About this listing
Let me present myself, I am Novelia, I leave in a beautiful medioeval city called Sulmona. The apartment is 110 square meters big,can host 6 persons, it has WI FI satellite TV. Air conditioning, it has all the conforts to make anybody feel at. home.
I rent for short periods a beautiful apartment, all furnished (cable TV, internet WI-FI, washing machine), you don't have to bring anything except yourself. It is 110 square meters big and I can host 6 people. There is a kitchen, a living-room, a dining-room, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a terrace mounting view. In the dining area there is a sofa bed where two people can sleep in it.
You will always find my home made cake and other specialities. The apartment is located right in the historical center of my city, Sulmona, close to the best restaurants, pubs and bars.
My region is Abruzzo. we are close to Rome, Naples and many other important cities. We are the center of the country, close to ski-resorts and the Adriatic sea. Unreal towns up on mountain top are there for you to be discovered, every little town offers good food and of course good wine, you will have a unique experience, nothing to envy to Tuscany and Umbria, we are the green region of Europe. After you have visited this area you will fall in love with Sulmona and the surroundings, for sure you will come back.
I guide my guests in discovering this marvelous place and of course I envite them to vist the Abbey where I work, one of the biggest of all Europe. If you don't have the car, you can move easily with the bus and train, that are very close to the apartment. I am a very good cook, it will be my pleasure to make you try my home-made pasta, because in everything I do I put my heart.
My apartment is unique, because I am unique. I will be waiting for you to give you all the best that I can when it comes to a special welcome. Novelia.
My guests find a beautiful and warm enviroment, they will feel at home, because there is Novelia that makes the difference.
Interaction with Guests
I interact a lot, I am Always present if they anything, I make them feel sicure, if they need anything they just have to call and I fly to them.
The THE HOUSE OF THE HEART is right in the historical center of the city, close to beautiful monuments, best restaurants, a park to take relaxing walks, or just to sit , relax, in the many bars that are in the area.
To go around the city no need of the car, because the apartment is located in the center of the city, the parking in right in front of the apartment. No extra charge.
Other Things to Note
All I can say, the I am waiting to give the best welcome ever, to make this an unforgettable experience.
My guests will respect me and my property, as I respect them. I allow pets, smoking is permited.
What can I say?..... What a wonderful place and I would have to say the best Airbnb accommodation we have stayed on this three week vacation!
The apartment was spacious and very clean, it had all the amenities required right down to the small things that you need but don't necessarily want to buy when you are traveling, like wrap to cover food etc.
Having a washing machine was great too.
Novelia and her husband Peppi are exceptional hosts, we arrived later in the day to some home made soup and freshly baked cake. A bottle of wine, some fruit and milk to make a cup of tea (and teabags). We were able to just settle in and relax.
Sulmona is everything Novelia explained it would be and more! It really is the true Italy and quite unspoiled by the tourist trail.
We were told of and visited wonderful small villages nearby that still practice traditional craft such a Scanno. Novelia gave us a tour of the Abbey where she works, it was fantastic to see the artwork preserved and stored in safe keeping after the earthquake in L'Aquila.
Novelia also showed us where to buy the handmade Presentosa which is a special type of jewellery, and Confetti which are both specific to Sulmona.
As well as all the hospitality we received, Novelia also showed us how to make fresh pasta, and shared a meal with us.
We really felt welcomed and genuinely accepted into Sulmona and Novelia's world.
Nothing was too much trouble, right down to asking for help with the Television at 10pm one night.
Novelia is a wonderful ambassador for Sulmona, the region of Abruzzo and Italy itself. Airbnb should be proud to have her as a host on their site.
I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to really feel part of an Italian experience far from the tourist trail.
Thank you Novelia and Peppi, we won't forget this wonderful experience.
