ItalyCountryStay

Pescosolido, Italy

ItalyCountryStay is a guest house in the countryside that specializes in working with international customers. Offers the kind of vacation where you are immersed in the authentic Italian lifestyle.

Culinary Vacations 3

4 Days Culinary Vacations in Italy

Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr, 2017–2018

Speaks English

from US$329

Excellent 10/10

Based on 1 review
from US$329
Price for:

4 days / 3 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 1 review

5 Days Cooking Holiday & Cheese Tasting in Italy

Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr, 2017–2018

Speaks English

from US$471

Excellent 10/10

Based on 1 review
from US$471
Price for:

5 days / 4 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 1 review

Excellent

Based on 1 review

3 Days Italian Gourmet Cooking Vacations

Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr, 2017–2018

Speaks English

from US$199

Excellent 10/10

Based on 1 review
from US$199
Price for:

3 days / 2 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 1 review

Instructors 1

Vincenzo di Sotto

Vincenzo di Sottowas born in Pontecorvo and is a qualified chef trained by Ipsar Cassino. He has his first cooking experience in an internship at Hotel lord Byron 5. After that, he worked at Roma Club mediterrane ragusa. Currently, he is a chef at the Restaurant Taverna di Viro in Sora, FR.

Reviews 1

    • Jane Grostick

      BookCulinaryVacations website

      We had a wonderful time at Italy country stay with Anna as our host! She was so accommodating and helpful. From guiding us to how to get to her rustic and beautiful home stay to helping us find our way around the sights of Sora and environs and cooking our meals, she was so great. It was a wonderful hillside visit with very clean accommodations and amazing views from the open balcony dining area! Our cooking classes with Catarina were amazing and especially the eating of our creations afterward were delicious! The cheese factory tour was very interesting too. Anna was a gracious host to us for our visit!

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    • a traveler United States

      TripAdvisor website

      I just returned from a 4-day holiday based at A Piana after a hectic business schedule in Rome at a conference, and it was the perfect anecdote. The accommodations are rustic and comfortable, and host Anna is very welcoming and accommodating (and a very good cook) and planned many great activities for us - cooking classes at a local agritourismo, a winery tour, cheese making tour, etc. Her beautiful English Setter, "Neve", is a sweetheart and property mascot. We also visited several lovely local towns, an Abbey, castle ruins, etc. The area is stunningly beautiful, and I must acknowledge our wonderful local driver, Federico. The people could not be more friendly and their sense of community is inspiring. Italy as one must experience it. Highly recommended!

    • Alex Latvia

      Trip Advisor website

      Anna's place, Via Piana is a nice B&B built on ancient walls, which gives it a rustic look and feeling. The place is simple in its good meaning, you will get the tranquillity, beautiful nature, ancient hill-top towns and activities, like wine making and cheese making (we experienced) and more. This is done in old way and is what gives to it uniqueness. And above all, you get the caring attitude by the hostess.

    • Jamie Deurmeier

      ItalyCountryStay Facebook page

      We stayed here for a man incredible week full of adventure as well as relaxation. Anna was so helpful! She makes the best breakfasts and is a great guide for hose who are unfamiliar with the area. We are happy to consider her a friend, now. Best part of our Italy adventures, by far!

    • Michaela Ecuador

      Trip Advisor website

      Tucked away in the Italian countryside, Via Piana is a refuge from the tourist crowds, that make the larger cities feel stuffy and commercialized. Ana is an impeccable host that attended to my every need, and her kindness will make you feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. The communal kitchen is clean, well-equipped, and even boasts an authentic pizza oven (which is often used to churn out savory, real-deal naples style flat breads). Expect tastefully furnished rooms, that manage to feel rustic, while maintaining modern comforts, access to fresh, delicious food, and the opportunity to enjoy the nearby national park. If you are looking for a respite, and the chance to see a side of Italy most visitors never do, I highly recommend staying at Via Piana!

    • Ariane Hungary

      Trip Advisor website

      I was at Italycountrystay only for two days, and it was a really good decision, after being at the busy Rome. Nice people, nice surrounding, and of course, good food. It is really easy to feel fine and comfortable there. Additionally, there are also many activities, which can be tried out as horse riding, pizza baking, visiting a cheese factory, hiking and much more. When I arrived I got the chance to try out the cool water of a pond near Sora, where the water is collected from little mountain streams, and which also has a floating island made up of plants. (Somehow I was amazed of that) I can tell, it is really refreshing. Via Piana and Pescosolido has a charming atmosphere, and I am happy that I got there, and I want to go back definitely to spend some more time there!

    • A traveller Netherlands

      Trip Advisor website

      This is our second stay in Via Piana. Last year, we stumbled upon the country stay because of the wedding of one of our friends. She married an Italian who was from the neighbourhood. Luckily, Anna Gansert was not fully booked, so we could stay for 3 nights. We loved the rustic room that we booked, good bed, good mattress, and it was clean. But because of the wedding, we did not get to see much of the surroundings, and there are loads of activities you can do. So, we decided to come back and we did. We found our way back to Via Piana very easily, this time it was by daylight and good weather. Our arrival before, was by night accompanied by heavy rains. Anna stood in the rain to pick us up. We were embarrassed to let her wait up that long in that beastly weather. Neve, the dog welcomed us heartily and we stayed in one of the small apartments, this time instead of the rustic room, we got an upgrade. That night, we dined with guests from the farm stay nearby. It was a nice group of people and dinner was excellent. We went to lake Posta Fibreno, hiked to the waterfall of Lacerno, visited Opi, Naples and Pompeii, and climbed Monte Amaro in the Abruzzi national park. Though our stay has come to an end, we had a lovely holiday. It was active and restful accompanied with simple and nice food. Antonello's impersonation of Basil Fawlty, is absolutely hilarious and unbeatable, Anna's hospitality and their professionalism make this country and farm stay work. We wish them all the best in the world and hope that they can unfold all their plans for the future. Definitely go here, if you want a taste of Italy and go off the beaten tourist track.

