Borgo Riccio in Torchiara
Borgo Riccio, dominated by the fortress church of the Holy Savior of the twelfth century, stands on the edge of the historic center of Torchiara, a medieval town just a few kilometers from Paestum and the blue flag of Agropoli, in the province of Salerno.
Immersed in a park of about three hectares characterized by Mediterranean vegetation and typical crops of the area: olive trees, fruit trees and white fig trees, Borgo Riccio is an enchanting oasis of peace where you can enjoy the slow life of the culture of Cilento. Staying in Borgo Riccio allows you to experience the all-Italian tradition of hospitality and with the guidance of the owners discover the roots of Mediterranean culture.
Ancient property of the Riccio family of Torchiara, restored and renovated since the 90 years, Borgo Riccio is articulated on several levels connected by stone and brick stairs typical of the place, in a whole of nature and built.
The complex consists of two houses and three dovecotes: the low one along the provincial road today, offers a living room, four bedrooms with private bathroom, a stone table under the flowered pergola and a think tank in the shade of the large olive tree.
Going up the stairs between the pots of agaves and flowers you reach the small wood-burning oven square where Salone Milano opens a space permeable to the surrounding nature through the large windows. Equipped with advanced projection equipment and wifi and furnished with design elements: from the throne of Machintosh to Zanuso's table, from Magistretti's drawers to Artemide's lights, Salone Milano is the ideal place for business meetings and meetings of excellence.
Taking the staircase back to the swimming pool and the upper house with its outdoor lounges, which lead to the square of the palm tree from which you go back to the village through the avenue of palm trees. The upper house is a sort of belvedere from which the view sweeps over the valley and further towards the sea. Through the ancient portals you can access the ground floor to the living room with the large Neapolitan crib and the dining room with the old stone fireplaces, to the study, and upstairs to three other rooms with private bathroom.
Returning from the high house with the other staircase among the olive trees you reach the library, the room of the tower with private bathroom and the wellness area where there is the gym, jacuzzi and sauna area available for guests.
Ancient traditions and cultural heritage are breathed in the interiors, where they show off their antique family furniture mixed with objects coming from many trips around the owner's world.
A medieval town with an ancient history, Torchiara has followed the ups and downs of the Barony of Cilento up to the 800 to have the prestigious administrative role of the capital of the district belonging to the District of Vallo that lasted even after the unification of Italy. Hence the flourishing of many buildings that still make its historic center precious: over 14 buildings connected by a green way that can be walked or by bicycle.
But Torchiara was also and above all a country of revolutionaries: from here started the movements before 1828 and then those of 1848 led by the brothers Pavone and Giambattista Riccio, martyr of that war that led to the Unity of Italy and ancestor of Angela Riccio de Braud current owner of Borgo Riccio.
In the old casino, now the living room of Borgo Riccio, he came to converse with his childhood friend Andrea Riccio, grandfather of the current owner, Andrea Torre then became Senator of the Kingdom, Academic of the Lincei, founder of the world and director of La Stampa .
If the history of Borgoriccio has been partly lost, testified only by the ancient nineteenth-century portals, by the fireplaces and by the memories handed down by voice, it relives today in a new perspective of "place" of recovery, enhancement and promotion of the cultural values peculiar to the Cilento.
Angela Riccio de Braud has indeed become a recognized testimonial. After the efforts in the restoration and restoration of the village, taking up the old building techniques of the place: from the Cilento plasters to the exteriors, to the hand-forged wrought iron from local blacksmiths, from the old-fashioned handcrafted marble floors to the ancient beams ceilings, recovering his work experience of a lifetime and 'dedicated to projects of popularization of the Cilento traditions.
In fact, Angela Riccio de Braud, training architect, always living between Milan and Rome, after having dedicated herself for twelve years to ecology, writing for the Sun 24 hours of these issues, directing the scientific journal of CNR Acqua e Aria, after having worked for 16 years in Fiera Milano as central director of Communication and then four years in Rai as assistant director of the general, has decided to go back to the origins where his family has its roots to organize projects aimed at making the world know the priceless heritage of Cilento.
Hence the idea of opening Borgo Riccio to hospitality, also offering itineraries for the discovery of the territory and its environmental, cultural and enogastronomic heritage. Another piece: the special projects like the one for the artists in the footsteps of the Grand Tour and that of Story Riders that transforms Torchiara every year into a living of stories.
Here is how the history of the past of the old casino continues today in the project of Borgo Riccio that for thirty years now attracts representatives of the economic, social, political and cultural world.
Angela Riccio de Braud and Alberto Zobbi welcome their guests to Borgo Riccio, offering hospitality services with Cilentan breakfast, served in the gardens or in the cozy dining room.
The garden and the swimming pool are at guests' disposal, as well as the WI-FI internet connection available for free in the rooms and in the common areas.
A transfer service from the airports of Rome and Naples can be purchased on request, as well as various excursions and guided tours tailored to the guests of Borgo Riccio.
Our small and welcoming Relax Area is available for exclusive use and is equipped with a Sauna, Jacuzzi and Mini Gym.
Borgo Riccio has a multifunctional space that can host congresses, corporate events, meetings or bridge tournaments.
For small groups it is possible to organize cooking classes, wine tastings and typical local products.
Places of interest nearby
The Borgo Riccio vintage residence is located in the heart of Cilento, near extraordinary places such as Pompeii and Agropoli, a stone's throw from the sea and surrounded by greenery, surrounded by a garden with more than 400 olive trees, some centuries old, alternating with fig trees white, flowers and Mediterranean scrub.
An enchanted place in the countryside of the quaint village of Torchiara, in the province of Salerno, where the owner Angela Riccio de Braud has decided to revitalize one of the most beautiful historical residences in the area.
The town has kept its ancient appearance intact, with its magnificent palaces and the 1100 fortress church of San Salvatore.
But Torchiara is best known for its Greenway, a green route of 12 kilometers, which can be traveled on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, which leads to the discovery of the architectural and scenic beauties of the village.
Located in a hilly area in the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bed & breakfast has the beautiful sea behind the city of Agropoli, an ancient Saracen village, today a charming town, recognized as a blue flag for its waters transparent.
Unforgettable baths are made at the Vallone and Punta Tresino, a marine nature reserve, reachable in 10 minutes from Borgoriccio.
Not far away are the archaeological sites of Paestum, Velia, Pompeii, but also the high and indented coast of Palinuro, the long beach with the pine forest that reaches the sea of Punta Licosa, the villages of the cities of Amalfi and Positano.