Cliff path view
The living room
Sunset over the bay
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La Rocca is a gem of a house in one of the most sought-after locations on the Ligurian coast. The clifftop village of Montemarcello is on a headland overlooking both the Gulf of La Spezia and the Gulf of the Poets (named after Byron and Shelley). It looks across to the Cinque Terre, as well as the coast to the south, and the Apuan Alps, the marble mountains of Carrara.
From here, you’re within easy striking distance not only of the Cinque Terre, but also of Santa Margherita, Portofino, Rapallo, Genoa, and Portovenere in one direction; and of Lucca, Pisa, Carrara, and Viareggio in the other. Parma, Siena and Florence make good daytrips. Less well known are some really delightful interior hilltowns closeby in Lunigiana, the undiscovered part of Tuscany, between the sea and the mountains.
The drive up to the village through the Regional Park of Montemarcello is spectacular. It is wonderful countryside for walking, whether you want serious long-distance walks along the marked pathways, or just a stroll in the woods before returning to the village for a meal in one of the two restaurants there.
The house itself has a terrace front and rear, with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom with panoramic views. It is two minutes from a bar, and a post office, a few small shops, and restaurants are only five minutes walk through the old town. Ameglia is the closest large town, 5 kilometers away; there, you’ll find everything including a large supermarket, bank, shops and other services.
Montemarcello is not on the water’s edge. You can walk to the beach - it’s 700 steps down a lovely winding path (and back up again). But you can drive down to nearby Bocca di Magra, where, in fine weather, there’s a little boat service which will transport you to any of several sandy coves inaccessible except from the sea.
The path down to the beach                  The beach
Large sandy beaches with all facilities are within a half hour’s drive at Marina di Carrara, Forte di Marmi, and Marina di Pietrasanta. Lerici and San Terenzo have pleasant smaller beaches as well as rocky coves round the headland. Lerici is a lively fishing village that has grown into a popular resort. You now park outside and walk or bus in – or catch the bus. The fish market on the quay each morning sells wonderful fresh seafood – try the mazzochi –a type of fat prawn with a delicious flavour.
La Rocca is an appealing stone cottage with parking no more than 50 metres away in the public carpark, or in the owner’s drive when they don’t have their boat there. You can’t drive to the door. It is possible to come here without a car, using the good bus services from both Ameglia and La Spezia.
A view from the village     The Apuan Alps behind
On the ground floor, you’ll find a living/dining room with Italian TV, small kitchen diner, and bath with a shower. Upstairs is the bedroom with a large bed. Immediately outside the living room is a patio for outdoor dining and general relaxing watching the life of the village at the bar a few steps away. Plus there are two terraces behind which enjoy a view of both the sea (just!) and the mountain.
The owners, who live in a separate house next door, will make you feel immediately at home, offering you their exquisite little tomatoes and other vegetables from their garden. They’ll even prepare supper for you at modest cost. A laundry room is located just outside the cottage.
La Rocca is a delightful property, ideal for a couple, in a perfectly preserved little hilltop village overlooking the sea, removed from the beaten track, yet easily accessible to so many things you’ve dreamed of seeing and doing.
July & August
|For stays over a week, the weekly price pro rata. For stays less than a week the daily price applies. 3 nights minimum.
Heating in season €10 per day, paid locally.
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