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Just back from a week in the family run Villaggio Verde booked through Thomson Small Friendly. The chalet was clean and compact albeit quite dark . It was situated at the far end of the site, surrounded by orange and lemon trees, with a small balcony outside the entrance door. and apart from the Cockerel next door which crowed every morning at about 4.30am was very quiet but ear plugs worked!! Because of the direction the chalet was there was not any direct sun so sitting outside was shaded by the overhanging trees etc. The pool and during June was only open until 6pm but by then the sun had moved so it was difficult to sit in the sun at the end of the day when returning from a day out. The pool and bar though I think is open later in July and August. The Hotel is at the top of a very steep hill, a fact that is not mentioned in the Thomson description, we are not unfit, and after a few days of sometimes tramping up the hill 2 or 3 times a day our legs were certaiinly feeling the strain!! However, the staff were very friendly and helpful, would phone for restaurant bookings etc and arrange any transport that was available. When they discovered it was my husbands birthday we were given a bottle of Fizz in an ice bucket, which we found in our room on returning from our evening out . Sorrecnto is a very busy and cosmopoliton city, lots of cars and mopeds, too many really, which drove like formula one drivers through the very narrow roads and streets!! There are lots of resaurants and cafes, some good some bad, and difficult to get into in the evenings if you had not booked. Tip if you find one you like during the day book a table to avoid disappointment. We did the usual trips, Pompeii and Herculaneum, Capri and Amalfi which are all recommended. We chose the Capri select trip which was a small boat with only 12 passengers, picked up and dropped back off at the hotel, which was a bonus. Capri again though was very busy and commercialised, apparantly the other island Ischia is prettier but again very busy. In July and August it must be difficult to get around. Best meals were at Donna Sofia and the family restaurant Da Cataldo down on the Marina Grande cost a little more but worth it.
Don't get a room near the crowing cockerel, or you'll be awake at 5.00am every morning, when I mentioned this to the holiday advisor he mockingly said have' nt you killed it yet so thomson obviously new of the problem, otherwise hotel not to bad.
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