Lying just 11km from the capital of the region, La Spezia, Ameglia accommodation is a good alternative to staying just outside of the busy city centre. Over the last couple of decades tourism has increased in Ameglia, and the quality of amenities is now more than suitable for a destination of such beauty – in the heart of a regional park, close to the sea and positioned to the delightful backdrop of mountains and countryside.
Ameglia lies on the banks of the Magra River, and near the mouth of the river is the remains of an ancient Roman Villa that dates back to 1BC. Another sight of historical interest is the Church of San Pietro, which dates back to the 15th century, and there are several other old buildings to keep history and culture lovers happy.
The village centre remains much the same as it always has been; small, traditional and steeped in history. Ameglia is closely linked to Bocca di Magra, and a walk between the two is an enjoyable ten minute exercise. This is the part of town where you will find the fishermen out in force, going about their daily duties and bringing in the catches, and also where you can enjoy a meal or drink near the waterfront.
One of the most visited points of interest in Ameglia is the Orto Botanico di Montemarcello, a botanical garden and nature preserve, which itself is also in the Montemarcello Magra Regional Park. As well as being home to a diverse range of plant and animal life, the nature preserve is much-visited due to its lofty position 365 metres above sea level, which offers panoramic views out over the Ligurian countryside.
After you have explored the delights of Ameglia you will likely wish to venture out and see what else the province of La Spezia has to offer. The answer is plenty; Lerici (8km) is one of the closest towns and notable for its towering castle which is now home to a palaeontology museum, whilst the city of La Spezia has all of the shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants that a self-caterer could possibly require, to go with its centuries-old castles and churches.
Hot summers and mild winters characterise the local climate, so you will never freeze to death in Ameglia. Temperatures of well above 30C are possible on the hottest of summer days, but the summer months average out at a more pleasant 28C. Showers are common in this part of Liguria, with spring and autumn being the rainiest seasons.
Galileo Galilei International Airport, the name for the major airport on the outskirts of Pisa, is the nearest airport to Ameglia, being 65km to the south-east. The airport receives flights from the UK in the shape of Ryanair, British Airways, Jet2.com and Thomson Airways services, with journey time from the UK to Pisa being around an hour and a half.