Casa dell’Olivo was a family adventure: my brother Bruno discovered it during a hike in 1995 and got all of us involved to turn the semi-dilapidated building into a special place. My brother Gigi, an architect, designed a spacious and spare interior in harmony with its former configuration as a vintner’s house/cellar. The patriarch, Arturo, 75 at the time, supervised the remodeling and the delivery of materials by 210 helicopter trips, spending his nights in a sleeping bag more or less under the stars. And I, Patrizia, endeavored to make it cozy and functional while preserving as much as possible of the old furnishings and tools. It was a great adventure, much harder than we expected, but the beauty of the view we glimpse when we open the old wodden gate never ceases to amaze and delight us.
Patrizia Bevilacqua purchased this cottage in 1995
Why we chose Monesteroli - La Spezia.
For my father, Arturo, this was a chance to revisit the places of his wartime youth, when he was stationed in La Spezia with the navy and patrolled the coast in motor torpedo boats. The landscape hasn’t changed much since then. He stopped walking the path and the Scala Granda at 83, and now, at 93, keeps track of the changes at Monesteroli through our stories and photos.
Bruno is the unmatched mind and tireless arm who deals with all the problems that can arise in such an isolated place. For him this was an opportunity to successfully try his hand as vintner, mason, electrician, carpenter, and more, and reward his labors with a good BBQ, a glass of excellent Sciacchetrà and his favorite music under the stars.
For me, a psychologist who lives and works in Milan, Monesteroli is a place for the soul where I can gaze at the sea and find serenity communing with nature. But it’s also a beauty farm for the walks and the swims around the Montonao's rock.
For all of us it’s such a special and magical place that it would be a shame not to share it with the rest of the world.
Casa dell’Olivo is a place for people who enjoy walking, listening to the sea, the wind and the cicadas instead of the sounds of automobiles, and counting stars instead of restaurants and discos. To be immersed in silence with only the people you choose to be with around you in the midst of Cinque Terre, even in the heart of summer, is priceless and amazing!