My husband and I have just returned from Italy, where the highlight was spending 6 nights at A Durmi in Levanto. We had initially planned to stay in Monterosso, but after developing immense fatigue with crowded tourist towns, changed our plans to stay in Levanto instead. We are so happy we did! Although easily accessible by train to the Cinque Terre and the towns further north in the Italian Riviera, Levanto is a "real" town where the locals do not appear to be outnumbered by tourists.
As all other reviewers have said, A Durmi is a great place to stay in Levanto. It is managed by sisters Elisa and Chiara, who place huge emphasis on customer service and helping their guests to have an enjoyable stay. They spend all the time you need in orienting you to the guesthouse, Levanto, and the Cinque Terre, and supply you with maps, hiking advice and directions, suggestions for the day's activities depending on the weather, and even dinner reservations.
A Durmi is only a 5 minute walk from the train station, but Elisa or Chiara will come to pick you up at the train station if you have heavy bags. The guesthouse is spotlessly clean, with comfortable beds and large well-equipped bathrooms. The shared garden patio and terrace areas are spacious and comfortable, and are perfect spots for having a glass of wine and relaxing in the afternoon or evening. The optional breakfast is delicious and well worth the cost, but there is also a grocery store with an excellent deli, a pastry shop, and a couple of bars within a minute or two walking distance where you can have your morning cappuccino and fresh focaccia bread or pastries.
Levanto itself has a lot of attractions. It has frequent train connections to all the Cinque Terre towns (once or twice an hour usually), and is only 4 minutes away from Monterosso by train. It is also connected to the Cinque Terre by boat, and you can hike to Monterosso via a scenic (and somewhat challenging) trail in about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. The beach at Levanto is beautiful with excellent swimming (or surfing in the right conditions), and there is kayak rental from the beach during the summer months. An unexpected bonus was a 2 km paved path through a tunnel to Bonassola (next town to the north) which is restricted to walking or bikes (which can be rented in Levanto). The tunnel path extends an additional 3 km to the north of Bonassola to the community of Framura. This ride is completely flat and largely through tunnel (lighted on the longer stretches) so is great to do on a rainy day or with kids. There are a number of good restaurants in Levanto; we greatly enjoyed the fresh fish of the day, fresh anchovies with lemon, local Cinque Terre white wine, and local limoncino.
If you have plans to go to the Cinque Terre or Liguria region of Italy, I cannot recommend A Durmi strongly enough.
- Also Known As:
- a Durmi Hotel
- a Durmi Hotel Levanto
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The guest house A Durmì enjoys a quiet and central location, just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront and the railway station for connections to the Cinque Terre. Our recently rennovated guest house offers bright, airy rooms, each with private bathroom, a/c, minibar, television and mini apartments with a kitchen/ livingroom space. All the rooms have indipendent entrances and overlook the large courtyard garden which is equipped with tables, chairs and shady pergolas. ... more less
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