Do you like animals? Would you miss having a Television in your room? Would you find it stimulating to eat dinner around a communal table with other guests? Do you prefer old world comforts over the new? Do you like flowers? If the answers to theses question are yes-no-yes-yes-yes then its odds that the answer to whether you should stay a few days at the La Traversina is a resounding yes.
The owners keep 7 friendly cats and a dog (a point to be taken into consideration for those with allergies, though they are not allowed in the living quarters). Rooms and apartments has been decorated with the greatest of care and old personalised furnishings such as books, family memories and souvenirs of the owners trips. But there’s no TV! The history bit is evident as soon as you arrive. The beautiful early 17th century house stands majestically in front of you, and it has been in the hands of the same family for almost 300 years.
And if its flowers you’re into, then La Traversina has over 300 variety of roses (old and modern), 100 varieties of hostas and 50 varieties of irises. Plus any number of rare plants. It’s a floral paradise.
Cuisine wise, la Traversina definitely belongs to the slow food movement. Fresh ingredients, homely recipes all deliciously contacted in-house by the delightful Rosanna. It’s right to call La Traversina one of the “Pearls of Piedmont” especially if what you are looking for is an old world oasis of peace and hospitality. Accommodation: Painter Room, Poet Room, Lovers Room, Blue Room: Double rooms with private bathroom.
Apartments: The Chinese Rose , The Old pear House, The Roses House: All one room apartments with kitchenette and private terrace with view over the valley.
A final note: the house is not really suitable for families with children.
We stayed for only one night at La Traversina but I wanted to post a review because this place is really special.
We arrived late afternoon and were greeted by the host and her lovely dog. The garden is really beautiful and offers many spots to enjoy the sun and relax. The room was very big, tidy and comfortable. Nothing to fancy but just everything you need. We especially enjoyed the dinner with the other guests. There was plenty of really good food & wine and the other guests were really nice. The breakfast is recommended as well. In these talks we realized that many guests are regulars who stay a couple of days. We'll make sure to have more time next time. We will come back to this great place.
cosy and homely
Date of stay 17/06/2017
rustic, the host was always helpful and courteous.
Verwunschene, sehr persönliche kleine Pension
Date of stay 17/07/2016
Unser 5-tägiger Aufenthalt in der wunderschönen Pension "La Traversina" hat unsere Erwartungen übertroffen. Den Charme erhält die Unterkunft vor allem durch Rosanna, der offenen und warmherzigen Gastgeberin. Hinzu kommt ein traumhaft verwunschen angelegter Garten mit einem sehr gepflegten Pool. Das "Blaue Zimmer" war sehr persönlich und liebevoll eingerichtet. Es ist klein, aber es ist alles enthalten, was man braucht und vor allem sehr sauber!
Am besten hat uns das tägliche Abendessen gefallen, bei dem man mit verschiedenen Gästen entspannt ins Gespräch kommt und die leckere Hausmannskost genießen kann.
Wir werden bestimmt wiederkommen.
La Traversina recommended.
by Annabel. David
Date of stay 01/06/2016
This is a really interesting place to stay, the owners family have been here for over 300 years so it’s lovingly cared for. The garden is fabulous, roses everywhere from which they make a rose syrup, great kitchen garden, lots of different levels where you can find a quiet spot to sit and share with the family cats and a lovely long haired sheep dog. Meals are served with other guests on a long table in the dinning room. Rosanna the owner speaks very good English and was particularly friendly and very helpful. We would love to return some day.