Hotel Canada is in a very old building that housed occupying allied troops after the war. It’s been a family-run hotel since then; the old folks that took it over are still in residence on one of the floors in the building. They returned to Rome from Canada after the war, hence the Hotel Canada name. Although the family is still running it, they are now partnered with Best Western. All of this I got from the guy at the check-in counter.
The interior of the building is very warm and Italian.
The hotel’s elevator I took to my room on the 6th floor is like a birdcage from a bygone era.
The breakfast room is still as grand as I remembered.
My room was palatial, yet warm. They didn’t have any singles, so they put me in a room with two very firm, very narrow twin beds. It was the perfect place to catch some sleep after a long flight-flight-train ride.
I kicked around Rome for two days, and revisited some places I’d been previously – the Vatican, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Collona, and Piazza del Popolo. There are many ancient Egyptian, and Roman obelisks in Rome.
The city is particularly captivating at night, with all the flood-lit ancient monuments. It’s a beautiful, living museum.
I caught a train to Naples Centrale Tuesday morning, and then took the light rail circumvesuviana to Sorrento. Sorrento is famous for it’s inlaid wood craftsmanship, and limoncello. The hills surrounding the Amalfi region are covered with citrus orchards. Fresh blood oranges are as near to heaven as you can get with tree fruit, and this is the right time of the year for them.
I stayed at Hotel Maison Tofani in Sorrento where I found another anachronistic elevator. The hotel was a palazzo-turned-hotel in a very old building right in the middle of old-town Sorrento.
The hotel surrounds an inner courtyard. The room and service were great, and there was a good internet connection. The breakfast room is very highly decorated, but the food offered for breakfast was very run-of-the-mill.
So far, I’ve had great weather.
I’ve spent the last day-and-a-half looking around Sorrento’s touristy old town. I’ll pack it up tomorrow, rent a car, and head for Ravello where I’ll be for the next four nights.