Characteristic holidayhome near Diano Marina
From $1,779 / week
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 10
Description from the manager
In the heart of beautiful Gulf of Diano Marina, just few minutes from the famous and homonymous tourist resort, one beautiful cottage ideal for families or small groups of friends up to 10 guests.
We are located in the heart of Western Ligurian Riviera, a large inlet between Cape Berta and Cape Cervo that offers a coastline of intense beauty, sandy beaches surrounded by vegetation between the exotic and the mediterranean, palm trees, agaves, maritime pines , olives, citrus fruits. Diano Marina is the capital with its accommodation facilities, bathing facilities and patronized nightclubs.
For many years now the city of Diano Marina has earned a ...Read more
Characteristic holidayhome near Diano Marina
Diano San Pietro, Liguria, Italy
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Tourists arriving in the Riviera of Flowers have a hard time making up their mind. Should they seek out beaches, sun and surf ?? Or coastal towns bustling both day and night ?? They're right here. Or perhaps the mountains, refreshing hikes in the woods, and fresh air ?? Or medieval villages nestled on the slopes with towers, historical dwellings and old churches ?? They're here too. And then the old-fashioned cooking with garden vegetables and freshly caught fish. The famous extra virgin olive oil and special wines.
But how can you choose ?? You don't have to. You can have everything. Because it's all right here, just a few km away. The Riviera is small and you can get around quite rapidly. What's this fragrance ?? The salt air ?? No, it's the flowers. Of course not, it's the smell of the forest. That's because Liguria is the most wooded region in Italy. But aren't we at the sea ?? Just turn your back to the shores and look upward and the scenery changes. Now you can see the luxurious greenery of the hill and the steep slopes of the mountains. Just what is the Riviera ?? A mountain diving into the sea. From Cape Cervo to the French border, it is a continuous series of bays, ports and coves that 300 m above the sea become valleys, gorges and mountain peaks. There is certainly no risk of getting bored. Finally, a different, fun and surprising vacation. A vacation that has just about everything.
Let's begin with the sea. Why is it so special ?? Because it's warm even in the winter, because it sparkles with every wave, because of the emerald coloured bottom close to the rocks. Because of the golden sandy beaches and the overhanging grey rocks with their green piny tops. Because of the red bougainvillaea overlooking the coast. Too bad we aren't painters, that we can't take this wonder of colours with us. But we do have a camera don't we ?? Just open it and start shooting. It doesn't matter if we don't know how to frame the scenes, the Riviera does it for us. Watch out, because here we become real artists. Many famous painters, poets and writers have painted or written about these places. Let's be enchanted.
Let's sit on the seashore at sunset the sun filters through the palm trees. Are we in the tropics ?? No, it's our magic "land of colours". It's also the exquisite "land of tastes". Someone once said that you can get to know people by their cuisine. So, the only thing to do is to become familiar with the delicious Riviera dishes to know something about the inhabitants.
What focaccia !! But it's not always the same: sometimes it has cheese or olives or onions, and each baker adds his own special touches. The same holds true for pizza: small differences that make a great taste. And what about pesto ?? The American Fred Plotkin, author and connoisseur, has discovered a dozen different recipes. Nothing is mass produced. The old grandparents who invented the herb-based dishes were real geniuses. All based on the need to use just a few ingredients offered by a poor land to create small masterpieces. "Persa" (marjoram), thyme, parsley, Swiss chards are the natural elements of vegetable pies in addition to stuffed zucchini and onions. The famous Ligurian "preboggion" is a bunch of wild herbs that lend that special flavour to minestrone and ravioli stuffing. Freshly caught fish, stuffed anchovies, the end result of patient and knowledgeable skills. A poor cuisine ?? Rich in taste and above all healthy, guaranteed by the superb extra virgin olive oil. Not to mention the excellent DOC (Controlled Denomination of Origin) wines of these vineyards.
Shall we continue with a flourish ?? Special locations, theatres, festivals are waiting for us along the coast. And then there is the culture: museums, historical palaces, Baroque churches, important works of art. And prehistoric wonders, the caves of the people who lived 200 thousand years ago in Balzi Rossi. The archaeology with the Roman theatre of Ventimiglia. There's something of interest for everyone. But that's enough of the sea. Let's discover what's hidden just a few Km behind the hills. Here, man has not made any inroads for quite some time and nature has taken care of things by itself, creating beautifully dense forests.
The valleys intersect each other-onecomes to an end and another begins, first steep then gently sloping. We go up high and then down again. Km and Km without meeting anyone. But are we really in Italy where the crowd is the rule ?? There is a deliciously clean and scented air, of pines and grass. The charm of a world that has remained at its origins, and that has miraculously reached the present. Here above, clinging to the ridge of a mountain, a medieval village with its ancient stone dwellings and cobbled roads, the bell tower at the top and a castle in ruins.
Here are the old oil presses, the country trattorias with the traditional old-fashioned cooking and the vegetables picked right from the garden. And olive trees, holm oaks, chestnut trees, vineyards, briar bushes,hazelnut trees, pines, cane-brakes: a surprise around every corner. A verdant world. Why not take a trip by bike ?? Or by foot, since we're not in any hurry, right ?? And after trekking around what's better than a nice tavern under the pergola. Hors-d'oeuvres of stuffed vegetables, some country-style herb ravioli, minestrone laced with pesto, a little bit of wild rabbit Ligurian style, all topped off with a cheese made by the innkeeper using the milk from his sheep and goats. Slowly, casually. We savour it all very calmly. This is not city fast food fare.
Here, things are different. Time has no meaning. Even the men are different: they built Km of stone walls to hold up the sloping cultivated "fasce" on the mountain. They cleared out small rectangular areas for gardens, and removed the rocks from the ground to plant olive trees and grapevines which produced two truly wonderful creations: extra virgin olive oil and fragrant wines. But above all they respected nature and the environment.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Mountain nearby
Last updated on January 14, 2015
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- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - yes
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no