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Hi, my name's Francesca, I live in Massa Lubrense where I work as a freelance translator. Together with my husband, we run a holiday home and we're so much looking forward to having you as our guest in "The Yelllow House".
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Francesca was a wonderful host. She was very welcoming and accommodating. Her apartment was beautiful and clean and spacious, with lovely furnishings. We had a truly authentic experience staying there.
Francesca is a welcoming host who lives just across the street from The Yellow House. She was available and happy to help with anything. The house itself is spotlessly clean and furnished with all the items you need to be comfortable. There are several good restaurants within walking distance, and mini-mart supermarkets just around the corner.
The interior spiral staircase was a bit of a challenge for us, because we're tall, but the two bedrooms open onto the exterior staircase and that was very easy to use. This is a three level home, so someone who has issues with stairs would want to think about that carefully before booking it. The only other issue we had was that the WiFi signal was really only good on the upper floor of the house, but once we figured that out, we adjusted just fine.
We loved Torca and The Yellow House! This is a small village, and we enjoyed hearing the children playing in the village square and the church bells ringing. It was very restful for us, and that's just what we needed. We also used a local car service recommended by Francesca to take us to Pompeii and drive us along the Amalfi Coast. The driver lived near the same village, so he picked us up at the house!
We had a lovely, lovely time in Torca!
Un séjour dans cette maison claire et spacieuse sur la place du village est un moyen idéal pour découvrir la région au rythme italien. L'accueil de Francesca mais également des voisins, en particulier des épiciers, est des plus chaleureux. Une vue magnifique.
Des vacances très sympathiques dans cette maison
We LOVED our stay at the Yellow House. Torca is a lovely little village and the house is right on the Piazza with a view of the sea. Francesca was a wonderful host, leaving us some fresh fruit and a selection of jams and butter, and helping us to organise a taxi. The house was spotless and spacious and perfect for our family of five. We would have liked to stay longer and would love to return again one day. p.s. Do walk the 700 steps down to Marina di Crapolla for an excellent, if exhausting, day trip - it's beautiful!
This was our first time using AirBnB, and I can't imagine having a better experience than the Yellow House, and the incredible host Francesca!! Everything was absolutely fantastic.
We took a wrong train, and ended up getting there quite a bit later than planned and weren't able to get in touch until late, but Francesca and her husband met us at the bus stop and brought us down to the house. She also surprised us with bread and jams, homemade olive oil and wine since it was a special trip for our 10th anniversary! Even with out limited grasp on Italian, everyone in Torca, and the adjacen S. Agata were so kind. I had forgotten to buy basil in the one market, and went back in and they gave it to me for free. Really great people, everywhere we ate in S. Agata was incredible, including the Il Fienile restaurant just up the street (again, people there were so warm and friendly).
You will need to take the bus into Sorrento, so you should at least learn how to say "questo (autobus) si ferma a (Sorrento/St. Agata/etc)" - this came in VERY handy. In just about 5 days we visited Sorrento, Capri Island, Amalfi(incredible), and Pompeii.
If you love to explore, and hate being surrounded by tourists and souvenir shops, this is the place for you - so friendly, beautiful, and a much more authentic experience of Italy in my mind, compared to Sorrento or other more touristy locations. You can still get to those places easily, but Francesca's Yellow House was incredible. I hope that we can come and stay again soon, our best vacation yet!
Thank you so much!
Oh, the nearby hike down to Crapolla is some work, but is really nice - it goes from 600' down to sea level into this tiny little cove. We did that our first day and enjoyed it.
We ( a family of 3, with a 7 year old boy) enjoyed staying in this house tremendously. It is located on the central square in a small village. The house is freshly renovated and simply but tastefully decorated. It has everything one needs for a very comfortable stay. The views from its balconies are picturesque, with a beautiful panorama of the sea down below. Francesca is a very gracious and welcoming host. The village itself is conveniently located within a walking distance from the town of SaintAgata (although the walk itself is along a very narrow and relatively busy street with no sidewalk - typical of the area). There was a bus stop right in front of the house, but we had a car which makes it so much more convenient to move around. There are plenty of great places to visit within 30-45 min drive (again - along very narrow and winding roads, not for novice drivers), from Sorrento to Amalfi coast to Massa Lubrense area. Plenty of good eateries in the area, although all have an almost identical menu ( ranging from good to very good, at varying prices). Some minor cons: internet is slow (hopefully you are not as interested in working on your vacation as I), the church bell next door gets annoying, as it rings every 15 mins day and night(you get used to it), there no beaches nearby, you have to drive to one. Generally beaches are not that good in the area ,.small and rocky, but the views and the sea more than make for that. So to summarize - great house, great host, beautiful area, wonderful places to do sightseeing, rest, and eat. Overall, we loved our stay. Thank you, Francesca.
