|Moon rising at hotel Citta Dei Nicliani - Peloponnese|
The Deep Mani is a vast, lightly-populated area with scattered small villages – some now deserted - and some which were first written about by Homer. Its a rugged land with a rugged history; wars, feuds and piracy. It is the Land of the Towers, but that topic is deserving of another post on another day. . .
|The Inner Mani - Greece Peloponnese|
‘Excuse me,’ I recall saying to the man seated near us, ‘We couldn’t help but overhear your conversation. Where is this place??’
|Courtyard view of the reception/lounge/dining area|
Its name Citta dei Nicliani, its Italian for ‘city of the Nicliani’ a clan of strong people who populated the area during the Ottoman rule. They are said to have written an Italian duke seeking help in opposing that Ottoman rule – and got it. The original tower on the property, a restored centerpiece of the hotel was built in 1750.
Charms of the Citta dei Nicliani
|View from inside the lounge/reception area Citta dei Nicliani|
|Walkway beneath Citta dei Nicliani|
|Our room and en suite at Citta dei Nicliani|
|The Scout and Paniotis Sepsas, hotel manager, review the wine list|
|Lobby/reception/dining area - hotel Citaa dei Nicliani|
|Dining - a made-to-order experience- Citta dei Nicliani|
And breakfasts which are included in the room price are such a feast that you need not eat again until dinner. They offer an array of salts and sugars almost as extensive as their selection of wine.
|Breakfast was in itself a reason to get up each day - Citta dei Nicliani|
|Looking into the reception area - Hotel Citta dei Nicliani|
Better yet, go stay there and experience this treasure of the Inner Mani. Rates vary between high and low season and the room. Our room was 90-euros a night. We certainly plan to be regulars there! (And for the record: we weren't comp'ed for our stay, nor did they know I was writing about the stay until the morning we left.)
For more information: http://www.cittadeinicliani.gr
That’s it from us this week. Again I am a bit late with this post but we’ve been without internet for the last three days. Summertime is easing its way into our part of Greece and the livin’ is easy. Hope the same holds true for you whatever season you are enjoying in your part of the world. Thanks again for the time you spend with us ~ safe travels to you and yours!
Linking up - internet willing with these fine folks:
Through My Lens
Our World Tuesday
Travel Photo Thursday –
Weekend Travel Inspiration