Timeless rhythms of Tenuta Ciminiata Greco

Even in the 18th century, the Greco casa colonica was alive with activity as workers lived and labored on the site producing extra virgin olive oil and citrus fruit. Every winter, owners of the property also took up residence to oversee the farm, a pattern that would continue for centuries.
Tenuta Ciminiata Greco, Calabria
Traditional and rustic meets modern, beautifully restored with local materials.

Today it continues to be a vibrant operation as the Tenuta Ciminiata Greco welcomes guests from across Italy and the world to enjoy the tranquil, scenic countryside near Rossano, Calabria. Just a five-minute drive from the seaside, the farm was converted and restored as an agriturismo operation in 2011.

It also offers easy access to the historic center of Rossano, just a 10-miute drive away, and the modern city just a five-minute drive distant.

Tenuta Ciminiata Greco now has 11 accommodations ranging from double rooms to a studio apartment, two-room flat and superior suite overlooking the large swimming pool. The rooms are rustic and beautifully decorated with local materials and natural paints.

The Tenuta is surrounded by orchards and vegetable gardens that together with a former olive pressing building and picturesque courtyard have been transformed into spaces perfect for weddings. The Tenuta Ciminata Greco is a dream destination for brides and grooms from all over the world who want to give their nuptials a classic Italian feel. Business conventions are also hosted amid the peaceful setting.

The agriturismo’s classic, rustic style evokes a bygone time when people lived on the land and honored its natural rhythms. It was an allure that also called to current manager Mario Greco. On a path to success in his chosen profession after graduating with a degree in economics in Rome, he instead returned to his family’s farm, helping transform it into today’s Tenuta Ciminiata Greco.
 Tenuta Ciminiata Greco, Calabria
An atmosphere that offers guests the warmth of family and sense of belonging.

Along with his mother Antonella De Florio and father Pietro Greco, the 32-year-old Mario has converted the family legacy, yet retained much of its original furniture and accoutrements. The result an atmosphere that offers guests the warmth of family and sense of belonging.

“The goal is to help guests to be not only tourists, but for a few days to join in the authenticity of Calabria,” says Mario. Yet the rooms have all the comfort of a modern four or five-star hotel, even down to the finest bed linens, he says.

A sweet and salty breakfast is included, a buffet largely from Tenata Ciminiata Greco’s own production still in operation. Calabria’s seasonal bounty is showcased: Sublime pastries, homemade cakes and jams, tasty fruits and vegetables, local salamis and cheeses.

The property even has its own church that guests can visit. Inside, it still has age-old furnishings, vestments and even the bicycle priests rode to travel to the countryside to give religious services. As well, the agriturismo has its own library with some 6,000 volumes, the earliest of which dates back to 1650. Catalogued by former librarian Antonella De Florio, the collection is being digitized and made available to researchers.

International guests from across the world arrive to enjoy this slice of authentic Calabria, especially those from Germany, Holland, the U.S., Brazil, Russia and Argentina. In the peak August tourist season, guest are almost exclusively Italian or French.
Tenuta Ciminiata Greco, Calabria
Breakfast dining room right off the historic olive pressing room.

True to its roots, the Greco family continues to produce extra-virgin olive oil together with partners. Their brand Terre Bizantine is made from the indigenous La Dolce di Rossano olive variety.

The idyllic setting and the Greco family sense of hospitality attract a loyal clientele who return year after year. Tenuta Ciminata Greco allows the traveler to live a slower pace of life in Italy’s seductive south, where days are ruled by the passage of the sun through cerulean blue skies.

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