Francesca was welcoming and informative. She had fruit waiting for us , including fresh lemons from her own trees, plus a small load of bread and jam-jellies plus butter. That was so nice so that we could have something for breakfast. And she explained the local maps and local area. She was great.
This is a great house in the main square of Torca behind the church. Francesca was there to meet me as I got off the bus. She also provided me with times for Sita buses arriving from Sorrento. The house is very tastefully decorated with a full kitchen and two bedrooms. The spiral staircase does present a challenge navigating the 3 floors, but there is also an option to exit the top floor and walk down exterior stairs into the kitchen. There is a little balcony overlooking the square with a view of the sea. A washing machine is also available in case your long travels require some laundry. The clothes will then dry on one of the window balconies on the 3rd floor in the wonderful southern Italian sun and sea breezes. There were also maps of Sant'Agata and the many trails and byways that connect the villages of Massa Lubrense. Francesca was a very kind and conscientious host. The house was immaculate. Overall a nice quiet location to embark on sightseeing to other parts of the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast.
Francesca was a delightful host and this gem of a house was an amazing vacation spot. Francesca greeted us with her car at the bus stop and drove us the 1 km from the bus stop to the Yellow House (there is a bus stop right next to the Yellow House but buses there are far less frequent). The house was spotless and nicely furnished, and the kitchen was equipped with all the basic wares for cooking. Francesca welcomed us with a bowl of fresh fruit, coffee, tea and sugar, homemade olive oil, butter, assortment of small jellies and a loaf of bread. She also had the bus and ferry schedules for the area and numerous maps and tourist information pamphlets at the house. Another nice touch was the small supply of shampoo she had in the house for us to use until we could go to a store and get our own. The master bedroom has a beautiful ocean view, and we were surprised by how close the ocean was (although it's quite a hike to get down to it). The stairs from the main floor to bedrooms were a very narrow and steep spiral staircase and I would not suggest this house for anyone with mobility issues. The hot water was excellent on the premises. We never had even part of a cold shower. There is a market and a small convenience shop on either side of the house for any specific needs, and up the hill 1 km to the next town there is a larger market and bakery and such. If you visit in the winter as we did or any time during rainy season, be forewarned that everything is quite slick. The outside stairs at the house, the roads and the paved walking trails all become really slippery so make sure to bring proper footwear. Also the floors of the house are tile and are quite chilly so slippers or warm socks are a must! We had a washer, which was very nice, but no dryer. This would have been fine except that humidity is very high as the house is right next to the ocean and it took our clothes days to dry. Francesca was very hospitable during our stay and brought us several additional cooking wares at our request. She also brought us some fresh eggs and a traditional Italian New Year's dessert over the course of the week. At the end of our stay she helped us to book our bus tickets back to Rome (as we did not speak any Italian) and let us print our tickets at her home. She speaks English very well and communication was not a problem whatsoever. We really enjoyed the hiking the area had to offer, and the locals are very helpful. Overall a wonderful stay at a beautiful location and I would highly recommend this house and Francesca to anyone who is looking to stay in the area.
Francesca is an amazing host and all we thought was that we were renting an apartment. She made us feel like special guests with fresh fruit, nuts and breakfast food when we arrived. Through out the week she spoiled us with fresh eggs, broccoli and even a homemade pizza. She is so helpful and kind that I was not sure I wanted to leave this nice town of Torca.
I came with my husband and 2 teenage kids and spent 8 days enjoying real italian life and hiking beautiful trails and mountain sides.
We even had an ocean view from our bedroom.
Everything we needed was within walking distance like a pharmacy, grocery stores, bank machine, bakery and nice shops to browse.
Also, Francesca had bus/train schedules, maps and information on all the things to do along the coast which was very useful for us.
We hope to return one day!