A charming home in the Cilento and Alburni National Park
OUR GUEST HOUSE
La Zizzania e il Mandarino B&B is located at Rocchetta, a small historic district of the comune of Roccagloriosa in the province of Salerno, situated between Mount Bulgheria, the sea and a valley that extends as far as the eye can see. When guests arrive, they are struck by the beauty of the panorama overlooking Mount Bulgheria and the healthy clean air. We offer guests a delicious breakfast to start off their day, with freshly baked cakes and other local specialities. Guests are then free to visit the nearby archaeological excavations and the 4th century UNESCO heritage antiquarium, or go diving in the crystal-clear coastal waters of Palinuro-Marina di Camerota-Scario. Nature lovers can venture along the trekking routes of the Cilento National Park (another UNESCO heritage site).
Time stands still but the history lives on...
What is left of the building retains its dominant position with respect to the rest of the town, a trace of its former prestige. Having been a witness and protagonist of important historical events, it was destroyed in 1860 by fire at the hands of the French when André Masséna, the Napoleonic General, mortally wounded after falling from his horse, set the town on fire. Another important time happened in the decade starting in 1976 when Professor Gualtieri arrived from the University of Alberta (Canada), at the time a young research archaeologist and scientific collaborator who, having sensed the existence of this important archaeological site (of which the mayor, Leopoldo Finamore, had already written so much), began his excavation mission, co-directing his team of students.
The type of holiday we offer is romantic, naturalistic and cultural, as well as culinary, considering the variety of local foods and wines available but also, within half an hour the seaside resorts of Marina di Camerota, Palinuro, Scario, Policastro, Villammare and Sapri can be reached. Our rooms are spacious and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, and are all furnished differently. They are named with some of the Mediterranean herbs growing in the Cilento National Park. Boasting a lift, terrace and garden, the common areas are welcoming, cosy and refined.
Two adjoining rooms with a dividing door; a private bathroom with walk-in shower and hairdryer. Attic roof windows with mosquito nets and blinds. Side windows with a panoramic view of the valley and the town below. With a wardrobe, dressing table, desk and chest of drawers. A fan is available for guests. The comfortable sofa bed accommodates two guests. The two bedrooms accommodate up to five guests with the addition of an extra bed.
A spacious room with a double bed plus a comfortable sofa bed, with an en-suite bathroom, a shower and hairdryer, a ceiling fan and attic windows with mosquito nets and blinds. The side window boast a panoramic view over the neighbourhood and the square. With a wardrobe and dressing table. Accommodates four guests.
A double-bedded room with the possibility of separating the two beds. En-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and a hairdryer. An attic roof window with a mosquito net and blinds. The side window overlooks the neighbouring roof tops. A cooling fan is available. Equipped with a wardrobe and desk. Accommodates two guests.
A spacious double room with the possibility of single beds and a single sofa bed. En-suite bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Attic roof windows with mosquito nets and blinds. The side window overlooks the square. A cooling fan is available. Equipped with a writing desk. Accommodates three people.
Breakfast is served at the table to individual guests from 7.30 am to 10 am according to current Covid rules. We are happy to serve local produce from our farm, Le Valli, and other food from the national park area. Careful attention is paid to the choice of ingredients for our dishes. We prefer good seasonal food sourced locally. Our Le Valli farm cultivates organically with SIDEL certification and that of the Cilento and Alburni National Park, guarantor of the produce.
We not only offer Bed and Breakfast but you can also dine in-house at an additional cost and by prior reservation. As an extra service, we also have arrangements with some of the local beaches and tour guides for nature excursions. We provide guests with the possibility to recharge electric cars, especially for those who seek a more relaxed approach to tourism so as to fully enjoy the magical atmosphere of the Cilento area. There is the possibility of using free wi-fi throughout the bed and breakfast.
Not far from our historic house and B&B in the heart of the Cilento National Park is Cristina Finamore′s farm, Le Valli, registered on the list of organic farmers since 2003, testifying to a type of agriculture that uses natural methods without the use of chemical products. To certify this, vegetable crops are alternated, weeds are controlled biologically and the limitation of the use of organic manure has been chosen, despite the fact that it comes from a small flock of animals that grazes freely in the countryside. This production method is the demonstration of how sustainable agriculture goes hand in hand with the protection of the environment and the enhancement of local traditions to bring high quality, genuine products with an authentic flavour to our tables. The processing of fruit is a natural consequence of our philosophy. Preservative-free jams and marmalades are prepared with carefully selected and freshly-picked ripe fruit. Excellent both for breakfast and to accompany meat or cheese. The tomato variety we grow from old seeds makes for a sweet puree that needs little cooking and is ideal for spaghetti dishes. Our range of food includes biscuits baked with nuts harvested in August or with chocolate pralines, and figs stuffed with walnut kernels harvested in October and orange zest, all covered in a dark chocolate glaze.
Cristina Finamore is the owner of the B&B, an idea that came from the concept of welcoming and sharing the architectural and natural beauties in the Cilento area. The house has belonged to the Finamore family since the second half of the 18th century and the conservative restoration was carried out with the aim of keeping the original architectural features intact: the exposed beams, the majolica and marble-chip floor tiles, the old oven and the fireplaces, to create a unique atmosphere. Thus, time stands still yet history lives on.