We chose Villa Rizzo because it was on our route north from Sicily, and because we could book it through Venere - the ONLY booking site I use for Europe. I had become frustrated by the Tripadvisor app on my iPad.
From its listing, Villa Rizzo looked nice, but not the homey "bed an breakfast" type of place we normally choose. We planned to stay just one night, then proceed to an agriturismo. What a glorious surprise. As soon as we drove in, met Roberta at reception, and saw our room and view, we canceled the stay for the following night at the agriturismo, and stayed a second night. I cannot begin to describe how lovely the area is. Villa Rizzo is in the middle of an active citrus grove, with large gorgeous fruit hanging off the trees. A large male peacock wanders around the public areas, as does an assertive rooster. In a pen a fragrance-free distance from the buildings holds large wild boar I suspect is being fattened for some future feast, and several large ducks I was relieved to see were not on the menu, and were free to roam.
This is a luxury resort. The room we stayed in, Neco 1, was lovely, with an excellent bed, and a balcony and view of the valley. It had a huge roll-down screen so you could enjoy the fresh air at night, sans mosquitoes. The Internet signal was good, but like one other we encountered, requiring of Windows operating systems - you need to keep a window open to sustain connection for long. It is NOT hospitable to iPad or iPhone/iTouch. Breakfast was nice, adequate, but nothing terribly special. The breads and sweets were all made on premises, as was the juice. If you expect cheese and meat, as did some German tourists, you would be disappointed by the choice and quantities on offer. As Americans, we didn't miss it, and enjoyed what was on offer. Sandy, who loves cappuccinos, was pleased.
Just driving around the Villa Rizzo area is a great pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Villa Rizzo Resort & Spa****; situated in a unspoilt corner of the Region Campania, between the sea of Salerno and the green of the national park Cilento. Comfort and service of high quality in a homely, relaxed and elegant atmosphere. In the three main wings of the Masseria, there are three different types of rooms: Classic, Junior Suite, and Apartments. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, each of them with its own architectural characteristics and equipped with all facilities (central heating, air conditioning , TV, mini bar, safety deposit box, direct telephone, Internet connection and window, balcony or terrace). On the property there is an excellent restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner. Here you can choose your meals from our a la carte menu offering the best Mediterranean cuisine. Surrounded by hazelnut groves our brand-new Wellness Center will pamper you with a wide range of treatments, in a warm atmosphere where you can renew your body and soul. Enjoy our Jacuzzi with a beautiful panoramic view...the Turkish bath, the steam room, the chromo therapy and Scottish showers... Restore your spirit in our massages rooms and in our relax area, sipping our special herbal teas.... and just around the corner, for those who want to improve their body shape, our brand new gym is waiting for you! Enjoy you stay at Villa Rizzo Resort and Spa! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Rizzo Resort & SPA Salerno/San Cipriano Picentino, Italy