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Whenever one visits a beautiful home one can admire its setting, its decor, furniture, ornaments etc but to be given the keys is something extra special and was very much appreciated by all nine of us. The moment one arrives the spectacular views across the valley intoxicate and breakfasts and morning coffee take on a whole new meaning with such a view. The living areas are many and spacious with room for all the family to spread out and even take a break from each other if needed. The spectacular master bedroom could come from a luxury bedroom magazine and the other rooms, although with less spectacular views, are delightfully different and very homely. With ensuite bathrooms and aircon in each bedroom we were more than happy and the pool was just the touch of luxury we all needed for this family break. The villa is obviously a home for Pia and Franco who couldn’t have done more to make our stay a success. From the comprehensive welcome and tour of the house to help either in person or via WhatsApp they were the ideal hosts.
A few helpful suggestions:
Franco is happy to take a cheque for the damage deposit so take one with you to save using all your cash.
This is a villa that needs a car. Although there is the availability of an 8 seat taxi we were charged €60 for the ten minute drive from the station which we felt was exorbitant and put us off using the taxi again.
Take a train. The Italian train system is easy to navigate (English instructions and announcements abound) and is really good value compared to British Rail and there is a FREE car park at Sarzana station.
We loved this villa and we would thoroughly recommend a stay here. Thank you Pia and Franco!
We stayed for a week in mid May 2018. The apartment was well situated for our planned visits to the Cinque Terre as well as the more local towns of Lerici, Sarzana, Carrara and La Spezia. The apartment has all the necessary requirements and has a lovely private location within the grounds of the owners villa. From the sun terrace you can look out across the broad expanse of the Gulf of Spezia. It is very quiet.
Valeria was most welcoming and helpful before and during our stay. The very narrow road to the property could be an issue for larger cars re access but Valeria will meet you in the free car park in Montemarcello and take you and your luggage to the apartment. We left our hire car in the car park which was quite safe, it is only 5 minutes walk away. Montemarcello is a typical hill top village and has a restaurant, a bar and 2 small shops serving coffee and ice cream etc. It is in a quiet location and well located for day trips to Portofino, Lucca or Pisa. It is about 1 hour from Pisa Airport. This is one of the nicest properties and locations we have stayed at in Italy and Valeria could not have been more pleasant and helpful.