Two Stars, Reale Michelin Guide
The enchanting Casadonna lies in southern Italy's Abruzzo province, in the small city of Castel di Sangro, providing a historic oasis and...
The enchanting Casadonna lies in southern Italy's Abruzzo province, in the small city of Castel di Sangro, providing a historic oasis and the chance to discover an authentic side of Italy. This boutique hotel and restaurant - just six rooms in size - is housed in a building that was once a monastery, dating back to 500 A.D. Now fully restored and renovated into a beautiful retreat, Casadonna features large glass doors and windows, sophisticated interior design, and original stone and iron from its storied past. Guest rooms are drenched in sun, minimalist, and emphasize views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. The comforts that modern travelers expect are present and well selected, including wireless Internet, double showers, satellite television, and personal mini bars. Furthering the juxtaposition of ancient and modern, the first floor terrace is striking with its wood-lined floors, sleek modern furniture, and delicate white lights, all overlooking the impressive hillside surrounding Casadonna itself.
The star of the show here is Reale, the hotel's divine restaurant run by two Michelin-starred Chef Niko Romito. Masterpiece meals are inspired by the region's ingredients and cuisine, drawn from traditional recipes and brought into the present with flavorful flair. Spend your days in unencumbered bliss, exploring the area's mountainsides, soaking in the views over the green valleys, and visiting small towns. The province of Abruzzo is wonderfully uninhabited compared to Italy's other regions, and thus offers a chance to really see the natural state of this destination's bounty. With the Adriatic Sea to the east, and to the west the outskirts of Rome, you can plan a number of day trips depending on your travel preferences - or spend time in the three national parks, which each offer impressive opportunities for outdoor recreation. Take the path less worn and the road less traveled, and allow Casadonna to be your Italian home.