Hotel La Certosa, Massa Lubrense ***
This unusual little hotel in the Naples area has a lovely, romantic feel. Its setting is a fourteenth-century Carthusian monastery located close to the beach on a picturesque bay; the green Mediterranean maquis of the hinterland rises up behind the hotel. View hotel
Double rooms from €59
Freedom Holiday Residence, Massa Lubrense
This attractive three-star hotel in the Naples area is located in the pretty resort of Massa Lubrense. This area is right at the end of the Sorrento peninsula close to Positano and just across the bay from the island of Capri. The Freedom Holiday Residence is set in a large private park. View hotel
Double rooms from €41
Casale Villarena, Massa Lubrense
This stunning hotel in the Naples area is housed in a gorgeous eighteenth century villa which once belonged to the Marquis of Villarena, a prominent local aristocrat. It is located in the traditional fishing village of Nerano, close to Massa Lubrense. View hotel
Double rooms from €50
Sitting almost at the western point of the Sorrentine peninsula, where the promontory thrusts out into the southern Mediterranean, Massa Lubrense is a sunsoaked paradise in the southern Italian region of Campania. A very nice combination of seaside and beautiful hinterland, the local area has more than 100km of marked trails, for walkers and bikers, in the craggy inland region. The 20 miles of coastline, meanwhile, sit smack in the middle of the Protected Marine Area of Punta Campanella.
You'll find loads of good beaches and plenty of places to visit (though why should you want to!). Capri is just 5km offshore, Positano is around 20km away, Amalfi 40km. This was the heart of Classical southern Italy, shrouded as much in myth and legend as fact, and the heartland of Ancient Rome. Pompeii and Herculaneum lie at around 30km and Vesuvius a little further. Sorrento is just minutes away. There are a number of national parks, and the town of Massa Lubrense itself, clinging to the slopes rising from the Mediterranean, and surrounded by greenery and woodland, is very pretty. And within minutes too you have some of Campania's finest restaurants. The food and wine of Campania and of the Sorrento peninsula, are a delight. Lots of seafood of course, and Naples is the home of the pizza.