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“Italy Country Stay -- Abruzzi National Park”

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Italycountrystay Via Piana
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“Italy Country Stay -- Abruzzi National Park”
Reviewed September 16, 2011

My stay at Via Piana (http://www.italycountrystay.com/index.html) in Pescosolido was been wonderful. This rustic B & B is located at the edge of the Abruzzi National Park in the mountainous Italian countryside. It's a perfect way to experience a non-touristic side of Italy but still easily accessible via a short (2 hours) and inexpensive (5 €) bus from Rome. There's no need for a car since there's a small grocery store five minutes up the road and frequent buses to and from downtown Sora. Also, Anna, the sweet and helpful manager, is happy to pick-up and drop-off guests from the bus station in Sora on days of their arrival and departure. Activities include hiking to a castle ruin and a nearby waterfall, horseback riding, visiting a cheese-making shepherd, and wandering through the weekly open-air market in Sora.

Guests have access to a charming kitchen and common room with an old pizza oven, which is great for cooking with the delicious, local produce and a place to meet other guests from all over. The area is famous for truffles. I've also been buying incredible homemade wine and olive oil from the welcoming neighbors. Via Piana's rooms are clean and comfortable with stunning views. There's also free WiFi.

Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Italy that is fairly near Rome (about two hours’ bus journey away) but surrounded by heartbreakingly beautiful mountain scenery; if you want to escape from the tourist trail and get to know an Italy and a community where most people make (and sell) their own wine and grow their own vegetables; and if you’re prepared to fend for yourselves a little (hiring a car would certainly be a good idea if you don’t like walking) and you see a holiday as an opportunity to get a little bit fitter, then Via Piana is definitely the place for you.

It’s a complex of separate rooms, decorated and furnished in an elegantly rustic Italian style, and you share the small but perfectly-formed communal kitchen with the other guests. Every outdoor step you take will probably be uphill or downhill. If you’re happy to chat to fellow-guests and even sit round the dinner table with them or on the terrace under the stars enjoying some local wine and fighting over the communal guitar (and bongos), you’ll have a great time.

And you’re not left entirely to your own devices. Via Piana is presided over by Anna, who is a fount of local knowledge, and whose understandable love for the area will soon convince you as well. She is full of suggestions about what is good to do and see in the area and will even pick you up from the bus-stop in the nearby town of Sora when you first arrive. She will point you in the direction of many local amenities that perhaps you might not have come across on your own, including a sheep farm where they make (and sell) pecorino and ricotta twice a day in a way that probably hasn’t changed in two hundred years.

Nearby also is the Lazio-Abruzzi National Park, which contains the village of Opi, set high up on a hill, and from whose walls I saw the most beautiful valley I think I’ve ever seen (and from one of whose shops we bought some of the most intensely-flavoured honey I’ve ever tasted). Closer to home is the village of Campoli-Appenina, where a once-captive bear roams wild in a wooded crater protected by a high railing. The search is currently on for a suitable Mrs. Bear. Finally, there are very good value-for-money restaurants to try out, including the redoubtable Park Bridge Pizzeria in Pescosolido, where the pizzas are so big you could almost sail down the river on them.

I suppose I wouldn’t recommend Via Piana to families with very small children, only because you’d always be worrying about them falling down steps. That probably goes for elderly grandparents too. You can go shopping in Sora, two miles away, where you will also find supermarkets for those moments when your halo slips and you want to buy some decadent, resolutely non-organic or non-local produce. So really, you have the best of several worlds when you visit Via Piana, and I hope we go back there soon.

Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

This place is awesome. The staff is warm and welcoming and incredibly helpful. I was traveling on my own and I had the sense of being welcomed into a large family. Anna (the manager) is wonderful--she picked us up from the bus stop and also drove us to the nearby city (Sora) when we needed to go there for something. At Via Piana, there is a kitchen where people can cook and eat together. There is a small grocery store just five minutes' walk away. It's quite close to Rome, you just take a cheap bus ride, 1 1/2 hours maybe. Also they have a washing machine for a very reasonable price, which is really nice! And the bed I stayed in was good. Everything is very clean and fresh.

The surrounding area is gorgeous. The little town is charming. The vista from my window was incredible--green hills and colorful little houses scattered about. There are some nice hikes you can take, one to a waterfall and one to a castle, and a very strenuous overnight hike up a mountain which is rewarding when you get to the top! :-P

I am seriously considering returning here next summer.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Nara, Japan
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

I stay in hot summer, but comfortable wind came to nice single room that huge and hand made. Anna was great and kindly everything.I'd like to go again.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

If I could only pick one place to stay in Italy (which was my situation) I would pick Via Piana in Pescosolido. It is an ideal location for many reasons. I was initially attracted to it because it was only two hours from Rome and Naples. As a young Latin teacher, I prized the opportunity to visit the ancient sites (Rome, Pompeii, National Archaelogical Museum of Naples) while also having somewhere safe and peaceful to return to at the end of my adventures. The bus service from nearby Sora to Rome is frequent and reliable, and the schedule is very well explained by signs at Via Piana.

