I hesitate to wrote this, as this place is so special I don't want other people to know about it!
If you are reading this review, all you need to know is one thing-go there!
Rooms-amazing! The design and the decoration is beautiful-a seamless blend of very traditional and modern. We were lucky enough to be shown most of the rooms while we were there-there is not a dud one there-all equally stunning-especially the Torre. Thsi place was a wreck five years ago-the restoration is flawless
Food-simply lovely. We ate here every night out of choice. I am not sure what other reviewers mean by saying that the menu didn't change in a week. we were there eight nights and the menu changed every night. The local menu is exceptional in taste and value. I thougth I was quite educated in Italian food, but this area is very different. The red wine is beautiful and fruity-I cannot believe it is not more widely known.
Breakfast-most things made in house-lovely cakes, beautiful breads, cheeses, meats, cereal, yoghurt and the best ricotta cheese I have ever had. We asked for extra things on a number of occasions and nothing was too much trouble.
Staff-so helpful and yet not over the top. The Giannone family who own this place are just divine-I wanted to bring thwem all home with me-especially Mariana!
Area-Pisticci is a very sweet little town, just 4km up the road. it has a number of supermarkets for supplies and a few restaurants (all closed when we were there). It has a nice square and jaw-dropping views, but don't go there expecting loads of little cafes and boutiques. It is a working village rather than a tourist place. It is not Milan!
Matera-an hour's drive-well worth the trip. I wish we had been active enough to go there twice, but the pool was too tempting.!
Pool-simply amazing-the views I could watch forever, the loungers are so comfortable and there is plenty of space so you never feel crowded.
Overall-this is a gem of a hotel, in a really interetsing area of Italy, which is still waking up to the possibilities of tourism. You will get a very authentic experience of rural Italy here, but with divine surroundings, exceptional service and wondeful food-what more could you want?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by a pristine rural setting, the hotel torre fiore is a trend-setting luxury hotel. Located within view of the picturesque town of pisticci and situated only minutes from the sandy beaches of the Ionian Sea, the Hotel Torre Fiore is a stronghold to enjoy the excursions and diversions of this region. Within its walls, the Hotel Torre Fiore provides a relaxed sanctuary of comfort that personifies a new informal luxury. ... more less
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