B&B Baia di Trentova: A Secret Italian Getaway
Amalfi Coast? Skip it. And head to Cilento instead. While the Amalfi Coast is obviously very beautiful, it's also very crowded, being a popular tourist destination. About an hours drive south of Salerno, you'll reach the charming coastal town of Agropoli. There are lots of inexpensive spots to eat here, and if you're looking for pizza I'd recommend stopping at Pizzeria da Ciccio which is amazing and cheap too! Less than 10 minutes from the city centre you'll find the stunning B&B Baia di Trentova located in the Cilento National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Perched high up in the national park, the views of the sea below are breathtaking, as are the views of the roaming hills in the other direction. It's a family run B&B, with five double rooms in total, each with its own patio so you can sit out and enjoy the fantastic weather and views. The family couldn't be any nicer if they tried, and are very accommodating to any needs you may have. They have a lot of recommendations for things to do in the area, and even run their own cooking class. We gave that a spin and learned how to make pasta from scratch, a delicious pasta sauce, and got some insight into how to make traditional Italian dishes also.
Let me take a minute to try and explain how amazing their breakfasts and dinners are. As long as it's good weather, you'll be seated outside for your breakfast (why waste time sitting inside when you have these views). You'll have a lot of things to choose from as well. Fresh fruits, bread, homemade marmalade's, croissants, eggs, meat and cheese platter with fresh tomato slices, juice, coffee. And maybe a few other surprises too! They also provide dinner on request, and honestly I would highly, highly recommend doing this at least one night of your stay because the food is fantastic and all freshly prepared. You get to sample a wide array of Italian food, some you may never even have heard of, but it's definitely better than going to a restaurant somewhere else. We stayed for three nights and had dinner there two of those nights.
Like I said, there is a lot to do in this "secret" area of the Italian coast. We did a coastal road trip on our final full day, stopping at a number of beautiful villages and driving back through the rolling hills of the national park. There are incredibly well-preserved Greek temples at Paestum that will blow you away. We stopped at Santomiele which was an interesting insight into the production of figs in the area. We also stopped off for some chocolate Easter eggs here, devoured ice cream, and spent some time exploring a buffalo farm where they make mozzarella (and buffalo ice cream!?). Hiking is also a major thing to do in the area, and there's no shortage of routes to take! Check out some of my photos from our trip below, you'll be booking your stay here in no time.
This was the best experience I've had at a B&B, and it was in such a gorgeous location too. I'd go back tomorrow and haven't stopped talking about it since I left. Like I said, the Amalfi Coast is nice, but Cilento is better. Click here to book!