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Relax at PALAZZO PIZZO RESIDENCE in charming village by the sea in Calabria

Bedrooms 1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom + living area, bathroom, kitchen, private garden terrace, sea view

The newly renovated residence by Palazzo Pizzo is located in an over 200 year old, beautifully restored palazzo in the charming historic center of Pizzo in Calabria, Southern Italy, at the 'Costa degli Dei', coast of Gods (only 25 km from Lamezia airport). Enjoy the peaceful location at the sea while at the same time the bustling Piazza della Repubblica of the old town center of Pizzo with its restaurants, bars and ice cream parlors and shops is just a 2 minutes walk away! You can reach the beach at Pizzo Marina in just 10-15 minutes walk. (It takes longer on the way back to walk uphill. Alternatively, you can order an Ape-taxi during summer). More beaches and attractions can be reached by car.

From a small piazzetta, a separate entrance of the palazzo, with a stone staircase leads 20 steps down to a spectacular vaulted cellar which is located on a rock, about 50 meters above sea level. In the last centuries this space (app 70 sqm) was used as warehouse to store olive oil and soap. The cellar has been restored with special techniques of insulation. The natural stone walls and ceilings are well preserved. The apartment is best suitable for 2 persons. The one bedroom is separated by a paravent from the living area. The bed is antique and a queen size (170cm x 195cm). The newly installed bathroom features a rain shower under a vaulted ceiling with sea view. From the living and dining area with a modern kitchenette you have access to a private garden terrace on top of the cliff. All windows, a small balcony and the terrace are facing the sea. You can enjoy breathtaking 180 degree sea and sunset views over the Bay of Santa Eufemia (or Gulf of Lamezia). On clear days you can spot the active volcano Stromboli, which is part of the Aeolian islands of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea. In spring, you might also see dolphins in the bay.

You can spend days on the private garden terrace of the residence watching fisher boats passing by and beautiful sunsets, or explore Calabrian history and beautiful landscapes in diverse day trips (we will provide you with ideas).

Pizzo is the ideal stop-over location when travelling between Amalfi and Sicily. From Salerno it is just a 2 1/2 hours train ride away - or a 4 hours drive from Napoli. In about 3 hours you can reach Taormina in Sicily from Pizzo (by road and ferry). In summer ferry boats take you on an Aeolian Island day tour, including volcano Stromboli. Departure is from Vibo Marina (4 km, 5 min drive from Pizzo) or Tropea.

Pizzo (the old town) is lively all year round, although more quiet from November until Easter/April. The best time to visit Calabria is from May to October. However, April and November can be nice and mild too and swimming in the sea might be possible. It rains most in December and January. You will find snow in the mountains during winter and can ski in some areas. The hottest and busiest month is August. Avoid to travel the days around 15th of August if you can. September and October are good for porcini mushroom collecting.

The little village beach at Pizzo Marina is picturesque with its colourful umbrellas that each visitor brings. This beach, although not service, features two sweet water showers, and the bars and pizzerias are just across the street.

Other beach areas of Pizzo, Piedigrotta, Marinella or Marina can also be reached with an Ape-Taxi Service from the main piazza.

You do not need a car to stay at Palazzo Pizzo Residence.

With your booking we will provide our guidebook to Pizzo with lots of recommendations for local restaurants, day trips, museums and important phone numbers.

This apartment is not suitable for small children and people afraid of height. Extra person is 20 Euro/night for bed sheets and towels.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

About Susan

We are an Italian-German Family, living partly in Italy, partly in Asia.

We have renovated two over 200 year old properties in Pizzo. After a successful introduction of our "Palazzo Pizzo Residence" we are now welcoming guests at the "Dependence delle Grazie" and at "Studio Bellavista". All three vacation rentals are located in the centro storico di Pizzo Calabro.

Susan purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Susan chose Pizzo

Why Pizzo? - The location is superb, the people are friendly, the life is simple, the food tastes delicious, the ice cream is the best, the climate is healthy, the prices are moderate, the beach is in walking distance, time stands still, Italy as we love it, and the international airport is only 25km away!

What makes this apartment unique

Once you are inside the palazzo and take a look above the sea, you are hocked. The apartment is centrally located downtown of the centro storico but with its location on the edge of the cliff you can enjoy serene scenery and amazing views.

Pizzo has a healthy and relaxing climate. The location is serene, quiet, peaceful, picturesque and romantic. Just 3 minutes walk from bustling, lively main piazza (which is quiet between 2pm-5pm as well) but getting busier and busier in summer nights after 9pm. In August there a many performances on stage.

