Set amongst the verdant scented hill tops of Italy's Cilento, close to Capaccio-Paestum and facing the infamous temples, the little boutique hotel Il Cannito’s chunky stone walls host a fabulously casual, sweet house vibe, fusing the 1,300 year-old Franciscan Monastery with the rural chic of Campania and dashings of personality. This is a chilled, contemporary marriage of culture & relaxation set in the lushness of Salerno, Southern Italy.
This family has hugged this restoration project over generations, lending natural warmth to the friars' lair by adopting a simple, unfussed approach that frames this fragrant setting of Myrtle & Juniper bushes and shady Elm & Oak trees with a chilled boutique vibe. Inside, Il Cannito is a Mediterranean palette of exposed beams, limestone walls, terracotta floors, soft eggshell & chalky whites, sun bleached woods and designer pieces that paired with bold abstract paintings created by a close friend.
With the culture-cool archaeology temples of Paestum within arms reach, a private beach, pool and the deliciousness of home-cooked rustic dishes make venturing further afield from Il Cannito temptingly difficult – but you can always return and try again.
A boutique guesthouse hotel made with comfort in mind, this is an easy place of history that definitely gravitates towards the slow lane, complete with vistas across to distant Capri, bliss.
Food is the soul of Il Cannito - nothing too fancy or formal - this is, after all, Italy in the slow-lane, prepared all in house and sourced mainly from their own gardens and nearby farms, Anna Maria is a talented home cook who makes delicious casa style fresh pasta, bakes her own breads, cakes and picks the fresh catch of the day.
A small menu of tastes, this is truly like being at the home of a fabulous cook. There is a full dining programme at the little hotel with snacks served down on their private beach.
Gorga is the charismatic host and creative mind behind Il Cannito - the house is a family affair with her sister and mother hitting the farmhouse kitchen stove - she runs the place with an utter passion and imbues her love for these thick chunky walls.
Together with her figli Antonella, Santa and Nicola they are the heart & soul, and still get thrilled by the arrival of guests – they are like the long lost friends you never knew you had and their house is like a home that is just like them - lively, natural, colouful and fun.
Lush hillside location backing on to the Cilento & Vallo di Diano National Park with views across to the isle of Capri, Il Cannito is close to the village of Capaccio, 100km south of Naples and 40km south of Salerno. We are a few kilometres from the Greco-Roman historic temples of Paestum (7km) with the stunning Cilento coastline and the towns of Castellabate, Pioppi, Acciaroli and Palinuro just a short drive away.
Il Cannito also has a private sandy beach in nearby Tela, not forgetting the historic city of Salerno and the infamous Amalfi coast, easily reachable.
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