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- About The Experience
This gorgeous Italian Riviera villa is a luxurious and romantic way to explore the coast, including the Cinque Terre. Overlooking the Bay of Poets (a favorite spot of Byron and Shelley), this villa in Liguria has its own lovely gardens and interior spaces perfect for congregating or entertaining. Spend your days touring the seaside villages of the Italian Riviera or relax in the comfort of your own home—with maid service!
- Location Description
The property is located above the city of La Spezia in the Liguria region. It is a perfect base for touring the entire Italian Riviera, as well as other locations in Tuscany. A ferry departs several times daily from a port located just a few minutes from the villa's private gate.
Florence: 140 km/87 mi
Portofino: 92 km/57 mi
Pisa: 83 km/51.5 mi
Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore): 14 km/9 mi
La Spezia (Center of Town): 4 km/2 mi (Approx. 10 - 15 minutes away)
- Exterior Description
(620 m2) This property is located on the coast in Italy's Liguria region. The villa is situated on a prominent, forested hillside, overlooking the city of La Spezia and the Bay of Poets below. From the terraces and gardens of this family home, there is a lovely view of the southern part of the National Park of the Cinque Terre. The villa is surrounded by a lush garden spread over several terraces; it contains lemons, figs, cherries, and many magnificent palm trees. The garden has been well maintained and offers the perfect amount of shade without darkening the house. There is a new private swimming pool with an optional therapeutic jet counter current. The pool can be heated for an extra cost. Parking is available on the premises.
The cities of Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo, and the Cinque Terre region are all within 45 minutes by the car, train, or ferry that leaving several times daily from locations only a few minutes from Villa Anastasia's private gate.
The villa is situated on a prominent, forested hillside, overlooking the city of La Spezia and the Bay of Poets below. Across the gulf the southern extension of the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre in the distance provides a magnificent skyline vista when seen from the terraces and gardens of this family home. The villa is surrounded by a lush garden that spreads over several terraces harboring lemons, figs, cherries, and many magnificent palm trees. The garden has been well maintained and offers the perfect amount of shade, without darkening the house.
- Interior Description
(310 m2) Three floors
Partial Ground Floor: There is a formal dining room that seats 8 – 10 people. There is also a sitting room, which is comfortably furnished with two large sofas and two matching armchairs. Since this room provides access to a terrace (30 m2) and the garden (200 m2), it is the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the cool sea breeze.
First Floor (entrance floor): Upon entering the villa, there is a spacious, comfortable, formal living room with a magnificent marble fireplace. This room has access to a terrace with a view of the Gulf of La Spezia in the distance; it also has access to a terrace (30 m2) equipped for dining under the shade of the palm trees. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a bar. The kitchen has access to another large terrace (50 m2) for dining or sunbathing. The kitchen connects to the TV room and the informal dining room, which seats 4 – 6 people. The TV room has a fireplace and a comfortable sitting area with several couches and chairs. There is a bathroom with a WC and a hip-bath (a very small tub). The first floor also has a small bedroom (located under the stairs), decorated in a marine motif, with two twin size beds and a small ensuite bathroom (with shower, WC).
Second Floor: This floor has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom is spacious and has a queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom (with tub, WC), while the other two smaller bedrooms each have double beds and share a bathroom (with shower, WC).
- Features Description
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
- Cook Service: Upon request
- Cooking Classes: Upon request
- Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
- Guided Tour: 40 Euros per hour for 1 – 4 people; 60 Euros per hour for 4 – 8 people
- Children under the age of 12 must be closely supervised.
- Guests must bring their own laptop computer to access the wireless internet.
- Guided Tour can go to La Spezia, Portovenere, or the coastal towns of Cinque Terre.
- The owner occasionally stays in the guest house, 150 m away from the villa. The maid also lives in an apartment next to the villa.
- Housekeeping is provided for 4 hours per week.
