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The Norman Balcony

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
3 guests
3 nights minimum
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The apartment is in a historical building, Castel Terracena, the former Norman residential Palace of Salerno, dating to the end of the 11th century. It was erected by Robert the Guiscard, Norman adventurer who conquered Southern Italy, after having defeated the last Longobard prince of Salerno. Castel Terracena is the original name of the building, of which two towers are still discernible among the later structures added on to its original planning. The two towers are linked by the balcony of apartment, where three original mullioned window of the late 11th century are still to be admired. One if these was discovered in January 1999 thanks to the present owner's passion for Archaeology, as she was born in the vicinity of the Greek temples of Paestum and is fascinated by the Medieval past ...The apartment is in a historical building, Castel Terracena, the former Norman residential Palace of Salerno, dating to the end of the 11th century. It was erected by Robert the Guiscard, Norman adventurer who conquered Southern Italy, after having defeated the last Longobard prince of Salerno. Castel Terracena is the original name of the building, of which two towers are still discernible among the later structures added on to its original planning. The two towers are linked by the balcony of apartment, where three original mullioned window of the late 11th century are still to be admired. One if these was discovered in January 1999 thanks to the present owner's passion for Archaeology, as she was born in the vicinity of the Greek temples of Paestum and is fascinated by the Medieval past of Salerno. The apartment is petite, but perfect for two/three people: it was completely renovated a few years ago, and furnished with the exquisite taste by the present owner. In every room there are pieces in terracotta from Vietri sul Mare, a coastal village near Salerno, famous for its production of ceramics with naive patterns inspired by the Mediterranean landscape. The tiles in the kitchen were specially designed by the Liguori brothers, earthenware artists of Raito (Vietri). There is a small entrance, a living room with a sofa-bed for two and a beautiful wardrobe (used as cupboard) of the late 18th century, a kitchen with an antique round table, a bathroom with shower and a small bedroom with a French bed (1,30 mt wide). The apartment is about 50 m. square. The balcony is the most precious corner of the apartment: there you can spend relaxing hours dining at candlelight or drinking a fresh Limoncello. There is no wi-fi in the apartment, byt you can easily buy a usb device in TIM/VODAFONE/etc. shops that helps you connecting from home, or better visit the many bars that offer free wi-fi in the surroundings. The apartment is in the historic centre of Salerno, two minute walk from the Romanesque Church of s. Benedict and the Archaeological Museum and one minute walk from the Cathedral, also built by Robert Guiscard. The Diocesan Museum, where the most spectacular cycle of Medieval carved ivory plates is hosted, is round the corner. The apartment is embedded in the oldest street of Salerno, via dei Mercanti, where there are many jewellers and old shops. Within five minutes, you may walk the waterfront, i.e. the promenade along the sea, where there are lots of bars and pizzerias that animate the night life. From Salerno there are trains, buses, ferry-boats to reach the Amalfi coast, Naples, Pompeii, Cilento regional park, the fabulous archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia. The airport of Naples (Capodichino) is only a 45 min. drive away. If you prefer to use public transports, from the airport you can also take the very frequent Alibus to Naples train station, and from there reach Salerno via train with a 30-40 min journey. Cleaning services during your stay are available at the price of Eur 10/hour. More
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Gabriella Carola D
Languages spoken:English, Italian
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2013
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This apartment is so charming. Walking distance to everything. Gabriella went out of her way to make our trip special and was very helpful. We loved the farmers market right across the street. Would stay here again

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Brenda R
Discover508440, VR Owner at The Norman Balcony, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much, dear Brenda, this will mean a lot to my Mum Gabriela! Francesca

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A good starting point for excursions on the Amalfi coast! Nice landlord. Small, but with all the necessary details.

Date of stay: July 2019
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Reviewed 13 November 2018

Lovely stay lovely apartment very homely loved the pottery Thank you for the lovely touches especially the welcome pack I would recommend this apartment to anyone who wants to explore the amalfi coast thank you Gabriella and Francesca

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank G8844OStracyh
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

This apartment is so close to great shopping and restaurants. Its also just a short walk to the train station and ferry. Gabriella was so hospitable. She has more than you need. She left us more food than we could eat. She also went the...More

Date of stay: September 2018
1  Thank Brenda R
Discover508440, VR Owner at The Norman Balcony, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Dear Brenda and Dennis, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Since it coincided with your wedding anniversary, as you said, we really cared you could have a pleasant vacation. Hope to see you again in the future!

Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Wonderful apartment, well located, generously stocked with food. Excellent pottery, unique tiles and very homely. Lovely old city and very special Duomo. Highly recommended.

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank silktrails
Management response:Responded 10 January 2017

Dear Tony, We look forward to welcoming you back, as well as to welcome new guests in our "Norman Balcony"! Kind regards, Gabriela

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
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Refrigerator
Central Heating
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Towels Provided
A Winter Sun Getaway
Iron
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Hiking Trips
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Microwave
Balcony
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About the neighbourhood
The Norman Balcony is located in the former residential palace of the Norman Duke of Salerno, Robert Guiscard (late eleventh century), in the heart of the Medieval Salerno, behind the apse of the cathedral built under the patronage of the same Robert with the archbishop Alphanus around 1080, and consecrated by pope Gregory VII in 1084. The small alleys, the balconies with their flowers and hanging laundry, the many old-fashioned food shops, the bars, pubs, fish restaurants and pizzerias will contribute to make your holiday unforgettable.
How to get there
The apt is behind Salerno cathedral's apse. We will send you more detailed infos once you have finalised your booking. By train: In case you reach Salerno by train, you can either take a taxi from outside the train station in case you have heavy luggage, or walk. The apt is only 1 km on foot, along the pedestrianized Corso Vittorio Emanuele. By rented/private car/taxi: Arriving by car is bit more challenging because of narrow alleys, but still you can make it with a not-too-large car. Because non-residents CAN NOT park for free in the area, we do NOT advice using the car in the old city-centre: one can easily get fined! The only parking (private) where you can park is Central Parking in Piazzetta Cerenza, just a few steps down the apt. Please, check rates before leaving your car there...
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