Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1841: Rentvillas, Casa Rosaio
5bed/2bath house near La Spezia, Liguria
Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2005, 1 week
The house is in the country, about 20 minutes from La Spezia. We love the view of the village of Ricco de Golfo from the house. We had total privacy in the back on the patio.
The village was a five minute walk down a dirt driveway. You could buy everything you needed there, as well use the ATM and find restaurants.
It was a restored older house in great shape, full of antiques. It was peaceful and quiet.
No pool, but a very nice patio with outdoor furniture, wood burning pizza oven and BBQ. We spent all our time there.
The furniture was wonderful and very comfortable. Plenty of chairs for all in the living and dining room.
The beds were very comfortable, especially for Italy. The bathrooms were plentiful and very nice.
We love to cook and cooked almost every night. The kitchen is very small and not ideal if you are really into cooking but perfectly fine for those that are not as into it. However, there were plenty of dishes, pots, pans, etc.; more than I have ever seen in a rental house.
Problems or Bonuses
The house is owned by a wonderful American woman. She was very helpful and included a book in English that had tips on everything to do and see in the surrounding area, which was great. She even took two of our group to the train station at the end of the trip! The cleaning fee was, in our opinion, very steep - 150 Euro.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Rentvillas is great. We have used them at least two other times and always have had a good experience. The owner met us at the house and speaks fluent English and Italian. It was everything we expected and more. Sorry, can't remember the price, but very reasonable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This is one of the best houses we have ever stayed at. We loved the location as it is near to so much. The Autostrada is close, which is important if you want to get around in a reasonable amount of time. La Spezia is charming and very cosmopolitan, with a great market and of course, the Cinque Terre is right there. The only trick is trying to park near the train station - not easy! You need to get a permit at the train station.
Things to do in this area
The Cinque Terre is of course the main site. We really liked the little village of La Grazia on the water as it is much quieter than Portonevere, which is lovely but crowded on the weekends. We loved Antica Trattoria Cerretti, a litte restaurant in a small village right outside of Ricco de Golfo. They are members of Slow Food. The lardo was to die for!! Some of the best I have ever had. The owner is wonderful and speaks English.
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