Donna & Fae x
MAMMA MIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Donna and Fae, we could get this book published. After I read your beautiful words, your describing minute by minute, what come out of it is THE HEART I am glad this happens everytime I have guests over. when I am waiting for their arrival enside of me I already feel that relatives are coming, waiting to embrace them and giving the best welcome ever. I have enjoyed every minute of your staying, the spaghetti making has left me really impressed, two australian women that learn so fast in making SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA was really such a pleasent suprise, it means that I am a good teacher. You are both really special women, I admire what you do in life when it comes to your work, giving you heart and passion. This time you have recieved respect, and love from me and Peppe. because that is what you deserve. You know I get up really early in the morning, finding your e-mail and all the beautiful things you wrote has made my day, I will go flying at work. All that Peppe and I wish for you is LOVE AND HEALTH. we felt you so close it is incredible, we want to embrace you again, hoping soon, we have to capture the moment, as I always say. Airbnb guests are really special, and I am glad they all come ALLA CASA DEL CUORE. Until next time, all the best because you are special and you deserve anything positive that life can give you. A big embrace, Noveia, Peppe.
Novelia and Peppe are divine hosts. They went out of their way to make our stay easy and memorable. I cannot recommend the House of the Heart more sincerely. Novelia's enthusiasm for Sulmona is contagious - and it is indeed a wonderful place. The flat itself is brilliant, fully equipped to an amazing standard and modern, clean, bright with a stunning balcony and view of the hills. Novelia is the most thoughtful host and went out of her way to make our stay - including picking us up from the station and dropping us off at the bus station. We loved our stay. Thank you Novelia and Peppe!!
It has been a pleasure having you " ALLA CASA DEL CUORE", you are a very positive couple. Peppe and I are glad you liked so much visiting this part of Abruzzo and our beautiful city Sulmona. I am sure you will come back, and we will wait for you hoping to spend more time togheter because positive guests like you it is a pleasure to have around. Until next time, a big embrace, Novelia, Peppe.
Save the best for last. We were picked up at the train station and treated like long lost relatives by Novelia and Peppe. It was hearfelt and genuine and so nice to get back to their apt to a bowl of homemade soup, omlette and Pandulce made by Novelia. We spent the afternoon touring Sulmona's city center with them and their friends who had all kinds of information about what to see, where to eat and local attractions. The apt itself is spotless, remodeld and decorated nicely and they have even added an outdoor patio with umbrella. It is very spacious and no detail is left undone with all kitchen appliances, pots, pans everything you need to feel comfortable and at home. Novelaiu took us on a half day tour of the Abby of Santo Spiritu di Morronese where she works. She is a fountain of information and we felt so fortunate to have had a private tour of this historical landmark. We were helped at every turn with information and our travels around the area were expedited due to their help and concern for making sure we saw all that was there to see. Novelia and Peppe are amazing and they spent much time making sure we were happy and well taken care of even though they both work full time. You might expect this sort of caring treatment if you were staying @ a 5 star hotel where money pays for enjoyment but these two are just naturally giving of their time and friendship. Unbelievable people who could not do enough for us. They are true ambassadors for Sulmona and Abruzzo and their passion and love of country and city shine through in all that they do. A combination of their accommodating natures and a great apt make this the best possible vacation place in Italy. Dinner @ Massimo's was absolutley delicious.
Gloria. MAMMA MIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, you left me and Peppe speechless. We didn't know we had done so much, it is just our passion for Abruzzo and its traditions that spur us to involve our guests in (re)discovering the treasures of our region. I loved your words about THE HOUSE OF THE HEART, because I conceived this apartment has a nest, to welcome in the most warmly way everybody that has chosen to walk this path. The time we spent together, has made IL MIO CUORE bigger, thanks to your friendly presence and your enthusiasm, knowing that you will come back to keep on walking together. You know how proud I am of my home made pasta, and of its scent, honored to have shared with you making it, and eating together with a good glass of red wine. Peppe (George) thanks you for the kind words, I will make sure Massimo will know how satisfied you were of his food.
God bless you,
your family from Sulmona
The apartment is within 5 minutes of the center of Sulmona. Novalia is a fantastic host. She had a cake ready for us at the arrival. She helped us with the logistics. This is the apartment we will book again if we go back to Sulmona. We loved it
Ciao Michele, this has been only antipasto for both of you at" LA CASA DEL CUORE", and with Novelia and Peppe, as promised when you will come back to Sulmona, (even if Sulmona is your home), I still want to guide you in discovering this beautiful valley and the rest of Abruzzo. Until next time all the best Novelia, Peppe.
