Fate Stepped in
The years rolled by and Immacolata was running her own hotel when fate stepped in and sent her a visitor who would eventually reunite her with the Hotel Aequa. The visitor was a woman who had been abandoned by her husband and left to support her three children. She had returned to Vico Equense to seek help from her family and when it was not forthcoming it was Immacolata who was there to help, offering lodgings, support and friendship. A few years later, the woman’s husband returned and the pair reconciled and headed off to India. Her name was Baroness Carmela Mariottino, and her husband was a minister in Gandhi’s government. The pair’s friendship endured and when the Aequa Hotel was eventually put up for sale, it was Carmela who helped Immacolata to buy it. Although her own hotel was now up and running, she had never forgotten the Aequa, which is where she had begun her journey, and the rest, as they say is history!
Views of Mount Vesuvius
Three generations of women have run this wonderful hotel, with Immacolata’s daughter, Luisa, and her granddaughters eventually taking over. It is now her great-grandson Leonardo at the helm, and he is delighted to welcome visitors to this place that was so loved by his great-grandmother. Always happy to stay put in her beloved Italy, travelling was not for Immacolata, and when her young nieces would dream of heading to far-off lands, she would say ‘what is this urge to travel when I have brought the world here?’ As you sit beneath the wisteria-clad terrace taking in views over Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, you’ll probably understand why she had no desire to leave.