I stayed at “Nappi” two weeks in August , with my wife and my 18months toddler.
Nappi is located in the municipality of Praia a Mare, in the middle of the coast of Calabria region.
If you thing of Italy as a boot, Calabria region in settled in the toe of the boot.
The time we had at Nappi was wonderful, mainly because of the extraordinary natural settings and the warm hospitality of the property: Mr. Gioacchino e Mrs Linda.
"I Nappi" are set on a entire hill, with a wonderful view of the city of Praia and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The location is composed of 5 apartments, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen+living room.
The service provided is a midway between a hotel and an apartment. Very useful if you have little kids.
The apartments are heavenly scattered in between the tree-wood, a shared giant Jacuzzi and health track.
There is a 1000 meters dirt road from the municipal road to the apartments. The very first time I drove up hairpin turns to the top of the hill, I'd wish to have a four-wheel drive vehicle. But then I was able to drive the 10 minutes trips 4 times a day with an ordinary car, with no regret.
The “Nappi” has also a small restaurant located at the top of the hill, booking is mandatory. They offer superb regional dishes, made of organic food. But the most brilliant memory is the breathtaking view of the sunset, with the sun that dives into the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The restaurant is property-operated dinner-only and if you’re lucky at the end the evening you can have great small talk with the owners, drinking regional spirits. Mr. Gioacchino e Mrs Linda were very kind to share with us their knowledge of the region, lovely blended with their very interesting personal lives. Gioacchino is a former skipper and fashion entrepreneur, Linda was a teacher and radiates something of her Tuscan royal origin.
They help us in refining our holiday plans, suggesting the best place to visit nearby, very often not mentioned in the paperguide. So we had great time every day we leave Nappi to visit the near beaches (ex. San Nicola Arco Magno) or historic centers (ex. Maratea).
The coastline is one of the most beautiful in the world (see my pics), but not always easily accessible (comfortable and robust beach footwear suggested) , and maybe for this reason not as famous as other Italian beaches.
One thing: Remember to bring mosquito repellant, to use it in the uncommon evenings (and days) without breeze.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our farmhouse in Calabria overlooks the Policastrum Gulf from the hills of Praia a Mare, 15km from Maratea. Inside the farm, our woods are mostly made of pinewood forest and Mediterranean scrub, with secular olive trees from which we obtain oil. In the woods, our 3 recently restructured rural houses share a stunning view over the sea on top of the hill, where our guests can enjoy the Jacuzzi and the peace of our Dojo. It is also possible to dine at our small restaurant, where we cook local food and traditional recipes. At only 15 km from our farm you'll find the village of Maratea and its harbour: the ancient town grows on the side of the mountain surrounded by green, while at its feet the beautiful and almost hidden beaches, small and quiet, are washed by a crystalline sea. Over the harbour the giant statue of the Redentore protects the sailors and completes the view. Also, the largest natural park in Italy is at our doorstep. Filled with amateur and long-distance hiking trails, Parco del Pollino is a vast protected area where wildlife grows untouched, as its unique forests shelter the park's symbolic evergreen tree, the bosniac pine. The area offers many other activities, such as rafting, water-trekking excursions over the Lao River and paragliding. ... more less