This is an unusual and very stylish property. It is really the home of the owner and unlike a sterile rental houses, is filled with antiques, art works and personal treasures and items. There is a lovely roof terrace with table and chairs and a view towards the hill tops. The property is situated on an ancient and typically Italian narrow street.. Parking is easy and nearby. The village is quiet with a beautiful church which chimes the hour and half past and charmingly, even a little tune in the mornings.There is an AMAZING family run Pizzeria 5 minutes walk from the house. It looks very ordinary but the food is anything but. The shrimp ravioli is divine and the mixed antipasti delicious and ample for two. We enjoyed the Vino Bianco Frizzante and being able to walk back after having quite a lot! Levanto is the nearest seaside town and a very nice one too. It's about a half hour drive. Its just touristy enough to have everything you need, parking, sun beds for rental, a couple of beach bars and lots of restaurants, but it avoids being tacky and retains Italian charm. There is cycle path between Levanto and the next coastal town of Bonnasolo and then Framura. There are plenty of bike rental shops and there were lots of families hopping between the different beaches. The Cinque Terre is about 50 minutes drive and well worth visiting though be prepared for crowds if you are there high season. We walked between Corniglia and Monterosso. Very hot, very steep and very beautiful. If you decide to get the train from Levanto or between the villages of the Cinque Terre and have small children, be aware there are about 400 steps to climb if you get off the train at Corniglia. Monterosso has a good beach with a free area as well as a paid one, though this is expensive. Genova made an interesting day trip too. Carlo is a gracious host. He made everything easy from booking to getting into the house, to check out. We enjoyed our lunch at the pizzeria with you on the day of our departure. Thank you carlo.
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