    • A traveller South Carolina

      Trip Advisor website

      Other reviews can fill you in on the wonderful location and scenery of Via Piana, but the real stars are the kind and warm people, who make your stay perfect. Come spend time here, stay a while, hike, explore the forest, visit Sora, and then settle down to an unforgettable meal. Anna's inventive style of cooking delicious and healthy seasonal dishes with local ingredients in a rustic setting makes this a place to not miss. A perfect place!

    • Barb Slovakia

      Trip Advisor website

      After coming from busy Rome (2 hours by bus to Sora), I really appreciate the tranquil and charming atmosphere of Via Piana. The place is in perfect harmony with nature of traditional stone houses surrounded by green jungle and lovely flowers. My room was nice and very clean. The bed was with good mattress. The communal kitchen was very clean, as well. Pizza oven, table with lavender painting, and view on mountains made from the kitchen, is a special place for me. Anna is a great host, and is very friendly. I am an individual travel, but I had never felt lonely there, because we spoke a lot together, and had a lot of fun! We visited the local olive press together, where I was able to see all the steps of olive oil making. Anna also wrote a very nice guide about the trips in the area, and she shared plenty of maps, so you can really explore the area very well with car or just on foot! National Park of Abruzzo is very close, so you have endless hiking opportunities. Thank you Anna for your great hospitality and hope to see you again.

    • Dina New York

      Trip Advisor website

      The place was absolutely beautiful. I stayed in an old village on a hilltop with mountain views on all sides. My room had stone walls and was very clean with screens on all the windows to keep out the bugs. I ate my meals at a farm a scenic 20 minute walk away. Anna, the manager of the property, was incredibly helpful and friendly. Giuseppe, who ran the farm, was equally amazing. I am a huge animal lover, and he let me feed the animals. I hope to return again.

    • Eliseryn Illinois

      Trip Advisor website

      I went to ItalyCountryStay in Via Piana three years ago, and liked it so much, that I returned this past summer, when I was doing some travelling around Italy. Via Piana is easily accessible from Rome by way of a scenic bus ride that takes about 2 hours. Once you arrive in Sora, Anna, the sweet inn keeper, always offers to pick up guests and drive them up the hill to Via Piana (that trip is walk able, but I would recommend driving, especially if you have luggage). ItalyCountryStay is a quiet retreat. The rooms are shaded and clean. The communal kitchen and common room are great for meeting other guests, and talking to Anna about the area, and there are even a few outdoor tables with incredible views of the mountains. There are many hikes you can take leaving from Via Piana without needing a car. I liked hiking to the castle ruins above Sora. It is not too strenuous, and it is great because the ruins are not blocked off in at all, so you can really explore. Get gelato in the piazza after the hike down! With a car, you could go to the Abruzzo National Park and follow one of the many trails, and take a dip in a lake. You could also check out some of the neighbouring towns, like Isola del Liri, which is a beautiful town flanked by two rives and has waterfall at its centre. And, Posta Fibreno has a beautiful (and freezing) lake, and nice bars. Another thing I did was visit the cheese shepherd's house, just up the road from Via Piana for a cheese-making demo, and a visit to their shop, where you can buy their cheese, cold pressed olive oil, and wine. Take a walk at night! Given the altitude, the stargazing is amazing and the roads cut through olive groves and grapevines. Blackberry bushes and many varieties of mint also line the path. I really recommend staying at Anna's Italy Country Stay. It is comfortable, in a beautiful location with lots of activities to do outdoors, and the service is great.

    • Hadar Israel

      Trip Advisor website

      My friend and I stayed at ItalyCountryStay for two nights, as part of a trip we did in Italy. The stay in Via Piana made our trip great! Anna was amazing in all means and added a lot to our experience, and obviously was so helpful and did much more then we expected. Via Piana is far from all the main tourist areas, which is what makes it so special. Anna has collected a large number of activities for us to do in the area including hikes, horse back riding and yoga classes. my friend and I did not travel by car, and Anna was very happy to help us find public transportation to Sora, and also pick us up from the town, if needed. She will also take us places we needed to go. Anna also helped us find good public transportation to our next stop on our trip. The place itself is authentic, serene, and just lovely. The view is breathtaking, the rooms are clean and the communal kitchen is spotless and comfortable. Thank you, Anna, for an amazing experience of both meeting you and experiencing a different side of Italy. Via Piana was amazing.

    • Emma

      Trip Advisor website

      I found this to be a very comfortable and homely guest house in a beautiful, unspoiled location. The room was charming and a good size, with stunning views of the mountains, and nearby Sora from the lovely garden terrace. Anna is a wonderfully friendly hostess, who will go out of her way to help you with practical matters or planning your trip. When I was there, she hosted a pizza night, using her traditional Italian wood fired pizza oven, which was delicious! The village is very peaceful, and there are good transport options available, should you wish to visit Rome, Naples or the surrounding towns. Thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and would highly recommend to everyone.

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