Pizzo, other than more touristic places in Calabria like Tropea, is not as much deserted outside the main holiday season as the Pizzitani live in their village all year round. Even centro storico is becoming more and more popular with local families who are re-discovering the charm of their village. Even in winter it is not deserted.

While in Pizzo you can taste the world famous tartufo ice cream that was invented here. It worth the whole trip. Or if you prefer a more savoury tastes, then you are right in Calabria. The delicious tomato with sweet red onions are a favorite light lunch dish. Calabrians like to cook with chili and garlic.

The town also has an old little castello with an museum and around 10 churches to visit.

All our favorite restaurants and bars, all in walking distance. If you rent a car, we have ideas for day trips for you as well. Calabria is a beautiful, hidden gem!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Abbiamo soggiornato per una settimana in questo meraviglioso residence di design, comodo confortevole e funzionale. La residenza d'epoca associata ad un arredo minimale ma molto chic, ha reso il nostro soggiorno ideale e rilassante. La casa e'molto fresca e ventilata, abbiamo riposato benissimo senza l'uso dell'aria condizionata ma solo ogni tanto del deumidificatore. Il giardino mediterraneo con vista spettacolare sul golfo di Sant'Eufemia e' stata la nostra meta preferita per trascorrere le calde ore pomeridiane all"ombra in assoluto relax comodamente seduti sulle sdraio azzurre. L'appartamento e' equipaggiato proprio di tutto quello di cui si ha bisogno durante il soggiorno, non ultimo anche un nuovissimo ombrellone per il mare. Grazie mille Susan.
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Pizzo in Province of Vibo Valentia

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a single sink, one toilet, one bidet and one shower with rainshower and handheld shower. The shower is in a vaulted niche tiled with blue Bisazza mosaic. The floor is tiled with the old cotto tiles that were recovere during renovation. You can enjoy sea view from the bathroom. The window has a moskito net and can remain open during spring - autumn when weather allows.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The bedroom is in a room with stone walls and stone vaulted ceilings. It is separated from the corridor by a door that has glass elements. The sleeping area is separated from the living area by an Indian paravent. The bed itself is an antique Italian bed and qeen size (170cm x 195cm). Due to the (blue) glass doors and the paravent it will get lighter in the room after sun rise. The room also has a built in wardrobe, night stands, Venetian wall lamps and a mirror. The annected living area has a 'divano letto', a sleeping sofa that could offer a comortable sleeping space for 1-2 extra persons. Although we prefer to rent it to 2 persons only as it feels more relaxing for the guests. The living area has sidetables, lamps, music and TV. From the living area you have access to the garden, as well as from the kitchen.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Please let us know if you need a pick up from the airport or train station. If you arrive by car, please let us know. We might be able to provide free garage or courtyard spot in walking distance. In the residence we provide some basic amenities, soap and shampoo as well as drinking water, a bit of tea and coffee, salt and sugar and of course toilet paper upon arrival. If you need more, the alimentari (mini supermarkets) are in walking distance (5 min.) and usually open until late. WIFI is free of charge. The City Tax is included in the rate. If you have questions please send us an message. We are more than happy to help to make the right decision. Check-in time is 3pm - 8pm and check-out is 10am. Please inform us at least 2-3 days in advance to agree on a time for the key handover. Thank you for considering Pizzo and our residence for your holiday. A presto!


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Relax at PALAZZO PIZZO RESIDENCE in charming village by the sea in Calabria
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Perfect vacation spot overlooking the sea

  • 5 of 5

We felt welcomed from the moment we pulled up. Tonino, Carmella, and her granddaughter, Greta met us upon arrival, showed us the lay of the land and welcomed us to Pizzo. Susan, the host has finely appointed the house with everything you need. She and Angelo, were always accessible. The sunsets were beautiful, the location is great...and the decor impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this quaint apartment! We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canberra, Australia

An amazing apartment

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing apartment and what a wonderful warm caring and friendly host! I enjoyed a week relaxing in this lovely apartment after a busy 12 day tour of Sicily. I had been communicating with Susanne for some time before my stay in Pizzo and was really looking forward to my stay. All my expectations were met and then some. Now home on a cold 11c degree day if I close my eyes I can be back on the lovely terrace in the sunshine looking at that blue, blue sea.

