Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in La Spezia - Casa dell'Olivo
Enjoy spectacular sea views and sunsets from the terrace of 3 bedroom house
The house is suited for real “amateurs” only, who are looking for a unique holiday within a totally private and natural surrounding. The property is 100 meters above sea level, extends over 500 squared meters of terraced vineyards and stands right at the top of the village of Monesteroli.
Monesteroli is a small and quiet village in the wildest part the 5 Terre National Park.
The track to Monesteroli is surrounded by vineyards, mortarless walls, the Meditteranean Scrub with its intense fragrance and its different breath-taking panoramas.
The main staircase between the sky and the sea leads to the house perched over the sea in a unique landscape, declared UNESCO World Heritage.
From the house is possible to enjoy the trasparency of an uncontaminated cliff sea in which diving, going snorkeling and sunbathing. The house has a 180 degrees wiew and it is possible, in the clear weather days, to see Elba, Capraia and Gorgona islands, Corsica and the west coast line of Liguria.
Holiday in Monesteroli is a sensorial experience, full of intense emotions.
Trekking, easy and slow life in contact with nature, relax and wonderful sunsets sight enjoying local wines and foods are an antidote to city life.
Everything in an house equipped to make the stay easy, enjoyable and unforgettable.
The house is arranged over 2 floors. Kitchen, dining area, bathroom and one double bedroom are on the ground floor while two additional double bedrooms and the lounge are located on the first floor. The lounge area enjoys a large chimney. The property provides great outside living space including a paved terrace all along the house, a large dining table, BBQ area and an external shower.
Crystal-clear waters are only 10 min away at the bottom of a magnificent stone path perched on the ridge of the hill.
Driving directions: The village of Monesteroli is reachable by a 20 min walk after leaving your car at the bottom of Via Tramonti, a private road which takes you from Località Colle del Telegrafo into a beautiful bush slowly down towards the sea. From La Spezia you take the coastal road that leads to the Cinque Terre and just before the first tunnel take a right at the junction towards Biassa. Go through this picturesque village and keep going up the road for approx. 5 km till you reach the top of the hill. Take the first road on the left (Via Tramonti) just before the restaurant Colle del Telegrafo and keep going down till the road ends where you will park on the road side. The trackway which leads to Monesteroli starts on the right-hand side of the last sharp bend of the road (trackway n. 4b).
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Patrizia Bevilacqua
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 Patrizia Bevilacqua chose La Spezia
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.
What makes this cottage unique
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!
Guestbook comments from the owner
La sorpresa comincia subito, non appena, lasciata la macchina, si esce dal boschetto. Non ti aspetti che possa esistere una gradinata di pietra così lunga e ripida che sembra precipitare in mare. E non puoi credere che le tue gambe riescano ad affrontarla con tanta naturalezza. Poi quando arrivi alla casa , davanti allo spettacolo del Tino e del Tinetto in mezzo al mare pensi di aver visto tutto, invece, aperta la porticina eccoti in una vera casa, dove gli arredi e le comodità hanno il fascino del luogo. Poco dopo, allungati sul lettino, accarezzati da una brezza leggera, il mare davanti e una birra in mano ti senti in paradiso.
The surprise starts at the beginning, as far as, closed the car, you emerges from the grove. You could not imagine a flight of steps so long, so high, like falling to the sea. And you cannot believe that your legs afford it so easily. Then, after the spectacle of Tino and Tinetto, here is the house. The wooden door opens…and you are in a real home, a house where furnishings and comforts have the same charme of the location. After a while, lied down on the sunlounger, in front of a blue sea, the wind on your hair, with a beer on your hand, you feel in Paradise.