We very much enjoyed our six-day stay at Il Casale delle Aranche ("the farmhouse of the oranges"), in the middle of a large, family owned orange orchard about a 10 mile drive from downtown Pizzo. It has a pool and free parking. Our room was in a block of six rooms that had their own porches near the pool. The main building housed the office and in-house restaurant, which is rented out for events (there was a wedding one night when we were there). The rooms were quiet, air-conditioned, and the beds were comfortable. There were televisions in the rooms, though they were a little complicated to use, and the father of the family was very kind and came and helped us. There is free wi-fi, but it didn't always work when we were there. The location of the property is very good. Although it is extremely quiet and feels like we're out in the country, an overpass can be seen in the distance, with access to the A3, and more local roads. It's a good place to use as a home base. We went into Pizzo several times a day, and took day-trips to Tropea, Serra San Bruno, Vibo Valentia and Gioia Tauro. We had dinner at the hotel several nights, and the food was good, with lots of choices. All or most of the produce is grown on the farm and was very good, including the orange marmalade at breakfast. The waiter, Giorgio, was friendly and spoke English well. We made friends with another couple staying at the hotel, which greatly added to our enjoyment of our visit. The sons of the family, Francesco and Antonio, manned the office, and were very friendly and fun to talk to. Our Italian skills are sketchy, but we love to try, and they had enough English to help us limp along. A very enjoyable stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Il Casale Delle Arance Italy/Pizzo, Calabria