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Casa Amalia is part of a garden villa in Venere Azzure between Lerici and San Terenzo, both of which are lively, interesting and a good starting point for venturing further afield. There are private (expensive) beaches and public beaches which are free. The sea is clean and clear and the beaches are well maintained. This is where Italians have their holidays so tourist tat is minimal, prices are reasonable and everybody is just really friendly, helpful and charming. The villages of Porto Venere and the Cinque Terre are a boat or train ride away and are well worth a visit. Retrospectively I would advise boat one way and train the other if the weather is hot.
Casa Amalia itself and the apartment are delightful - well maintained, clean and well-equipped. Balconies and shuttered windows allow a flow of cooler air at night (essential for sleeping comfortably), canopies enable full use of both balconies and seating inside and out is comfortable and spacious. There is lots of cutlery, plates, dishes and pans, a full oven, large fridge, microwave and dishwasher. Beds are comfortable and there is plenty of wardrobe space and hangers. The pool area is well regulated and slightly away from the house, mostly in full sun in the morning with gradual shading until about mid-afternoon when it shaded for the rest of the day. The pool itself is a lovely size and depth, it is exceptionally clean and tidy and the mix of salt water means that there is less chlorine required. There is a hot shower for before and after your swim. Families should be aware that children are not allowed in the pool area unattended by an adult at any time and that due diligence is an absolute requirement.
Finally, and by no means least, Amalia and her husband are as kind, helpful and friendly as it is possible to be. Danni met us at the station in La Spezia, took us to the iperCOOP at Sarzana to do a big shop and took us on a whistlestop tour of some of the finest views on the coast before delivering us safely back to La Spezia for our return flight. Information provided is comprehensive and written in English.
From age 8 to 68, the four of us have had a truly wonderful holiday in a lovely place with exceptional hosts who simply understand what’s needed to make a good holiday great.
Had a fabulous time, it is a great base to discover Cinque Terre! Apartment was clean and lovely with everything we needed and great contact from stefano and family who gave us everything we needed. Thank you!