Marulivo Hotel enjoys a spectacular situation, located as it is in the town of Pisciotta, and therefore part of the Cilento National Park whose beauty is such that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pisciotta is on different levels, with a scatter of houses on the edge of the sea while the old medieval town clings to the hill above the coast. The seaside resort of Palinuro is only 20 minutes away, at the end of a breathtaking route winding along the variegated shoreline, a landscape wildly diverse with white sands, stones and overhanging cliffs. A boat trip to the marine caves is highly recommended, as is a visit to the archaeological site of Paestum, which can be reached in about an hour by car.
Marulivo Hotel belongs to Lea Pinto and her husband Massimo, who have literally brought the property back to life. Located in the center of hilly Pisciotta, the hotel is housed in an ancient convent tower of the 14th century which has been lovingly restored after 100 years of abandonment had reduced it to a derelict. The convent was probably contemporary with the Marquis’s Palace, which was part of the Pisciotta castle, and its tower may have represented a way out to the sea during the enemy invasions, and later became the residence of some noble families. At one point in the past a gentlewoman of the name of Pinto lived here, which appears like a twist of fate, given that the current owner carries the same name. Marulivo Hotel is made entirely of stone, and this helps maintain a comfortable temperature in all seasons and especially in summer. Inside, stone walls alternate with the white and warm yellow of plaster walls, in beautiful harmony with the terracotta floors, the old wood of the inserts and beams and, in some rooms, the barrel vaulted ceilings. Lea and Massimo are fond of Morocco and succulent plants, among other things, and some details of the interior of the hotel, as well as some elements of the exterior design, put one in mind of a riad, a Moroccan house and garden. The cloister of the convent has also been restored and is now an inviting space to retire to. From the panoramic terrace that stands high above the sea the views out over the olive groves are stunning: the secular olive trees of the “pisciottano” kind have massive trunks that look as if sculpted, and they are unique to this area of the Cilento. Breakfast is served on the terrace, while in the evening aperitifs are prepared in the lounge bar. Guests also have the use of the library and Wi-Fi is available everywhere in the hotel.
There are 11 spacious rooms at Marulivo Hotel, with French balconies and splendid views of the sea. The rooms are of three categories, classic, superior and junior suites, and are decorated with antique furniture and accessories. Beside converting the old tower into this beautiful hotel, other historical buildings of the 17th century have been restored and divided into 4 apartments with hanging gardens and terraces overlooking the sea.