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Ostuni: B&B Sole Blu

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Phone: 083.130.3856
www.webalice.it/solebluostuni

Reviewed by: JaneP from OR, review #1468

When: 2006

This was a very pretty, cave-like spacious room with a double bed, sitting area, table and chairs, and bathroom. 36 euros for one person, including breakfast.

The room is in lovely house run by a nice couple with its own entrance. Breakfast consisted of coffee, juice, rolls, butter, jam, fruit, yogurt and assorted biscotti and other sweet treats and was taken in their dining room. They were normally out while I had breakfast so instructions were left for how to make coffee and the pot was left on the stove.

Itís useful to speak Italian but they do speak some English. On the day I arrived between lunch and dinner, most things were closed and I was dying for a salad. So when I asked if she knew of a place, she went out with me and walked up and down several streets asking around until we found a place.

I left with her Roman pizza dough recipe and advice on preserving artichokes. She also pointed me to a restaurant where I ate twice and the food and staff were great.

The husband is a neuroscientist and the wife is a special education teacher. She has done several reproductions of famous paintings which are quite wonderful. She claims she had no training, just put paint to canvas one day. They have a wonderful book collection (in the room) and there was also a tv. I also discovered a drawer full of language cds. I pulled The Great Gatsby off the shelf (in Italian) but never went beyond the first sentence!

The one drawback is that it wasnít clear to me if I could enter their home at any time to ask questions. They were a little reserved so I erred on the side of caution but wished Iíd asked for more help. I felt like I was invading their space. They really didnít know how to get from town to town without a car but eventually I asked for help deciphering bus schedules.

The tourist office was useless, so for this reason, I might have liked being in a hotel where a front desk person was always on hand to ask them questions.

The B&B is right in the center of town just up 1/2 block on the right from Piazza Liberta where the orange city bus lets you off. There is no obvious sign for the B$B. Once you find the address, ring the bell and one of them will buzz the door.

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