I feel so privileged to have discovered this incredible bed and breakfast in the Cilento region. This really is one of those secret places undiscovered by anyone much outside of Italy. Yet, here set in delightful scenery, you will find a little home from home that will capture your heart for ever.
Coming here (see map at bottom of page to discover where "here" is) is to take a journey back in time, a time when life was lived at a slower pace and where strangers were welcomed like long lost friends.
I can assure you that Cristina and family make you feel you have always belonged and you soon begin dreading the thought of ever leaving.
One of the many things that makes visiting Cristina such a special experience is her great hospitably. She absolutely loves to organize special dinners which are a mouth-watering journey through the delights of the local cuisine. If you to would like to learn to cook like a local then try Cristina's amazing cooking course.
Zizzania e il Mandarino (click for photos) is the name of Christina's B & B in the charming village of Roccagloriosa.
The original house dates back to the 8th century and this is a home that has seen a lot of history pass by. The bullet holes left by Napoleon's troops trying to enter the house bear stark testimony.
Buffet breakfasts made with local produce are legendary and when, weather permitting, they are served in the garden they are especially lovely.
This famous coastline with some incredible and completely unspoiled beaches is one of the main attractions of any Cilento holiday.
The coast is only a twenty minute drive away thanks to the excellent road joining places like the Gulf of Policastro, Capo Palinuro and Marina di Camerota.
The journey itself is lovely with the road winding along in the shadow of Mount Bulgheria and next to the Mingrado river.
The great thing about a Cilento holiday at the Zizzania e il Mandarino is that you are only twenty minutes from the sea, yet evenings here are cooler and more liveable than the humid evenings at the coast.
Here you get the best of both the Cilento coast and the chance to discover the incredible culture, history and cuisine of the Cilento's inland areas.
If you are looking for the best beach in Cilento then give beautiful Acciaroli or Santa Maria di Castellabate a try.
If you have young children then the best beach in Cilento for them is Palinuro - here the sea is shallow, very warm and perfect for paddling around in.
Roccagloriosa is a very well preserved medieval village located in an enviable position right in the heart of the Cilento National Park between the mountain of Monte Bulgheria, the turquoise sea and a valley extending as far as the eye can see.
Many elegant medieval “palazzo” with magnificent doorways are to be seen as you wonder the twisting cobblestone lanes. The village can boast a castle and a number of quite charming churches and in the Cilento there is a wealth of things to do . Can't decide on what to do? Don't worry Cristina is always happy to help out with excellent advice on tours.
Take the Battipaglia exit of the autostrada A3 Salerno - Reggio Calabria. Continue on the statale 18 then the SP430, SP17 and SP19 . Exit at Roccagloriosa and once you enter the town follow the signs for the archeological dig (scavi archeologici) and you will arrive in piazza San Leonardo right where the B & B is. For a map to help you plan your Cilento holiday scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Rooms are spotlessly clean and very spacious. Even better news is that I am pleased to be able to offer this delightful bed and breakfast at 10% below any other advertised price and even below that offered by them.
You can be sure that a double room with breakfast, even in season, won’t cost more than 100 Euros and nearly half that out of season.
Please let me know the dates you require and I will check availability. Final booking and payment will be with la Zizzania e il Mandarino – although 10% below there normal price!
So what are you waiting for? Begin your Cilento holiday now...