We came to Paestum looking for a place to spend the night. Consulting our LP-guide, Casale Giancesare seemed like a good choice. The only problem was finding the place as it didn´t pop up on our GPS. With a little help from google and the directions on the b&b´s homepage we managed to find our way. Still, this is not the place to go without a car or a taxi.
The b&b is located in the hills outside Paestum in the middle of surrounding grape-yards. It´s a great place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, and off course the excellent food. We booked a room with dinner and did not regret it. The dinner was served on the porch outside the main building. It consisted of several courses, each of them top-class. We shared a big table with the other guests, but it seemed to be possible to get a private table on request. The best thing though was probably the rustic and intimate atmosphere.
Our room was in the main building on the top-floor. It was large and spacious with a nice bathroom and a homely decor. The only drawback was that the windows were placed in the roof, so we had to climb on a chair to enjoy the great view.
We passed the time by relaxing in the pool, sunbathing and enjoying the garden. Casale Giancesare was only a stop-over for us, but we would certainly have liked to spend a few days more. It´s the perfect place to relax after being on the road for some days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casale Giancesare is located in an absolutely prime location, only two kilometres away from Paestum archaeological area, which includes the ruins, the 2. 500 years old temples and the beautiful museum. The Farmhouse, which was built during the 19th century with original local stones, has been completely renovated and every single year that passes new improvements are made in order to make your stay always more pleasant. Today it is a place surrounded by a Mediterranean garden, composed by a vast variety of trees and plants like centuries-old olive and mulberry trees, vineyards, pomegranates, lavender, sage and rosemary plants. What is more important is that all the property is totally surrounded by nature, creating an atmosphere of complete relax. On the front side of the house is possible to have a look of the seaside: the view of the gulf of Salerno, with the Amalfi and the Cilento coasts that frame the island of Capri, is breathtaking especially at sunset. All the renovation of the structure was guided by the common sense and wisdom of the Voza family; the materials that have been chosen and the particular care about details have resulted in a perfect harmony that well balances a simple and refined style with all the modern comforts. The inspiring principle of Casale Giancesare, and what led to its birth and development, is surely the importance of family, our family: the Voza family. This main idea affected all our story. In 1999, all the family members shared the desire to renovate an old farmhouse, property of the family, and transform it in a proper home, where to live at close contact with nature. The renovations lasted three years, and this period represented the time required for the family to mature the idea and the wish to share with other people their good feelings toward the old house, now renovated, and towards the generous and fertile nature. From all this came up the idea to dedicate all our sensitiveness, our emotional intelligence, our warmth to hospitality. Casale Giancesare finally opened its doors in 2002 becoming a place where travellers and explorers of the new millennium can find a warm welcome and a peaceful rest. All the passengers that come to discover this land full of art and history, particularly embellished by the uncontaminated nature, help us to enrich our culture and give us the possibility to exchange experiences. We don't follow trends, but we like our guests to feel like at home, helped by the spontaneous warmth and care of our family. ... more less
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