Relais Castelcicala

Nola, Napoli
Bed & Breakfast
+39 0815105667

A cool 1730s Neopolitan villa in tranquil, luxuriant grounds near Naples - the family home for generations of knowledgeable, kind hosts


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Italophile history-lovers will want to stay a month in this finely renovated old masseria, with the huge benefit of Gherardo’s guidance. He can help navigate Neapolitan chaos and is an expert on attractions, eateries and excursions of every kind.Two of the suites share a living room in the villa where the owners occupy a floor. The others are in converted farm buildings around the courtyard. Everyone breakfasts in classic style – with estate-grown oranges and walnuts – in the arched, family portrait-hung guest area or out under the wisteria-hung pergola.The town of Nola, a suburb of Naples has two cathedrals and a couple of interesting churches with ancient frescoes as well as the Palazzo Orsini. Catch the train into central Naples to visit the harbour, hike Mount Vesuvius, take a day trip to Pompeii. Come home to a cooling dip in the pool.

1973 Neopolitan villa Relais Castelcicala, covered in gorgeous flowers in the tranquil grounds near Naples

We think you'll love

  • Staying in such an historic building in its acres of orchards
  • Meeting the charming owners, with their passion for sharing their home
  • Spending time in the scented, flower-filled garden and small swimming pool
Relais Castelcicala - Gallery

You should know

  • It’s quite a trek along a main road to the centre of Nola and the train station
  • Occasionally you may hear music from a neighbouring villa that hosts events
  • The villa is old so don’t expect perfectly smooth plaster


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
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Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 500m.


Nightly price
from €80
Singles €75. Sofa bed in suites available for 2 children.
1 Double
From €80
5 Suites for 2
From €110



Serene with beautiful aesthetics. A wonderful setting for us to break our journey in whilst travelling back up to Rome from Calabria. Our small kids loved the pool, doves and the friendly ancient cat. We had the best sleep of our whole two weeks away in our bed in one of the gorgeous rooms - even nicer than the photos. We easily managed a day trip to Amalfi and it was wonderful to come home to such comfort, style and welcome. Gherado is incredibly knowledgable and willing to help you with making your trip a success. We would stay here again in a heartbeat

Toby, London

B&B Villa Castelcicala is unlike anywhere I have ever stayed before. The main building is stunning. It is full of character and the perfect place to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of Naples. Our villa was spacious and well equipped and we loved the breakfasts in the main building, where the housekeeper ensured we had everything we needed whilst also leaving us plenty of privacy. It's an ideal location for visiting Herculaneum and the Amalfi coast. Highly recommended.

Lynda, London

A perfect haven amidst the entertaining chaos of the area around Naples - ours was a well-equipped apartment with one of the most comfortable beds we've ever encountered, magnificent Bougainvillea-clad courtyard, and charming hosts. Close - but not too close - to a major motorway junction so excellent for trips out to Herculaneum (breathtaking), Pompei, Sorrento, and Paestum...and Naples itself, of course.

Peter, Cagli

We stayed at Castelcicala for a week. A beautiful and tranquil little paradise right next to busy Napoli. We loved every moment of it, thanks to the care and hospitality of Gherardo and his co-workers. Hope to return soon!

Geert, Bredene

Our family really enjoyed staying at Relais Castelcicala. It is a very unique and beautiful place. The historic Bougainvillea draped villa with it’s courtyard gardens with orange and lemon trees and fantailed doves at the gate is truly picturesque. Gherardo and his staff are very welcoming and helpful with lots of advice on places to visit and good local restaurants. It was the perfect place from which to explore the sites of Pompei, Herculaneum, Caserta and the Amalfi coast.

Mandy, Dublin

B&B Castelcicala was a dreamy oasis as an alternative to the chaos of Naples. A comfortable place to relax and the perfect location to use as a base for short day trips to Pompei and Mt Vesuvius. The hosts were very friendly and helpful with planning our visit.

Linda, NYC

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The neighbourhood

The 7-hectare Castelcicala estate is on the edge of busy Nola so shops and cafés are a walk away; there’s a good fish restaurant and a pizzeria within 500m. Central Naples is half an hour’s drive; 20 minutes’ walk to the station for a 40-minute train ride. Gherardo has written a guide to 30 ‘minor’ nearby visits like Lauro’s Castello Lancelotti. The Amalfi coast’s 90-minutes’ drive; Pompeii’s less than an hour, Caserta Palace 35 minutes

Local points of interest from Gherardo Sallier de la Tour

  • On the last week of June, Nola hosts the Festa dei Gigli (Lily Festival), UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. 9 districts compete over the beautiful paper-mâché obelisks carried by 40 men through the city streets.
  • On Wednesdays, Piazza d’armi square hosts a beautiful market that can cater for all needs, don’t miss the beautiful fruit & veggie section.
  • Cooking is a serious matter here.You may find all sorts of restaurants in the area. From the pizzeria that only uses sourdough starter to restaurants that cook baccalà in many different ways. For the braves, the Neapolitan-Japanese restaurant is a must.
  • In the area of Avellino (20-minute drive), as well as in Caserta and the Vesuvius, food & wine lovers may find wine cellars that organise tastings
  • If peace & silence is what you are looking for, right behind the B&B there are 7 hectares of land with pomegranates, apricots, walnuts and century-old olive trees right up the hill.
  • Discover the hidden cultural treasures near the B&B as the early Christian Basilicas of Cimitile, Avella’s amphitheatre and its archaeological museum and the Castle in Lauro, also known as the village of murals.


Gherardo Sallier de la Tour

The Salliers are exceptionally welcoming and Gherardo’s love of his historic, illustrious family’s home and the area’s architectural treasures is palpable. It was to share their deep local knowledge and peaceful, romantic Neapolitan estate that, in 2007, they opened their home to guests from all over the world. You can chat at breakfast about what to do - advice will be the best; they often eat in restaurants they recommend, just to be sure