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Pescara: B&B Dimora Novecento

Viale Vittoria Colonna, 63, Phone: 328.0888691

Reviewed by: Bill M from DC, review #3032

When: March 2011

B&B in a historic building in the Pescara Vecchia quarter has four beautifully finished rooms for rent. Great location, wonderful hospitality, excellent value.

This was our third visit to Pescara, in the Abruzzo region that holds a special place in our hearts. Unfortunately, we had not had found a good place to stay in Pescara until our too brief stay at the Dimora Novecento. We found this new B&B through an internet search only the day before our visit. Websites and hotel sites can be a real hit or miss proposition, so we arrived at the Dimora Novecento with high hopes but realistic expectations. Simply put, we loved it.

The B&B, housed in a historic building in the Pescara Vecchia quarter is beautifully finished and sublime in its decoration. There are four rooms for rent, sharing a modern kitchen (stocked with staples and snacks) and a dining room with large windows. Our bedroom was ample sized, with a large closet and a modern bathroom with shower. The furnishings and decor are peaceful and serene. We wish we had planned more time than a single overnight stay.

The location was also an upgrade over previous visits. We were within a couple blocks of a neighborhood with several good looking restaurants and the one at which we ate dinner, La Corte del Sale, was both outstanding and a good value. There were a number of lively bars in the area which is full of students from the nearby university. And before departing we had a coffee and a parozza, the famous chocolate covered cake made famous by Abruzzo's poet laureate, the famous Gabrielle D'Annunzio.

As it turns out, the owners, a young brother and sister by the name of D'Annunzio are relatives of the great poet and the building itself has been in the family for quite some time. Marco, the brother, handled our reservation by email in an efficient and courteous manner. His sister, Paola, met us at the B&B and helped us settle in, fixing a wonderful breakfast for us the next morning. She is a woman possessing great magnetism and charm, as well as a warmth of spirit.

The Dimora Novecento has given us a new home in Pescara, and in our future visits, like this one, our Pescara experience will finally live up to all that we want it to be.

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