We recently returned from our 3rd visit to the Cilento and our first to Hotel Marulivo in Pisciotta - which we found through a review in the Italian travel magazine "Dove". Our initial contact with Lea was via email - and immediately a good rapport was established. Her driving directions to the hotel were perfect. As we were unable to confirm our dates immediately, we had to split our 2 weeks at the hotel between the main building (where we tried both of the superior rooms on the top floor) and a charming little "dependance" a few vicoli away on the hillside of the main village where we had 2 beautiful terraces to ourselves. All 3 rooms were delightful. The parking "issue" seemed like a huge problem on our arrival late in the afternoon after a long trip from New York, however, next morning, after a delicious breakfast on the terrace and several cups of strong, black coffee (our preference was always remembered by our delightful server, Ola) - we discovered that, in reality, the town's free parking lot was a 5-minute walk away and always had space available.
As many others have mentioned, both the lovely Lea and her wonderful husband, Massimo, are charming, funny, helpful and welcoming and we left feeling as though we had made 2 new, dear friends.
The location of the town and the hotel are not for the faint-of-heart or bad walkers as there are stairs to be climbed and very winding roads to be navigated - not just to Pisciotta but also to most of the interesting villages and hilltop towns you will want to visit. Also as other reviewers have mentioned, the 3-4 restaurants in the village and surroundings are all excellent with delicious local food emphasizing fish and pasta. Their proximity enables one to enjoy the good local wines without worrying about having to drive back on switchback roads.
I will not describe the location, rooms and views as they are all exactly as you can see on the hotel's website, decorated with charm and thoughtfulness. I would have loved a bigger balcony in our rooms in the main building - but they only come with a "Juliet" balcony. Pazienza - we were only two steps from the main terrace.
As " busy New Yorkers", it took us a few days to dial down to the quiet, slow rhythms of the village and the waning, late-summer days but we loved our time there and look forward to returning.
Choose a "superior" room on the top terrace floor for the best views.
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