Tropea is a resort frequented by Italians. so, with that said, I will begin my review.
We stayed at il Barone last week. Rather than say "no one speaks English" how about " I don't speak Italian and that can put me at a disadvantage." Roberto, the owner and his staff were wonderful to us, even though communication was at times difficult.....because, my husband and I don't speak Italian. But Roberto and his staff bent over backwards to help us. Our suite was huge. It was well appointed and very, very clean! There was a tv and a laptop computer in the room. Access was free.The appertivo served on the rooftop terrace and prepared by brother Renato was a wonderful surprise and certainly just the relaxing break we needed after arrival. The staff was friendly.
Just a caution: we arrived by car and since Tropea is an old city with narrow streets and hidden piazzas, Il Barone was not easy for us to find. But again, everywhere we stopped in town, the locals bent over backward to send us in the right direction. One shop keeper even took me by the hand and walked me around the corner to the correct location.
And with, yes, gestures and diagrams on town maps from Roberto we learned that we could easily park the car outside the central district, in areas with "bianco" lines, not blue lines. Here too, the locals on the street helped.
So let me end with complimenting the delicious breakfast with varied foods and great coffee again served on the rooftop terrace.
We will be back, to Tropea and to il Barone, for the beaches, the charm, the hospitality..I hope it doesn't change.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Largo Barone, in the historical centre of Tropea, on the top floors of an historical building (1700) overlooking the Piazza Ercole, a new building has been renovated for guests; this historical residence has been thought to give the best and reserved welcoming possible to our guests. The nice position is the ideal base to discover the artistic, historical and gastronomical treasures of Tropea. The residence's surroundings are refined and exclusive while keeping a warm family atmosphere. ... more less
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