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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.

Gorgeous views. You could probably spend all day sitting around, taking it all in and not get tired of it.

Each room has its own unique tiled name outside of it, which is a very cute touch.

Who doesn't love a big bed? I slept very well all three nights, and the window overlooked the sea which was amazing to wake up to. There's a wardrobe, desk, and TV in the room also, as well as a minibar.

This was such a lovely bathroom. Tiled from floor to ceiling, everything is top quality and spotless. My favourite kind of bathroom! There is a hairdryer and some shower accessories too.

It's the little touches that makes a room so personal. Yes the chocolates were eaten with great pleasure.

Little bit of wine and some nibbles before dinner.

I loved the dining room. It was really unique, and a lot of it was made with their bare hands which is beyond impressive.

Can you say you've visited Italy without having some pasta? Probably not. This dish was nicer than anything I've had in a restaurant, very simple but bursting with flavour!

The great thing about eating here is that you're not left feeling hungry or disappointed. I loved the idea of sampling different dishes as one of the courses.

How fun is this dessert sitting in a lemon?! It was delicious and refreshing!

Breakfast view goals? I think so. Honestly the breakfast was amazing every morning and everything was very fresh.

If you've rented a car, there are some fantastic spots you can drive to in the area. We did a coastal road trip and were blown away by how beautiful everywhere was.

The fig tour we went on was really fun, and I learned a lot about different ways to use figs. I highly recommend a stop here, even if you just buy something from their shop.

Ice cream? Yes please! I have an ice cream (and pizza) obsession, so Italy was perfect for me. We stopped at a little village in the hills and tasted some of the country's best ice cream.

Another great thing to do is stop at a buffalo farm where you can see the production of mozzarella and sample it as well! They even have buffalo milk ice cream!

This was a major highlight of the trip for me. Paestum is a remarkable site where you can see Greek temples beautifully preserved.

More view goals! Don't forget to explore Agropoli itself. If you're feeling adventurous, there's a castle that overlooks the coastal town which you can drive up to (or walk, but it is very steep)!

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!

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My name is Krista, and like many people I love to travel! I think it's important that people share their travel experiences, so I hope that mine help you in some way in your own travels, or inspire you to travel more! 

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