Bed and Breakfast Sorrento |
Mami residence has three floors. One side of the ground floor was originally used as a storage for farming tools and a barn for cows, bulls, and horses. At the centre there was a baking room with a wood-burning oven where delicious meals and breads were made by skilled hands. On the other side was a warehouse that was used to make and store homemade wine, olive oil, tomato sauce and many other preserved foods to fulfil the family’s needs.
The construction of structure began four centuries ago. The structure was built slowly over time by a farmer as a little farm house where he grew grapes for young, light flavoured wine as well as walnuts, olives, oranges and lemons. The house later became one of the many properties of an aristocratic family in the south of Italy. At the end of World War II, it was rented to an Italian club of wealthy lawyers, politicians, and judges who used the large and fresh rooms in the house for their leisure in Sorrento. The club renovated the structure and modernized the interior.
We had a good feeling about this property since the first moment and we were all motivated. Gradually our dream was turning into reality and our family, well trained in the innkeeper business, was already planning ways to approach this new adventure. All of the family’s emotions and feelings about the future of our combined effort have been transferred to the house.
At the beginning of the 2003 our family stepped inside the dilapidated and very badly damaged structure , deciding to renovate and to give this house back her true nature, so that our guests travelling around Italy will find this house a peaceful shelter just as a ship’s Captain arrives at a safe and protected port after a storm.
The reconstruction began around the end of 2003. My mother offered her skills in designing the interiors. The décor and furniture for all the rooms are her ideas. She shopped in all the stores (up and down – right and left) in Sorrento, searching for unique and simple accessories to give this beautiful house a new; simple; practical and distinguished personality.
My sisters took on the task of selecting interior tiles for the house. They believed that with the beautiful architecture of the house, the tiles must reflect a simple and fresh Mediterranean style. They further found the town of Vietri sul Mare where my sisters were able to pick out those decorative ceramic tiles. Having poured in all the efforts, we couldn’t wait to see this amazing new structure in its full splendour.
On the night of the 5th of May 2004, the house hosted her first guests. It was a windy and rainy night; outside, the storm was making the atmosphere very evocative. In the reception, we could hear very clearly the sounds of the thunder, the rain, and the wind, but the morning after we had an excellent feedback which gratified the works done, and motivate all of us to keep on at the best of our capability.
On its right side, Mami accommodation faces a residential street, via Cocumella. In one direction, the street takes locals and tourists alike to Sorrento’s main square in fifteen minutes on foot; in the other direction, it leads to one of the most beautiful seaside of Sorrentine peninsula. The area has many villas and small farms. Mami house and other buildings dating back to the 1400s make this street and the neighbourhood one of the most fascinating and prestigious of the whole town.