Monday, 15 June 2015

Italy | San Felice Circeo

If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen the influx of photographs from my trip to Italy last week. Originally having a whole week to explore Rome…..

 we opted to split our time up between the busy capital and this idyllic bed and breakfast 'Isola Di Eea' based in the national park of San Felice Circeo. A villa that hosts only 6 bedrooms with hands down the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea that I have ever seen. If you're after privacy, relaxation, amazing food and the loveliest of hosts then this place ticks every box.

After a short drive to Manchester, our flight took just under 2 and a half hours followed by a 2 hour car journey to San Felice Circeo. It's mad to think that in 5/6 hours you can transport yourself from miserable England to a place like this. 

A little bit of advice for those wishing to visit here is that a car is a must, it's as far off the beaten track as you can get and lacks public transport. The drive through the old town to the entrance to the national park boasts the most gorgeous views down to the beaches, a little nerve-racking to drive along but well worth it…..once you reach Isola Di Eea all you're surrounded by is the ocean.
The villa is gorgeous and having originally been the host's family summer home, it is full to the brim with trinkets and belongings saved over the years. After a warm welcome we were directed to our room, we opted for the deluxe room named 'Ginepro' on the lower floor of the villa which had all the usual essentials….a double bed, mini fridge, TV and bathroom but what made it extra special was its private terrace that overlooked the sea, the perfect wake up call. I've never experienced a place before where you fall asleep listening to the ocean and wake up to the exact same natural noise, no muffled voices, no sirens, nothing. 

Breakfast is surprisingly open for choice, not like a usual Italian breakfast. You can go up any time you wish to the main entrance building, the table is full with cereals, toast, a variety of cakes and biscuits as well as yoghurts and fruit with an endless supply of coffee. Fast forward to dinner and we were kindly invited to join the whole family for a Korean/Italian lunch, I don't actually think I've ever seen so much food in my life but it was all incredible….so much so that I have a newly found love for eggplant. This place genuinely doesn't feel like a B&B, it felt like we were visiting family that we hadn't seen in a while, everybody was incredibly welcoming and down to earth.
If you can tear yourself away from the food and venture down towards the water, you weave through endless trees and plants on a cobbled staircase to find multiple hidden sun beds until you hit the rocky edge, in which a make shift path has been laid on the rocks leading to sunbathing spots, grab a lounger and set yourself up for the day, there's clear natural pools to swim in and even the opportunity to go paddle boarding and snorkelling. We ended up being the only guests so we had the whole place practically to ourselves, it definitely felt like we'd rented the whole place out.

Our last day came around in a blink of an eye, to be honest as gutted as I was to be leaving the villa I felt more saddened to be leaving the owner Massimo and his dog, he completely made the experience what it was. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't dying to get back here, I'm already trying to figure out a way to get back here for a few days before the summer is out. So if you're looking for a little bit of paradise that isn't bursting with tourists on the coast of Italy then be sure to check out this gem.

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