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Review 4121: Stay in Le Marche, Cardinal Penthouse Apartment


Review by Valerie from US/Italy who is a SlowTrav Contributor

3bed/2bath apartment in Cupra Marittima, Marche


March, 2009, 1 week


We spent a wonderful week in this comfy apartment and loved every minute of it! We felt on top of the world, or at least on top of the Adriatic, perched as it is not only up in the old medieval section of Cupra Marittima (called Cupra Alta) but also on the top floor of the newly restructured building. Occupying a high corner with unobstructed views, it really made us feel like we were high in a penthouse. The views of the Adriatic are fantastic, and with the French doors and windows open, the lovely living room felt like a large covered terrace. Wonderful breezes delivered the sea air right to our noses.

The upstairs living space is well-planned and nicely decorated. Two leather sofas and a chair provided ample seating space, a big flat-screen TV with DVD, a stereo, and wireless Internet were nice bonuses. The kitchen offers plenty of counter space and is very well-equipped for cooking with quality dishware and cookware (a pet peeve of mine is not having decent pots and pans!). In the dining space is a beautiful hand-crafted wood table with a bench and chairs, made by a local woodworker.

There is also a full bathroom upstairs outfitted with a Jacuzzi tub!

Downstairs are the bedrooms, one with queen sized bed, one with two single beds, and a smaller room with a single bed. Beds are comfortable (not lumpy or springy as we have often found in Italian rentals). A computer sits on a small table in the foyer, where there are also bikes available for guests’ use. The downstairs bathroom is small-ish but not at all cramped and has a shower stall and washing machine.

We loved the overall atmosphere ... the fabulous views, of course, but the nice touches like wood floors, the airy feel of the upstairs living area, and the space that allowed two of us to be in the kitchen cooking together. We felt immediately at home here. The apartment is very quiet, so we slept very well. Medieval Cupra is tiny but cute and well-preserved. We walked to the ruins of the ancient castle and there are other roads for country walks.

There are two restaurants in Cupra Alta. All the basics can be easily found in beachside Cupra Marittima along with more restaurants and coffee bars. It is a laid-back place with friendly folks. Day trips to northern Abruzzo and throughout southern Marche are very easy from here, as the autostrada is just a few minutes away.

To read more from Valerie visit Living Slow in Italy.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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