What a find! We stayed here for four nights in early June. As an earlier review remarked, La Luna di Quarazzana is like something from a beautiful movie set. It is a restored farmhouse in an ancient village (current population 10!), set high (about 2,000 feet) in the rugged mountains northeast of the Cinque Terre. Owner Ilaria is the perfect host: gracious, knowledgeable about the area, and a fabulous cook. We arrived late in the afternoon, following Ilaria’s directions rather than those of our GPS—which she said would suggest a more difficult route. We enjoyed dinner (pre-arranged) on our first evening, a delightful four-course meal with wine, served al fresco, in the open courtyard. Ilaria’s breakfasts are superb: homemade bread, jams, cakes, plus cheese, meats, yogurt, juice, and coffee. For our stay, we chose “Il Volta,” the largest room, very comfortable, simply but charmingly decorated, which has a sofa, fridge, and large window looking out on the Apuan Alps. (It also has a window at the end of the room, thus providing pleasant cross-ventilation, a pleasure for sleeping on warm nights.)
On two of the days, we took Ilaria’s suggestions for things to do, one day taking a long hike into the mountains (with a picnic packed by Ilaria, for a very reasonable five euros each), and the other visiting the tiny spa town of Equi Terme where we toured prehistoric caves to see the fascinating limestone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. On our final day, we drove to La Spezia where we got a day pass on the train to visit the Cinque Terre. In Vernazza, we took Ilaria’s advice again, for lunch at Belfiore, a lovely seafood restaurant overlooking the town and the Ligurian Sea.
We loved coming back “home” in the late afternoons, moving out to the courtyard with our books and a glass of wine. It turns out we were the only guests during our stay, and we loved having La Luna all to ourselves. Life is good at La Luna di Quarazzana. Thank you, Ilaria!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immersed in the deep green of the Lunigiana, not far from the sea of Lerici and the Cinque Terre.In an old country, magically overlooking the Apuan Alps, where time seems to stand still ..you can discover landscapes, flavors and aromas of an intense past.We passionately restored an old farmhouse, now a historic building.An oasis of charm and relaxation:Bed & Breakfast la Luna di Quarazzana The historic building is located in the wild country, it dates back to the sixteenth century, but it is mentioned as early as the fourteenth century when Benedetti, an old local family, gave birth to the rider of Generous Quarazzana Benedetti, brave "homo of arms "in the service of Giovanni Sforza. To be here is an experience..to know Italian lifestyle, food and art.We like share our passions with our guests !"There s a moment to found yourself :sensations , perfumes and taste of the past. ... more less