Across the Campanian border and nestled within the hills of Italy’s southern region of Basilicata, lies the medieval town of Brienza. And at the foot of the historic Castle Caracciolo, resides a unique Bed and Breakfast where history and hospitality are two sides of the same coin.
Passionate owner and lawyer Rocchina Addobbato, envisioned her childhood dream and converted her dream into a reality six years ago when she purchased the antiquity and transformed the rickety residence into the glory of “Il B&B La Voce del Fiume” (the voice of the river).
The building itself from the 1800’s is full of character and charm. La Dimora Storica di charme, The Historic Residence of Charm. It was even used as the location for two Italian films.
The old house as it was many years ago, still encompasses original floors, windows, doors and stone walls. But with the recent renovation, modern comforts such as automatic underfloor heating and sleek contemporary bathrooms, provide refined luxury while still stepping back in time. Perfect harmony.
At the base of the castle and adjacent to the river, the location of La Voce del Fiume is perfect for those weekend escapes and relaxation breaks. The surrounding Melandro valley encircles Brienza with spectacular natural beauty and greenery. The properties secluded gardens alongside the nearby river provide a peaceful surrounding. Enjoy the cooler mountain climate and escape the extreme heat in the Summer months or snuggle up by the wood fires in Winter and appreciate the occasional snow fall in Brienza.
There is a total of seven rooms, each different in size and style, yet still incorporating the appeal of the olden days. Five rooms and two suites, each spacious and named after particular gemstones. Being built into the natural rock of the mountains, the rooms are spread over three levels. Each providing unique views of the village, valley and the river. Each room also has access to remote areas of the property where you can sit and enjoy the views with a glass of local wine. Shaded gazebos and flowered gardens serve great areas to reconnect with nature.
The cellar of the property otherwise known as the grotto, is a unique space. An optimal venue for intimate group bookings, business conferences or presentations. The natural grotto beneath the B&B is the perfect place to host special evenings of tasting typical regional produce when celebrating any special occasion. And if you like enchanting stories, legend tells the tale of a beautiful young woman, Bianca, who resided in the castle in the 1300’s. Her love for the finer things in life, resulted in a grand collection of rare jewels and immense treasure and her prized possessions were hidden in a secret room within the Castle Caracciolo unbeknown to others. One day while travelling to a seaside town in Calabria, she was suddenly kidnapped by pirates and taken to Africa, where a rich governor decided to keep her there all for himself! Her disappearance was a mystery and still to this day, the secret treasure has yet to be found. Though, from the grotto beneath the B&B, lies a secret tunnel to the ancient castle! Could this tunnel lead to the secret room of the beautiful Bianca of Castle Caracciolo?
With traditional period furniture, original stone fireplaces and exposed natural rock walls, the balance of style at B&B La Voce del Fiume, is to be admired. Each room has its own character and story. Rocchina’s vision and implementation of renovations have maintained the respect and dignity of this period house. But her talent does not end there. As well as designing and managing the B&B, Rocchina prepares handmade olive oils soaps and bath products, which you will find in each of the residence’s bathrooms for personal use. These luxurious bath products can also be purchased and make great gift ideas as well.
Rocchina also prepares a delicious breakfast for her guests. Typical Italian sweet breakfast of homemade cakes, biscuits, jams (which are also sold at the reception area), yoghurt, fresh fruit juices and coffee. Savoury breakfasts can also be prepared with regional produce including cold meats, cheese and local farmed eggs. Made with nothing but love, breakfasts can be served inside the cosy dining area, the gardens, or outside on one of the numerous panoramic terraces of the property. Alternatively, the suites have full kitchens where you can prepare your own meals. Fresh fruit grown on the property are served at breakfast as well and traditional Basilicata cooking classes are also available on request. Master the techniques and methods of traditional Basilicata cuisine, and recipes that have been passed down through Rocchina’s family.
Brienza is another beautiful undiscovered Italian town, just as Matera once was. Though it’s pastel shades with terracotta tiled roofs boast a more colourful village. Its authentic appeal and mysterious charm attract many and it is clearly understandable why it is one of the prettiest towns in Basilicata.
Take this exceptional opportunity to sleep in an authentic residence within a medieval village and listen to the gentle calling of the river of Brienza, you won’t regret it!
Vico del Carmine, 7
85050 Brienza PZ
Tel. +39 0975 38 16 44
Cell. +39 339 2290630
How to Get There…
From Salerno and Reggio Calabria : take the A3 (SA-RC) exit Atena Lucana-direction SS 598 Fondo Val D’Agri-Exit Brienza
From Bari : reach Salerno-Potenza E847 (SA-PZ) – exit towards Tito- take the SS 95-Brienza exit
From Taranto and Sibari : take the SS 106 Ionica, SS 598 Val d’Agri, Brienza exit
Nearest stations ( Potenza, Salerno ) in combination with regional bus lines
Buses with daily departures from Salerno, Naples, Rome, Policoro
Disclosure: Sponsored post in collaboration with B&B La Voce del Fiume. This post contains my own personal photos. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I choose to write this honest review to inform you of my experience.