MARULIVO HOTEL

Boutique B&B with superlative views over the Tyrrhenian Sea

CLINGING TO THE CLIFFSIDE in the medieval hill town of Pisciotta – an hour south of the Amalfi coast –  Marulivo Hotel gazes out over the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea through a tumble of scented lemon groves.

Knockout views are just one of the features of this little boutique B&B, created from a one-time 14th century convent high above the clear blue seas. Take in the sweeping vistas from the terrace, and you probably won’t want to stir.

Owners Lea and Massimo have restored the once-abandoned building – a residential palace in its  heyday –  into an appealing escape in the heart of Pisciotta’s medieval district on Italy’s southern shores.  Lavished with TLC, Marulivo Hotel now matches the past with the best in contemporary comforts.



Hit the spot
In the hill town of Pisciotta, 90 minutes south of Naples.

Bedtime
Take a junior suite or one of the Superior rooms – our favourites are the Samarcanda and Petra.

Be savvy

Pisciotta’s narrow medieval lanes are too narrow for cars, so be ready to walk!

Be smitten
Cliffside winner with views to match.

Dazzling views

Ancient stone arches, cloisters, antique wood and terracotta are all reminders of the building’s rich historic fabric. Furnished with hand-picked antiques and every comfort, bedrooms have a distinctly Tuscan flavour and come with delectable French balconies or grand windows overlooking the sea.

Step outside and take in the sweep of olive trees and clear blue waters from Marulivo’s wide cliffside terrace, where you can enjoy an al fresco breakfast in the morning or cocktails at sundown.

For the max in space you may prefer checking into Casa Pixos – a restored 16th century house a few minutes away where the boutique hotel’s owners have created four spacious apartments with hanging gardens and terraces with stunning sea views. Glicine – created from a former sculpture studio – is the most romantic, while Bougainvillea is the biggest. 

Fine beaches, clear seas and a lively harbour are some of the hallmarks of historic Pisciotta, set on a hill above an unspoilt stretch of coast. The town is surrounded by the Cilento national park, and within easy reach of the famously scenic Amalfi coast.


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Dining in
There’s no restaurant at Marulivo, but breakfast on the scenic verandah will set you up for the day.

Dining out
Pisciotta has plenty of restaurants and bars for a good night out. Osteria del Borgo – a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant whose chef Gerardo works closely with local producers – is a big favourite. Try the seafood stew, marinaded anchovies and delicious spaghetti carbonara.  Other great places include Perbacco in Marina Campagna (1.5 km) and Angolo del Barone in the village of Rodio (8 km).



Where?
Marulivo Hotel

What’s cooking?
Delicious breakfasts with fresh fruit, home made yoghurt and pastries.

Top Table?
You can’t go wrong – the views are superlative.

See & Do
Explore Pisciotta’s  medieval centro storico, with its narrow lanes and ancient houses. Hire a boat for the day at the harbour or go swimming, diving and snorkelling. There are also pretty seaside villages to explore along this stretch of coast.

Take an excursion through the Cilento national park, or head for the archaeological sites (and summertime opera and theatre) of Paestum and Pompeii. Book a boat ride to the Palinuro sea caves or see the Amalfi coast from the deck of a sailboat. Mountain bike rental and vintage car tours can also be arranged, and shuttles are available to the main beaches. 

Shop
There are plenty of shops in Pisciotta selling local ceramics and speciality olive oil.

Spa

There’s no spa at the hotel, but a nearby wellness centre offers  steam baths, massages and jacuzzis.

After dark

Sit on the terrace with an aperitvo and watch the sun set over the sea.

Dates


May
Walk through a living museum of wild orchids in Sassano, in the heart of the protected national park.

July – September
Tap your foot at the Ispani Jazz Festival.

August
A must see is ‘a chiena a Campagna’, where the river Tenza is diverted into the village streets of Campagna and the whole town takes a plunge.

A spectacle of light, sound and dance in late August marks La Notte del Mitoon the beaches of Marina di Camerota.
GETTING THERE

Location
Via Castello, 84066 Pisciotta

Parking
There is free parking 200m away. (Many of Pisciotta’s narrow streets are closed to cars).

Trains
Pisciotta-Palinuro station – 8km. (Salerno-Reggio Calabria line).

Taxis
€10 from the station, €160 from the airport.

Airport
Naples Capodichino airport – 100km.
EasyJet flies to Naples from London Stansted, London Gatwick and Liverpool.

Ferry
Metrodelmare ferries from Naples, Salerno and other points along the Campania coast call at Palinuro Port, 10km from the hotel.



Rooms and suites

9 rooms and 2 suites


Special features
Most rooms have great sea views, with the superior rooms having a balconette. You’ll also find wi-fi, satellite TV, minibar, electronic safe and aircon.  The junior suites boast a queen size bed and big windows framing the best views.

Also…
There’s a small library in the foyer and a terrace lounge bar with fabulous views.

ESSENTIAL INFO


Rates guide
EUR 80 - 210

Open/closed
Open all year.

Check-in
15:00

Check-out
11:00

Minimum night stay?
No

Breakfast

Breakfast is served until 10.30am.

Room service

Available morning and evening.

Children
Welcome. Under-3s stay free.

Pets
Small pets are welcome at the apartments only.

Air conditioning
Yes – all rooms.

Wedding License?
Yes. Civil ceremonies for up to 30 guests can be catered for, based on exclusive use of the hotel.

Eco conscience
Solar panels, energy saving lamps and controlled electricity ensure your stay will be carbon neutral.

Coming soon
A swimming pool is on the way.
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