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Bed & Breakfast La casa di Alba
Ranked #2 of 9 Guardiagrele B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“IT WAS FANTASTIC!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Thank you very much for the nice time here!
All was really perfect!!Every detail was so pretty..the flowers,the room,your acts of kindness...
It's long time when I didn't meet so nice person and plus this beautiful place.
I felt like a princess.I had really pleasant time here!!
Thanks Alessandro....
Grazie
I hope to come again!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

This was our fifth trip to Italy, but our first to the Abruzzo region where my husband's grandfather was born. We had no idea of how lucky we were to find La Casa di Alba. If you are going to this region of Abruzzo, you MUST stay here. We only stayed three nights but wish we had stayed longer. They will treat you like family and do everything possible to make your stay a pleasant one. The area is lovely, in the Maiella National Park; one of at least five National Parks in the Abruzzo region. We didn't do any recreational activities, but for anyone who hikes, bikes, etc., opportunities abound to do that amidst the wonderful flora and fauna of the parks. The entire family were so welcoming, and the place is lovely. Do look into their shuttle service to/from train stations and the excursions that they offer. There is a wonderful, peaceful garden, complete with a fish pond, where you can rest and relax. All of the apartments are very nicely appointed with everything you need and have small kitchens so you can cook in if you like. But we took advantage of great restaurant recommendations and enjoyed every meal, especially since it is an easy walk into town. I am dreadfully afraid of heights and wasn't sure that I would be up to the drive from Rome, so on the day we arrived, we took the train from Rome to Chieti; and Alessandro (the son) and his father, Antonio, picked us up. Only in casual conversation on the way back did we discover that it was Antonio's birthday--and here he was driving a round-trip to Chieti just for us! But we soon discovered that being treated like family here is what they do. Breakfast essentials are provided, complete with homemade cakes, courtesy of Mariella, the mother of the family. Her homebaked cake that welcomed us the first day and the left-over "Torta di Compleanno" (birthday cake) that we enjoyed later were absolutely scrumptious. This sort of breakfast arrangement is great because you are not tied into a certain time frame for your breakfast and can plan your days to start whenever you like. Alessandro and Antonieta (who is from Argentina and is a wonderful painter) put themselves at our disposal for any help or transportation that we needed. They also provided us with a ride to the train station when we left. I had been corresponding by email with Alessandro for over a year prior to the trip, and he had been most tolerant of my attempts to do everything in Italian; but with the added benefit of knowing that he speaks and writes English very well, as does Antonieta. We had mentioned that we wanted to try to trace my husband's family roots in Guardiagrele and the Abruzzo region, and Alessandro was kind enough to begin doing some research before we even arrived. Once there, he went with us to the Commune to see what could be discovered, since my Italian would never have been adequate. Alas, due to the time frame of the records involved, it was not possible to obtain any information there; but Alessandro also contacted three people who had commented to my husband on Facebook. None of them was related, but one was able to mention another possible family connection. Not to be deterred, Alessandro and Antonieta took a whole day to go with us and see what we could find. Again, if it had only been the two of us with our limited Italian, the search would have ended quickly and without success. However, Alessandro simply popped into a local bar (restaurant) and chatted for a bit and discovered a possible relative. He later called him on the phone and even took us to visit them. The four of us met this possible cousin of my husband, as well as his wife and son. There we were, all sitting around their kitchen table chatting (well, they were chatting and we were attempting to catch a word or two...). Unfortunately when we showed them a photo of my husband's grandfather, it was not the same as the grandfather of this man, even though they had identical names and had each emigrated to the US. Since there just seemed to be too many other things that were somewhat similar though, the "cousin" promised to try to contact some relatives of his in the US to see if there could be a connection. This was another time when without Alessandro, it would not have been possible. I'm thrilled to tell you that the story definitely has a happy ending. Since we've been back from our trip, Alessandro has continued to be with touch with him. With further investigation by our new Italian friends, we have discovered that the person we met is indeed a cousin of my husband; and we are now trying to trace the connection and figure out the exact relationship. Alessandro, ever helpful, will be traveling with him to meet another relative in a different town (I have no idea how far away it is from Guardiagrele) to further investigate; but records we have seem to substantiate it. What an amazing gift--to find Italian family both in Italy and here in the US that we didn't know we had, all thanks to Alessandro, the miracle worker. When we wrote asking what we could do for Alessandro in return (at least to reimburse for the expense--not a small one--of the benzina and his time), he answered that he wants nothing. He enjoys doing it for us "with his heart, as it is typical of the people of Abruzzo " Oh, while there, we also got to visit the iron factory of his uncle, the most famous iron artist in the world--Raffaelle DiPrinzio. It seems impossible for someone to start with an iron rod and be able to form it into details as small as a strand of hair on a sculpture. If I hadn't seen it, it would be hard to believe. There were so many types of sculptures, each more amazing than the last, many commissioned by famous people from all over the world. It was an honor to meet him and his wife (who paints some of the iron works of art). On our last night, we got to eat dinner with Mariella, Alessandro and Antonieta, (unfortunately Antonio had to be away that evening) and enjoyed some typical food of the area as well as Antonieta's homemade paella. We really felt surrounded by the true hearts of Abruzzo, and we were sad to leave.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

it was beautiful! we can not forget the kindness of the people there! food, comfort, atmosphere, people, everything was perfect. I would advise everyone to go and visit Abruzzo and find accommodation in B & B La Casa di alba Guardiagrele

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

La casa di Alba is a great place to meet Abruzzo's culture and nature. It is very well placed, close to Guardiagrele's center. The hosts are very nice, they are a great guide not only for Chieti but also to know other incredible places around. Rooms and breakfast are super! I have always felt comfortable, and I enjoyed the garden so much. The price is appropriate to the quality and comfort.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

This Bed and Breakfast was such a charming and welcoming place. Closely located to the village centre, about 7 minutes on foot, it was easy to explore Guardiagrele yet far enough away to have some peace and quiet in their lovely garden. The staff were warm and friendly and paid attention to every detail; breakfast included delicious homemade pastries and coffee. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable and nicely decorated. The rooms are equipped with a kitchenette and cookery if you want to stay in and have a lazy day.
This was also a great base to explore the region of Abruzzo and all its natural parks.It's a wonderful way to experience the calmer side of Italy-without all the tourist lines you would find in bigger cities such as Rome or Venice. A highly recommended place to stay; very professional and yet cosy and welcoming at the same time!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

We have had a FANTASTIC experience in La casa di Alba! The apartment is very comfortable, clean, roomy, and it has a lovely backyard.
The hosts, Antonieta and Alessandro, were very hospitable and accomodating. It was a HUGE help having their guidance with the things we can do in the beautiful Guardiagrele and picking us to Pescara Station (SO nice). They were in all details so we can have a nice stay.
They are truly the best!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Bed & Breakfast La casa di Alba
Address: Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 2D, 66016 Guardiagrele, Italy
Region: Italy > Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Guardiagrele
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Guardiagrele
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The bed & breakfast "La casa di alba”Is placed in Guardiagrele (province of chieti), inside a villa garden (Volpi house). It consists of two apartmentsInside our B&B you can find tourist informations about Maiella National Parkand organizethe best holiday with mountain excursions and photographic tours in the mosthistorical and suggestive places of Abruzzo. Apartment "Lilium" includes:living room with chimney, kitchen, 1 bedroom and 1 bathroomwith independent entrance directly on the garden.Apartment "Le Rose"includes:living room(loft) - bedroom,magnificent bathroom,cooking corner and wide terrace with table and chairsindipendent entrance ... more   less 
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