Friends who had stayed at La Bussola a few years ago recommended it to us as we discussed our plans for a 3wk stay in Calabria, Sicily and Rome. Their memories of La Bussola were so fond that they decided to join us and we're glad they did! We spent 8 nights in this lovely, quiet, family run resort in late Sept-early Oct and were very pleased. An excellent staff did everything in their power to make our stay enjoyable. Our plan included a buffet breakfast with a lovely selection of cakes, meats, breads,cereal, yogurt and fruit, (and scrambled eggs when we asked.) Dinners were equally delicious and requests for drinks or meals not on the menu were filled readily. A small bar served us well with before or after dinner cocktails and an outdoor patio was well used for lunches. Within walking distance are 2 restaurants - Happy Days and Il Vecchietto for a change of venue. Our rooms were lovely, with new bathrooms, and pretty views from balconies surrounding most of the resort. The pool area was beautiful and the weather perfectly warm to take advantage of the area. A shuttle takes you to a lovely beach where you can rent a chair & umbrella and enjoy the blue sea or sit in the on -site restaurant and enjoy the view and lunch. The train station is just a short walk from La Bussola and took us to the beautiful town of Tropea for shopping & lunch, to the big city, Reggio Centrale to the museum to see the famous Bronzes and lunch at the waterfront park and then up 3 outdoor escalators to the shopping district. Pino, La Bussolas owner, drove our friends to the Hall of Records in nearby Scilla to translate info found there about their great grandparents- something he had done on their previous trip. Fabrizio , his son and manager at La Bussola arranged to have our rental car brought to our hotel on our last day rather than have us make the trip to the car rental place in Tropea. We were made to feel like visiting cousins! A wonderful family and agreeable staff in an out of the way, beautiful resort made our stay in Calabria a wonderful first stop in Bella Italy!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Bussola
- La Bussola Tropea
- La Bussola Country Hotel Capo Vaticano, Italy - Calabria
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near Tropea in Calabria, situated next to the sea at Capo Vaticano, the Giuliano family directly manages the Hotel Restaurant “La Bussola” with professionalism and particular attention to your demands since 1973. The courtesy, warm reception, and the tradition of hospitality, will really make an unforgettable and pleasant holiday in Calabria. The hotel is situated next to the sea at Capo Vaticano (0,900 mts) near Tropea (7 kms). Particular attention is devoted to the cleaning of the rooms, every other part of the hotel and to the guest. This is "three star superior" hotel, far 500 mts from the centre of the village of San Nicolò of Ricadi. It can be easily reached by car as it near the road which goes from Tropea to Vibo Valentia and is about 28 kilometres from the latter. It can be easily reached by train as the nearest Ricadi station is only 800 metres away. The Lamezia Terme international airport is 60 kilometres from our hotel, Reggio Calabria airport is 120 kilometres from our hotel. The Giuliano family and staff can supply information and documentation on the beauty of the area, on historical and artistic sites, the cultural and enogastronomic initiatives of the territory, on the possibility of excursions to Pizzo Calabro, Tropea, Vibo Valentia, Serra San Bruno, Reggio Calabria, Scilla, Locri, Gerace, Taormina, Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Stromboli, Panarea), by boat with departure directly from our beach, Taormina (Sicily) and on the handicraft production of Calabria. Here you can admire the unspoilt countryside along the splendid Capo Vaticano and Tropea coast, famous world wide for its beauty. Like Tropea, also Capo Vaticano , the last outpost on the Gulf of Sant' Eufemia, can boast an international reputation, fully justified not only by the unchanging charm of the places, but also by the modern tourist structures which have revamped the local economy, once based solely on farming and food products, confirming its vocation for tourism. The sunset from here over "Stromboli" is considered the eight wonder of the world. The crystal clear sea and the marvellous beaches, as well as the professional way in which the hotel is run, will make your holiday with us in Capo Vaticano and Tropea….an unforgettable experience.Once a week at the La Bussola Hotel a Calabrian themed night is held. During the Calabria Night there are traditional songs, folk dancing, local foods of Calabria that range from sweet to spicy, and delicious local home made wine. The event is open to both hotel guests and to the public.What really characterizes us in the kitchen, always genuine, abundant and juicy, ingredients able to satisfy the most demanding gourmets too. The Hotel Restaurant "La Bussola" can offer banqueting services in keeping with local customs and traditions, for up 500 guests and the hospitality of the staff, as well as the warm atmosphere of the hotel ensure that it is a refreshing and relaxing experience. You can taste a rich and abundant Italian breakfast or of a sweet and salty sideboard with warm croissant, chocolate, milk, coffee, the fruit hardly picked, Calabrian capicollo, local cheese, home-made sweets, cereals, yogurt, various fruit juices, bread butter, jams and so on. For the customers of the hotel, we have 3 comfortable atmospheres with bar, one big hall with pizzeria for the hotel customers. Moreover, we offer for our clients, a big porch on the green, with small tables and comfortable chairs, a pleasant and calm area for who appreciate a glass of good local wine, or a cocktail. It is a good place for tasting an aperitif, long drink, etc., or to taste a good coffee or a "Tartufo of Pizzo" (it is a local ice cream from Pizzo Calabro, near Tropea) after lunch or supper. Every day you can choose from a different menu of fresh fish, Calabrian, national, and international specialties. Particular attention is devoted to the preparation of Pizza cooked in a wood fueled oven. Our guests can view a comprehensive wine list of the best wines of both Calabria and of the rest of Italy. ... more less
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