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The setting of the property was stunning with 360 degrees of glorious mountain scape. The grounds are well cared for and the pool, although very cold, was a delight. Plenty of well maintained sun loungers, tables and chairs and a number of well positioned BBQ grills and areas made for a wonderful stay. We stayed in the Torre which was clean and well equipped. We stayed here for two weeks and although we ate out for most of the time, the apartment certainly catered for all our needs. We were extremely well looked after by the housekeeper, Evalde, who came early every morning to do a variety of jobs including putting the snail in the pool. Although She doesn't speak English and my Italian is little more than basic, she understood and our conversations albeit brief were a joy. The little hamlet of Ponticello was quiet and idyllic. We were blessed with good weather for twelve of the fourteen days we were staying and even on the the two not so good days, it cleared up in the afternoon. The complex was well situated for visiting a number of towns and we enjoyed trips to the mountains, hamlets and the coast - we particularly enjoyed the smart coastal town of Forte Dei Marmi. Considering the area is not particularly "touristy" there were a number of fantastic places to eat. A car is essential to use the plethora of roads that take you up to the mountains. We have enjoyed a number of holidays in areas all over Italy but this has become an area in our top three! The often used phrase is "we'll come again' - we certainly will!
This was our first visit to this part of Italy and we were not disappointed. The apartment is modern and in a great location for touring northern Tuscany and Liguria. Although there was a language barrier this was not a problem, our hosts were very friendly and helpful. The surrounding mountains and villages are amazing and the views breathtaking. La Spezia is a great town and has wonderful beaches, the Cinque Terra is definitely worth a visit but go by train. The local town, Stadano, was very busy and very Italian. The local roads were often busy and occasionally local drivers carry out some strange manoeuvres, so take care on the roads. Overall we would recommend Casa Cloe as a great base for touring and to experience the local Italian life style.