via campanella 18, Pizzo vv,
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The house is in the middle of the historic centre of Pizzo, a short distance ( 3 mins walk) from the main piazza and shopping corso, with its bars, restaurants, ice cream bars (gelateria), churches, shops and the ancient castle overlooking the beach/marina/sea. The piazza is the focal point of the town and is a pleasant and laid-back congregating point where conversation, relaxation and enjoying the finer things of life is the aim, whether eating The famous Pizzo ice cream, having a coffee or imbibing your favourite tipple or the local wines achieve the importance these matters deserve on your holiday. Watch the local play their card games and you may hear raised voices even but not for long. Study the menu from the restaurant at your leisure and savour the anticipation..
The sparkling warm waters of Gulfo San Eufemia lie waiting for you, a mere 5 minute walk from the house. Fishing , swimming and boating are available or just relax and sunbathe on soft golden sand or walk along the promenade to a bar or restaurant opposite.
This main apartment to let comprises the first and second floor of my home. The first floor compromises a double bedroom, a sitting room cum bedroom with juliette balcony, and with 2 double divans, a shower/toilet /bidet and a kitchenette with 4 ring gas hob., microwave, extractor fan, storage cabinets, fridge, sink and draining board. The second floor, accessed by spiral staircase from the sitting room, has a sun terrace and another room behind it with a double divan. All floors are tiled. The house was completely renovated 5 years ago with some lovely features such as original wooden beams, old stone work in niches and in one complete wall in the bedroom and elsewhere. This apartment can be accessed independently from the street.
The ground floor could be rented separately or together with the rest of the house and is comprised of a living room, kitchen, equipped with fridge/freezer, oven, 4 ring gas hob, microwave, sink and drainer, table ands chairs and many fitted kitchen units, and a shower/toilet. The sitting room has a double divan and shelving units, with books, radio/cd player, computer desk and art.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pizzo Marina|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lamezia 28 km, Nearest railway: Vibo Valentia- Pizzo, (mainline) , Pizzo (coastal 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||4 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Calabria region
Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the extreme south of Italy - lapped by the splendid crystal blue Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The warm climate, the beautiful colors of the sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches, a nature that is wild and mysterious, the strong and genuine flavors of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place that vacationers can enjoy in both winter and summer.
Any wish can be fulfilled. Those who love nature, its scents and mysteries, can explore the Calabrian hinterland, discovering pure and unpolluted sceneries, where huge green belts alternate with blue lakes and waterfalls.
On the other hand, those who prefer basking in the warm rays of the sun and dive into a crystal-clear sea can choose from the many charming localities along the long Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts.
Instead those who prefer to learn about the region's past, Calabria, the cradle of Magna Graecia and land of ancient settlements, is full of splendid churches, monasteries, castles, palaces and towns where age-old traditions still survive.
Art lovers will not want to miss the occasion to see the famous Riace Bronzes, on display in the National Museum of Reggio Calabria. The bronzes are an important vestige of Magna Graecia, an epoch that shaped the history of this region significantly. These beautiful statues, representing two warrior heroes, are a rare example of classical Greek sculpture
What to do
When we speak about Calabria, we think of the sea and its marvelous beaches for basking and sun-bathing. Still, these clear waters in their thousand hues are also a natural gym where one can go windsurfing, kite-surfing or scuba-diving, to discover a wonderful seabed hosting brightly-colored corals and even intriguing wreckages from the Second World War.
The region offers many opportunities of fun and relaxation to those who decide to spend their holidays in its hinterland.
The National Parks, which cover most of inland Calabria, are a thrill for nature lovers and non.
And winter sports are certainly not out of the question; choose between the many ski resorts, equipped with artificial slopes to ski year-round.
Those who love a good challenge should not miss a rafting experience along the Lao River or through the Sila gorges.
Alternatively, the river can be walked without, no need for a boat of any kind: just dive into the water, descending with a rope in the most difficult tracts. This is canyoneering, and the support of expert guides makes these fascinating sports accessible to anyone.
And why not try the emotion of flying over these breathtaking landscapes? Specialized instructors will take you through the clouds (firmly attached to a paraglider's saddle, no less) to show you the beauty of Calabria from an entirely different perspective!
Calabria is a land of strong and intense emotions; such is no less true when it comes to cuisine. Witness the famous Calabrian hot pepper (pepperoncino), found in most Calabrian typical dishes. From toasted bread with n'duja sausage or sardines – called the “caviar of the poor” – to pork sausages, from pasta sauces to fish dishes.
The strong flavor of hot pepper contrasts with the sweet taste of the Tropea red onion, protected by the PGI quality mark. The onion is used for seasoning dishes as well as for curative purposes.
Some of the delicacies among Calabrian products and typical dishes that explorers of this amazing region must try include: extra-virgin olive oil, wines, bergamot liqueurs, liquorice, citron and herbs, honey and jams, special types of homemade pasta (strangugghj, fileja, maccaruni) that are still made today using the old methods
Pizzo's medieval old town is a maze of interconnecting alleys and ancient houses built steeply up the hillside. Your accommodation is there in the middle of it, if you book asap. There are few cars here allowed here, and climbing up and down steps is a must. It's minutes from the Piazza, with easy access to shops, cafes and restaurants. The nearest beach is Pizzo Marina, which is 5 minutes walk downhill from the Piazza. The centro storico is the heart of Pizzo, and you will be living closely with local people in an area full of characteristic local colour.
Sunny weather from April to October, makes Pizzo a great choice for sun worshippers especially. But it is more than a seaside town. Murat's Castle rises up from the tufo cliff, elevating Pizzo in more ways than one. It is its history and geography which gave Pizzo its prominence. Make sure you pay it a visit, as did Normans, Aragonese, Castillians, and French before you. Of course, many will enjoy the soft golden sands and clear waters of the marina and other more seclude beaches all along the coast, one stretching 9 kms from Marinella, a suburb of Pizzo. But the marina is so close to town, ( 3 mins down) and attracts swimmers and sun bathers greatly. It also has a favourite walking promenade with bars and restaurants opposite the sea.
Piazza Della Repubblica is a great place to relax, chat, engage in people watching and eat Pizzo's "famous-all-over-Italy" ice cream, "Tartufo di Pizzo" or a "Vulcanetta", inspired by Stromboli, which can be seen out to sea at times. Many bars have free WiFi also, so just ask for the password. The piazza is also the venue for colourful religious processions, concerts and many festivals celebrating local products, strawberry, ice cream and tuna. Retail therapy is available too on the corso at the end of the piazza.. Visit the many churches even if only for the great art on show.
A trip to Piedigrotta, the church carved from the tufo cliff, outside the town, is well worth a visit. Ask someone the story! Other activities and trips include. "Neocastrum", an organic farm cum restaurant. Take the tour and/or learn Calabrian Cuisine, after picking your fresh veg. Go flying over the town and sea by motorised kite or "Parapendeo". A visit to a winery is a favourite for many people and Stati near Lamezia is a good one or up the mountains to the monks in Serra San Bruno with you for more. A boat ride from Vibo Marina, next town south of Pizzo, to the Aeolian Islands, including Stromboli is a great favourite also.
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