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Silvi: Agriturismo Le Macine

C.da Cerrano 36, Phone: 08.59354033
www.agriturismolemacine.it

Reviewed by: Kim from NJ, review #1065

When: May 2005

Small family-run multi-building establishment with some of the most incredible vistas I've ever seen.

View From Our Bedroom - Le Macine, photo by Kim Riemann

We stayed at Le Macine as a one night stopover on our way from Rome to Ostuni in Puglia. Yet, afterwards, we both agreed that this would make an ideal place to visit again with our children to explore the surrounding areas.

Le Macine, a bit difficult to find, is off the road leading from Atri to Silvi Marina. It's down a thin dirt road that eventually opens up into the complex, several buildings long and wide. I counted three buildings, one containing a restaurant and a fourth currently under construction. A nice size pool complete with lounge chairs sits just past the restaurant.

Our room was simple, spartan at best but with a patio, table and chairs and a view (which excluding the autostrada in the distance), takes your breath away. Our bathroom was typically small and at the end of the day, the shower didn't have much pressure but it sufficed.

For our one night we paid 90 and that included dinner and breakfast for the two of us. Dinner was a multi-course affair, consisting of bruschetta topped with tomato and fresh mozzarella, sauteed chicory served with something akin to cornbread, the local pasta, thick like Tuscan pici flavored with mint and the option to mix in some spicy minced chilis, some braised meat like short ribs and dessert, for us, a poached pear with a creme sauce. Breakfast consisted of fresh breads, jam, honey and coffee.

Le Macine is about two minutes outside of Silvi Alti, a small town where we had lunch, fifteen minutes from Atri a much larger town with markets, cafes and restaurants, and Silvi Marina, reminiscent to me of a Jersey Shore community, also large and along the coast.

If you're not expecting luxury, want something simple in a great area, with good food and friendly hosts, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Le Macine.


Reviewed by: katecoleman from MA, review #430

When: October 2003

A beautiful, friendly place in an unspoiled part of Italy!

Le Macine was our first visit to Abruzzo, and we will be back! After a beautiful, and mostly easy, drive from Roma (approx. 2 hours), we arrived at this perfect spot - mountains right behind us, the Adriatic in front of us. Andrea welcomed us with coffee as we enjoyed looking around.

We had originally wanted an apartment, because I love cooking in Italy, but there was no availability (this was a last minute trip.) The room we had was great; very large, nicely appointed, small balcony with more of the great view. Nice bathroom, very, very clean, comfortable and quiet.

We had not understood that dinner was included in the price(chalk it up to my bad Italian), so it was a nice surprise to find ourselves in a lovely room with the other guests, as Andrea brought out dish after dish of amazing food, cooked by a couple of women in the kitchen right next to us. There is no menu, you are just served as though you are a guest at someone's house, which is how we felt.

The food was wonderful with several specialities of the area, all homemade. After dinner one of the cooks is happy to come out and hear compliments, but beware of the Abruzzo dialect!!! My Italian isn't great, but usually I can understand conversations, etc. Not in this case! Andrea speaks modern Italian as well as very good English, so communication is not a problem in general, in fact we had some lovely conversations over post-dinner grappa ...

Breakfast is served in the same room, and is fine - typical Italian coffee and roll.

Le Macine is a 3 star establishment. We spent approximately $110 dollars for two nights, including the meals. I just wish we could have stayed longer! ****** Abruzzo was great fun to explore, we drove as far as termoli in Molise, where we had a superb lunch. L'Aquila is a beautiful and friendly small city, and Chieti was nicknamed "the poor man's Cortona" by my husband. Asti is a small hilltop town full of history and amazing views. Pesaro was ugly, modern and full of very slow traffic, and the immediate coast has been over-developed by highrise hotels :(

All told, this is an area of Italy that deserves more attention, and Le Macine is a great place to start!

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