This is more of a comment than a question. I search these forums often when planning a trip and find a wealth of information. I came across this and want to share in hopes that it can help someone else!
We were looking for accommodations in Levanto as our base to explore Liguria in September (three weeks away! I guess you could say our travel style is "relaxed" . . .ha, ha!). Through this forum we found the Hotel Garden and emailed to inquire about availability. They did not have any rooms for us but were kind enough to offer suggestions, including www.occhioblu.it, a website for the local tourist association. We submitted a request through the website and overnight had replies from about 10 different properties, some with availability some without. Now knowing some properties with availability I can go back through reviews, research, and make reservations. The site also has general information about Levanto.
As a first timer to Italy (and Europe) I just found this website to be so helpful I wanted to share! This may not be as helpful for those planning their trips further out, but for those more "last minute" like us, or in the high seasons, it was a great tool to narrow down our options.