The exterior of this 15thC coaching inn is marked solely by a gilt wrong-iron sun. Inside, the walls are whitewashed, the ceilings timbered and the arched chambers carefully scattered with antique furniture, copper pots and ceramics. There are three dining areas: the old kitchen, with its long table, open fire and old gas hobs where on occasion dishes are finished in front of guests; a smaller dining room, with individual tables; and the stone-arched portico which looks out on to the idyllic garden.
   The food is a real highlight here, and full of personality distinct to the regional cuisine - dark, tasty stews, roast meat and fish, accompanied by vegetables from the kitchen garden and fine wines from the unfathomable cellars. All this have helped to rate Il Sole Maleo among Italy's finest restaurants.
   The three traditionally styled, air-conditioned bdrooms above the restaurant all have individual high points, and good bathrooms, and make great places in which to collapse after a delicious dinner.