Italian Riviera - Beautiful sea views.
From $121 / night
- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 6
Description from the owner
The flat is in the lower part of Piani d'Invrea, which is just outside the lovely seaside resort of Varazze. The flat has stunning unimpeded views of the sea. You can see Genoa from the terrace…and if you are very lucky Corsica. The colours of the sea and sky are always changing.
The flat is on the Riviera di Ponente in Liguria, Italy's smallest region. You are just 40 minutes drive from the great port city of Genoa.
This is the Italian Riviera and offers the best of Italy: a beautiful coastline and stunning mountains.
You will be right next to the sea and the apartment is perched above the seafront path the Lungomare Euro...Read more
Italian Riviera - Beautiful sea views.
Nuxis, Sardinia, Italy
Additional Location Information
The Riviera di Ponente, the Western Riviera, is also known as the coast of the setting sun. It stretches 150km west of Genoa to Ventimiglia and the border with France. Once a favourite spot of the European aristocracy, especially British and Russian gentry in the 19th century, these days large tracts of the coast are almost exclusively Italian. A holiday here is a really authentic experience.
The coast has less cliffs that the eastern part of Liguria and has far more beaches. The coast road is dotted with seaside resorts that cluster around medieval fishing villages just like nearby Varazze. The hinterland is at its most impressive here. From the top of Monte Beigua, just behind the apartment, there is a dizzying view across nearly all of Liguria and across the plain of Piedmont to the Alps in the north - if you are lucky you might see Corsica on a clear day!
This part of Liguria is relatively unknown to tourists from outside of Italy and offers the visitor a uniquely Italian experience.
Varazze is the main seaside resort between Genoa and Savona and an excellent place to base yourself for exploring this stretch of coast due to its central location. From here it’s possible to visit both cities for a day trip.
Decidedly upmarket and family orientated it’s a lively place with a long seafront promenade lined with pretty painted houses that curves around the palm-fringed bay (email: hidden)s up to the name of this stretch of coast, the Riviera delle Palme. There is a long beach with rough sand that is covered in colourful sun umbrellas during the summer. Just outside the town below us, however, there are numerous small rocky coves, some partially sandy that are completely free of charge.
The Romans called the town Ad Navalia because they built ships here and the thickly forested hillsides around the town provided an abundance of wood. Later it came to be known as Varagine, a name which derives from the word varo which means launch. This name was in turn corrupted into Varazze, which grew rich on the ship building business. As a result it was coveted both by Genoa and its arch-rival Savona. The town was briefly an independent city state before being sold to the Genoese in 1290.
Varazze was put on the map in the Middle Ages by Jacopo da Varagine (1228-1298) who was an important religious scholar and archbishop of Genoa. His most famous book, the Golden Legend was a compilation of the lives of the saints and was one of the most widely read books of its time and one of the earliest to be printed, making it one of Europe’s first bestsellers.
To this day boat building, especially of luxury yachts, remains an important local industry. In the new port you can see the massive oligarch-style yachts built by Baglietto which has been building boats here since 1854. During both world wars they built small naval vessels. Between the wars and after them they built yachts for the crowned heads of Europe and others celebrities including Gabriele D’Annunzio, Mussolini’s favourite poet.
This is a great place to unwind, read, swim and relax. There is also lots to do in the area. Genoa was the powerhouse of the medieval period and is full of palazzos and fabulous art galleries. There are also some great modern museums among them the Maritime Museum, a special museum for children and the largest aquarium in Europe.
The millionaires' playground of Portofino is under an hours drive and in summer you can catch a boat to the Cinque Terre. You can take a whale watching cruise, hike in the mountains, eat wonderful food and soak up the atmosphere.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Waterfront
Last updated on April 17, 2014
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- Damage deposit | $337
- Alarm Clock
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Towels Provided
- Housekeeping Optional
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Central heating
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Ocean or water views
- Stove or Oven
- Paper Towels Provided
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - yes
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 100 square meters