but I did want to say that I like the site you sent me to review on the Amalfi coast history. Pretty interesting place.

  2. That sight of that road is really beautiful!

  3. The Amalfi Coast road is narrow and full of S-bends and switchbacks, where sometimes around a bend one car going in one direction must back down until the other car can go. This is why it is a challenge driving on it! I write more in a later post titled “Driving on the Amalfi Coast Road.”

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