Alps Maritime Perched Vilage
Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Fanghetto is a small rustic picturesque thousand-year-old Italian stone village, perched on the side of a mountain just 15 minutes above the Riviera and 45 minutes from the Nice Airport. Built like a Pueblo honeycomb over the ages, Fanghetto beckons you to explore her charming restaurant and two cobbled footpath 'streets' just above the parking lot. With her tiny square (a summer concert is held there), curving arches and stairways, an ancient bread oven and a huge stone olive press, the village gives you a magical glimpse into Roman and medieval times—even as you luxuriate in your own private intimate Villa with modern amenities and comfort.
Near the French-Italian border, everyone speaks Italian and French, and a few, English. In summer the population swells form 10 villagers to over 100 people, many from Holland, Belgium and France, and some in the arts. It is not unusual to hear a violin or an aria nearby. The restaurant, open on the weekends, is one of the watering spots for everyone, the other being the river. Our intimate villa is reached by climbing the Via Corridoio stairs past the church, turning right down the mysterious Via Oscura, up some steep angular stairs to our tiny entrance courtyard.
Take the path from your Villa down to the Roya River to a small sand and pebble beach, providing a cool dip and sunbathing. If your supplies run low or you want the best Cappuccino around, walk 15 minutes down to Marisa's (where you turned off up to Fanghetto). Walking and hiking trails abound. A Roman footpath runs right outside your door on the Via Corridoio, leading up and down the valley, connecting with a wonderful labyrinth of well-marked and maintained hiking trials throughout the mountains.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ventimiglia20 15 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice 20 km, Nearest railway: San Michele, Breil, Sospel, Ventimiglia, Nice 3 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The living room of your cozy Villa, with its fireplace (nice in the late spring and early fall) offers a view of the church, and room for reading, conversation and rest, or listening to music from the CD collection. The convertible couch provides a spot for a fifth person or kids to sleep (for safety reasons children should be in arms or at least 5). Just a few steps away from the table is a separate, fully equipped kitchen. On Sundays you can look down on the priest greeting his small flock. Just a step above the kitchen are a bathroom and bedroom, with a small writing table with a great mountain view.
To the right of the kitchen is a separate bathroom with shower just off of the first bedroom with its delightful curves and a queen convertible bed, and just beyond a place for a small writing table with view.
A stairway up from the living room leads to a spacious roof terrace, with a charcoal grill, chairs and cocktail table, a larger table for al fresco dining, and lounge chairs for sunning and naps. As you look out over the beautiful Roya valley and mountains, you will be amazed by extensive centuries-old terracing by monks and peasants for olive trees. Spectacular views up or down the Roya valley await you, as do the soothing sounds of the river from below. Soon the swallows come out, and then the stars—a perfect setting, with good food and wine great conversations and unforgettable memories.
Your biggest surprise still awaits you. Step through the archway under the stairs, down into a stunning master bedroom, with its luxurious queen sized bed, spacious armoire and large bureau; enjoy a relaxing 'rain' shower in the large second bathroom. There is also separate toilet, and hidden washing machine. This bedroom is a place for deep sleep and wonderful dreams. One of the pleasures of this room is looking up at the white barrel-vaulted ceiling with all its amazing curves and niches. The walls are two feet thick keeping you cool in summer, and warm in spring or fall (helped by an electric heater if need be).
|Further details outdoors|
Fanghetto is an ancient stone village traversed by footpath, with a delicious restaurant open mainly on the weekends, a catholic church open for mass when the priest comes around, the Piazza del Populo, with its summer concerts, an old dilapidated communal bread oven and remains of a massive donkey drain olive press. The footpath past our front door on the Via Corridoio goes down to the lower communal swimming hole and 'beach', or own to Airole and Marco's great restaurant, Y Vechio Difusi. The upper footpath takes you to wonderful views up and down valley, an old German gun emplacement, and the cemetary Wonderful hikes are at your doorstep, French and Italian hill towns await your exploration. If you like to canyon, one of the best places is nearby, with professional guide service in Breil. Internet WiFi service is available 10 minutes away down the road in San Michele at the Gasoline Bar (Feliciano's place); all household, food and wine/alcohol can be purchased nearby, at Marisa's as you turn off to Fanghetto, or down in San Michele. A detailed brochure about all these things will be emailed to you.
Jun to Aug $1250/week; weekly rentals only, unless otherwise negotiated
Apr & Oct $1050, Nov on $950/week (Cool to cold, except mid-day at times)
Discounts 5% for two week rental, 10% for three week rental or more
Final Housekeeper cleaning fee of $150 is added to your total rental
Additional nights available at $165 per night
Personal checks accepted in dollars or Euros
Housekeeper available during longer stays at hourly rate
Security Deposit $200 required as separate check (held/returned if OK)
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
The North West Italy region
Warm enough from late April into October, Fanghetto is right on the French-Italian border, giving you access to the markets and restaurants of Sospel and Beil-su-Roya in Alps-Maritime France, and Airole, Dolceacqua and Apricale, in Italy Besides hilltowns, restaurants and vineyards, the hiking trails, Roman ruins, petroglyphs, and vistas are superb. Kayaking, canyoning and canoeing are available. The Roya River is cool and refreshing, and trout fishing is available. Public swimming and tennis are available in Breil-sur-Roya, arranged at the train station for Tennis, and on location for the large pool. From WWII all the way back to Roman times, archeological sites are everywhere, from ampitheaters to Roman Legion signs cut into the Roya River Canyou walls.
There are good local markets, but the Friday Ventimiglia market is legendary. Beaches in Ventimiglia, Menton, Vilefranche-sur-Mer, Cap Martin and Nice are delightful, ranging from pebble to sand. Shopping, markets and museums abound. On the Riviera, skidoos and parasailing are availble for the adventurous, sailboats can be rented. And the museums, from the Cockteau in Menton, the Picaso Cap Antibes, to the Maeght in Vence, await you. For high quality and local color, Fanghetto, Sospel, Alta Pena, and Breil have their own concerts. Down on the Riviera Monte Carlo (and the Casino), San Remo (and the Casino) have their own festivals.
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