Locanda San Fantino

San Giovanni a Piro, Salerno

Oodles of charm: donkeys, hammocks, wines from the estate, beds wrapped in Venetian linen, and a pool with a view of the Bay of Policastro


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3


Do not follow the sat nav to get here – the owner will come and find you, in little San Giovanni a Piro! The roads wind up into the mountain countryside, the sea glistens in the distance, and cherry trees line the dusty track… we’ve never tasted fruit so delicious. The estate is self-sufficient (jams, wines, salamis, olive oil), the old palazzo is like a fascinating museum, the walls of your own house are a metre thick, and the style is cool rustic chic – with a dash of theatricality. Walls are white, floors are matt terracotta, there are lovely pieces of driftwood positioned in innovative ways, and a kitchen that’s sheer delight, with a great big fireplace and a stainless steel stove. Where the animals once lived, the cook now prepares your breakfast. There are seven bedrooms (two on the ground floor), a piano to play, a pool to splash in and heaps of space – come for a special occasion. The field-like garden is charmingly unkempt, with two donkeys to carry picnics and hammocks slung between trees (one fits six kids). Views reach to the Bay of Policastro – a seven-minute drive.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Picnic lunch and dinner available by arrangement. Restaurants within walking distance. Breakfast included.


Nightly price
from €100
Self-catering whole house: €5000-€8000 per week.
1 Suite for 3
From €180
5 Twin/doubles
From €130
1 Double
From €100


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sebastiano Petrilli

  • Check on the website under "courses" to see what is being planned, whether a yoga retreat or a cooking or foraging course
  • Within a National Park and Unesco World Heritage site and has the highest flora biodiversity of Europe.
  • Wine, food and ingredients are excellent and often unique.
  • The longest stretch in Italy of coastline without a road, it’s like being on a deserted island.
  • Great weather all year around, not stifling hot in the summer.
  • A self sufficient estate where you can tell the rest of the world: “you stay there and I stay here”.