Novelia made us feel more than welcome in her preparations which began well before we arrived! A little tired after the 3.5 hour drive from the Amalfi coast, we were greeted not only with a smiling and chipper Novelia, but homemade goodies galore! She had prepared us a delicious vegetable soup, omelet and cake in addition to stocking the kitchen with food and beverage including wines, campaign and juices. It was a very warm welcoming! The home itself is beautiful, immaculately clean and of good craftsmanship. The space is even more beautiful than it appears in the pictures and every amenity you could ever need, and then some, are already there for you in the apartment. It really is your home away from home! Throughout our stay Novelia did a great job of making us feel like family, showing us around the Abbey where she works and walking us to one of her favorite restaurants which was absolutely delicioso! We cannot recommend Abruzzo and this accommodation enough! Even part of the film crew from the Clooney movie, The American, stayed here while shooting scenes in Sulmona. We will return!
The phraseWe will return has made me very happy, please consider us like a family waiting for you in Sulmona, I wish all the young people like you, would be so positive like in your case, the world would be a better place. Thank you for all the nice words, this gives me the strenght to go on, giving always my guests the best welcome ever. God bless you, Novelia.
Novelia and Pepe were there to greet us when we arrived. Let me just say they were so welcoming it was like coming home. The apartment is on the third floor of the building on the edge of the old town, very centrally located: parking at the door is convenient with easy roads to navigate while the old town centre is only a ten minute walk away. The apartment itself is very well appointed: spacious and luxurious with 2 double bedrooms, two bathrooms, Sky TV and a terrace were features that stood out for us. Sulmona is a wonderful town, combining the best of a friendly village feel in a spectacular setting surrounded by forests and snow capped mountains. Novelia and Pepe really went out of their way to make us feel welcome, from organising for friends to show us the town when they were delayed, to cooking us a cake and taking us on a wine tasting. The apartment, location and host makes this an apartment that we can not recommend highly enough. It is not an exaduration to say that Novelia's apartment in Sulmona realy is a home of the heart. It is places like this that makes one feel sorry for people who only have a hotel to stay in.
Richard and Rosie, you know that coming over our house you do find a family ready to embrace who walks trough our door. We miss you already, it has been like a dream, not enough time, remember that you have us waiting for you in Sulmona with open arms, you are special, and we wish you all the best, hoping time is going to fly fast until we see each other again. Health and joy always to a special couple. A big embrace like all Abruzzo, Novelia, Peppe.
novelia is exactly the kind of hostess you would want to find after a long journey..a soup and wonderful chocolate cake on arrival as well as a very well provisioned fridge ..even a glass of cold wine.. but she went out of her way to help, taking us to local restaurants and recommending others. all to make a perfect start to your holiday. she even tok time out to show us around the beutiful monastry where she wroks. she more than lives up to her aptly named house..
many thanks to you and your husband for making such a great holiday.
her apartment is spotlessly clean with modern equipment and now benefits from a lovley terrace to look out at the mountains..all together a lovely experiene i would recommend to any future travellers..
Thank you so much for your kind words, they give me the enthusiasm to keep on giving the best to my guests that i always feel like part of my family. Thank you for loving Sulmona and our mountains.
My husband and I would love to have you again in the House of the Heart. Hoping to see you soon.
All the best, Novelia
About the Host, Novelia
I am a very outgoing person, I like to meet people and show them the area where I live. I speak english well, since Canada as been part of my life for a few years when I was very young.
All I can say is that if you come over to me you will never want to go away. I forgot to write that I am a very good cook too... I work for the italian goverment and my office is placed in one of the biggest Abbey of all Europe; it will be my pleasure to guide you and discover this wonderful monument.
What else can I say? All you have to do is come to Novelia's Penthouse, I like to think of it as the HOUSE OF THE HEART because I put my heart in everything I do, and the welcome that you will receive, like no where else.
Thank you for the attention, Novelia.
P.S. My life motto is "CAPTURE THE MOMENT" Ciao