House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
La Rocca is a gem of a house in one of the most sought-after locations on the Ligurian coast. The clifftop village of Montemarcello is on a headland overlooking both the Gulf of La Spezia and the Gulf of the Poets (named after Byron and Shelley). It looks across to the Cinque Terre, as well as the coast to the south, and the Apuan Alps, the marble mountains of Carrara.
From here, you’re within easy striking distance not only of the Cinque Terre, but also of Santa Margherita, Portofino, Rapallo, Genoa, and Portovenere in one direction; and of Lucca, Pisa, Carrara, and Viareggio in the other. Parma, Siena and Florence make good daytrips. Less well known are some really delightful interior hilltowns closeby in Lunigiana, the undiscovered part of Tuscany, between the sea and the mountains.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Montemarcello 600 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 70 km, Nearest railway: La Spezia 18 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house itself has a terrace front and rear, with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom with panoramic views.
On the ground floor, you’ll find a living/dining room with Italian TV, small kitchen diner, and bath with a shower. Upstairs is the bedroom with a large bed. Immediately outside the living room is a patio for outdoor dining and general relaxing watching the life of the village at the bar a few steps away. Plus there are two terraces behind which enjoy a view of both the sea (just!) and the mountain. A laundry room is located just outside the cottage.
It is two minutes from a bar, and a post office, a few small shops, and restaurants are only five minutes walk through the old town.
The owners, who live in a separate house next door, will make you feel immediately at home, offering you their exquisite little tomatoes and other vegetables from their garden. They’ll even prepare supper for you at modest cost. La Rocca is a delightful property, ideal for a couple, in a perfectly preserved little hilltop village overlooking the sea, removed from the beaten track, yet easily accessible to so many things you’ve dreamed of seeing and doing.
|Further details outdoors|
The drive up to the village through the Regional Park of Montemarcello is spectacular. It is wonderful countryside for walking, whether you want serious long-distance walks along the marked pathways, or just a stroll in the woods before returning to the village for a meal in one of the two restaurants there.
Ameglia is the closest large town, 5 kilometers away; there, you’ll find everything including a large supermarket, bank, shops and other services.
Montemarcello is not on the water’s edge. You can walk to the beach - it’s 700 steps down a lovely winding path (and back up again). But you can drive down to nearby Bocca di Magra, where, in fine weather, there’s a little boat service which will transport you to any of several sandy coves inaccessible except from the sea.
The North West Italy region
Large sandy beaches with all facilities are within a half hour’s drive at Marina di Carrara, Forte di Marmi, and Marina di Pietrasanta. Lerici and San Terenzo have pleasant smaller beaches as well as rocky coves round the headland.
Lerici is a lively fishing village that has grown into a popular resort. You now park outside and walk or bus in – or catch the bus. The fish market on the quay each morning sells wonderful fresh seafood – try the mazzochi –a type of fat prawn with a delicious flavour.
Just down the road is Bocca di Magra, a small town at the mouth of the Magra river. From there you can get boats round Lerici, or they will drop you at coves for bahing and you can catch another back. This is a lively, friendly resort with bars and fish restaurants.
Just inland are the hills of Lunigiana, the northernmost part of Tuscany, sheltered between the mountains and the sea. It said to be the land of 100 castles and 100 lakes.
Montemarcello is a lovely old village, with no cars in in the old part. There are several restaurants, one is really excellent, and not dear. There are buses down to Ameglia, Lerici and La Spezia.
It is possible to stay here without a car, using taxi from La Spezia or Sarzana station. There are direct trains from Pisa airport.
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