I'm a photographer and videomaker based in Avellino, Italy.
Our family has a small farm (you can look it online: Le Masciare)
We make organic olive oil and a range of excellent wines :)
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Piero's estate, Le Masciare, is amazing - they grow DOC wines right in the house's front yard, and there are olive trees all around. The hill town of Paternopoli is petite and charming (a few degrees chillier than the coast). This is the "real" Italy, and a great way to get away from it all (well, sort of, the WiFi is excellent when you need it!). Ciccio, Piero's super-friendly dog, is a real charmer - he comes for a pat whenever we're back. A car is pretty much essential, but while it feels remote, driving to Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum were only just over an hour, and the scenery along the way is delightful. We got to meet Piero's family too, they were all really lovely people. The house is well renovated, comfortable, spacious, and the kitchen is well-equipped - all the better to cook and drink the local produce (Le Masciare produces highly-regarded wines and organic extra virgin olive oil, among other things).
It was like living in a novel - rustic, idyllic, pastoral bliss.
It may be hard to believe, but the photos do not do justice to how beautiful this cottage and the village of Paternopoli are! The only problem I had with my stay there was that it came to an end.
First- The house: It is actually better than described. The rooms are large and clean, the furnishings are perfectly beautiful and comfortable and the enormous farm-house kitchen is a dream come true! There are also 360 degree mountain views from all the windows. Don't want to go out? Pick a window and sit by it! ;-) (There are also a series of photographs on the walls that show the history of the house.) It is in the fields just on the edge of the village. You can choose to walk into town, into the olive groves, to the vineyard, or through the hills. All in 10 minutes! And, you can ride the bike too!
Next- Piero's family! They must be the kindest people in the universe! His sister and mother picked me up from the bus in Avelina and drove me out to the farm. His cousin and Uncle helped me with everything, took me to a beautiful concert, and Tombola, and sent me on my way with a bottle of home-pressed grappa…They are too much! :-)
This place, the people, and the village of Paternopoli are much more than just "a place to stay"- They are family and friends that you find in a place where, as Piero said: "People are still willing to help." - For those of us who have travelled a lot in other parts of Italy, that means a lot!
My heart was very heavy upon leaving Paternopoli and Campania…I would have gladly stay a lifetime.
AND, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cicio (Chicho - in English) - The wonderful and loyal dog who looks after the property. He is beautiful and gentle and extremely well-behaved. This dog won't come into the kitchen for scups even if you invite him! But he will guard the house all day and all night. He knows the boundaries of the property perfectly, and will not cross them even when you do to walk into town of the adjoining farms. I'll miss him almost as much as my new family!
Paternopoli-Piero-Paradise. My husband and I spent 6 fantastic days in this magical house in a small and beautiful village. Piero's family was an added bonus. Thanks to all of them we spent the Italian country life as described in Marlea de Blasi's books. Piero's wine and Olive oil were superb. The market in the village is in Wednesday where we bought a slab of asiago cheese (size of a big brick) for 6 Euro, a huge calamari for 8 Euro, olives, sun dried tomatoes, capers for almost no money. The village smells like incredible food like it used to be in Venice, Florence and Roma before the tour groups from China and Russia took over and destroyed everything. One can walk into the village bakery and get pan integral for one euro, the best ricotta you have ever had for less than 2 euro. The local produce market gets to know you in one day and from then on you are a part of the village life. We did not have a car until the 5th day. So we just spent time living life in the village, helping neighbors to pick olives, harvesting wild chicory, rapini, kaki, playing with Cicco, Piero's family's 4 legged member, reading books, internetting while my husband painted. Of course we ate and drank so well every single day. For a mere 5 Euro you can buy Piero's Extra Virgin Olive Oil which was really the best we have ever had. He gives their red and white wine. These were very good but do buy their DOC Red for a mere 5 Euro and see how DIVINE wine can be.
We are definitely coming backbut I want Piero to come visit us in San Francisco as well.
What an incredibly magical place and what a GREAT FAMILY.
We had such a lovely time in this house in Paternopoli, it is situated on a vineyard in the countryside, and you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else more peaceful! Piero is a lovely host, he showed us around and even left us a bottle of wine from the vineyard (which was absolutely delicious!), and other delights from the property. It was very spacious and well-equipped. Only downside was the no internet but Piero says he is getting it soon. Would totally recommend this place to everyone!
Piero was a welcoming and generous host, quick and easy to communicate with - an ideal Airbnber.
The idyllic surroundings are as beautiful as the photos suggest, and the house was great on the whole.
The only real downside was something outside of Piero's control. There are a number of dogs in the area (some wild), and this meant regular howling, barking, fighting and mating near the house throughout our stay. Again, by all accounts this was more of a timing thing - one or two of the dogs were in heat, which seemed to cause most of the ruckus. From speaking with Piero and reading the other reviews here, this appears to be a relatively rare occurrence that shouldn't affect the majority of guests, but in the interest of full disclosure it feels only right to mention it.
The hosts were exceedingly gracious and generous. The house was perfect - a beautiful way to see rural Italy. Paternopoli is a great little community, really friendly and open. If you stay, make sure you taste some of the really delicious and fresh local products including the excellent wine from the hosts. We really enjoyed our stay and thoroughly recommend it. We will miss it, including Cicco our canine protector!
This was a great place to stay. The host and family were more than hospitable, they couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The location was in the country, in a vineyard and the neighbors were very friendly.
Piero is a very nice friendly man.We really enjoyed meeting him and it was a pleasure to have him stay in our home.He would be very welcome to stay with us again.
I met Piero nearly two years ago in London where we did some study together. Because of his great personality he instantly become my best friend. He is very bright and trustable young man that is such a pleasure to do business with him. Very creative by nature I have no doubt that Piero will make the perfect host for his new business adventure in Italy. I'm also looking for the time when me and my family will be going to visit him in the lovely Italian country side.