The owner of this house is a gracious, helpful, interesting man who lives in the top level and rents the other two levels as apartments. Our family of four adults and one 8 year old child rented both apartments for a wonderful 5 day stay in June 2018. We would definitely stay here again. The apartment is functional and offers beautiful views as it is a 15 minute walk up the mountain to the place. Our son enjoyed the pool after day trips and before dinner. Views from the pool are fabulous. We had no trouble parking our car on the street below and used the car for day trips: to La Spezia to take the train to hike in the Cinque Terre on a day the boats weren't running due to big seas and to Lucca for a tour by bike another day. Unfortunately, there are long term closures due to slides on several of the trails between the Cinque Terre villages which limits the hiking we had been looking forward to but the direct ferry service from Lerici to see the Cinque Terre towns by boat was an excellent alternative on our second day trip there. We also enjoyed Porto Venere. The only thing I would change for next time if we were planning to go to the beach on the weekend would be to book chairs and make a lunch reservation at a nice beach club as weekends are busy. We ate most nights in Lerici which has nice bars and restaurants and is charming - it is where many people from Milan and elsewhere have second homes but it's quaint buildings on the hillside make it much prettier (and less pretentious) than nearby Forte dei Marmi. It is also less touristy than all other places we have stayed in Tuscany in the past.
I have traveled all over the world and can honestly tell you that this villa has the most beautiful view I have ever seen in my life. In addition, the villa owner and host, Gian Luca is such a kind and fun person. He is very hospitable and cares about his guests’ enjoyment. We rented both floors and had the pool and everything else to ourselves. I recommend this location without reservation and can attest to how great it is!
The location is an excellent place to escape the daily routine and charge new energy. The view is magnificient, the garden is phantastic in every detail and the owner of this extraordinary villa is helpful in every way and taking care, that everything is convenient for you. Lerici is a lovely town, the beaches are very nice and walking by foot up and down is really a good thing to do.
We had magic days - thank you very much!
We booked both apartments (5 adults & 1 baby) for a family wedding in Portovenere.
The villas were beautiful - clean, comfortable, luxurious and everything had been considered by our excellent host. He met us on arrival and offered his detailed knowledge of the area including shops, parking, restaurants and local places to visit.
Both apartment fridges were full of 'goodies' on arrival and we were instantly made to feel at home. The views were stunning and even the pool was ready for use.
Lerici centre was approx. 15 minutes downhill walk and returning (if you don't fancy the walk) was a cheap bus ride which left you at the end of the road 50m away.
Thank you Gian Luca for being the perfect host! we had a wonderful holiday at your property and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to visit the area.
We had four days at this Villa at the mid part of Sept. We did all the touristy stuff in the area which was great. But, when we arrived back at this Villa... it became the best part of our day. The owner (Gianluca) was very gracious in ever way. We were afforded a tour of the town of Lerici and area upon arrival, we were given lots of tips as to where to go off the beaten track. They were great suggestions.
After eating out every night, we decided on our last night to stay and have our own Chacuterie on our spacious veranda and it was amazing. The balcony by the pool is fantastic (day or night). The night view is also spectacular with cruise ships sailing by. Other things of note are: this location has a secluded road and drive way so your car should be safe as ours was... no problems. It took us 8 min to walk down to the town centre and 10 euros to cab it back up with a full belly late in the evening. We had four days go by so fast!
My family and I (with our two daughters) enjoyed a fabulous week at this beautiful apartment. The views are just incredible, the apartment clean and very spacious and the host incredibly helpful. The town of Lerici is a 10 minute walk away and you can catch a ferry across to the Cinque Terre. We had a wonderful holiday and would definitely return.
We travelled as a family of 5 and so took both apartments. The essentials (cold wine and beer!) were in the fridge upon arrival, along with other basics and were much appreciated.
Gian Luca took us out in his car and showed us around ...the beach, the supermarket and the town. You cannot drive into the town, but there is a large pay per hour car park next to the beaches and you can either walk into town from there or down the steep path from the villa...walking down is okay and takes about ten minutes, but coming back up is hard work when it is hot, although you could take a bus or taxi back.
Lerici itself has plenty of nice restaurants and and a nice promenade, leading to a castle
The views from the pool were even better than the pictures, with an ever changing view of the Gulf of Poets. The pool and various patio areas were superb and it was difficult to drag ourselves away from the villa.
All in all a great end to our two weeks' holiday in Italy and would highly recommend.