If you are looking to change the way you think of the world, experience a culture that is different from your own, enjoy the people, food, and hospitality of a different way of life, and enjoy history and nature in a way that is uniquely Italian, then this is the place for you. Located in the heart of historic Sala Consilina, this historic/modern Palazzo allows you to easily walk to the central Piazza Umberto where you will find several world class restaurants that no one knows about, a historic Church that is in full use, and a vibrant weekly famers market, and a supermarket for when you miss the farmers market....oh and views of the mountains and Vallo di Diano that remind you of the beauty of another time.
The apartment is in excellent condition, clean and comfortable with well working heat and fully running hot and cold water (there is a review below about hot water not coming out strong, when i arrived, i told the manager and he had a plumber come and fix it immediately, it is now very hot with high pressure). There is a working stove, and just down in the Piazza Umberto there is a supermarket where you can pick up cheeses, fresh vegetables, wine, or whatever you may want. You can cook a few eggs in the morning or sit out on the balcony in the afternoon with some wine and cheese as you look across the town, mountains and valley. Or stroll the historic winding streets and grab an espresso or a latte at La Grande Bellezza, or Marco Polo, its all very close.
I found the management to be super helpful, going above and beyond what anyone I could expect. I was humbled by the giving nature.
I found the town to be very safe and thought nothing of walking about at night. You can simply walk to La Petite Masion for a rare food and drink experience, or over to Lilo's for great food creations and craft Italian beers.
On the wall of the Piazza is a plaque dedicated to the only surviving member of Custar's last stand at the battle of little big horn (Yes he comes from this town and found his way to NYC and the US army back in the 1870s). I found the older folks knew of this story, but the younger ones were unaware of the plaque they passed each day.
A few things to note.
Very few people speak english in this area, if your reading this you are probably an english speaker, learn a little Italian before you go. That being said, I could find no one that was put off by my basic Italian skills, the people of this town are wonderful.
The coast is less than an hours drive, Maratea is a beautiful hillside seaside town where you can get all the beauty of the Amalfi coast, without the touristy feel.
I did not find other places that were so embedded in the town, the others seem to be all at the bottom of the hill, so if you really want to change your perspective on life, this is unique.
There are some comments in other reviews about the driveway being narrow when pulling out. I found this a little tough at first but then one of the neighbors seeing my issues, smiled and in Italian, and with a lot of sign language, explained to me how you drive on narrow streets. In this town the youngest drivers know how to do this. For the driveway, when driving out, you simply drive close to the left (passenger side wall) and can then make the turn right out of the driveway (just one of the many life lessons I learned.)
If you are looking to stay in a Marriott, this isn't the place for you, this is truly southern Italy, schedules are different, people are different, life is different, and all for the better.