The small medieval town of Dolcedo lies in the Liguria countryside, just 5km from the famous beaches of Imperia Province. Located in the lower reaches of the Prino Valley, Dolcedo has a strangely South American charm, encompassing of orange slate roofs on sporadic, angular houses and surrounded by lush, forested hills. The unique atmosphere and proximity to both the sea and the Ligurian countryside have made visitors buy apartments in Dolcedo, Italy with fervour and return to them throughout the year for idyllic, peaceful holidays.
There are still a number of important historical buildings which can be seen within the town limits of Dolcedo including the town hall (Loggia del Comune), the Church of San Tommaso Apostolo, the sanctuary of Acquasanta di Lecchiore and the most famous landmark of Liguria, Dolcedo’s Ponte Grande, the 13th Century, single arched bridge which still adorns the cover of many guides to Dolcedo. Even a short walk through the Piazza or old town highlights the medieval history of the town, as you can still see ancient weight and measure marks can still be seen.
Taking a Dolcedo apartment on the town outskirts or just a few miles outside town will be a delight for nature lovers. Agro-tourism and peaceful, rural retreats are very popular from Dolcedo accommodation as the wild, unspoilt countryside in the Prino Valley is the perfect location to go fishing, or to investigate nature from horseback or from a mountain bike.
The sand beaches of Imperia are within a very short drive, and if you wish to swim in the sea, the coastline is just 5km from a holiday rental in Dolcedo. Most of the beaches in the area consist of fine, golden sand from which you can swim, go surfing, sailing, wind-surfing or water-skiing, and if you are looking for either lessons or equipment hire, head for Diano Marina. Snorkelling and scuba diving along the coastline of Cervo or Capo Berta are particularly popular.
Golf is also very popular in this part of Italy. There are two 18 hole golf courses within a short distance of an apartment in Dolcedo. Both the San Remo and Garlenda golf courses are open to visitors throughout the year, and offer a range of challenges and landscapes.
San Remo is possibly the most famous place in close proximity to a Dolcedo property. Rising to notoriety with the building of the San Remo Casino in 1905, San Remo has become a definite tourist hotspot, offering a huge amount of art, culture and festivities, from the Song Festival to the large range of sports on offer.
In the summer, the villas and rental apartments of Dolcedo are frequented by those hoping to relax in the beach, as average temperatures reach a blissfully warm 30˚C. The rest of the year see walkers, hikers and golfers flock to Dolcedo accommodation to take advantage of the open countryside and temperatures which rarely dip below 10˚C.
Nice International Airport (NCE), despite being in France, is the closest airport to an apartment in Dolcedo. Located just 80km from Dolcedo and serviced by a large number of airlines running flights direct from the UK, Nice airport is very easy to reach, and from there, you can either hire a rental car or take on of the daily busses that serve the region.