After a fantastic experience at a B&B in Vicenza, Italy some years ago, we supposed that we would have been spoilt forever. Well... after staying at the Palazzo Magiore in Tivoli we are spoilt even more! The owner Marco picked us up at the airport and as we approached the old citty of Tivoli one got the impression of going back in time. Verry narrow streets; robust and slightly gloomy looking grand buildings who's haydays were centuries ago... Just as we thought:" wow! this area realy looks authentic" he parked the car an there it was. Within the verry ancient doorway appeared a surprisingly contemporary lady of the house; Monica. She showed us around the house and we loved it immediately. A true palazzo in the meaning of a palace. Verry beautifully restored and decorated with great taste and awareness of the authentic atmosphere. Since it was rather hot outside, we were happy to stay at the cool basement appartment. The two boys loved the Roman bath with the lionshead and the mosaics. For those with an interest in art and history an absolute must-see. Monica and Marco not only turned out to be good hosts but also cooks, cooking in a team but meanwhile competing with each other. For us as a guest this was only an advantage, because everything they served tasted excelent. Besides that, sitting on the cosy terras in the evening it was verry nice entertaining with both of them. The boys realy appreciated Marco's sense of humour and Monica's way of friendly teasing them.
One notices that both of them love doing a good job; adding something extra to it, in order to give their guests a special experience. I guess meanwhile exactly knowing what they have in mind with their B&B. We would call this professionality on a rather exclusive scale. If you are looking for an average hotel, this is probably not the place to be. But if you want some special experience: just go there. It is realy worth it! We would definitely go back there if we are going to stay in Tivoli once more, because we simply loved it!
Btw. In one of the reviews there is a verry nice couple writing about their romantic marriage in Tivoli. We met them and we happened to be there at the verry moment. In fact it was so romantic that my wife - who normaly needs at least 2 movies featuring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant a week- didn't miss the television-set at all during our stay in Italy (although there was one in the appartment ;-)
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