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What a wonderful place to stay in this beautiful 11th century house which has been lovingly restored to include modern amenities. We received a warm welcome from Alberto, who came to meet us at the station in Levanto so he could drive with us up to Chieso Nuova, which is about 4km outside of Levanto. The house is just beautiful. It is so peaceful. Cicadas at night, the beautiful church bells by day, and the sounds of village life. The views are wonderful, across the valley to the other villages clinging to the hillside. There are lots of spaces to sit outside - 3 terraces and a little garden - so you can always find sun or shade as you prefer. The sunset view from the roof terrace is wonderful. There also several inside seating areas. There is a plenty of room! The village is beautiful, but does not have any amenities. There is a very small exclusive 6 roomed hotel - La Sosta Di Ottone III - where you can dine, but we cooked for ourselves or ate in Levanto.
Please note if you plan to cook that there is no kettle, and you need to buy everything including salt, pepper, washing up liquid.
We walked to Levanto several times, but would only recommend for those who are fairly fit as it in part on a narrow track. We didn't attempt to walk back again as it would have been all up hill. There is a bus service, which runs about 4 times a day, and a few more buses to Legnaro which stop a few hundred meters short and you can walk up the hill to Chiesa Nouva. Its cheapest to buy tickets in advance at tourist info at the rail station. We had a car for which we were grateful. Our friends were happy driving around hairpin bends so that was good! We would recommend a sunset boat trip with Marco (who is on the beach near the jetty). We did go to Cinque Terre but it was very busy and commercialised which was disappointing. We also hired cycles from Jock at SurfLevanto on Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and cycled though the tunnels along the old railway line to Bonnosola and Framura. Particular pleasant on a hot day as it is cool in the tunnels. The free beach near the jetty in Levanto is excellent - sandy, sheltered, and great snorkling along the stone groyne which creates the little harbour. There are loads of places to eat, some little shops and two supermarkets. Conrad City is best, but Sisa has free parking while you shop. Parking in Levanto is expensive - 2 euros and hour. Also recommend to take mosquito repellent and some antihistamine for any bites.
A well appointed house, lacking nothing and meticulously clean.
Laura and Renato are perfect hosts - friendly and helpful. We enjoyed fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden, and we learned the joys of fried zucchini blossom (thanks Laura!) We enjoyed sitting in the garden with a glass or two of local wine, listening to the birds, the sheep and the church bells.
Sesto Godano is a quiet town, and suited us perfectly. It's within easy reach of the Cinque Terre (park in Levanto and take the train). We spent a lot of time exploring the wonderful little mountain villages, away from the crowds. And the people are warm and friendly.
Recommended without reservation.