Bagnoli dei Trigno

8 Jul

Last winter, when I started making plans to visit Pietrabbondante, I noted that the town did not have any hotels, but listed some nearby. I booked the closest one, as it had a few good online reviews, and never really thought about it again.

After our wonderful visit to Pietrabbondante, we headed to Bagnoli dei Trigno where the hotel was located, a town close as the crow flies, but about 30 minutes by car as we had to head down one “hill” and up another. Len said it was the curviest road he had ever been on, one switchback after another.

Finally we came to an intersection: Bagnoli dei Trigno was one direction, and the Domus Hotel another. Since this was our hotel, we headed left, followed the road around a large curve looking for a tiny hotel, and came upon this…

and even better, this incredible view!

It turns out our hotel is a medical/sports/health spa, large, lovely, very clean and only three years old. Interestingly, there was only one other hotel guest that night, but it was a Monday.

We were hungry after a long morning in Pietrabbondante and they were more than happy to prepare lunch for us. This is a vegetable flan on one side and suckling pig on the other…I forgot to take a photo before Len and I split it, but you get the idea…fresh and delicious, and prepared only when ordered.

After lunch, we strolled around the property, sat in the sun, and marveled at the view.

I also had a massage, and why not since this was a health spa. For dinner, we enjoyed their homemade pasta with local tomatoes and fresh mozzarella from the region.

I don’t really know much about the town of Bagnoli dei Trigno except that as of the end of 2004, it had a population of about 850 living in fourteen square miles. What I do know is that from the hotel, it is a sight to behold, especially from our vantage point at sunset.

The next day, we visited the town of Bagnoli. The few people we spoke to were very friendly and a nice man even opened his market/bar/cafe to make us fresh paninis. The newer part of the city is at the base, with the ancient part still somewhat inhabited. We were told that the Lombards built the castle at the top, although it was closed for reconstruction so we weren’t able to get near. What we did find was a very quiet ancient city, actually much lovelier from a distance.

This is a view looking at our hotel (center) from the top of the ancient town.

At night, our hotel put on its own light show.

Per their brochure, Domus offers dancing under the stars as well as concerts on weekends. A perfect setting for sure! They even have a wood burning pizza oven which is large enough for seven pizzas at once.

Such a pleasant surprise and an incredibly relaxing stay in a tiny hill top town. As we left Bagnoli, we couldn’t help but look once more at the vista we will long remember.





8 Responses to “Bagnoli dei Trigno”

  1. Connelly, Vincent J. July 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM #

    Seems that this year in particular you and Len are really living la dolce vita.



    • blogginginitaly July 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM #

      Yes, truly!


    • Florence July 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM #

      Judy. – these photos are unbelievable – what a very wonderful surprise you stumbled on in this ancient looking town – gorgeous !!


      • blogginginitaly July 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM #

        Thanks and yes, a wonderful surprise…I actually had 2 massages!


  2. Sandy Holswade July 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM #

    Absolutely magnificent! Wow!! You know I would have been in heaven.


  3. My French Heaven July 9, 2014 at 2:55 PM #

    Dolce vita indeed! The light and those clouds… Glorious post!!


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