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Review 38: Invitation to Tuscany, Casa Clavie

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Review by Pauline from NM who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/1bath apartment in Trebbiano, Liguria


When

June 2000, 1 week

Review

We stayed in this vacation rental for one week in June 2000. Casa Clavie is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment located within the town walls of Trebbiano, a small hill town in southern Liguria, near the Bay of Poets. This is an excellent location for exploring the beautiful hill towns in this area. You can also get to the Cinque Terre towns in under an hour by car. This is a fabulous area!

The apartment was nicely furnished, but maybe a little too cluttered with the owner's things. It is on two levels with the kitchen, dining room, living room, and a big terrace overlooking the valley on the first level (a beautiful view towards the Carrara mountains) and the two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. The bedroom was very comfortable and had a large, screened, window. You cannot park near the apartment; you have to park along the road outside the town walls and walk in, but this worked fine. The owner, a lovely woman named Judy, lives next door. She is from the US and England, but has lived in the village for over 20 years. So, her English is fluent and she can give you lots of information about the area. She has detailed notes in the vacation rental about how things work in the apartment, things to do in the area and favorite restaurants. The apartment has a phone and a TV.

One thing that was strange: there were bookshelves full of books (books about Italy and novels) but you were told that you could not take any books - you could read them while you were there. Most vacation rentals have a bunch of junky books left by others that you can take from and add to while you are there.

Complaints: 

- The village was pleasant, but not great. It had only one small store and one restaurant (which was very good). It did not have a caffe. It was a short drive down the steep hill to the valley where there were lots of caffes, restaurants and stores.

- The village is only a few kilometers from the Autostrada and you could hear the traffic at night. This is a very busy area (especially when you just came from the very quiet southern Tuscany). But, we did love the area.

- The kitchen is large and looks like it would be good to work in, but it is not. The counters are very low (and I am very tall) and there is not much counter space. Even though it was at least four times larger than the petite kitchen in Podere Bellevista (see my review under TuscanHouse), it was much harder to prepare a meal here.

- There was a connecting door in the living area to the owner's apartment next door and, although it was locked and never used, you could hear conversations from next door and cooking smells came through. It was a fine location for a week of touring, but because of these things, not the type of place where you would want to really hang out and spend time.

In summary, I would probably not stay in this apartment again, but would try for something better in the area. We found some beautiful towns that were closer to the water.

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