If you want to experience the countryside and get the feel of Italy in a more intimate way, then this is likely the place for you. It is not the easiest place to find but (a highlight topic of our trip) when we asked for help in Sora, someone (a stranger picking up his child from school) had us FOLLOW him to the main house. Everyone, it seems, knows Antonello. Ahem. ;-)
As said by others, the rooms/apt at Via Piana are basic but VERY CLEAN and well-kept. The key situation to get in and then turn on the electricity is simultaneously charming and cumbersome but definitely not a deal-breaker! Construction is ongoing and, while we were not bothered by it, you might want to inquire about status to see if there might be early morning activities.
We had a problem with the hot water going out the last day we were there so we got moved to the main location into a private en-suite room. Very large, very clean.
We enjoyed the big "family atmosphere" and the variety of volunteers and guests. We also did the 5 a.m. cheese-making adventure and that now gets to be a STORY which, in our opinion, is what traveling is all about. We did a cooking class with Maria and that was fun -- and you'd BETTER roll that dough out the way she wants. LOL
This is not your usual tourist location and just what we hoped for in that regard. If you need internet access, you will need to come to the family house as there is none that I know of currently at Via Piana. Since Antonello is working on V.P., that may change with access so check if that is important to you.
Sora was much more than we expected and in a good way. The market was outstanding and we found the people VERY friendly. Something we missed as we got further into our trip and hit some of the larger areas.
So, again, if you are looking for a more unique, off-the-beaten-path experience, this is likely the place for you to consider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Little Guesthouse in a quiet area in the countryside next to the Abruzzi National Park. We offer Activities such as horseriding through a river and up the mountains to a castle in the Roveto valley.Enjoy a relaxing stay in a non touristy area two hours from Rome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Italycountrystay Via Piana Italy/Pescosolido