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George's spacious and elegant home in Belmonte Calabro has the most amazing views of the mountains, sea and stars. Everything was perfect from the start. Marissa greeted us with the keys and a tour of the home. She then introduced us to the owner of the restaurant downstairs and took us around the town. (We highly suggest Francesco's restaurant with amazing food, especially the antipasti.) Marissa is very helpful and available! George is very responsive should there be any issues.
Belmonte is an enchanting town that is filled with kind people -- offering umbrellas or rides when we were caught in the rain unprepared. Everyone we met was welcoming. We had several wonderful pasta and meat dinners at the Bar Dello Sport. An amazing town full of very special people.
Each day we walked down the path to the sea for a swim. It is a shorter route then the road and takes about 15 minutes. A great workout as it is steep. (We understand there is also a bus option or driving is easy with much parking at the beach.) '
The town also has a grocery store, pharmacy, bakery, coffee bars, etc. They are all very close.
We loved our stay in George's home and hope to return again soon. It is truly a magical space within an enchanting hill town.
We were the first guests to stay at this beautiful home. It is out in the country, and has wonderful views of the countryside and old Rende. Our host, Rossana, met us at the house and showed us everything we needed to know. She speaks fluent Italian (which we do not) and English (which we do). That was really nice, as she was able to make restaurant reservations for us in old Rende our first night there! The house is really spectacular and modern with a beautiful kitchen. However, there were a few things that were not yet complete, including air conditioning. Rossana was so sweet - after our first night, we spoke to her and she brought us fans for all the bedrooms. If I were to return to Rende, I would absolutely stay here again!