Features and Amenities
- Free Parking on Premises
- Independent Villa
- Outside Area - Private
- Outside Dining
- Swimming Pool - Heated
- Swimming Pool - Private
- CD player
- TV - English Channels Available
- Hair Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Fireplace - Indoor
- Heating - Whole House
- Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
- Housekeeping - Included
Please note: Official Arrival Times:
- Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 800 EUR
- Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
- Heating: According to consumption
- Electricity: According to consumption
- Pool Heating: According to consumption
- Weekly Cleaning Charge (Mandatory): 250 EUR
- Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
- Mobile Phone (Available Upon Request): 50 Euros per week (includes 10 Euro call credit)
- Departure Time: 10:00 am
- Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
- UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
- Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
* These prices and conditions may change based on your arrival date and length of stay. For exact conditions, please click on the View Availability button, enter your dates, and then click on View Pricing and Conditions.
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Based on 7 Reviews
Peace and Quiet
Home-like atmosphere and appointments. Gracious owner. Cooking class and meal available from resident housekeeper
(former chef). Easy parking on property for up to 3 cars.
Smallest of 4 bedrooms not fairly portrayed in photos and description. Located on main floor with separate bathroom.
Easy access by train or boat to Cinque Terre towns and Portofino, and by car to Carrara marble quarries.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Villa located on hillside overlooking La Spezia. Not a practical walk into town, but an easy drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Cooking class/chef services are on-premises if desired.
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Utterly amazing. Such a beautiful and spacious villa. Annalisa was just wonderful. We will return!!
The view, the entire physical property and the owner!
Can't think of a thing.
The peacefulness and beauty.
Annalisa picked us up at the train station.
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The whole family enjoyed our week in the villa. The owner was very warm and welcoming. She gave us a huge basket of fresh fruit and vegetables from the market, plus some pasta and a bottle of Chianti, so that we wouldn't have to shop on our first night. She also gave us some good travel recommendations and she took us into town a couple of mornings later, to show us where to buy the best produce and where to get the best pizza. There were lots of thoughtful touches - lotions, shampoos, soap, tissues, adaptor plugs, radio, CD's and player, hair dryer. She also provided swim towels. It really felt like home. The housekeeper came twice during our stay to clean, wash any pots and pans etc. and to provide clean towels. We did not use the spa-pool as we preferred swimming in the Mediterranean. It might be more useful in cooler weather as it is much more a spa than a pool - it is only 15 ft x 9ft and made of fibre glass.
We loved the patios which had great views and were wonderful for outdoor dining. We had breakfast on the kitchen-side patio every morning. We loved the coziness of the kitchen and family room area. The cooks could socialize with the rest of the family while cooking. The living room was also a nice spot during the day.
The master bed was on a raised platform with two steps. They were a bit of a hazard, especially if you had to get up during the night. The master bath was very spacious and modern. The bed in one of the other rooms - which was a lovely room with a great view and a balcony - was only a full-size bed not totally comfortable for an adult couple. The shared bathroom smelled a bit musty at times but was generally OK. The bathroom downstairs was fine.
We thought the living room would have been more warm and welcoming in the evening with softer lighting - such as some standing lamps instead of the overhead candelabra. Also, the pillows were uncomfortable.
We loved the views of the bay and the privacy, while only being a short walk to a restaurant, the bus, the supermarket and a patisserie. The garden and surrounding trees were lush, with a hammock and fountains. Very peaceful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
La Spezia is ideal as a jumping off point for Cinque Terra. The train station is seven minutes away from the villa, and the trains to Cinque Terra are frequent and cheap. La Spezia itself also has charm and interest, contrary to how most guidebooks describe it. We also enjoyed the next coastal town - Portovenere - which you can reach either via car, bus or ferry, but not the train.
Tips or Restaurants:
Rent a scooter rather than a car - parking is not only hard to find but you can only park in one spot for an hour which makes a day trip a gamble that you won't get a parking ticket. The trains and buses are very convenient and much faster than driving. We took cabs to and from bus and train stations.
Check In Out:
The owner was very efficient in getting us checked in and out, while at the same time giving us helpful information at check-in about where to go and what to see. She took us to the train station after we'd settled up.
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