After staying there for almost two weeks, however, I discovered that the location is truly ideal in and of itself. It would be hard to find such a naturally beautiful slice of Italy anywhere else. At Via Piana you are literally at the foot of the Apennine Mountains. A look off the terrace or out of almost any window offers a view of the mountains sweeping straight up to the sky. There are clear lakes to swim in and waterfalls to hike to. I also got to take advantage of one of the horseback rides offered by the B&B and experience the area in completely different wonderful way. We rode through the mountains to a castle in nearby Abruzzo National Park. Really, there is so much to do in the area, I hardly had time to go elsewhere. I did not want to leave!

Along with all the benefits of rural Italy, Via Piana also offers the comforts of home. There is free wireless available for all the guests, a kitchen for everyone’s use, and a completely considerate hostess, Anna. l could tell that she really wanted me and the other guests to enjoy ourselves, and took time out of her day to drive us to local spots like the lake, the store, and the pizzeria. It was the perfect touch.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed July 31, 2010

A lot of things have already been said about this place but I want to emphasize: Beautiful countryside, beautiful people, attentive and friendly service. Anna was great, very approachable and responsive, always with a smile. Our room was spacious, had a great view of Sora and the valley below. Electricity in the room, hot water in the common shower, and storage for our bags, charming old windows and doors, rustic accents and decor everywhere. This place is intentionally minimalist, authentic to its surroundings and history and a refreshing change of pace from Rome or other big tourist centers. NOT a plush B&B for those used to being spoiled. Keep moving until you see a Hilton. This IS, however, a treat for travel-weary backpackers or families looking for the authentic Italian country experience.
Walk everywhere and experience the slow pace of the countryside firsthand. Within 20 minutes you can be at the Italian Farmstay and playing with farm animals, picking fresh fruit from their trees and swapping travel stories with other foreigners or volunteers. Local points of interest are easily accessible via bus which Anna will help you navigate with timetables, maps, and personal experience.
We had a great time and will be back!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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new york city
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

Via Piana is an extraordinary place, well worth the small amount of money they charge. The rooms are simple, fresh, spacious, and clean, painted in beautiful colors, with bright blankets, and rustic restored furniture. The project the owners have taken on, restoring and refurbishing this bed and breakfast, is impressive. As a guest, you will witness how hard they work- cleaning, sanding, painting- chipping away and turning wonderful old buildings into interesting and enlivened spaces for guests to enjoy the rolling hills and sunsets of the area. There is one modest bathroom- which is kept clean- to share amongst sometimes many people. I would recommend bringing shoes you can wear into the shower, as it is just a drain in the tiled bathroom floor. All guests are served a pleasant breakfast at their leisure between 8-10 am. The bed and breakfast manager, Anna, does her best to serve the type of breakfast guests prefer. Also, communal kitchen (clean and organized)- full of utensils, plates, and cookware- is available for all guests to use. There is free wifi, that works in the guest rooms and the dining room.

Besides the accommodation, the bed and breakfast is linked with a farmstay, just a 15 minute walk from Via Piana. There is always an international group of people to socialize with and many extra activities offered at small cost such as: Italian cooking classes, language courses, horseback riding, visiting the cheese-making shepard... and there are amazing places to hike, a castle and a waterfall! Via Piana has made maps of how to get to these places and offer great insight and directions on local lovely places to dine, within the villages nearby. There is a eclectic market on Thursdays and in the summer- many music festivals on any given night of the week. Anna (bed and breakfast manager), Antonello, and his family (farmstay owners) are extremely friendly, helpful, and in tune with their guests' needs and wants.

Yes! I recommend this hotel- for it is more than a hotel. It is a novel experience rooted in the art of its historical past, with charming antique character, and kind people (for a modest price).. all plopped in the middle of stunning backdrops.
Go...
visit this gem, and see for yourself.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Italycountrystay Via Piana
Address: Via Piana | Forcella, 03030 Pescosolido, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Province of Frosinone > Pescosolido
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Pescosolido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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Little Guesthouse in a quiet area in the countryside next to the Abruzzi National Park. We offer Activities such as horseriding through a river and up the mountains to a castle in the Roveto valley.Enjoy a relaxing stay in a non touristy area two hours from Rome. ... more   less 
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