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Review 2511: Hello Italy, La Rocca


Review by Caplanco from CO

1bed/1bath house in Montemarcello, Liguria


October 2006, Seven nights


Your first decision should be whether or not you want to stay in Montemarcello for a week. We wanted a small village experience - get to know our neighbors, etc. but this was a bit too small. It is the only place we've stayed in Italy that did not have a central piazza where people could gather. There are two bars, two restaurants, and one small alimentari. The town has lovely views of the Bay of Poets as it is high up; if you want to be on the water, this is not the place to stay. If you want to experience Montemarcello you may be better off staying in a B&B for a couple of nights. If you decide to stay for a week, La Rocca (or Valentina's House on a different web site) could be considered. It cost $580 for the week in the off-season.

This is a very cozy (small) stone house. The owners live in a larger house next door. You walk up the paved path from the parking lot to an short unpaved path to the house. The gate opens into to a small terrace with table and chairs. The door to the house opens into the kitchen. The living room is beyond and can be separated from the kitchen by a sliding glass door. The bathroom is off of the living room, as is a narrow cement staircase which goes up to the bedroom.

The kitchen has a table and four chairs, full fridge, gas stove which needs to be match lit, and a stone sink. There are few pots and pans, an odd assortment of utensils in a drawer of the table. No dish washing soap or garbage bags were left for us.

The living room is not very comfortable. It has only a two person leather sofa to sit on. There is a small TV on a cabinet which also holds dishes and linens.

The bathroom has adequate hot water and towels but only one roll of toilet paper was provided for the week.

The narrow stairway to bedroom was easier to navigate than I'd anticipated, but it was kind of a bother to have to go down to the bathroom in the middle of the night; I used a flashlight. The bed was a hard matrimonial, and an armoire and dresser filled the rest of the space. In the bedroom is the door to the upper terrace which has a table and chairs, and stairs to lower terrace which has lounge chairs and an outdoor washing machine in a locked cabinet.

It is a very quiet location in a very quiet town.

As it was the end of October, it became cold in the late afternoon and evening. it took awhile to find out how to adjust the automatically set thermostat. The owner, Pierra, and her husband live next door and we were able to catch him and get him to adjust it.

There are several electrical outlets. The day we got there Pierra gave me all the keys (there are many for gates, doors, washing machine, etc.) and showed me how to disconnect a certain main power plug in case of a thunderstorm. That was a bit disconcerting. In fact, the day we left it was pouring and thundering and the power did go off - in the middle of my husband's shower.

I have also seen this property referred to as Valentina's House on another website but can no longer remember the link.

You can view the house directly: La Rocca.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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