The apartment is incredible in that you feel like you are suspended above the sea which is the view from all windows even the cute bathroom. The apartment has been fitted out with modern fixtures and there is everything you will need for a very enjoyable stay - the kitchen is great.

Pizzo is a lovely town which provided enough in the way of meandering streets and cafes, restaurants etc to keep me entertained for the week. The ice cream sold at the cafes in the town square is a feature of this town. I happened upon a wonderful jewellery shop called SMAK which introduces the concept of bringing art into jewellery. If you are looking for something different - this is the place.

Susanne arranged for Concetta who runs a taxi service to meet me at the station and I then arranged for her to drive me back to the airport upon my departure. She is a lovely person and although apologised for her lack of English, was quite easy to communicate with. I would like to say thank you to Susanne, Tononi and Concetta for making my stay so enjoyable and fully recommend this wonderful apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words and wonderful review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us in Pizzo. I am still impressed about you travelling all the way from Australia to Europe and through Italy by yourself. Thank you very much again for choosing our apartment! What a pity, we did not meet in person. All the best and warm saluti from Pizzo!
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new jersey

Something special!!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property with lovely people (Susan and Angelo) managing it! My husband and I so enjoyed our 4 night stay here. We were very comfortable and everything that we needed was provided. The view out of all the windows and from the outside terrace were just amazing! We will have those views and all the memories of that special little town for years to come! Thank goodness for cell phone cameras to keep those memories with us! Thanks for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mille grazie Mara for your kind words! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us while in Calabria!
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wunderbaren Urlaub in palazzo Pizzo

  • 5 of 5

Pizzo, ein sehr schöner Ort an der Westküste Kalabriens, berühmt für seine Eisspezialitäten, darüber hinaus ein Platz mit sehr freundlichen, offenen und herzlichen Einheimischen. Um diesen schönen Ort wirklich genießen zu können bietet sich ein Aufenthalt im Palazzo Pizzo an. Ein mit sehr viel Liebe zum Detail und geschmackvoller Einrichtung restaurierter Palazzo in der Altstadt. Wir wurden mit sehr viel persönlichem Engagement empfangen, von der Abholung/Rücktransport am Bahnhof bis hin zur Stadtführung haben wir uns sehr gut betreut gefühlt. Die Ferienwohnung ist wunderbar, mit einzigartigem Blick auf das Meer, die Terrasse idyllisch und sehr ruhig, die Einrichtung modern und mit viel Geschmack. Es ist alles vorhanden um sich wohl zu fühlen und das dolce vita zu genießen. Die Atmosphäre war so beeindruckend, dass wir sehr gerne länger geblieben wären und schon unsren nächsten Aufenthalt im Palazzo Pizzo planen. Wir bedanken uns nochmals an dieser Stelle bei der ganzen Familie Crosetto für diesen wunderbaren Urlaub. Mit herzlichen Grüßen Natalia und Peter

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank fuer Eure Review. Wir freuen uns auf ein Wiedersehen in Pizzo!
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Rejuvenate by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

From the warm Calabrian welcome of Tonino to the amazing views from every window, this apartment exceeds any photo and is grand beyond belief.

Well appointed, the kitchen calls to your own exploration of local ingredients which the shop keepers just out side the main piazza are extremely helpful with. They are eager to share recipes & tastes.

Susanne's book of recommendations was a great place to start and we found the local waiters at L'ercole gelatorria could assist in connecting you from Ape taxis ( a must do on the narrow streets - beats any ride at Disney) and fishing. Dani at Calabria Sport Fishing provided a local experience of catching tuna in Tyranean sea.

We would highly recommend staying at the Palazzo in early October as the weather was warm, a day at the beach still possible and few crowds so a seat for gelato was always available. Though we had no car, I would recommend it if you want to explore the surrounding areas.

Grazie Susanne and Tonino for a rejuvenating week!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fantastic tips! Grazie for staying at our residence in Pizzo.
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chester england


  • 5 of 5

a fantastic apt and host, susan meets all your needs great terrace and fantastic views close to all resturants & bars would go back 5*

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mille grazie, we enjoyed hosting you very much!
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
International Airport Lamezia Terme (SUF)
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Belvedere, Ercole and many more
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Vibo Marina
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
near Lamezia 9 hole golf course
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Pizzo Statione
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Salerno - Reggio Calabria A3
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
About 5-7 little restaurants in main piazza
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Sila National Park
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Pizzo Marina
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £87.77

The city tax (tassa di soggiorno) is included in our rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.