We arrived in Sora by bus from Rome at 11:30PM, cold, hungry and exhausted. We had been traveling all day from Buchurest Romania. Antonello swooped down from the farm and picked us up within ten minutes of our call. We asked if he could possibly have something for us to eat and a glass of wine. When we arrived his mother Maria was still up. She agreed immediately to cook us a full dinner. We would have been happy with bread and cheese. Out comes the homemade wine and fresh spinach and ricotta ravioli made only hours before. There was second course of vegetables and fresh bread. A fire was burning the kitchen fireplace. Some other guests were hanging out and we chatted. Unbelievably, Maria and Antonello stayed up until 1:30AM to make sure we were full, warm and happy. This was the excellent care we received during our three day stay.
Antonello and his parents Guiseppe and Maria are generous and attentive hosts. The prices are reasonable and the value outstanding. Antonello enthusiastically asks for suggestions from guests about how to improve the farm.
The other guests and the volunteers (learning ecofarming, Italian and trading their work for room and board) were delightful and added so much to our stay. We became friends.
A few tips...The weather was cold at night when we stayed at the farm. We were in the building next to the main house. The room was immaculate and comfy. If however you are cold, Antonello will keep the heat on the room beyond the standard nighttime amount of three hours if you ask him. There is a 70 cent Euro charge per hour. This is standard at hostels/B&Bs in Italy. If you are a larger group Antonello will put extra beds sleeping up to five in the rooms in the building next to the main house. These rooms are newer with bathrooms ensuite and would be perfect for a family or friends who don't mind sharing. He is also adding AC to one room this year. It will be a little extra but if it is important to you just ask. Antonello offered many activities including horseback riding, cheese making, language and occking classes. He will arrange all of this for you. Lastly, walk into Sora for gelato. Take the route out the back of the farm though the fields for a peaceful stroll. If you are walking back at night make sure you take some change for a phone, directions back to the farm, the address and Antonello's phone number in case you have problems. We took the road not the farm trail back at night (too dark and you have to cross a small creek). Remember, you will not find a taxi in Sora to take you back to the farm.
We would go back to Italy Farm Stay in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Real Italian agriturismo right between Rome and Naples in Abruzzi National Park. With fantastic activities to enjoy: horseback riding, cooking classes, day hike, overnight hike, visit to the cheese-making shepherd, Italian language classes, yoga. Well-served by bus and train from Rome and Naples. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Italy Farm Stay Hotel Pescosolido
- Italy Farm Stay Pescosolido