5 Bedrooms 3 Baths, Sleeps 10
- English, Portuguese, Italian
About Alessia Ucelli
My family owned this property since the 1800, and it's pretty much still the same. I'm a real estate agent and I live in Carmel, Ca.
Why Alessia Ucelli chose Paraggi
Paraggi is very exclusive, known for having attracted celebrities and very traditional Italian families since it's surrounded by Villas and Castles. A walk brings you to the famous harbor of Portofino (15 minutes on foot, 5 minutes with a lift) - this fine harbor, where grand yachts lie at anchor, where VIPs stroll along the promenade, where exquisite fish restaurants and elegant designer shops decorate the picturesque bay. As always with Portofino, it is best to arrive with a large yacht. If this is not possible, take the train to Santa Margherita and then a taxi to Portofino. There is also a bus service between Santa Margherita and Portofino (travels in both directions, which runs every 20 minutes, depending on the season): Portofino can be reached from S. Margherita by bus in 10 minutes. There is a ferry from Portofino to S. Margherita/Rapallo/5 Terre/Camogli/S. Fruttuoso. Water taxis are 100 Euros per hour. Pick up service at Genova airport can be arranged (about 100 Euros, reservation at least 10 days before arrival is required).
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 9
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
La Dolce Vita is an exceptional property on the Portofino peninsula. Note: it's more accurately named Casa Bianca, after the noted Milanese architect Carlo Bianca who designed it in the early 20th C for the family who still owns it today (this from a generously informative document provided by the entrance). Casa Bianca is an interesting double entendre, since it is a "casa bianca" (WHITE house), unlike most in the area. I guess La Dolce Vita is its VRBO "stage name".
The villa is isolated from the glitz of Portofino and bustle of Santa Margherita and Rapallo, but conveniently accessible to all (Portofino by walking -- though challenging for the 82 yr old in our group -- and all by the frequent and very accessible #82 bus) as well as to the excellent beach at Paraggi. FYI, the 'town' of Paraggi is no more than a beach, a couple of restaurants and hotels and one (ONE) shop that sells beach essentials. No bodegas, no real provisioning like that easily found along the lanes running back from Santa Margherita's waterfront.
La Dolce Vita is stunning and architecturally distinct from those in the area -- more like one might expect to find in Amalfi, with decidedly pan-Mediterranean features. The beds and baths are comfortable and well-appointed. However the kitchen could use some updates. It's a classically tiny Italian household kitchen, but it functioned well enough -- as such kitchens always have for Italian families -- for our small group. Given the idiosyncratic floor plan built around the hexagonal soggiorno, kitchen expansion would be challenging, but a modern stove would be start.
The loggia and graveled terrace areas were a great pleasure for sunning and meals, with sparkling sunrises, views of gin palaces floating out on the cove and a tremendous fireworks display the first night (just for us, obviously :-). Wildlife sightings included wild boar (cinghiale) in the area. We didn't use the pool but might have had the season been hotter.
Olga was a very welcoming and informative property manager, full of information and good cheer. (Thank you, Olga)
La Dolce Vita in Paraggi is a great spot, for its location, condition, hosting and architectural significance. We would certainly (and might well) return for another visit.
We love it!
Incredible service and incredible property we love it!
family gathering in Liguria
The villa and location were exceptional. the space was ideal for 6 adults and 3 children/grandchildren. We were there recently and though the temperatures were slightly higher than normal, the easy access to the beach (sandy) the pool at the villa and the sea breezes were delightful. Portofino was easily reached by foot and a great time was had by all.
Beautiful house.. great garden with sea view..
Beautiful house.. Authentic and italian style..
Outside area was also very beautiful.. italian garden
with great seaview..
Walking distance to Portofino which was great..
Stayed here for ten days but could have been for a long time..
Property manager Niko was so kind and helpful.
Will come back to this lovely place.
The apartment is quite old and humid, and part of the ceiling plaster collapsed!
This was our second time returning to Villa Ucelli & it somehow managed to top last year's trip. It is easily the best kept secret on the Italian Coast & needless to say we will be returning in July again next year.
Our hosts were also extremely hospitable, even going as far as arranging restaurant bookings & catering whilst we were at the villa. They also helped make arrangements for us to hire a boat for the day from one of their friends.
Other Activities: boating, kayaking, shopping