Tenuta Pera di Basso
What We Love
- A heavenly hilltop retreat surrounded by greenery, with breakfast, return transfers, and moreSpacious, romantic rooms that seem to pop straight out of a fairy tale
- Enjoying wine from local vineyards and vegetables freshly picked from the hotel’s garden
- Taking a dip in the swimming pool, surrounded by lush trees
What To Know
- Snag a seat on the terrace, which has sea views
- The rustic guestrooms feature terracotta floors, stone walls and exposed wood beams
- This is a secluded getaway, not a party place
Set on a verdant hilltop overlooking the bay of Casamicciola, Agriturismo Pera di Basso offers guests a relaxing and authentic stay on Ischia – a heavenly island off the coast of Naples and famed for its beautiful beaches, lush landscapes, and volcanic thermal spas. Enjoy breakfast al fresco on a terrace with panoramic sea views, before you take a dip in a swimming pool surrounded by olive and almond trees.
Each of Pera di Basso’s rooms are unique, though all have classic features – think terracotta floors, stone walls, charming wooden beamed ceilings, and expansive balconies or terraces (many with views over the sea). Breakfast and dinner are lovingly prepared by the innkeeper’s wife, highlighting deliciously fresh ingredients from the hotel’s own garden along with local jams, freshly-baked bread straight from the oven, and delicious wines. Whatever it is you’re after, great food, stunning views and relaxation are never in short supply here.
Good to know
Given the hotel’s remote hilltop location, most guests consider hiring a car, though the hotel does provide a daily shuttle to Ischia’s town centre.
How to Get There
My wife and I spent 9 nights at "Pera di Basso", which is a group of about a dozen cabin style rooms set around a central lodge in a beautiful hillside setting. The enclosed grounds are extremely well kept and laid out and being located high above the coast, the views across and down the mountain towards the sea are fabulous.
If splendid isolation is your thing, then this could be the place for you as the atmosphere is one of total relaxation and seclusion. However if this is not your thing, then you may want to consider alternative options, as the "Pera di Basso" prides itself on its simplicity and is definitely a no frills experience for people trying to get away from it all.
The accommodation is nicely presented, being rustic in style but offers no creature comforts such as room TV/radio or a fridge in which one could keep a bottle of chilled wine/water. This might not be an issue for many people familiar with the Agriturismo concept but given the fact that "Pera di Basso" is so far away from anywhere with a bar/cafe and does not provide such facilities itself, once the evening meal is completed around 9pm, there is little to do other than read or contemplate the surroundings. To do so over a nice glass of wine or a coffee would definitely enhance the experience!
As others have said, access to the "Pera di Basso" is quite difficult. The final approach is via a steep single track road which is broken in many places - so if like us you decide to rent a car, in order to extend your options, ensure that it is a very small one, as anything much bigger than a SmartCar or a small Fiat will not be capable of negotiating the unlit road. Clearly the owners of the "Pera di Basso" are well aware of the access issue and for this reason offer free transfers to and from the coast at fixed times, each morning and evening. However the last pick up is at 7pm so unless you wish to have a very early evening meal or arrange your own transport home, you won't be able to enjoy dinner out or an evening in town. (NB A taxi from the port to the accommodation is 20 euros for each trip)
As far as food at the "Pera di Basso" is concerned, a basic breakfast is included in the room rate, but dinner is not. The cost of an evening meal works out at about 30 euros per person (excluding any wine/coffee/bottled water) and on the basis of our wider experience of Ischia, this seemed a little expensive, given the fact each communal meal we had at the Agriturismo consisted of a simple pasta course (with either a tomato or another vegetable based sauce) followed by a series of "healthy" vegetable dishes accompanied by a small portion of an inexpensive meat (such as pork medallion or roughly cut sausage). The food was adequate, but the meat portions in particular were not generous and the overall impression was that all the meals had been produced on quite a strict budget. Significantly an after dinner espresso was charged for separately, which seemed a little unnecessary in all the circumstances.
The staff. The staff at the "Pera di Basso" were very helpful and friendly. Housekeeping standards are high and the gardens are immaculate - Mario the owner, clearly runs a tight ship and has a definite business plan to which he adheres. However in order to maximise the potential of his business, I would suggest that the "Pera di Basso" offer its guests more facilities during the day and in particular the evening, such as hot and cold drinks. I, of course, understand that the "Pera di Basso" is not a hotel, but given that there is no where else for guests to acquire such things, the provision of some drinks (and perhaps even some daytime snacks, either complimentary or paid for) would not seem an unreasonable proposition. I would also suggest that the budget for the communal meals be raised to allow the provision of more ambitious/generous meals, as this would result in more guests opting to remain in for dinner rather than eating out at restaurants in town.
We arrived later than expected having had traffic issues from the car ferry in Naples. We called our host Mario on arrival who promptly came to meet us and show us the way to his beautiful house. About half way up the mountain Mario suggested we swapped cars because the road got narrow. Word of warning - I would not recommend driving to Pera Di Basso. Leave your car in Naples and go as passengers, the roads are VERY narrow and a risk to any rental vehicle.
Upon arrival we had a quick tour of the grounds and were shown to our rooms which are very modern and spacious with a large walk in shower.
Once you’re at the venue I would strongly advise staying for dinner. Mario’s wife served up a delicious 4 course dinner which we struggled to finish.
Staff were more than attentive and always willing to help. This was a beautiful venue immaculately presented and maintained at a very reasonable price. Would definitely return and highly recommend.
What can you say about this Agriturismo, definitely not as easy location to get to and even more difficult as we were there soon after the earthquake, that did Not affected this location at all. If you like absolute peace an quite this is definitely the right place be. The rooms are good sizes, basic but very functional, no real luxury even so you pay in excess of 100 per night.
The main downfall is the catering offering breakfast was very poor and most of the offering were not even from the island of Ischia let alone Pera di Basso, their wine is labelled Pera di Basso but is from Pozzuoli and I overheard several time over my stay when client asked about the origin, the staff would replay is from "Campania region " which is correct but in my opinion totally unacceptable, if you don't produce any wine have at least a selection from the local island.
Dinner was served at 8 pm and there was no apparent choice, we sat ourself down no explanation of the menu or choice was offered, as well no idea of cost. The food was not great and is a shame as the owners clearly work very hard at creating a great location and experience. In my opinion the food choice is very basic and definitely need improving to be on a par with the locations and setting.
Would I go back? Probably not, but if you like peace and you are not too fussed with the food and are not bothered by the fact that they don't really produce any of their own product or wine than this is ok. Mario and his wife are good host and always willing to drop you down to the town or local car park but only until 7pm. If you like to go out and experience different dining experiences you need to consider how to get back at night as the road is very narrow and not the best - local taxi would make it but I would assume will charge accordingly.