Genuine Italian hospitality
By traveler from IdahoWe spent three days in Castro Dei Volsci. My husband and I traveled with my sister and cousin. We were there to visit family and explore the area where our dads were born. My cousin's dad and my dad were brothers. The countryside is beautiful. We enjoyed very much touring the old part of Castro, which is up on a hill, looking out over the countryside. If you choose to go there I would definitely recommend I'll Ruspante. The accommodations were wonderful. The old rock farmhouse turned bed and breakfast, was beautiful. The rooms were exceptionally clean. They have managed to strike a beautiful balance between rustic and modern. We were asked each morning what time we would like breakfast which was served in the restaurant across the road. We were served a variety of breads, croissants, meats, yogurts, fresh fruits and cakes. Of course, cappuccinos, espresso and lattes were also available. The dinners at the restaurant were so good. The anti pasta is a meal in itself then you are served the main course which is pasta or meat. We had the meat which consisted of sausage, which they make themselves, chicken and lamb. All served with plenty of crusty Italian bread, wine and of course tiramisu for dessert. Pasqualino, Antonella and Maryanna attended to our every need. They could not have been better hosts. We are looking so forward to returning.
Foodie's haven in the Roman Countryside!
By traveler from CanadaLooking for advanced cooking lessons in the Roman Countryside a dear friend recommended Il Ruspante! It turned out to be everything I expected and more! Upon arrival I was escorted to my pampered princess room"La Carmina" full of comfort and tranquility and beautifully decorated linens and pure soaps. Gazing out my window the scent of fresh basil on the table top infused the air and the scent of the rose trellis gate was heavenly. I was welcomed with a delicious breakfast buffet of home baked crostata, apple cake, fresh fruit and yogurt! Of course freshly made cappuccino too! The kitchen is comprised of heavy duty equipment which is high end serious, fit for any chef! The produce used is from Il Ruspante's own vegetable garden and local produce. Chef Manu impressed upon me the importance of freshness and simplicity in food and of course the technique used to bring out the natural flavour of each dish. From preparing frittelli to preparing una mattriciana, Chef Manu is patient and professional. Chef Manu shares techniques that are centuries old. Each team member in the kitchen has their own specialty in preparing marinades from local herbs, olive oils and vinegars. Serious grilling on freshly prepared charcoal takes place using organic meats. Also I prepared incredible dishes with home cured meats from wild boar, organic pork, goat and lamb. Outside of the kitchen, Castro dei Volsci is a spectacular medieval village that highlights poignant memories of WW2. The local guides from the Pro loco are happy to explain the many hidden treasures of this beautiful village. The host and hostess Pasqualino & Antonella made me feel like a part of their wonderful family. We visited local boutique vineyards in Serrone, to a goat farm in Amaseno where the shepherd Luigi knew each and every one of his goats by name! We visited important churches and galleries in the area, and I never feared understanding the terminology used because there was Annalisa whose perfect English helped to clarify things for me! Marianna was always available to inform me of any festivals going on and included me in several events with the entire family. I learned an incredible amount about improving my own cooking technique and the importance of organic food. The team at Il Ruspante is comprised of personable and professional individuals that exceeded all my expectations. I will be back and will recommend Il Ruspante to my globetrotting foodie friends! Un abbraccio forte! Marisa Rowe
Genuine southern Italian culture.
By traveler from AustraliaThis was our second trip to Castro Dei Volsci Il Ruspante Agriturismo and we enjoyed it even more. We have made real friends with Antonella, Pasqualino, Annalisa and especially Marianna. What did we like about our southern Italian holiday? Learning how to cook genuine southern Italian food, visiting where the locals make top quality olive oil, walking in the hills covered in wild sage with the goat herders, visiting a buffalo mozzarella factory, driving up to the historic hilltop village of Castro dei Volsci, wandering through the narrow passage ways and then strolling back down the hill. On the coast nearby we visited the national archeological ruins, the grotto of Emperor Tiberius. It is thought that this is where he enjoyed relaxing and partying with his friends Especially interesting was the historical introduction to the WW II battle of Montecasino, which raged in the valleys and hills around Castro. This will be of great interest to WW II history buffs. Southern Italy is quite different to the north as it is not especially busy with tourists and so you can get a genuine feeling for the people. We have become really good friends with the people at Il Ruspante and we promised to return in two years and will if we can do so. Visit if you can. We are sure you will enjoy your holiday there.
Fantastic Experience, A Beautiful Memory of Our Italy Vacation
By traveler from MichiganWe wanted to find a " real Italian " experience in the beautiful Italian countryside, and Castro Dei Volsci's Agriturismo II Ruspante was the perfect answer. We were very impressed at the beautifully renovated farmhouse where we stayed. Each room was decorated in stunning detail and tastefully done. Our room was very cozy, with a comfortable bed, and exceptional cleanliness. We couldn't stop taking pictures. Just reading outside in the courtyard was relaxing and comfortable after our visits to Lake Coma, Milano, Bologna and Florence. The owners, Pasquelino and Angelina were amazing hosts. They did everything and anything to make our stay amazing. Assisting with everything from tours, to train tickets. I cannot think of more accomodating hosts I've ever met, ever. Their restaurant (right across the street) is just enhanting, and the food unbelievably delicious. A beautiful breakfast every morning, with great coffee. " molto bene!" Marriana graciously took us into the hilltop town to see the history and wonderful views of the town and countryside from high above. Castro Dei Volsci is a hidden treasure just a short distance from Rome. And Diego, the owner's son met with us in San Maria's church to try and find family history records. And we were Successful! The Padre was a wonder man. This was truly a once in a life time experience. We can't wait to get back to II Ruspante.
By travel from United KingdomWhat a wonderful establishment, we arrived quite late, driving up after our flight to Naples and went straight into the restaurant across the road (linked to the hotel). The food was out of this world - during our week stay in the Italy, nothing came close to the quality of the food here. It was only on check out that we discovered that both of our meals (and a small dish for our 22-month old daughter came to only 30 euros with half a litre of wine and a large bottle of mineral water). The owners (I presume) were absolutely fabulous and we checked into our room after finishing our meal. Another 'wow' - the rustic farmhouse is exactly as the pictures suggest, such attention to detail and incredible furnishings which ooze both traditional and mod-cons. We had a great night's sleep but unfortunately were up, off and on the road again by 9am (after a decent breakfast, again at the restaurant). I would almost go back to Italy just to stay here for a longer period - the food and accommodation were outstanding, as was the service and communication before we arrived.
By traveler from Whashington D.C.Experiencing the Food and Cultural Tour at Il Ruspante was the highlight of our family trip to Italy. Pasqualino, Antonella and Annalisa welcomed us like family and toured us around the region over the next several days. The food we enjoyed on the tour was exceptional, especially the local fare and salamis prepared by the owners. Every day we visited a new site while our family learned the history of the area, enjoyed the nearby beaches, learned roman jewelry making, and visited a shepherd family to see the goat cheese making process. The guesthouse has been restored beautifully and we stayed in the "Nonno Bastiano" room with a loft that was perfect for the girls. All of us savored the experience and the girls are asking, "Are we going to go to Pasqualino's again this year?!"